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The free food was a cold chicken-salad sandwich and a can of soda.

You were not on the right list.

We have done a bunch of those dinners, and I do manage to learn at least one thing each time. Back years ago in a similar time frame to you, we were having high-end plated dinners at some very fine places with prime rib and filet Mignon as dinner choices. There was even one that I recall where we went to a very nice local steakhouse and ordered off the menu. Granted that was just DH and me with 2 sales reps, but we didn’t buy anything.

I am very good at saying no.

We did a bunch of these back in the day because I wanted to learn a lot, and I did. We don’t tend to do them now because I am happy with our financial picture and don’t care to waste the time. The only time we do them now is it it is at a restaurant that I would like to try.

But I have never had such a poor meal as what you describe.

Perhaps I am just on a different list.
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