A Stomach-Growling Evening

Jun 02, 2008

RAY: This was sent in by a fellow named Darren Wind and I took some liberties in obfuscating it.

The other day I was talking to my wife on the phone while we were both at work and we decided to go to our favorite restaurant to get some dinner. As usual at the end of my work day I drove to her office and waited in the parking lot for a few minutes for her to show up. When she did, we made the drive to the restaurant together. By the time that we got there, the parking lot was pretty full but we got lucky and found a spot almost immediately.

Once inside we chatted for a few minutes with the hostess who turned out to be a high-school friend of our daughter and since we were both pretty hungry we quickly looked at the menu and ordered our food. We waited for what seemed to be an eternity although it was probably about 20 minutes or a half an hour and finally our food arrived.

Well after we paid the bill and said, "Good night," to our daughter's friend, we drove home. On the way home I mentioned how hungry I was. We both agreed that we were actually hungrier now than when we first made the drive to the restaurant. Nonetheless we were both satisfied with our decision to get dinner at that restaurant.

How could that be?
RAY: Here's the answer: If you paid attention, you'd know that there was no mention made of eating the food.

TOM: Oh that's good!

RAT: They had ordered takeout. So they went there and looked at the menu, and they talked to the hostess, they waited for their food to come out, they paid the bill, they left, they didn't eat.

TOM: And they had the food with them.

RAY: The food was in the car, and the smell was driving them crazy, crazier by the minute. So who's our winner?

TOM: Hey, that's pretty good. The winner this week is Howard Goldstein from New Haven, Connecticut. And for having his answer selected at random from the pile of correct answers that we got, Howie's going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com with which he can get a copy of our new four-CD set, Field Guide to the North American Wacko.

RAY: Congratulations, Howard!

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