How to Make a Joint Decision

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Reader Comments (31)

How about heating half of your sandwich.

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr Chef

Funny, as always. Among my friends, we have a rule that you can't veto unless you propose an alternate idea.

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOlie

Still awesome

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheo

I proposed Olie's Rule but it was vetoed.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHapless

Professional tip: the only way to ensure a successful joint decision about food is to employ an actual joint.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

Ah yes, the dreaded Don't Care But Not That. I find it was more common with now-ex-girlfriends than coworkers, though. Of course, at my work, there's only like 2 or 3 decent choices for lunch nearby that you can do without needing to take a 2 hour lunch, so that narrows it down pretty quick.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

7-11 has awesome food. I wish we had them here. Funny comic!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynico

At my house, we don't know what restaurant we are going to until we see it as we're driving around. This habit drives all of my Brothers-in-law crazy.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEH

Olie: Genius! Problem solved.

Hmmm, Rick's logic is failing in more than one way. Quizno's serves cold sandwiches too, and of course they'll serve them that way if you ask, as well.

Of course, it's obvious he's just trying to be annoying, so I really shouldn't analyze his words.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

Sometimes, the best course of action is to be a leader. "I'm going to Quizno's. Would you like to come with me?"

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

you get strange looks if you ask for half you sandwich toasted. But subway did it for my wife anyway.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDino

Boy does THIS ever sound familiar.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Our friends use the nuclear option for joint decisions: someone picks out the worst possible thing and everyone has a limited amount of time to find something better or we're stuck.

Works for restaurants and movie rentals!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate

It's because of discussions like this that we constructed the "Wheel of Lunch" at my old office... the first rule of the Wheel of lunch is that you never question the Wheel of Lunch.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJM

"Heat lamped to perfection" Truly classic!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohnT

I have had 7-11 lunch many of times.

also a 7-11 dinner as well.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrommet

I suspect you've been hiding in my office around lunch time... every day. Stop spying on us!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoltBait


That's actually a good rule.

Ha! Whattyaknow? I just learned something useful on Basic Instructions.


February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

I used to drive a school bus for group trips of 5 - 30 students. Had to often impose Tyrant Law: We eat wherever they feed the bus driver free!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterImmortal1

Most governments need to develop this skill that you so masterfully demonstrate.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterContrajoe

Gad! I used to work at this place & every Friday the whole "team" went to lunch together. Since it was 8 people that meant 2 cars. The whole morning revolved around variations on this exact conversation. Eventually everyone would agree on a place. Then get into two different cars and have the whole damn conversation all over again & end up at two different places - each car at its own place.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersillyus

It is really hard to decide especially if you have different likes and dislikes. Better yet you have something packed from home. LOL...

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKresta

The perfect analysis of a joint decision. Ask for input then do your own thing!

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJawfin

I understand the "Anywhere but there", but why won't they offer an alternative?

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

"At my house, we don't know what restaurant we are going to until we see it as we're driving around. This habit drives all of my Brothers-in-law crazy." –– EH

EH, I'm sure that your family is lovely in every other way, but if I were one of your brothers-in-law I would have divorced y'all a long time ago.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

If we can't make a decision within 90seconds I'll go get what I want by myself. It's not like I need someone to hold my hand.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul_Bags

among my friends we have what we call the "rule of equilibrium" which states:

If we cant agree on a movie within 30 minutes of being at the rental place we must rent Equilibrium.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

I used to have this problem when a buddy of mine and I hung out until we wrote our top favorite eateries down and started letting a 20-sider do the thinking for us.

Yes, we're nerds, what OF it?

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Interesting how Rick always takes the feminine position... One of my annoyances with dating was the "I don't care where we eat" line followed by a never-ending stream of vetoes interspersed with "I'm not picky" and "anything is fine."

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

I've had that exact conversation so many times that it isn't really funny. Except that it is.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermcarp

King's Spork Buffet - I would eat there just for the name.
I am a name-whore.

February 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStefing
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