The Famous Mid Day Cinnamon Roll Stampede

It was a gathering of men.   Lunch at the Hometown Buffet at Country Club Center on Watt Ave.  Twenty or so men ranging in age from the mid thirties to the early seventies.  All the men weighed 250 to well over 400 pounds.  Some using canes and others using walkers to help them get around.

The Grazing started at 2pm well after the lunch rush and we had the restaurant mostly to ourselves.  The first round went by in a flash, catching the wait staff by surprise.  Your out of Shrimp! someone yelled,  other person asked if anyone bring out some more beef, cause there was only a tiny piece left when he was up there.   Slowly the group surrounded the steam tables, choosing new food items missed on the first round.

The men are in a food high, few people are talking, just staring, fading.

A small Asian woman is walking around, checking out the food.  I thought it was odd that she didn’t have plate.  Staff members are replenishing the food, adding new items.  Someone from our group twenty feet way, said ”Cinnamon Rolls” I stayed in my chair, I didn’t smell anything AND when was Cinnamon Rolls an option at Hometown Buffet?

My doubts didn’t deter the herd ,who instantly snapped out of a state of  unconsciousness revived by the sounds and smells of hot Cinnamon Rolls leaping to their feet.  I remained seated, this is after all Hometown Buffet and watched these men attempting to run to the steam tables.  One thick gentleman with a turbocharged walker was forcing his arthritic brothers out of his way, pushing them into various table and chairs.

 Between them and the promise rolls was an unsuspecting Asian woman who is oblivious  to the 400 million pounds of manhood charging her way.  I looked to the staff, hoping one of them would intervene and save her from Armageddon. But they stayed away.  I asked one of the wait staff, if they had more Cinnamon Rolls and if they did they need to bring them out NOW!  You got fat people here, it could get real ugly! The young man went in the back and ran out and said something to his co-workers and the three of them ran back to the kitchen .

It was too late for the lady, they were at the steam table.  Her expressions went from surprise to shock, as she was completely surrounded by the crazed crowd.  No one said excused me as the reached around and over her to get to the dessert.   Some of the men were using utensils from the other steam trays hacking at the rolls .  Meanwhile, two women, I’m assuming a part of her group, were watching helplessly.   In less than two minutes it was over.  Or was it!

The three women left the area . However, there were several men standing in silence with empty plates..  Two staff member replaced the empty tray with a new tray of Cinnamon Rolls.   One of the staff member’s stayed to serve the Rolls, while a  man and a women brought out two trays and placing a towel underneath the trays and served Rolls from the other side.   I stood up to see if the three women were still in the restaurant?  The experience may have been too much. GONE!   I ask the a staff member about the Cinnamon Rolls? She said during slow times they put out different foods.  But the manger said he don’t want you guys to come back.










Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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