i am wondering if those lousy mashed potatoes could have been any worse than your dinner companion...having to eat with a pompous, arrogant, intellectually challenged person must be tough enough. i am glad you have taken over this column which was severly compromised by lemons. kudos for that. anything is better than lemons..who most of us predicted would not last 12 months on the beat. he had the disrespect of the entire "foodie" community..he became a characature of himself--the quintessential garroulous fool who had nothing to say. of course he would then defend himself by attacking his critic. what a mench! what a failure! we all wish you the best of luck in your recent endeavor.