Whenever I see the word “cheque,” I want to pronounce it “cheek.”
When I worked in retail when I was in college, taking checks used to be a huge hassle. I’d need to get their driver’s license, a credit card, the check had to have an address and phone number printed on it (whether it came that way or I did the printing), it couldn’t be a “starter” check or one with a number less than 201, then I’d have to get the signature of a manager or one of their designates before I could take it. Half the people didn’t have a credit card because they wrote a check for everything, and they’d get pissed at me because I was “hassling” them. I finally turned to one lady and said “Listen, you think this is a hassle for you? It’s a hassle for me, too!” I got in trouble for that. I can understand they were trying to avoid check fraud, but we were doing everything short of asking for blood and urine samples. This was back in the bad old days when the only charge card they’d take was their own. Now, you use a credit card for everything. We haven’t written checks for anything since Mary’s Avon lady died…
Mary and I used to go to a restaurant called the Czech Plaza in Berwyn, Ilinois. We liked it even though neither of us is Czech. It was typical central European fare, the kind where your cholesterol goes up ten points when you walk in the door, but man, was it good. I was surprised to see they were still open. If you have a choice, go to the smaller, family-owned restaurants rather than the chains. They can use the business, and it’ll be a unique experience.
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Character actor Dick Wilson, who played Mr. Whipple for years, used to turn up frequently on Hogan’s Heroes, usually playing a German general.