But when I’m by myself in a restaurant, please . . . just leave me alone to read my book and eat my dinner in peace.
Sure, it might just be the milk of human kindness– or it might be a desire for a tip. But every time I eat alone these days, the wait staff annoyingly gloms on to me, asking what I’m reading and making irritating chitchat when I ‘m just trying to read and eat my dinner. It makes the dinner intensely irksome. I don’t want to hear what waiter X has to say — I just want to read my book.
Here’s a tip for the wait staff. Sometimes, at least, the solitary diner with a book isn’t lonely and craving your company. They just want to read. Leave us alone, already!