Friday, October 27, 2006

No Pastrami

This happened at a sandwich shop in the San Jose International Airport as I returned from the Internet Librarian 2006 conference.

The sandwich chef asked, "What would you like?"

I replied, "I would like the vegetarian sandwich."

"What kind of bread?

"I'd like the rye."

"Everything on that?"

"Hold the onions, please."

"No onions. Mustard and mayo?"

"Yes, please."

"What kind of pastrami would you like?"

"I want the vegetarian sandwich."

"Which kind?"

"May I have the vegetarian sandwich?"

"Oh, sure. You get three kinds of cheese. No charge for the cheese."

"Thanks."

A few minutes later I took the paper-wrapped sandwich to the cashier.

She asked, "What kind of sandwich?"

"It's the vegetarian."

"What kind of pastrami on that?"

"No, it's vegetarian."

"Oh, okay. Vegetarian."

So, is there a different definition of "vegetarian" in San Jose?

4 comments:

walt said...

Us folks out here in Silicon Valley ain't never heard of no "vegetarian" stuff. Is that some new kind of pastrami? Like heirloom tomatoes, vegetarian pastrami? That must be it: All sandwiches are pastrami sandwiches. It's the law.

It's also Friday.

walt said...

Us folks out here in Silicon Valley ain't never heard of no "vegetarian" stuff. Is that some new kind of pastrami? Like heirloom tomatoes, vegetarian pastrami? That must be it: All sandwiches are pastrami sandwiches. It's the law.

It's also Friday.

walt said...

Sigh. Pardon the double comments: That must be a new Blogger feature. "If a comment mentions pastrami, post it twice." After all, Google's only seven miles from the San Jose airport.

Anonymous said...

LOL! This reminds me of an interchange I had with a chef once.

CW: What vegetarian options are available?
Chef: Well, we have beef or lamb.
CW: Thanks, but what can you do for vegetarians?
Chef: Chicken?
CW: Um.. no.. vegetarian. No meat!
Chef: What about salmon?
CW: That's fish meat?
Chef: Ok...
CW: Vegetables? Beans?
Chef: And you don't want that with meat?
CW: ...