Expectations are both good and bad. Most recently I had the experience of having great expectations for an evening dining and I left not empty handed; but certainly empty. I realize dining is about dining and an experience should be straight forward; yet when you have contacts and acquaintances who are willing to extend an arm of service to make an evening over the top you gladly accept and look forward to the evening. I did just that.
Unfortunately life is sometimes about chance and in my case my horse did not come in. I understand aspects of VIP treatment and realize that added benefit may make good well beyond great; I was expecting that. Bad idea.
I now believe and understand that VIP treatment can come an go like good news; in our experience it left with judgment on appearance. We have youthful looks and are always first judged by appearance...too bad. In doing so many believe we will not see, know and absorb the differences in meals and experiences from the wrote to the mind blowing.
I could go on though my point is clear; every experience should go beyond expectations. It is unfortunate that what could have been fabulous turned out to be less than ordinary.
To note, we were so under expected our cheese was served with multiple dried exterior crusts not perfectly matured and presented as promised. And when I mentioned this flaw; yes flaw in service I was told that all cheeses have rinds and that is to be expected...no s..t; though cheese should not be served with a crusty cut side do to exposure to air and an unwillingness to trim and present the best possible product. In fact, after my complaint I was offered more cheese--with more dried crusty exterior.
I wonder, if I was known and a somebody or perhaps was just pretentious would I have received better service and cheese? I hope not, I hope life is fair and we all get the same; and I know that is not true and I have been a subject of serving the ultimate to what I believe are our ultimate guests.
Once again I am part of my own education.