The Honey Tree restaurant on Southfield Road, south of 12 Mile is on our office lunchtime short list. Its a nice little place-good food and very close to our building. I do have one problem with the place, however.
There is basically one large screen TV, which is visible to most of the restaurant. On the vast majority of weekdays, that TV is set to the Wendy Williams show on what in pre-cable days was known as Channel 20, from Noon to 1. I don't mind Wendy at all. She doesn't take herself too seriously, and I admire that in any man or woman. That said, I am grateful that the Honey Tree mutes the sound during the show.
My problem is with the show's ads. There is an endless parade of local attorney commercials. Yesterday, March 25, 2015, was typical. From 12:30 to 1pm, a span of 30 minutes, there were a lucky 13 lawyer ads, as follows:
No Shatner, no Robert Vaughn. Actual attorneys from the advertising firms were featured. Odd thing, however. Of the total of 6 lawyers who appear in the ads, collectively, only 1 have I ever seen in a courtroom in my long, misguided legal career.
By the way, it is a larger blessing that the sound is off during these commercials.
Mark Grayell of my office indicates that this attorney ad saturation is nothing compared to what the same channel does in the 10-11:30pm time slot. Fortunately, I am not compelled to have the TV on at that time.
The Honey Tree rule is that whoever drives to the restaurant has first choice of a seat facing away from the TV. Sadly, I see a day coming soon when every member of our little group will be separately driving the short distance to the Honey Tree, and we will be scrambling for those seats like a group of kids at the end of a game of Musical Chairs.
On a related note, our receptionist was involved in an auto accident on March 17, 2015. She has already received more than one call asking if she was hurt in an auto accident. March 25 is less than 30 days after March 17, even considering Daylight Savings Time. More to follow.