One of the perks of having a birthday is that it's pretty much guaranteed that you get to go out to dinner to celebrate. When I was growing up, the decision of where I picked to go eat depended on what type of birthday treat the restaurant offered. Would I go for the free cheesecake that my favorite steakhouse provided or what about the ice cream sundae that the Olive Garden gave out?
The only downside to my birthday eating out bliss? The birthday song. You know what I'm talking about. I always dreaded seeing the line of employees making their way over to my table to sing (very loudly) their birthday wish to me. Sure, it was embarrassing but at least I got a free dessert out of the whole ordeal.
So, I was rather disappointed when a few years ago, a group of co-workers took me to Olive Garden for my birthday and we were told that they no longer gave out free dessert for birthdays. They told us that they would still sing to me and if we wanted, we could purchase a dessert that they would bring out. I laughed to myself because the whole point of enduring the birthday song was so that you got a free tasty treat at the end. There was no way I was going to let them sing to me if I wasn't going to get my reward!
Now, I don't want to pick on Olive Garden. I'm just using it as an example. But it has seriously gotten to the point where finding a restaurant that serves a birthday dessert (for free) is hard to come by. How sad. What is this world coming to? Are the restaurants out there really that cheap?
I ask you now. Where do you go for your birthday? Am I missing out on some wonderful birthday treat? And how do you feel about being sung to? Would you let your server sing to you even if you that piece of cake they bring out ends up on your bill?