Friday, February 21, 2014


I was in Glendale, on my way to Quest Diagnostics for a blood test, when I saw this fabulous cluster of signage for Kabab Way, on South Glendale Avenue.  I was fasting for the test so I couldn’t go in.

I was reminded of necessary conditions and sufficient conditions, formal terminology from logic, about which (in truth) I know very little, though in this case I think I understand the basics.  “No heartburn” seems a necessary condition for a decent restaurant, but it just doesn’t seem a sufficient one.

Just as relevant, why stop at heartburn?  Why not hang a sign outside your restaurant  proclaiming other necessary restaurant conditions: “no food poisoning,” “no vomiting," “no diarrhea”?  

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