"So then he's ready to order. They order the soup, salad, and breadsticks deal with the all-you-can-eat soup or whatever. He demands that the bowl be full. 'I like a lot of soup. Last time, there was only about THIS MUCH soup in the bowl. I like a lot of soup,' he says while holding his index finger and thumb a few inches apart. This is, in fact, a lot of soup to ask for. The waiter responds with, 'Well, it's all portioned out, so… but it is all-you-can-eat, so I can just bring you more.' This seems to suffice for the old man, as he drops the issue.
"The salad, as is customary, comes out first. 'Can I have ranch?' the old man asks. 'Well, the salad is already dressed, do you want a side of ranch?' the waiter responds. 'No. I want a new salad. With ranch. But leave this for these folks,' the Old Man demands, motioning towards his companions. The waiter explains that he can't, since they didn't order salad. Old man settles for a side of ranch.