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Not that I don't like your company, but ...

December 22, 2008 - Lee Smith
I don't have too many pet peeves — slow computers, slow drivers and screaming babies are the main ones — nor do I spend a lot of time dwelling on them ... well, maybe the slow computers. But I've noticed something lately that irritates me, and I'm sharing it to see if perhaps others feel the same.

Several times in recent weeks, my wife and I have gone to restaurants to eat. On no occasion was the restaurant involved full, or even approaching full. Yet hostesses have seated us at tables adjacent to other diners. We had to ask for a table that offered a little more privacy. Why, when a restaurant is empty, must the patrons be crammed together? Convenience for the waitress?

If this weren't bad enough, I've noticed a more disturbing trend at fast food restaurants. Once again, these places weren't full, or even close. I like to try to find a spot where I can read a newspaper or just relax. Yet I've noticed loud conversationalists plunking themselves down right next to me, when there are two dozen other booths or tables open!? Go away, people!

I don't get it. And the way I see it, I'm going to have to invest in some skunk-scented after shave.

 
 

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