Demeanor -- Basil-like: strong, sweet
Feelings about the Olive Garden -- "Okay, so, about that. My dad hates this restaurant. Absolutely hates it. And he won't tell any of us why. So I've only been here once before."
Mildly threatening tip for my 'really bad' selfies -- "Try to stop breathing when you're taking them"
((reading her star sign's features off her phone)) "Aquariuses are cheerful. They like to have fun."
I interrupt. "I hate to have fun."
"Well, you're not an Aquarius."
She's got me there.
Mandy is an artist who works in the mediums of metal sculpture and photography. She taught me a lot about both of these things, including some genuinely helpful advice to really get the most out of my burgeoning pasta photography business. Granted, I only have one customer, and they haven't paid me or acknowledged my existence yet, but since I've taken over 300 different photos for them by now I think I'm due for one heck of a paycheck!!
Thanks much to Mandy for that and coming all the way from Los Angeles to dine with me!
12 more dates to go.
BONUS: Waiter Spotlight --
Our waiter brings me yet another refill of my soda (diabetes ain't easy).
"Here you are, sir. Diet Coke."
He places it on the table, and before I can say anything, he bursts out, "Just kidding!! It's Coke Zero."
I congratulate him on this classic bit of misdirection, the ol' aspartame-switcheroo.
Today's pasta was