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Old 3rd May 2021, 16:51
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Originally Posted by LOMCEVAK View Post
I’ll have a whiskey please, Scotch, single malt, Macallans, no ice, no water.
Point of order:

Whiskey is Irish, Whisky (no E) is Scotch.
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Old 3rd May 2021, 17:24
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Originally Posted by LOMCEVAK View Post
A ‘no question’ competition in a bar in Fort Worth: “I’ll have a whiskey please, Scotch, single malt, Macallans, no ice, no water.” The smug look resulting from the assumption that this was totally unambiguous was met with: “Would that be 12 or 18 year old, sir?”. It really is not possible for a Brit to win!
You are winning in either case whether it was a Macallan 12 or an Macallan 18!
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Old 3rd May 2021, 20:05
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Originally Posted by ExAscoteer2 View Post
Point of order:

Whiskey is Irish, Whisky (no E) is Scotch.
“Valid point, Reg”! Thanks for the correction
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Old 5th May 2021, 00:45
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Originally Posted by The Nr Fairy View Post
In a diner in Portsmouth, NH, with an Australian mate, having flown with him from Sydney and arrived in BOS the night before...

Waitress: "Where you from?"

Us: "We've come from Australia."

W: "They've had some real nasty avalanches over there, ain't they?"

U: "Well, that's Austria"...

And I also presented a world map once to the head of the HQ support centre, so the team could work out where Austria was in relation to Australia and allocate support tickets to.
Likewise I mention my other neck of the woods Osterreich to some friends stateside and I get asked about kangaroos. In saying this in Salzburg




Anyhow apart from AAc exchange are there any RAF QHI on exchange duty at Mother Rucker?

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Old 5th May 2021, 06:55
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Originally Posted by beardy View Post
With regard to ordering food in restaurants in the USA, we had crew competitions to see who could complete the order and avoid any of the long list of supplementary questions ( eg what sort of dressing would you like on that?)

There were times when even "I'll have what he's having" didn't work
All the way to the end successfully, including the coffees. “Regular or Decaf?” with a huge smile on her face knowing exactly what we were trying to do!
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Old 5th May 2021, 09:22
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Originally Posted by PlasticCabDriver View Post
All the way to the end successfully, including the coffees. “Regular or Decaf?” with a huge smile on her face knowing exactly what we were trying to do!
I did momentarily perplex a French waiter with a request for café sans plomb.
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Old 6th May 2021, 02:36
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Originally Posted by The Nr Fairy View Post
In a diner in Portsmouth, NH, with an Australian mate, having flown with him from Sydney and arrived in BOS the night before...

Waitress: "Where you from?"

Us: "We've come from Australia."

W: "They've had some real nasty avalanches over there, ain't they?"

U: "Well, that's Austria"...

And I also presented a world map once to the head of the HQ support centre, so the team could work out where Austria was in relation to Australia and allocate support tickets to.

No mystery why Americans always say the name of the country after the city


Heading to Paris, France, just to be sure


In Gulf war 1 & 2 many thought those conflicts took place in the Gulf of Mexico
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Old 6th May 2021, 13:25
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Soon after retirement was on holiday at a Sheraton on Fort Walton Beach, Florida gulf coast. Friday night Happy Hour with a difference - free food if buying a drink. As we were keen to save dollars, wife and I fill our boots from 1700 to 1880 when TV behind the bar shows President Reagan thanking the UK for supporting his F111s based in UK to go attack Libya. Wife and I wonder if this news may affect return home and I go to the bar and order a couple more drinks. Gent on bar stool asks the usual 'Gee are you English'; happy not to be thought Aussie, answer yes. Gent turns out to be a retired US Marine and insists (really insists) on taking us out elsewhere for a dinner. Overwhelmed by his generosity, we tried hard to hide our already full stomachs, and appeared to succeed. It was only during the meal that he discovered my Service past, and this generated more drinks. I have never experienced such open generosity, let alone for strangers, before or since. To my mind an example of the very best of American traits and based on a shared history (might call it a special relationship at a citizen level).
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Old 6th May 2021, 14:17
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On a night stop in Bangor, Maine, all of my crew went to the Mall and popped into the bar for lunch. At the time I was 50 and definitely not young looking, yet I was still asked to prove I was over 21 to have a drink. Later that same day when visiting the transport museum near the Holiday Inn I was asked if I needed a Senior Citizen ticket. You have to laugh at the way they are expected to stick to the rules, rather than use their brains!
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Old 6th May 2021, 16:21
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Originally Posted by huge72 View Post
On a night stop in Bangor, Maine, all of my crew went to the Mall and popped into the bar for lunch. At the time I was 50 and definitely not young looking, yet I was still asked to prove I was over 21 to have a drink. Later that same day when visiting the transport museum near the Holiday Inn I was asked if I needed a Senior Citizen ticket. You have to laugh at the way they are expected to stick to the rules, rather than use their brains!
Huge, we've all had the same thought process with the being carded routine, but actually it's the same reason that so many other things are completely insane - lawyers and lawsuits. If you rely on judgement and observation, it only takes one underage drinker to slip through and you are done in terms of liability etc. So to ensure you can't be sued, the safe way is to card 100% of people. Quite a lot of places let staff use judgement, like saying they will card anybody who appears to be 35 or under, but again, that is a judgement call, so isn't foolproof. It would be nice to think you are being asked because of your debonair and youthful looks, but it's actually so you wont end up in a lawsuit.
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Old 7th May 2021, 09:04
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Originally Posted by Two's in View Post
Huge, we've all had the same thought process with the being carded routine, but actually it's the same reason that so many other things are completely insane - lawyers and lawsuits. If you rely on judgement and observation, it only takes one underage drinker to slip through and you are done in terms of liability etc. So to ensure you can't be sued, the safe way is to card 100% of people. Quite a lot of places let staff use judgement, like saying they will card anybody who appears to be 35 or under, but again, that is a judgement call, so isn't foolproof. It would be nice to think you are being asked because of your debonair and youthful looks, but it's actually so you wont end up in a lawsuit.
Whilst in the US I had the same experiences, I asked why ID was needed (they had just refused to serve a 70+ gentleman) and they said it was a State Law and in the case of any trouble, everyone will have ID and proof of who they really are.

What got me, was having to have every one at the bar when ordering a round of drinks to prove who they were for (that was Hawaii)
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Old 7th May 2021, 13:10
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I remember a trip to Mather AFB on Red Flag support to the Tankers.

We were accomodated in downtown Sacramento. The first bar we tried they wanted ID just to enter. Unfortunately they refused to accept the RAF F1250 Service ID as valid ID. Needless to say we took our custom elsewhere.
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Old 8th May 2021, 12:34
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Originally Posted by beardy View Post
With regard to ordering food in restaurants in the USA, we had crew competitions to see who could complete the order and avoid any of the long list of supplementary questions ( eg what sort of dressing would you like on that?)

There were times when even "I'll have what he's having" didn't work
Similar game, but the other way 'round ... I was part of a large group touring various parts of the USA, and on the last night we all met-up in Los Angeles for a final meal before our flight home the next day. Massive table for 25 I think it was. The lady came over to give us the menus ... as she handed a menu to each person, each person said 'thank you', and she replied 'you're welcome'. 25 times. She came back about 10 minutes later to take the orders from each person, each person said 'thank you', and she replied 'you're welcome'. 25 times! She came back with the drinks order and everyone individually said 'thank you' and she gave the standard reply. 25 times. Food was delivered, 'thank you', yadda, yadda yadda! More drinks, 'thank you', yadda, yadda yadda! When we'd finished she collected all the empty plates etc to another round of 'thank you', yadda, yadda yadda!
It was only when we were leaving that she realised we'd been doing it all deliberately! She did get a big tip though.
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