I Hope Not

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There’s been a lot of news lately about the protest movement for a so-called “living wage”.

Here’s news to the protesters: it’s Google who will be the biggest threat to your jobs.

The reason being robotics and the use of extensive technology when able restaurants to lower their cost by replacing even a $10 per hour worker with a robot.

Robots work without any added cost really. Certainly there no health-care benefits, days off, or frustrations because of poor attitudes.

They don’t get mad when a patron insults them. They just flip burgers.

There’s not even going to be much variance in the quality of products that those new robotic hamburger flippers create. Each burger will be exactly the same as the last one.Thad Puckett

Maybe, Thad. Maybe. But I certainly hope not.

There are a few other things that robots don’t do.

  • Hospitality
  • Accents

I think part of an enjoyable dining experience is inviting and friendly experience of the staff. From the person who greets guests at the door and seats them to the wait-person taking my order. I enjoy talking to the wait staff. We may talk about the menu, why I’m there and sometimes I get insight into their lives. At one restaurant the wait person was so concerned that I was low on insulin — she has a friend who had Type 1 diabetes — that she took the extra effort to help me pick safe options from the menu. A robot will never feel welcoming to me.

Ever watch someone try to use Siri whose native language isn’t English? I’ve watched my father-in-law get so frustrated that he handed the iPhone back to me and told me it was useless. I can’t imagine how left out people who speak English with an accent are going to feel when the robot doesn’t understand them or gets the food order wrong. Who will they complain to then?

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I was sick today. After dinner last night I felt nauseous. I went to bed but didn’t sleep. I tossed and turned until around 1AM when I rushed to the bathroom and lost my dinner to the toilet bowl. I felt better after throwing up but I didn’t sleep much. I took the day off from work to rest. Bhavana thinks it was a 24 hours stomach virus.

Around 6PM

After 6PM

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I drove through Princeton earlier this week and saw the beautiful pink flowers near the Princeton Battle Monument on Stockton Road. The morning sun looked beautiful and I imagined what it would look like with an evening sun.

It rained yesterday and this morning but when the sun came out later this afternoon I knew I would have an opportunity to try.

I didn’t get the shot I wanted;  a shot straight down the middle of the walkway. But I got something I liked. If the blossoms stay for a while, I’ll try again.