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Sunday, September 7, 2008

People Can't Handle the Truth

(note: it would be helpful to read the previous post before reading this one)

A certain message board -- I won't say which -- takes itself a bit too seriously

So I ended up posting a comment on Chowhound about the conversation I had earlier today with a Chinese gentleman who just arrived in New York to attend school. This fellow told me he liked Ollie's better than the Chinese food he ate in China.

Sadly, I am no longer able to share with you the exact contents of my post, as it was deleted from the message board within about 10 minutes. Basically I just said how this guy liked Ollie's and that Ollie's was indeed a really authentic Chinese restaurant where one can get great Orange Chicken, etc.

Someone asked, "this is a joke, right?" Another person said the student was probably taken aback by how much meat you get, and indeed, the nice fellow I met today said the beef was really good in his dish. Another person said something like "I read your blog and I am not sure I appreciate you posting your experiment on Chowhound."

Anyway, the post was taken down by the authorities very quickly. Well guess what, Chowhound? I am not sure I appreciate your seriousness and inability to think outside the box. In fact, I definitely DO NOT appreciate it.

See, people are so stuck in their ways. They can't admit that all of this 'authentic' stuff they've been getting isn't all it's cracked up to be. I shouldn't be surprised by any of this -- it was always going to get worse before it got better. A complete paradigm-shift doesn't happen without friction and protest.

Someday, they may rename General Tso's chicken after me.