Always. Without fail. Or else...
At a delightful luncheon at Emma Chase Cafe in Cottonwood Falls, Dave Leiker, her husband, Jack Casner, a friend, character and photographer from KC, and Lori and I waited for Cheryl to perform her obligations. Dave cautioned us that this was mandatory. That no matter how starved a person might be, sampling before Cheryl's shooting was not only irresponsible behavior but could be considered unethical and perhaps even dangerous.
I had just picked up my burger when I realized my mistake. I quickly set it down, scoonched a few french fries over and in general tidied up the plate to restore it to its virginal state.
Cheryl didn't even blink.
"It doesn't work if someone takes a bite first?" I asked.
"Of course not," she said.
I felt like an idiot.
(For more Cheryl, click the link on the right for Flyover People.)