Mini-Rumination: Why Women Are So Cool

Have you ever seen the Food Network program Restaurant:  Impossible?

The premise is that the host, a blowhard chef/drama queen, tries to turn around a failing restaurant in just forty-eight hours with the help of a designer and a contractor.  Most of the restaurants are very down and out – once successful, they now have tired owners and managers, a tired dining room, a tired menu, and a tired staff.  They need a kick in the pants, and the show’s star tries to give it to them.

During the forty-eight hours, the show’s star and his team completely redo the restaurant’s dining room:  generally, new tables, new floors, new wall covers, new chairs, new decorations, all-new décor.  They also introduce a new menu, teach underskilled chefs how to cook the new dishes (or fire the chefs and hire new ones), correct serious cleanliness issues, and address the poor performance of an indifferent staff.  Except for staffing issues, the restaurant’s owners are not involved and are not permitted inside the restaurant to see the work in progress.

Near the end of each episode, the show’s host leads the restaurant’s owners into the dining room, exhorting them to keep their eyes closed until he tells them to look.

Often, the owners are a married couple.  When they are allowed to open their eyes, the husband smiles, says he can’t believe how great it looks, and is elated.  His wife, on the other hand, looks around and bursts into tears because she’s so overcome with joy.

And that, dear readers, is why The Curmudgeon thinks women are so completely and utterly cool.

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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On October 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I get what you’re saying, and on behalf of my fellow women and myself, we thank you. But I come from a big family, full of very sentimental Irish men, some of whom cry at stop signs. So enough with the gender bias, ok? (I believe The Curmudgeon himself is not above shedding a tear of real emotion…joy or sadness…correct?) But mostly…kind of a nice observation. Not very curmudgeonly of you at all.

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