Guess who came to my lunch today...and it's not Sidney Poitier (do any of you even get that?).
I got to work this morning, and one of my co-workers told me that President Hinckley was going to be at our banquet. She then said that Elder Oaks and Elder Scott were also on the guess list. I hurriedly went and got my black shirt and my blue vest (BYU Catering), changed, ran up to the kitchen and asked if it was true. My captain told me it was, and for some reason, two hours before the guests were even going to arrive, I started getting really nervous. I think part of it was that I had just run up three flights of stairs, and the other part was real nervousness. Anyway, it was a banquet for 80 in our presidential room for some guy that donated a lot of money to start a foundation in his wife's name. There were six of us on the banquet (all maitre d's and captains, no wait staff), and we had every manager from BYU Dining Services breathing down our necks as well. It was quite the ordeal. As I was putting the finishing touches on the room before the guests arrived, I took peek at the place cards to see who was coming. President Hinckley had cancelled (due to old age) and for some reason Elder Scott didn't come, but there at the head table was Elder Oaks place card, along with his wife's. Also in attendance were President Samuelson, Bishop Edgley, Susan Tanner, Andrew Skinner, etc. It was fun. After the room had cleared out, I stayed behind while the rest of the crew was down in the dish room. As I made my way around the room, I decided I deserved a memento, and pocketed Elder Oaks' and Bishop Edgley's place cards. I had to be able to prove that I had served them today!