But the great thing about an experience is that there are many in a lifetime. After I complained, the restaurant took the meal off my credit card and comped a second visit.

The food at the second visit was indeed exquisite. And this time, they even brought the right dish — and a salad between courses, no less.

Which shows that hope and calamity may walk hand in hand, but every experience is what you, or what you make someone else, make of it.