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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Check, please!

DH and team won their Friday night softball game. :)

We had a lowkey weekend, pretty much just relaxed and lounged at home. We only went out to eat and visit Costco.

On Sat nite, we had dinner at a Japanese restaurant which we frequent. We had an early dinner at 5p as we were starving and the last meal we had was brunch at 10-ish.

We were seated at a corner table. It's a small restaurant and nearly empty except for a couple of tables. One of the occupied tables was next to us. The 2 women sitting next to us were talking loudly. They were not screaming but their voices were loud. DH & I could not even concentrate on reading the menu. We found it disruptive and not to mention very annoying. We've been in noisy restaurants but this was just annoying as the restaurant was very quiet and all you could hear was these 2 patrons yacking loudly.

When we ordered our dinner, we requested the waitperson if she could move us a little farther away as we told her, it was very loud sitting to the 2 women. The waitress seemed a bit put off at our request as that would mean we would occupy a 4 person table, instead of a 2 person table. Hey, it's 5p, the place is empty. You're not going to get a rush hour crowd at this time. Wth? If the place was packed and busy then I can understand the reluctance.

She relunctantly moved us to a farther table. We sat down and even though we could still hear them talk, it wasn't as loud and annoying as if were sitting right next to them. DH & I enjoyed our sushis peacefully.

We wondered at some point if DH & I should have said something to them but then that would also infringe on their right to eat/talk, etc... it wasn't worth it, it was easier to move to another table.

Question of the day: At what point do you find next table chatter annoying?


On a side note, I stumbled upon this inn: Cottage Inn at Pismo Beach. It looks very quaint and cozy with ocean views. Another idea for our road trip. :)


Blogger brandy said...

When the talk to turns to a)STD's b) infidelity C)how great last nights sex session was d) just plain ol arguing/screaming or e)swooning over disco music, I will find a different seat. It's been my experience it's always just easier to move than to request someone else to be quiet. Because once you do, then they are annoyed and stare at you for the rest of the meal. This has been my experience. Oh, sidenote, love, love, love the cottage!

April 18, 2007 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger SWF41 said...

When it's a one-sided cellphone conversation. grrrrrrrrrrr

I think moving is better than saying something, except for the cellphone conversation. Then I definitely say something.

April 18, 2007 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger brookem said...

i would move rather than say something too. if it just gets too loud and too annoying, id move.

April 18, 2007 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Ally said...

If a restaurant is relatively empty, I'd rather be away from others anyway. I know it's a little more convenient for servers, but when it's otherwise quiet and you're next to others--you feel like you're eavesdropping anyway.

April 18, 2007 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

If it were an uncrowded restaurant and they wanted to seat me next to these two, I would have asked for somewhere else before we were seated. Whenever possible, I prefer a booth of some type compared to an open table. But you get in where you fit in, I guess.

I wouldn't have said anything to them. I would have just asked to be moved.

April 18, 2007 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love me some sushi and i have this great little place i go to with my friends all the time.

i don't know that i'd have said anything. i would have asked to be moved also. because sometimes i forget myself and turn into one of those loud talkers.

April 18, 2007 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Trixie said...

brandy -- i agree on all counts.

swf41 - oooh those 1 sided cell phone conversations are annoying too. at the restaurants, on the bus, etc..

brookem, aaron, ally - i agree with everyone about just moving to another table.

kate- welcome and thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. :) sushis are the best. i could eat them everyday.

April 19, 2007 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger B said...

when it becomes repetitive- you know those people that talk just to hear themselves- drives me nuts

April 19, 2007 at 4:14 PM  

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