# Going out on a date.

1. Jun 27, 2008

My bid of $255,499.99 for lunch with Warren Buffet got beat out on e-bay by some fat-cat with more resources than I was able to dig up,$255,500.00. So instead, I took my wife out to lunch for $12 at the local Vietnamese noodle house. Eat your heart out u***e. There's good news on the inflation front, last year the Warren Buffet Lunch Index was$650,100. I had bid in that one too, but my $649,099.99 offer was not enough. I would have bid as much this year, but gas prices have eaten into my finances. It's a charity auction. I don't know the details, but as I understand it, when you get something in return for a charitable contribution, you have to knock that much off the tax credit. Buffett will entertain the winner and seven companions at New York's Smith & Wollensky steakhouse. I assume that means that he will be picking up the tab. Their web site, http://www.smithandwollensky.com/nyLunchmenu.htm" [Broken], shows high prices, but not outrageous like the$6 I shelled out for noodles. Filet Oscar, a steak made from the hind-quarters of a puppet, costs less than a dollar (41/47 to be exact). It looks like if everyone gets steak, salad, two sides, desert, a good wine, and a toy (the happy meal) it would run less than $100/per. Let's be vague and say that the meal is worth$800, you don't get socked for what Warren eats. So the tax credit for charity is a mere $254,700. But who gets it? Does Warren claim that he sold his time for the going price in a public auction and then gave the money to charity? My friend Rosie Fishnet made the same claim just before she got 6 months on a charge of alleviated assault. Or does the John get it? Or both? Any legal eagles here? Last edited by a moderator: May 3, 2017 2. Jun 27, 2008 ### hypatia ahahahhahahaha 3. Jun 27, 2008 ### Moonbear Staff Emeritus :rofl: Okay, I give up, why are there two prices shown for so many of the menu items? Obviously, I don't get out much, because I don't even seem to know how to read a menu anymore. Is one of those prices what you pay if you just want food, and the other the one you pay if you want to obligate your date to sleep with you after? 4. Jun 27, 2008 ### HallsofIvy Staff Emeritus "large" and "small" servings? Actually, my first guess was that one was on 49th and the other on 3rd! 5. Jun 27, 2008 ### Jimmy Snyder Cooking is extra. 6. Jun 27, 2008 ### lisab Staff Emeritus And not at all worth it. How well do you need to cook a puppet, anyway? 7. Jun 27, 2008 ### Jimmy Snyder Dunno, I never ate a raw puppet. Actually, the Lobster Tails are a clue. I liked moonbear's explanation better. Last time we ate there I ordered$47 filet, but unfortunately, my wife wanted the $41 one. Last edited: Jun 27, 2008 8. Jun 27, 2008 ### JasonRox Those prices seem pretty average from I would expect from a nice restaurant. 9. Jun 27, 2008 ### Cyrus Its probably the size in oz of the cut? I never buy steak out anymore because for$40, I can buy POUNDS of filet and feast on it for a week straight. It tastes the same to me too. All they do is fry it. It isnt rocket science. Its a billion % profit.

10. Jun 27, 2008

### Jimmy Snyder

Sometimes they broil it.

11. Jun 27, 2008

### Moonbear

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That looks REALLY expensive to me, especially noting it's the LUNCH menu. You'd be hard-pressed to convince me that a burger is worth $16 no matter who cooked it. I balk at an$8 burger in hotel restaurants, and those don't have a la cart sides. I agree with Cyrus on that, restaurants mark up the beef so much it's ridiculous. And I can cook a steak at home ($40-$50 would buy me a LOT of steak). When I go to a restaurant, I like to order foods that require some talent to cook, or at least creativity. Any moron can sear a steak or make creamed spinach. Not everyone can make good sauces and come up with creative dishes that you're not going to cook at home. If I order steak when out, it means someone took me to a really boring restaurant with limited selections on the menu.

12. Jun 27, 2008

### ~christina~

I have to say something about the price that you pay for food.

I went to a local steak house and bought a large large steak (grilled) for 20 and it was a good inch thick.. They had larger steaks for more but I don't think anyone could eat the whole thing. I even had to wrap up the rest of the steak and bring it back home to eat.
Places like outback steakhouse rip people off good. The steaks there are half the size of the one I got and are are the same or even more expensive than the steak house that I went too.

13. Jun 27, 2008

### Moonbear

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Someone took me to a fancy steak house where the steaks were monstrous! I ate a little corner of it, and the waiter kept asking me if it was okay, if there were any problems with the food, yadda yadda yadda. No problems, I just didn't need to eat a steak the size of my head, and since I was staying in a hotel, had no way to take it with me either. What a waste of food! What is the point of such a ridiculously huge portion? I'd rather someone serve some good food in a reasonable portion than bring me out a steak the size of a dinner plate.

14. Jun 27, 2008

### GeorginaS

A steak the size of your head. I want pictures of that next time, 'kay?