Marilyn Haggerty's amazing Olive Garden review and the subsequent viral shitstorm

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I watched it all unfold, undoubtledly like many of us. In my case it was a Facebook link to a newspaper in North Dakota. A reviewer reviewed The Olive Garden, with all the ernest enthusiasm and wide-eyed amazement of a kid in a corporate candystore.

As a New Yorker, I have my moments where I get that stereotypical superiority complex, and reading the review was one of them. It was funny to me that in some places, an Olive Garden opening would be big news or that a review of the place would also warrant some column inches in the local daily.

When the review went viral, the reactions seem to be, Haha, look at the rubes who think that fancy dining is an Olive Garden. And then, the backlash towards them, asking what is it to you, city boy?

You can see all of it encapsulated thanks to Kevin Hoffman at the Minneapolis City Pages whose interview with a nonplussed Haggerty oozes with smarmy condescension. However in the interview, Haggerty doesn't take the bait, doesn't come off like Barney Fife as much as she does Sherrif Andy. And the comments vilify the author so much he was forced to add an addendum that says he didn't mean to be mean-spirited (about as convincing as your average Rush Limbaugh apology, but still.)

[A note to Hoffman: Everything is relative. I can find laughable charm in your "big" city just like any other jaded New Yorker could and please note that the banner ad on the page I linked - at least when I was on it last - was a link not to some new pasta purveyor, but a fucking Buca di Beppo.]

I lived in smaller places myself, places like Columbus, Ohio where chain establishments filled the year-end best-of lists without fail. This doesn't make for bad people. It makes for people with less choices, that's all. And you can note the differences - and even laugh about them - without being an elitist.

As a former writer, I always tried to write to my audience. Marilyn Haggerty has done that superbly, so well that it helped stir up the rural-wasteland-vs.-urban-elitism themes because her words were not just read by her audience, thanks to the power of the internet. If she didn't know her audience so well - if she didn't do her job so well - none of this would have ever happened.

But if we can recognice our differences with humor and respect instead of insecure posturing and defensive anger, we are a lot better off. And I think that lesson can apply not just to restaurant reviews-turned-internet memes, but for nearly every avenue of life.

Pass the breadsticks...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 9 March 2012 20:25 (seven years ago) link

was pretty surprised to see this take off as much as it did.
she seems pretty cool

I just wanted to call to tell you how much I enjoyed your Olive Garden review.

Oh, I'm sure you did.

mizzell, Friday, 9 March 2012 20:44 (seven years ago) link

Kevin Hoffman does come off pretty dickish

mizzell, Friday, 9 March 2012 20:47 (seven years ago) link

Her best interview is here.

We were talking about it over here:

shit that looks like an onion article but isn't

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 March 2012 20:47 (seven years ago) link

<3 guilelessness, <3 Marilyn

― Carlos Pollomar (WmC), Friday, March 9, 2012 2:53 PM (51 seconds ago)

Carlos Pollomar (WmC), Friday, 9 March 2012 20:55 (seven years ago) link

Kevin Hoffman does come off pretty dickish

Why is that it's always people from the midwest who seem most intent on making fun of rubes? It's like, dude, you're in Minneapolis.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Friday, 9 March 2012 20:57 (seven years ago) link

haha you went there

iatee, Friday, 9 March 2012 20:58 (seven years ago) link

" A reviewer reviewed The Olive Garden, with all the ernest enthusiasm and wide-eyed amazement of a kid in a corporate candystore."

This is really gross and unfair. People who write for community newspapers have to fill space, and she was nowhere near as enthusiastic as he makes her out to be.

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 20:59 (seven years ago) link

cause they grew up being bullied by rubes? and they are still surounded by them and so are easily annoyed by them?

mizzell, Friday, 9 March 2012 21:00 (seven years ago) link

My booth was near the kitchen, and I watched the waiters in white shirts, ties, black trousers and aprons adorned with gold-colored towels. They were busy at midday, punching in orders and carrying out bread and pasta.

iatee, Friday, 9 March 2012 21:00 (seven years ago) link

wait is that first post from somewhere or just a post

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:01 (seven years ago) link

people thinking this review is somehow unique or remarkable is way more embarassing than the review itself.
i'm from a place way larger than grand forks where there is a full-time food reviewer on staff of the paper and his reviews don't really go beyond marilyn's work.

mizzell, Friday, 9 March 2012 21:06 (seven years ago) link

the only part that i thought was o_O in a bad way was at the end where she clearly just c/p'd olive garden PR copy but that's on her editors

J0rdan S., Friday, 9 March 2012 21:07 (seven years ago) link

haha that kind of thing happens all the time at community papers

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

anyway, where does this rank in terms of viral stars/memes of 2012

J0rdan S., Friday, 9 March 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

"The Drunken Noodle" doesn't sound like the kind of restaurant that you'd normally be at. Was it pretty wild there? Was there a lot of drinking?

So is it that the Minnesota food writer never heard of this dish, or is he just certain that the North Dakota food writer hasn't and he can have some fun at her expense?

boxall, Friday, 9 March 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

I admit that I found this article funny when I read it but I really want this whole thing to end now. Every single additional thing written about it is just making it worse, especially the bloggers *coming to her defense* with even more heaped-on condescension and overanalysis.

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:10 (seven years ago) link

yeah i agree

mizzell, Friday, 9 March 2012 21:12 (seven years ago) link

the internet gets so startled when it realizes someone is actually a real person

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:16 (seven years ago) link

kevin hoffman pwnd - hoffman might as well have spanked him over her lap

the late great, Friday, 9 March 2012 21:19 (seven years ago) link

real people can handle being internet memes they can even handle the occasional concern troll iirc xp

Your Ample Girth Does Intimidate (Matt P), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:20 (seven years ago) link

she needs to monetize her 5 minutes of fame, maybe she could work out a deal w/ olive garden

iatee, Friday, 9 March 2012 21:22 (seven years ago) link

This all reminds me of that scene in Nurse Betty just before Aaron Eckhart gets scalped by Chris Rock and Aaron is trying to explain why his small town is so shit so he tells the story of how everyone queued up to go to the Burger King that opened up and Morgan Freeman tells him that's not stupidity, it's just ignorance.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:23 (seven years ago) link

Maybe she can get a reality show with that homeless radio announcer guy.

You're a notch, I'm a legend (Bill Magill), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:16 (seven years ago) link

and that yo yo guy

Your Ample Girth Does Intimidate (Matt P), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:24 (seven years ago) link

and that cigar box guy

Your Ample Girth Does Intimidate (Matt P), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:24 (seven years ago) link

and winnebago man

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:29 (seven years ago) link

Grand Forks is a college town. Big ass hockey arena and some awesome mid-century neon signage there.

Spleen of Hearts (kingfish), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:31 (seven years ago) link

I feel like there is a good forksclovestofu pun to be made in here somewhere but it's not coming

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:32 (seven years ago) link

You can see all of it encapsulated thanks to Kevin Hoffman at the Minneapolis City Pages whose interview with a nonplussed Haggerty oozes with smarmy condescension.

just no

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:34 (seven years ago) link

I'm amused by the article, not because I'm someone who enjoys pointing the finger of mockery at people from anywhere that's not Manhattan, but because I used to edit two weekly local papers in suburban NJ (yes, simultaneously) and we ran shit like this all the time. "Local event of no interest to anyone not from this town" was front page news every single week. We ran pictures of people's Christmas light displays. Articles about the installation of a new streetlight - not a streetlight at an intersection that had previously not had one, but the replacement of an older model streetlight with a newer model. And yeah, food reviews were of new chain restaurants. So for me it was a (semi-)fond memory of a past job.

誤訳侮辱, Friday, 9 March 2012 22:34 (seven years ago) link

I think the onion-esque picture of her is prob what made this big as much as the actual content

iatee, Friday, 9 March 2012 22:35 (seven years ago) link

haha, you are describing my job exactly. If you were in Union or Essex county it might have even been the same chain of weeklies. xpost

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:36 (seven years ago) link

...with all the ernest enthusiasm and wide-eyed amazement of a kid in a corporate candystore.

also, i see a fair amount of poker-faced "well, it's a job" -style uncynical awareness in her review

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:36 (seven years ago) link

In fact there was an old lady there who I remember wrote a glowing review of the very ordinary chinese carryout place across the street from the office. But the thing is I had to write complete bullshit all the time, b/c there just wasn't enough going on in the tiny town I covered to fill a paper. I wrote story after story on exactly how many downtown businesses were vacant, whether a sign ordinance would help, the (non) progress of the development and construction of a relatively small mixed use property, a "controversy" over a "historic" flagpole that the town wanted to remove, etc.

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:38 (seven years ago) link

My big scoop was that a local beauty salon owner might have *embezzled* a few thousand dollars from a charity haircutting event that she held.

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:39 (seven years ago) link

I just wanted to call to tell you how much I enjoyed your Olive Garden review.

Oh, I'm sure you did.

― mizzell, Friday, March 9, 2012 3:44 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

she pretty much pwns him out of the gate with this

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:41 (seven years ago) link

haha, you are describing my job exactly. If you were in Union or Essex county it might have even been the same chain of weeklies. xpost

I live in Union County, so yeah, I bet you work for W0rr@ll. I quit one week after I stumbled across the ad section of one of my papers and saw a quarter-page ad from some church, asking its parishioners to come in that Sunday and "pray for an end to the plague of homosexuality."

誤訳侮辱, Friday, 9 March 2012 22:41 (seven years ago) link

I think it's totally weird this blew up, but OTOH I grew up reading and eventually working at rural papers, too.

Also a new Olive Garden is huge in a town that hasn't had one in the area. One opened up in Las Cruces right before I moved and there were lines out the door for weeks. No joke. My parents were very proud our hometown finally got an Olive Garden; they made a point of driving near it to point it out (they did the same with the new Carl's Jr., we ate at neither bcz both too expensive for my family).

Abarham Lincoln posing (Abbbottt), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:45 (seven years ago) link

haha, you are describing my job exactly. If you were in Union or Essex county it might have even been the same chain of weeklies. xpost

I live in Union County, so yeah, I bet you work for W0rr@ll. I quit one week after I stumbled across the ad section of one of my papers and saw a quarter-page ad from some church, asking its parishioners to come in that Sunday and "pray for an end to the plague of homosexuality."

― 誤訳侮辱, Friday, March 9, 2012 5:41 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

That is exactly who I worked for, but it was a number of years ago.

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:47 (seven years ago) link

At the county weekly I worked for, the first article I wrote was about how someone had driven on the post office lawn. Between that and the photo, it took up half a tabloid-size page. The paper owner had dibs on writing restaurant reviews because those were easy/fun writing compared to reports of a cow blocking traffic or the Rotary Club meeting or the stuff I usually wrote about.

Abarham Lincoln posing (Abbbottt), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:48 (seven years ago) link

Ah, OK - I misread your post and assumed you were current.

誤訳侮辱, Friday, 9 March 2012 22:49 (seven years ago) link

I think the weirdest stories we ran were local coverage (in rural Idaho) of Sept. 11 news like "friend of cousin thought about going to NYC last week; did not die in plane."

Abarham Lincoln posing (Abbbottt), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:54 (seven years ago) link

haha, the old "local angle on a national story" bit -- the editors were always pushing that

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:54 (seven years ago) link

"kids shove plastic Solo cups in school chainlink fence to spell out NEVER FORGET"

Abarham Lincoln posing (Abbbottt), Friday, 9 March 2012 22:56 (seven years ago) link

There was a little french casual cafe in the town I covered, like an order-at-the-counter place with crepes and quiche and stuff like that, and I was there right when the Iraq war was ramping up, and there started to be a minor phenomenon of assholes driving buy and yelling shit out the window at the place -- "Go back to France" etc. Ironically the owner was a woman from Vietnam who was married to a Vietnam vet. She wouldn't let me write about it though, I guess out of discomfort or slight fear. The one that got away.

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 23:01 (seven years ago) link

kevin hoffman isn't from minnesota btw:

Kevin Hoffman will be the new editor-in-chief of Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages, Village Voice Media announced today.

Hoffman, presently the managing editor of VVM's Cleveland Scene, will take over from departing City Pages editor Steve Perry early next month. Perry announced yesterday that he is leaving the paper to pursue other opportunities.

A 1998 graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, Hoffman worked for the Associated Press and the daily Wilkes-Barre Times Leader before receiving his master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in May 2001. He briefly worked at the weekly Cleveland Free Times before being hired as a staff writer at Scene in January 2002. He was promoted to the managing editor position at Scene three years later.

During Hoffman's tenure at Scene, the paper took first-place in general excellence in the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards and was named the best weekly in Ohio in numerous state contests. Hoffman himself has won numerous awards for his writing, and his story "Soul of the Brute" was included in Penguin Books' Notes from the Underground; The Most Outrageous Stories from the Alternative Press, published in 2005.

Hoffman, 30, will be in Minneapolis next week to meet City Pages staff. He is married to Erin Hoffman, an attorney specializing in constitutional law.

a little tiny crunk person (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 9 March 2012 23:01 (seven years ago) link

Kevin Hoffman: yet another thing about Village Voice Media that sucks.

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 23:02 (seven years ago) link

oh my god he sounds like the worst

Your Ample Girth Does Intimidate (Matt P), Friday, 9 March 2012 23:04 (seven years ago) link

bleatreader 8 hours ago

Is the city pages that is making fun of this person the same city pages that published a review of a new My Burger, a fast food burger joint, when it opened in calhoun-isles a couple of months ago?

Flag Like ReplyReply Joel 7 hours ago in reply to bleatreader

You mean the review with the stunning insight of: "The chicken sandwich was very well-seasoned; not overloaded with mayo like most chicken sandwiches you find. Even the French fries tasted fresh. Our only complaint was with the onion rings, which didn't really taste very oniony."

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Friday, 9 March 2012 23:04 (seven years ago) link

Long may she reign.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 March 2017 17:21 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

extremely in this wheelhouse:

http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/16/tonawanda-sub-eater-may-move-new-street/

particularly Hagertyian, standalone graf:

"The town is blessed with a lot of shady trees."

kicker is phenomenal too.

evol j, Monday, 22 May 2017 14:07 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

He was right about that.

Adrian Alaniz of Grand Forks told me there was nothing better than the burrito Mojado at Las Ranitas. That's the large Mexican restaurant that opened eight years ago at Thief River Falls.

He was so enthusiastic, I decided I would have to try it. When I went over to check it out, I could see what Adrian meant. The burrito is, indeed, a worthy meal. It's the choice of steak or chicken burrito stuffed with rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. All covered in cheese sauce.

It was my choice ($12.99) on a nice Saturday afternoon when I went over to check things out. I was "Eatbeating" with Susie Shaft (SS). She was pleased with her choice of Philly Cheesesteak Burrito ($11.99). It was made with green bell peppers and onions smothered in cheese sauce.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:39 (two years ago) link

A sturdy foundation in these troubled times.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:40 (two years ago) link

"Eatbeating with Susie Shaft" sounds like a public access show filmed in Canada in 1981.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:41 (two years ago) link

more like a low-rent porn movie filmed in Canada in 1981

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:43 (two years ago) link

well, Hagerty's nickname is "The Appetite."

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:47 (two years ago) link

I was "Eatbeating" with Susie Shaft (SS)

this is like billy joel imitating lou reed

goole, Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:53 (two years ago) link

:)

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:47 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

First, he juggles an egg on top of the big flat grill. He fries it, chops it, mixes it into a pile of rice. He brings out vegetables and meat.

"My favorite rice — I love it," said one of three chefs working away in Fuji Japanese restaurant on a recent Friday evening.

It was a 14th birthday celebration for Caitlin MacKenzie, and all of her family were gathered around. The chef at one of three hibachi tables was skillfully presiding.

He was frying, chopping and mixing a pile of rice. Although it was water he squirted on the flames, he said, "More sake, more happy."

He served shrimp all the way around. Then fish. Then steak. Broccoli and carrots were tossed into the mix.

The food smelled good. The show was great.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 19:55 (two years ago) link

"...and dad cried silently on the drive home."

The gourmet Chandler right there

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 20 October 2017 16:13 (two years ago) link

it sounds like she found it erotic

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 20 October 2017 16:31 (two years ago) link

well, Hagerty's nickname is "The Appetite."

― the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, September 26, 2017

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 October 2017 16:46 (two years ago) link

"He brings out vegetables and meat"

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 20 October 2017 16:48 (two years ago) link

two months pass...
two months pass...

Eagles Crest Grill is a large, inviting facility with windows to the golf course all around. In cooler weather, a massive stone fireplace at the center welcomes guests. The walls are tastefully adorned with pictures of local golf celebrities. Tables and chairs are made of blonde oak. A side room beyond the dining room is used for group meetings.

Visitors often enjoy studying the photos of well known local golfers on the walls.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 March 2018 14:05 (one year ago) link

huh, marilyn visited the same place in 2008

Sunday brunch draws people to the Eagles Crest Grill at King's Walk Golf Course. It's a short drive south of 32nd Avenue South on Columbia Road. The parking lot is large. There is convenient parking for handicapped.

On a recent Sunday after church, Sue Huus (SH) and I found out why as many as 300 people sometimes show up between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SUE HUUS aka the grillenjoyer

The parking lot is huge.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 March 2018 14:23 (one year ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/E8GvZj0.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 11 March 2018 01:00 (one year ago) link

I mean, yeah, that's from 2008 when Haggerty first visited Eagles Crest Grill, but also, it's the most recent screenshot available from Google Street View.

pplains, Sunday, 11 March 2018 01:01 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

A challenger approaches.

save local news pic.twitter.com/ApxFCg7NDR

— Hayes Davenport (@hayesdavenport) May 30, 2018

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 20:52 (one year ago) link

does Thomas Sowell follow him?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 20:54 (one year ago) link

He's a more persuasive writer than Sowell so perhaps the dude can learn from him.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 20:58 (one year ago) link

If we start a thread about "hamburgers: w/cheese?" do you think we can get Phil to start posting here?

mick signals, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 21:14 (one year ago) link

I would like one chicken burg, hold cheese

mh, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 21:26 (one year ago) link

Man, that guy's the anti-Haggerty.

pplains, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 22:03 (one year ago) link

Totally missed that Ecco published a book of her reviews under Bourdain's imprint and that he wrote the forward.

https://www.eater.com/2013/8/19/6385655/heres-anthony-bourdains-foreword-to-marilyn-hagertys-book-grand-forks

Reading these reviews, we can see, we can watch over the course of time, who makes it and who doesn't. Which bold, undercapitalized pioneers survived—and who, no matter how ahead of their time, just couldn't hang on until the neighborhood caught up. You will get to know the names of owners and chefs like Warren LeClerc, whose homey lunch restaurant, The Pantry, turned down the lights to become the sophisticated French restaurant Le Pantre by night. And Chef Nardane of Touch of Magic Ballroom who, in his 6,200-square foot ballroom, served cheesecakes inspired by Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, and envisioned an exclusive private membership club with frequent celebrity entertainment. And Steve Novak of Beaver's Family Restaurant, who when Marilyn visited his establishment, spoke of reviving his beaver act, complete with costume, for birthday parties.

And you will understand why the opening of an Olive Garden might be earnestly anticipated as an exciting and much welcome event.

Ms. Hagerty is not naïve about her work, her newfound fame, or the world. She has travelled widely in her life.

In person, she has a flinty, dry, very sharp sense of humor. She misses nothing. I would not want to play poker with her for money.

This is a straightforward account of what people have been eating—still ARE eating—in much of America. As related by a kind, good-hearted reporter looking to pass along as much useful information as she can—while hurting no one.

Anyone who comes away from this work anything less than charmed by Ms. Hagerty—and the places and characters she describes—has a heart of stone.

This book kills snark dead.

... (Eazy), Friday, 8 June 2018 19:24 (one year ago) link

Bourdain, recall, flew her to NYC.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 June 2018 19:26 (one year ago) link

xpost (Also missed 1,500 messages here and now see that Alfred posted it a few years back.)

... (Eazy), Friday, 8 June 2018 19:27 (one year ago) link

ha -- I forgot I did.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 June 2018 19:38 (one year ago) link

Shit, I didn't realize the Hagerty thing was so long ago.

louise ck (milo z), Saturday, 9 June 2018 01:20 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Lacks her panache.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:04 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Dorothy Moreland, our server, helps with the cooking and makes much of the Mexican food. She's a whiz. She helps out as a bartender.

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 September 2018 14:48 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

When cold winds swirl snow into drifts and streets are clogged, there is time at home. Time to rummage around for precious old recipes. And in the files of the Eatbeat there are a few with strictly Grand Forks flavor.

One is for Mayor Mike Brown's chili. The other is for the late Mrs. Vilandre's meatloaf.

a Stalin Stale Ale for me, please (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 February 2019 02:41 (eight months ago) link

I must say, I've been skeptical of some of the defenses of her prose, but that first sentence has a weird rhythm and unexpected twist.

a Stalin Stale Ale for me, please (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 February 2019 02:42 (eight months ago) link

oh she's got it

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 18 February 2019 13:24 (eight months ago) link

Wish you would come back to Grand Forks!!!! We could name a windchill after you and warm you up at the Toasted Frog!

— Marilyn Hagerty (@MarilynHagerty) January 21, 2019

unregistered, Monday, 18 February 2019 18:24 (eight months ago) link

eight months pass...

On two recent visits, I found the service quick and hostesses in the seating area friendly and helpful. When I went there with Donna Rio, we found it a pleasant place for visiting.

There is a choice of seating on two levels. There are high tables and tables for two. Booths for more. Flowers on the tables add to the welcome, although the flower on my table was past its prime on another recent visit to Chick-fil-A.

I enjoy the Chick-fil-A sandwich. It’s breast of chicken served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips. And for me, it’s a tasty switch from the everlasting hamburger routine. Other choices at Chick-fil-A include macaroni and cheese, grilled chicken and cob salad.

Kenneth Mabry, a regular customer and retired from the Air Force, says he stops regularly at Chick-fil-A. Originally from Kentucky, he says he likes living in Grand Forks. Among his choices are the Chick-fil-A Nuggets that are served with dipping sauces.

He feels at home at Chick-fil-A because the staff is friendly. He said, “They seem genuine,”

On recent visits, I have noticed a steady flow of customers ordering from the drive through.

Inside Chick-fil-A there is a playground for little children.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 November 2019 22:29 (one week ago) link

not her finest work

j., Sunday, 3 November 2019 23:29 (one week ago) link

That last sentence though

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 November 2019 23:36 (one week ago) link

not her finest work

when you give an artist bad and skimpy materials, you get substandard work

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 4 November 2019 03:59 (one week ago) link

those last two sentences have an eerie cadence to them

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 4 November 2019 04:04 (one week ago) link

At that moment an almost endless line of traffic streamed over the bridge.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 4 November 2019 04:06 (one week ago) link

there are things i just don't understand and the fascination with marilyn hagerty's writing is way at the top of the list

call all destroyer, Monday, 4 November 2019 04:07 (one week ago) link

Inside Chik-fil-A there is a playground for little children.

A child comes from the country, begging admittance to the playground, but Chik-fil-A will not admit him.

Can he hope to enter at a later time? That is possible, says Chik-fil-A.

difficult listening hour, Monday, 4 November 2019 04:07 (one week ago) link

breast of chicken

jmm, Monday, 4 November 2019 04:14 (one week ago) link

xp lolllllll

j., Monday, 4 November 2019 04:22 (one week ago) link

amazing

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 4 November 2019 04:30 (one week ago) link

wait j.d. i didn't even clock yours. we must be on to something.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 7 November 2019 07:48 (six days ago) link


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