When dining alone, is it rude to read?

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  1. computerpro3

    computerpro3 Senior member

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    Something I'm debating on personally....

    When dining alone at a fine establishment (not necessarily French Laundry, but definitely a nicer local place) with the goal of having a leisurely lunch, is it rude to bring reading material - say a book or newspaper?

    What about surfing the web on a cellphone? And ereader? iPad?

    These are all things I've seen people doing lately - and admittedly, am tempted to do myself. After all, what can be better than duck fat fries and Dostoevsky? The one thing that stops me is that I'm concerned it may be standoffish to the waiter or the chef.

    Opinions?
     


  2. Hombre Secreto

    Hombre Secreto Senior member

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    Why the fuck would you think that's rude?
     


  3. Reynard369

    Reynard369 Senior member

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    It's not rude.
     


  4. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    I was out for a steak on Sun night at my local kick azz italian place and I almost ALWAYS take a magazine to read. I don't do the Berry thing and never talk when I get a cal...
     


  5. computerpro3

    computerpro3 Senior member

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    Not sure why I think it's rude. I think the phone I could probably get away with, but I'm wondering if people would roll their eyes if I was using the Nook/iPad/larger size technology.
     


  6. Slopho

    Slopho Senior member

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    I'd feel sorry for you if I looked over and saw you reading something by yourself at a restaurant. No offense.
     


  7. computerpro3

    computerpro3 Senior member

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    I'd feel sorry for you if I looked over and saw you reading something by yourself at a restaurant. No offense.
    Why?
     


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    randallr Senior member

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    Why?

    Where in Cincinnati will you be dining?
     


  9. Icehawk

    Icehawk Senior member

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    Why?

    You just look lonely.

    I loved travelling for work except the eating alone part... but yeah, I'd read a book or magazine when I would go out to eat most times.
     


  10. computerpro3

    computerpro3 Senior member

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    Where in Cincinnati will you be dining?
    My usual nicer lunch spots are Via Vite, Jean Robert's Table, and The Bistro (the old Jean Ro). For hole in the wall type places, Krishna Indian, Ramundo's Pizza, Terry's Turf Club.
     


  11. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    I do it all the time, all the fucking time
     


  12. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    Seriously? What in the hell would inspire you to ask such a stupid fucking question?

    In a forum full of helicopter-parented nancies asking advice/approval on how to perform the most mundane of tasks, this might be the stupidest question ever asked on here.

    Do you honestly think society expects you to sit there and eat, expressionless, staring straight ahead for your entire meal? And if society did, would you even want to be a part of it?
     


  13. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Seriously? What in the hell would inspire you to ask such a stupid fucking question? In a forum full of helicopter-parented nancies asking advice/approval on how to perform the most mundane of tasks, this might be the stupidest question ever asked on here. Do you honestly think society expects you to sit there and eat, expressionless, staring straight ahead for your entire meal? And if society did, would you even want to be a part of it?
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] One of the great pleasures in life is Sunday brunch with the Sunday newspaper or a book. Just forget about the world for a couple of hours.
     


  14. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I'm surprised how many times threads on dining alone get starting and how many people seem to have a problem with dining by themselves. Hell, I'm going out for lunch along today, just to relax and not have to talk to anyone but the wait staff.
     


  15. ter1413

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    Seriously? What in the hell would inspire you to ask such a stupid fucking question?

    In a forum full of helicopter-parented nancies asking advice/approval on how to perform the most mundane of tasks, this might be the stupidest question ever asked on here.

    Do you honestly think society expects you to sit there and eat, expressionless, staring straight ahead for your entire meal? And if society did, would you even want to be a part of it?


    Spot on FL-Mt-Man!!!
     


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