Friday, January 23, 2009

Forget-Me-Not Quote for the Week and Dining Like A Diplomat

Quote of the week

"May you through life be blessed,
With friends selected from the best,
And in return may you extend,
That gem of love to every friend."

Minnie Hannah Schaefer
December 26, 1905

From the book: Forget-Me-Not, Forget-Me-Never, Remember the Fun We Had Together: Reminiscences and Memories of New York, collected by Katherine Barrett Baker

Dine Like a Diplomat, please!

Friday night, my husband and I went out for a casual dinner at a small, long time restaurant in Richmond. Charming old mahogany bar, mahogany booths, and the best fried chicken livers one has ever tasted. The place was packed. We were invited by the hostess to wait at the bar for our table ans asked if we wanted a drink. My husband nodded "yes", and we sat down at the bar.
The woman seated next to me, clearly on a first date, had her huge, overnight sized, duffel bag style black leather "purse" plopped all over the bar. It took up my whole place. We said nothing, and waited. When the busy waitress served our drinks 5-10 minutes later, my husband finally had to interrupt this woman, still consumed talking at her date, and ask her to please move her purse. She looked up as if there was no one else in the bar and we were interrupting her and invading her space. She then begrudgingly placed her bag at her feet.
Tip: Please ladies, mind your purse. If you can "clutch" it in one hand, it may be placed in front of you at the bar or on a table. If it is the size of a small suitcase, please place it at your feet or on your lap. Try also to be aware of others, and what is going on around you, especially in a crowded bar.

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