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2014-04-29 01:37:33 AM  
The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.
 
2014-04-29 01:47:54 AM  

DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.


WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.
 
2014-04-29 07:15:25 AM  
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Approves.
 
2014-04-29 07:17:59 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: [i236.photobucket.com image 480x264]

Approves.


Needs a fern.
 
2014-04-29 08:05:26 AM  
Can I bring my own giant stuffed animal to dine with, or is that improper etiquette?
 
2014-04-29 08:05:53 AM  
Is it rude to read at the table if you are dining alone?
 
2014-04-29 08:06:23 AM  
I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.
 
2014-04-29 08:06:36 AM  
To use a phrase highly disliked by Farkers:

Yeah, no.
 
2014-04-29 08:07:41 AM  

optikeye: DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.

WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.


Sometimes a person doesn't want to chat.
 
2014-04-29 08:07:55 AM  
seat me with this dude and i'll come

heystupid.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-29 08:08:13 AM  
I dine alone because I'm an unpleasant bastard, not because I'm a quirky individual that is just shy. Get this farking thing away from me if you even want me to come back!
 
2014-04-29 08:09:11 AM  

optikeye: DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.

WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.


I agree. A few months ago I was at a Chili's restaurant eating at the bar and this nice guy--about my age, relatively nice--started chatting me up and bought me a couple of margaritas. When we finished eating, we went back to his place and...

You get the idea.

/Still have his number
//Must...call...him...
 
2014-04-29 08:09:20 AM  

namegoeshere: Is it rude to read at the table if you are dining alone?


One can't be rude if there's nobody else to offend (or nobody whose opinion you care about, anyway).
 
2014-04-29 08:09:45 AM  
Must have worked, this guy brought his two fellow diners home!

picsthatdontsuck.com
 
2014-04-29 08:10:25 AM  
There must be a Calvin and Hobbes strip that would fit this thread but hell if I can think of it.
 
2014-04-29 08:10:52 AM  

LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.


I sometimes being my tablet and get onto the restaurant's wireless network to watch the news or something. Always considerate, though sqq head phones are a must
 
2014-04-29 08:10:59 AM  
"gigantic stuffed animals are seated across the table from solo diners"

Yeah, that'll make you much less conspicuous.  Just get carry-out if you can't deal.
 
2014-04-29 08:11:49 AM  

maram500: LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.

I sometimes being my tablet and get onto the restaurant's wireless network to watch the news or something. Always considerate, though sqq head phones are a must


Always considerate, though--headphones are a must.

(Duck autocorrect.)
 
2014-04-29 08:12:52 AM  

DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.


i've never had that happen

i've eaten alone many times...only times i've eaten at the bar (or at a counter, like at waffle house) were totally my choice. and never has my dine-alone time been due to a social awkwardness, either...sometimes it's because my wife is out of town, sometimes it's because i want to eat food that my family won't eat (middle eastern, etc). and even when i was single, i would go out sometimes instead of getting take out, just because.
 
2014-04-29 08:13:41 AM  
A stuffed animal really does make you more conspicuous. Obviously, this restaurant needs to buy a real doll for solo diners.
 
2014-04-29 08:14:11 AM  
I eat alone 90% of the time. I like to eat out, I'm single, and my friends don't go out period.

Doesn't bother me, I typically just order whatever and read fark or a book on my phone. I don't really care what 'people think'. I'm there to eat.
 
2014-04-29 08:15:21 AM  
Because if there is one thing more sad than dining alone it's doing it with a pretend person.
 
2014-04-29 08:16:24 AM  
This is why I pay 5 people to follow me around all the time and look interested in what I'm saying.
 
2014-04-29 08:20:44 AM  
What if I want to sit with Snufkin?
 
2014-04-29 08:20:45 AM  
I used to eat out for every meal and one or two of them was always alone.  Never saw the big deal in it.  Brought a book to read, relaxed, enjoyed myself.  I usually preferred it.
 
2014-04-29 08:21:09 AM  
Japan?
 
2014-04-29 08:21:51 AM  
Then you get in to a conversation with the stuffed animal. Maybe you make a connection. Maybe there's some chemistry. There's no denying it. This stuffie and you are really connecting. So, you slide your chair around the table so the conversation can get a little more personal. Stre in to those big, button eyes. Order some wine. Maybe touch stuffie's arm. Oh that's soft. Stuffie aint saying "no" and those big button eyes tell you she's just as in to this as you are. "Oh you got something on your cute cheek. Let me get that for you." Fluffy paw upon your chest. Oh my.

So you go in for the kiss and next thing you know, you're in the alley and the bus boys are kicking in your kidneys. You'll be pissing blood for a week, but it was worth it. You try to get to see stuffie again but the maitre d has your number on his shiat list and won't take a reservation from you no matter hard you try. Get a throwaway phone, try an accent "I vould like to get table zee-ix wit zee be-a-uteeful blue bear-a for a zingle." "Harry, you call here again and I'll call the cops. Get help. You need it."

Stuffie! I've thrown a thousand baseballs at a hundred milk bottles. The plush toys I win are nothing compared to you. You understand me! You get me! I wait in the alley every night hoping someone will spill wine on you and the restaurant throws you out. Even with the wine of another upon you, you are still mine as I am yours. My life is just a boring repetition of race car racing, Presidential brain surgeries, spaceship flying and massive wealth gathering without you!
 
2014-04-29 08:22:07 AM  

Madison_Smiled: What if I want to sit with Snufkin?


I guess... but that means I get Teddy Ruxpin. Woo! Story with my dinner!
 
2014-04-29 08:22:51 AM  

pippi longstocking: I dine alone because I'm an unpleasant bastard, not because I'm a quirky individual that is just shy. Get this farking thing away from me if you even want me to come back!


This.  I dine out alone when I've done a poor job of meal planning, have an urge for some difficult to cook meal, am away from home, and basically when I'm hungry.  I'm content with my solitude.
 
2014-04-29 08:23:42 AM  
Is this not Big Bang Theory material? If a person is actually quite socially awkward then this would make them ever more comfortable, certainly. Myself, and probably for most people, it would end up starting conversations.
 
2014-04-29 08:24:11 AM  
The success of McDonalds/Starbucks is down in part to that you can eat there alone without feeling weird.
 
2014-04-29 08:26:34 AM  

optikeye: DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.

WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.


And usually a couple TVs. A table is where I sit if I have a newspaper or a book, bar is all other times.

/I travel a lot for work
//ate at the bar here in Mexico City last night
 
2014-04-29 08:27:09 AM  
By the way, this is the second thread in as many days that suggests that those of us who are Alone and who go to restaurants Alone are supposed to feel BAD about it.  Has it ever occurred to Society In General that there are some people who simply function better when they're not with other people?  We are doing just fine by ourselves and we don't need your shaming or your pity.
 
2014-04-29 08:28:26 AM  
Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone?

Add me to the long list of farkers saying "Nope".
 
2014-04-29 08:29:20 AM  
Approves:www.coffeecoffeeandmorecoffee.com
 
2014-04-29 08:31:54 AM  
oh my gosh. I love the idea!! I would sit with a huge stuffed bear and play with his bowtie. it would be amazing. probably the best date I would ever be on!
 
2014-04-29 08:33:06 AM  

FLMountainMan: I used to eat out for every meal and one or two of them was always alone.  Never saw the big deal in it.  Brought a book to read, relaxed, enjoyed myself.  I usually preferred it.


Same here.  I traveled for my job so I've eaten thousands of dinners solo.  I have a book on me wherever I go (smartphones have really made this easier) so being alone for a meal has never been any big deal.
 
2014-04-29 08:33:59 AM  
But does the stuffed animal ever pick up the check?!  Noooooo....
 
2014-04-29 08:35:42 AM  

DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.


This.
 
2014-04-29 08:37:48 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: By the way, this is the second thread in as many days that suggests that those of us who are Alone and who go to restaurants Alone are supposed to feel BAD about it.  Has it ever occurred to Society In General that there are some people who simply function better when they're not with other people?  We are doing just fine by ourselves and we don't need your shaming or your pity.


I think it's that dining alone in public makes many people uncomfortable and they try not to do it. So, when they see someone dining alone they assume that person is uncomfortable too.

The number of people who prefer to dine alone appears to be a small minority so it's not really surprising if those people are not well understood by the majority.

People are also naturally suspicious of loners who shun the company of other humans. As social animals the "loners' are most likely to be the dangerous or insane ones. I am NOT saying all who eat alone are insane or dangerous, but instinct does make some people suspicious around such a person.

Some people enjoy talking to themselves out loud to figure things out. However most people will NOT sit next to that person on the bus given a choice.
 
2014-04-29 08:38:15 AM  
I order a table for two.  Two drinks, appetizer and two meals.  Then I tell the waitstaff that my supermodel girlfriend is late.  Probably held up at the Sport Illustrated photo shoot.  Gotta be careful with those thong photos when it comes to SI, you know.  After I eat, I flip open my phone and have an imaginary fight with my imaginary super model girlfriend:  "Your career?!  What about us?! Oh, you say you do but you're not here!  You're probably standing topless with a micro bikini bottom and  your perfect breasts exposed for all the world to see.  You don't care about me!  You don't care about us!"

Then, I either run crying in to the men's room where I climb out a window or, if it's a fancy place like IHOP, I get her meal to go, leave a generous tip and storm out in a huff and sob quietly while waiting for the bus.
 
2014-04-29 08:39:01 AM  
eatinginbrowardwithhanna.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-29 08:39:50 AM  
Pls just post some oppai pics and let's be done w/ this thread.
 
2014-04-29 08:39:58 AM  

phaseolus: Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone?

Add me to the long list of farkers saying "Nope".


Also nope. Cripes, you're in a restaurant, not at a school dance alone.

/recall recently reading about robot dance partners
//probably also Japan
 
2014-04-29 08:40:36 AM  

Ker_Thwap: I dine out alone when I've done a poor job of meal planning, have an urge for some difficult to cook meal, am away from home, and basically when I'm hungry.  I'm content with my solitude.


Me too.  I have no issue dining alone. Most of the time it's because of that hard to cook/requires pricey ingredients that I will not use all of/I just don't want to make the mess the dish requires thing.

 If I wanted to dine with a giant silent partner, I could always go out to dinner with my ex.
 
2014-04-29 08:44:44 AM  
I want hot wings and pasta so badly, I think I will find a bar with some shiatty spaghetti and some glorious wings and order both. For myself.
 
2014-04-29 08:46:41 AM  

ltdanman44: seat me with this dude and i'll come

[heystupid.files.wordpress.com image 450x338]



static.comicvine.com
Have this dudette sit on me and I'll come

/2011 Cheetara kicks 80's Cheetara's ass in every way possible
 
2014-04-29 08:46:58 AM  
As awkward as a dinner with Kawaii?

www.independent.co.uk
 
2014-04-29 08:47:58 AM  
pbs.twimg.com

That's a Hell of a lot of pancakes. Are they turning into Americans?
OH SH*T IT'S A GHOST!
Sorry, I panicked.
 
2014-04-29 08:54:21 AM  

MythDragon: /2011 Cheetara kicks 80's Cheetara's ass in every way possible


NO U
www.cheezey.org
 
2014-04-29 08:54:38 AM  
anongallery.org
 
2014-04-29 08:56:49 AM  

LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.


Or a crossword puzzle. I used to pull 'em up on my PC and print them out to bring with. Now I have an app.

/Shortyz app by Robert "kebernetz" Cooper
 
2014-04-29 08:58:10 AM  
Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone?

No. Sometimes I'm flying solo and just want a meal that I don't have to cook and I don't mind sitting in public while doing so. I don't care about what strangers think so there's nothing to make me feel self conscious.

Just give me a window seat so I can stare out at traffic (or keep an eye on my motorcycle) while I read/ponder life/browse the web/whatever. If I wasn't ok with being there solo, I wouldn't be there.
 
2014-04-29 08:58:51 AM  
The only way I could set through dinner after that is knowing the stuffed animal was picking up the tip.
 
2014-04-29 08:59:04 AM  

ltdanman44: seat me with this dude and i'll come

[heystupid.files.wordpress.com image 450x338]


public dining is not your personal erotica site.
 
2014-04-29 08:59:52 AM  
I wonder how many single men will start showing up to hook up with teh babez.
 
2014-04-29 08:59:53 AM  

namegoeshere: Is it rude to read at the table if you are dining alone?


That's what I do when I dine alone.  Hey, if you are out of town on business and you don't want to live on pizza and fast food, what else are you supposed to do?
 
2014-04-29 09:01:46 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: Then you get in to a conversation with the stuffed animal. Maybe you make a connection. Maybe there's some chemistry. There's no denying it. This stuffie and you are really connecting. So, you slide your chair around the table so the conversation can get a little more personal. Stre in to those big, button eyes. Order some wine. Maybe touch stuffie's arm. Oh that's soft. Stuffie aint saying "no" and those big button eyes tell you she's just as in to this as you are. "Oh you got something on your cute cheek. Let me get that for you." Fluffy paw upon your chest. Oh my.

So you go in for the kiss and next thing you know, you're in the alley and the bus boys are kicking in your kidneys. You'll be pissing blood for a week, but it was worth it. You try to get to see stuffie again but the maitre d has your number on his shiat list and won't take a reservation from you no matter hard you try. Get a throwaway phone, try an accent "I vould like to get table zee-ix wit zee be-a-uteeful blue bear-a for a zingle." "Harry, you call here again and I'll call the cops. Get help. You need it."

Stuffie! I've thrown a thousand baseballs at a hundred milk bottles. The plush toys I win are nothing compared to you. You understand me! You get me! I wait in the alley every night hoping someone will spill wine on you and the restaurant throws you out. Even with the wine of another upon you, you are still mine as I am yours. My life is just a boring repetition of race car racing, Presidential brain surgeries, spaceship flying and massive wealth gathering without you!


+100 internets to you, would lulz again.
 
2014-04-29 09:04:04 AM  
When I go on business trips I usually end up eating alone in a restaurant. I'm usually just there to do a training so I don't know anyone. I'm actually disappointed when I am asked by whatever group to go out. There's something about being someplace completely unfamiliar and alone that's strangely peaceful.

I don't travel outside the US often, but eating alone seems to be more common in Europe.
 
2014-04-29 09:04:51 AM  
So how much extra does it cost you take your date into the bathroom for a quickie?

Probably a lot if the situation deteriorates into a one-sided shouting match over who stretched its SPH and why it's dissatisfied with you and maybe it'd enjoy spending time with you more if it actually ate something worth going to a goddamn restaurant for. And then you haul it back out to the table and that little fluffy biatch just sits there staring at you with 2 black eyes for the rest of the night, saying nothing.
 
2014-04-29 09:04:54 AM  

SpectroBoy: Pants full of macaroni!!: By the way, this is the second thread in as many days that suggests that those of us who are Alone and who go to restaurants Alone are supposed to feel BAD about it.  Has it ever occurred to Society In General that there are some people who simply function better when they're not with other people?  We are doing just fine by ourselves and we don't need your shaming or your pity.

I think it's that dining alone in public makes many people uncomfortable and they try not to do it. So, when they see someone dining alone they assume that person is uncomfortable too.

The number of people who prefer to dine alone appears to be a small minority so it's not really surprising if those people are not well understood by the majority.

People are also naturally suspicious of loners who shun the company of other humans. As social animals the "loners' are most likely to be the dangerous or insane ones. I am NOT saying all who eat alone are insane or dangerous, but instinct does make some people suspicious around such a person.

Some people enjoy talking to themselves out loud to figure things out. However most people will NOT sit next to that person on the bus given a choice.


Heck, between earphones that block out society and assuming a bluetooth device is in play when people who are alone are talking, I'm not sure that holds up in today's world.

/a lot of win in this thread!
 
2014-04-29 09:07:10 AM  
Also dines alone:
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2014-04-29 09:08:07 AM  
filmjunk.com
 
2014-04-29 09:09:15 AM  
So many losers... errr loners that prefer being alone than have company and be social, but then again, from what I see on Fark, I'm actually not surprised.  The odd thing is how much some stated things in a way that indicates that you can't function nor have any interest to interact with others in person, but yet, here you are on Fark stating to an audience of possibly thousands or more about how you're so "in" because you have no problem being a loner.

As a human psyche study, Fark is simply amazing at times.
 
2014-04-29 09:09:45 AM  

jshine: optikeye: DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.

WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.

Sometimes a person doesn't want to chat.


That's when I make all conspicuous-like with the smartphone. And if possible pick a bar stool well away from anyone.

/really not generally antisocial, I swear. Just well-prepared for the occasion.
 
2014-04-29 09:10:47 AM  

ltdanman44: seat me with this dude and i'll come


Whatever gets you aroused man. No judgement.
 
2014-04-29 09:11:01 AM  

optikeye: DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.

WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.


I prefer reading a book alone while I drink European beer that you never heard of while making the server believe I am rich.
 
2014-04-29 09:12:01 AM  

LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.


I concur.
 
2014-04-29 09:13:10 AM  

generallyso: There must be a Calvin and Hobbes strip that would fit this thread but hell if I can think of it.


There are a few of when he's allowed to bring Hobbes to a restaurant. Puts a jacket and tie on him too. Very cute.
 
2014-04-29 09:15:35 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: A stuffed animal really does make you more conspicuous. Obviously, this restaurant needs to buy a real doll for solo diners.


Oh, you sneaked a bar glass out in your purse? How cute. Meet "Janine."
 
2014-04-29 09:16:12 AM  

SpdrJay: This is why I pay 5 people to follow me around all the time and look interested in what I'm saying.


Mr. Trump?
 
2014-04-29 09:16:37 AM  
Never even occurred to me to feel weird about dining alone. Going to the cinema alone wasn't as weird as I thought it would be either.
 
2014-04-29 09:18:18 AM  

imfallen_angel: So many losers... errr loners that prefer being alone than have company and be social, but then again, from what I see on Fark, I'm actually not surprised.  The odd thing is how much some stated things in a way that indicates that you can't function nor have any interest to interact with others in person, but yet, here you are on Fark stating to an audience of possibly thousands or more about how you're so "in" because you have no problem being a loner.

As a human psyche study, Fark is simply amazing at times.


Would you mind pointing out all those posts where someone says they prefer being alone? And state your reasons why people should never want to be by themseves/on their own? And the parts that "indicate" not being able to function or a patrhological lack of interest in interacting with others in person?

/your flawed study is flawed
 
2014-04-29 09:18:46 AM  

Graffito


Hey, if you are out of town on business and you don't want to live on pizza and fast food, what else are you supposed to do?


Room service. It costs a little more but that's why we have expense reports.
 
2014-04-29 09:18:55 AM  

imfallen_angel: So many losers... errr loners that prefer being alone than have company and be social, but then again, from what I see on Fark, I'm actually not surprised.  The odd thing is how much some stated things in a way that indicates that you can't function nor have any interest to interact with others in person, but yet, here you are on Fark stating to an audience of possibly thousands or more about how you're so "in" because you have no problem being a loner.

As a human psyche study, Fark is simply amazing at times.


Just so you know, many of us study you for similar reasons.
 
2014-04-29 09:19:10 AM  

imfallen_angel: So many losers... errr loners that prefer being alone than have company and be social, but then again, from what I see on Fark, I'm actually not surprised.  The odd thing is how much some stated things in a way that indicates that you can't function nor have any interest to interact with others in person, but yet, here you are on Fark stating to an audience of possibly thousands or more about how you're so "in" because you have no problem being a loner.

As a human psyche study, Fark is simply amazing at times.


Eh, get divorced, lose everything, then see how anxious you are to buy another house for someone you hate.

Fark is also a study in how people don't understand logic.  Because someone often dines alone, does not equate to "not being able to function, nor have any interest in interaction.  No one has posited that they are in any way superior to others because of this tendency to dine alone.  That's all in your head.
 
2014-04-29 09:19:56 AM  

brimed03: LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.

Or a crossword puzzle. I used to pull 'em up on my PC and print them out to bring with. Now I have an app.

/Shortyz app by Robert "kebernetz" Cooper


I started doing a cross word with a beautiful bartender one Sunday afternoon. It became a ritual. Never explained to my supervisor why I was always late on Mondays.
 
2014-04-29 09:22:01 AM  
Same here, though some apparently find my bare feet and trench-coat a little off-putting.
 
2014-04-29 09:23:45 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: By the way, this is the second thread in as many days that suggests that those of us who are Alone and who go to restaurants Alone are supposed to feel BAD about it.  Has it ever occurred to Society In General that there are some people who simply function better when they're not with other people?  We are doing just fine by ourselves and we don't need your shaming or your pity.


I would amend that to say there's no we/they divide. I'd bet almost everyone would like to be comfortable eating alone when the mood or need arises. These occasions happen to everyone regardless of outlook and it should be no big deal.
 
2014-04-29 09:24:51 AM  

ohmarcia: oh my gosh. I love the idea!! I would sit with a huge stuffed bear and play with his bowtie. it would be amazing. probably the best date I would ever be on!


Oh Marcia.
 
2014-04-29 09:26:06 AM  

brimed03: LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.

Or a crossword puzzle. I used to pull 'em up on my PC and print them out to bring with. Now I have an app.

/Shortyz app by Robert "kebernetz" Cooper


In college my lunch schedule didn't coincide with my friends so I usually ate by myself at a restaurant instead of the dining hall, and brought the crossword puzzle from that day's newspaper. I usually finished a shortz one, except on Friday. That's how I also learned to drink iced tea with no sweetener, but that's a CSB for another day.

/least interesting man in the world.
//stay hungry, my friends
 
2014-04-29 09:26:20 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: By the way, this is the second thread in as many days that suggests that those of us who are Alone and who go to restaurants Alone are supposed to feel BAD about it.  Has it ever occurred to Society In General that there are some people who simply function better when they're not with other people?  We are doing just fine by ourselves and we don't need your shaming or your pity.


Unless we're talking tear filled obviously stood up Valentines day girl alone at a table for two it never even occurs to me to perceive negative things about an individual diners' situation. Literally never. It confuses me that others do.
 
2014-04-29 09:28:04 AM  

maram500: optikeye: DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.

WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.

I agree. A few months ago I was at a Chili's restaurant eating at the bar and this nice guy--about my age, relatively nice--started chatting me up and bought me a couple of margaritas. When we finished eating, we went back to his place and...

You get the idea.

/Still have his number
//Must...call...him...


Wtf? You call him 2-3 days after not a few months later.
 
2014-04-29 09:32:49 AM  
I'm not a huge fan of going out to eat alone.  I usually only do it when I'm out of town on business.

In town, if I feel like going out to eat, I can almost always find a foodie friend to eat with.  Gotta have somebody to talk about the food.

Otherwise, I'll just cook.  If you're cooking for yourself, you don't have to spend as much time on the presentation, so it's quick and easy.
 
2014-04-29 09:32:54 AM  

Fafai: Never even occurred to me to feel weird about dining alone. Going to the cinema alone wasn't as weird as I thought it would be either.


After all, it's not like you are supposed to be talking or farking the person next to you ordinarily. Going to movies is actually a terrible first few dates activity since it is "alone together" time with a person that has to sit quietly. You might as well go to a library together and ACTuALLY study.
 
2014-04-29 09:34:42 AM  

imfallen_angel: So many losers... errr loners that prefer being alone than have company and be social, but then again, from what I see on Fark, I'm actually not surprised.  The odd thing is how much some stated things in a way that indicates that you can't function nor have any interest to interact with others in person, but yet, here you are on Fark stating to an audience of possibly thousands or more about how you're so "in" because you have no problem being a loner.

As a human psyche study, Fark is simply amazing at times.


That's why I have you tagged as the Sigmund Fraud of Fark. The Carl Junk. The B.S. Spinner.

/and I've no doubt you have a "Skinner box" in your basement
 
2014-04-29 09:36:56 AM  

ltdanman44: seat me with this dude and i'll come

[heystupid.files.wordpress.com image 450x338]


Yes, but what about dinner?
 
2014-04-29 09:38:32 AM  

Fafai: Never even occurred to me to feel weird about dining alone. Going to the cinema alone wasn't as weird as I thought it would be either.


Ok, going to see a matinee of "Frozen" wearing a raincoat and hi-tops was a little weird. It wasn't even cloudy out. Look, you brought it up.
 
2014-04-29 09:39:38 AM  

LaurenAguilera: I want hot wings and pasta so badly, I think I will find a bar with some shiatty spaghetti and some glorious wings and order both. For myself.


I don't know why, but hot wing quality gets a multiplier at dumpy, privately owned bars. Am I crazy?
 
2014-04-29 09:40:12 AM  
I don't mind eating alone but it is awkward when the hostess yells out: "Derkins, party of one!"
 
2014-04-29 09:40:23 AM  
Moomin!

My friend got me into Moomin back when I was a teenager. Tove Jansson was brilliant. I like that it's found a market in Japan, and if I ever make it back there I'm totally going to this place. Screw you haters.

The hattifattener on the coffee is a nice touch.
 
2014-04-29 09:43:52 AM  

Derkins: I don't mind eating alone but it is awkward when the hostess yells out: "Derkins, party of one!"


I'd find it not only awkward but scary if someone shouted my fark handle at me irl too.
 
2014-04-29 09:44:17 AM  

Fano: brimed03: LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.

Or a crossword puzzle. I used to pull 'em up on my PC and print them out to bring with. Now I have an app.

/Shortyz app by Robert "kebernetz" Cooper

In college my lunch schedule didn't coincide with my friends so I usually ate by myself at a restaurant instead of the dining hall, and brought the crossword puzzle from that day's newspaper. I usually finished a shortz one, except on Friday. That's how I also learned to drink iced tea with no sweetener, but that's a CSB for another day.

/least interesting man in the world.
//stay hungry, my friends


Kept forgetting to get sugar packets and were afraid of someone stealing your coat and bag if you went up to get some after you settled in. We've all been there man.

/I *like* my ice tea with no sugar. Really.
 
2014-04-29 09:49:36 AM  

Ker_Thwap: imfallen_angel: So many losers... errr loners that prefer being alone than have company and be social, but then again, from what I see on Fark, I'm actually not surprised.  The odd thing is how much some stated things in a way that indicates that you can't function nor have any interest to interact with others in person, but yet, here you are on Fark stating to an audience of possibly thousands or more about how you're so "in" because you have no problem being a loner.

As a human psyche study, Fark is simply amazing at times.

Eh, get divorced, lose everything, then see how anxious you are to buy another house for someone you hate.

Fark is also a study in how people don't understand logic.  Because someone often dines alone, does not equate to "not being able to function, nor have any interest in interaction.  No one has posited that they are in any way superior to others because of this tendency to dine alone.  That's all in your head.


That would be the only thing in his head.
 
2014-04-29 09:52:49 AM  
I eat alone all the time- it's wonderful. They realize that people do travel for work right? And may not want to spend every meal with coworkers?
 
2014-04-29 09:53:36 AM  

brimed03: Fano: brimed03: LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.

Or a crossword puzzle. I used to pull 'em up on my PC and print them out to bring with. Now I have an app.

/Shortyz app by Robert "kebernetz" Cooper

In college my lunch schedule didn't coincide with my friends so I usually ate by myself at a restaurant instead of the dining hall, and brought the crossword puzzle from that day's newspaper. I usually finished a shortz one, except on Friday. That's how I also learned to drink iced tea with no sweetener, but that's a CSB for another day.

/least interesting man in the world.
//stay hungry, my friends

Kept forgetting to get sugar packets and were afraid of someone stealing your coat and bag if you went up to get some after you settled in. We've all been there man.

/I *like* my ice tea with no sugar. Really.


If you wanted it sweet, why did you order it unsweet?

/Can't imagine trying to get tea sweet enough with packets.  That's what, a hundred of them?
 
2014-04-29 09:59:38 AM  

kroonermanblack: I eat alone 90% of the time. I like to eat out, I'm single, and my friends don't go out period.

Doesn't bother me, I typically just order whatever and read fark or a book on my phone. I don't really care what 'people think'. I'm there to eat.


It took me until my thirties to get rid of the aversion of eating out alone. But, frankly, sometimes I feel like going out to eat, and no one else does. Or no one else wants to go to this or that restaurant for a meal. So hell with it. I read articles on my phone while I wait for my food.
 
2014-04-29 10:00:01 AM  

Orion5k: LaurenAguilera: I want hot wings and pasta so badly, I think I will find a bar with some shiatty spaghetti and some glorious wings and order both. For myself.

I don't know why, but hot wing quality gets a multiplier at dumpy, privately owned bars. Am I crazy?


You ar enot crazy, man. I think it's the unwashed fryers that make them extra awesome or something.
 
2014-04-29 10:10:24 AM  
Kwame, is that you?
 
2014-04-29 10:12:47 AM  

houstondragon: Kwame, is that you?


+100

/took 99 posts?
//I didn't think of it either
///more caffeine everyone!
 
2014-04-29 10:23:44 AM  
cdn2-b.examiner.com

Introducing your new dining companions...

/only the popular loners get more than one!
//seriously, this would make a lol-worthy pshop event
 
2014-04-29 10:25:16 AM  
Before I even clicked the link, I knew...

Japan.
 
2014-04-29 10:39:19 AM  

DarkVader: brimed03: Fano: brimed03: LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.

Or a crossword puzzle. I used to pull 'em up on my PC and print them out to bring with. Now I have an app.

/Shortyz app by Robert "kebernetz" Cooper

In college my lunch schedule didn't coincide with my friends so I usually ate by myself at a restaurant instead of the dining hall, and brought the crossword puzzle from that day's newspaper. I usually finished a shortz one, except on Friday. That's how I also learned to drink iced tea with no sweetener, but that's a CSB for another day.

/least interesting man in the world.
//stay hungry, my friends

Kept forgetting to get sugar packets and were afraid of someone stealing your coat and bag if you went up to get some after you settled in. We've all been there man.

/I *like* my ice tea with no sugar. Really.

If you wanted it sweet, why did you order it unsweet?

/Can't imagine trying to get tea sweet enough with packets.  That's what, a hundred of them?


Ok, i guess i get to tell THAT CSB. The restaurant i ate lunch at didnt have sweetened iced tea. So they brought out the packets. usually i had 2-3 glasses, to which there would be a mountain of sweetener wrappers, that i noticed didnt really make any sweeter, what with the not dissolving well in cold tea. So I gave up and just learned to like it. Much like british cuisine that was a result of WWII blitz deprivations.
 
2014-04-29 10:44:15 AM  
Someone needs to mention The Planet of Leather Moomins here and it looks like it'll be me.

(Is this too obscure for Fark? I wouldn't expect it to be.)
 
2014-04-29 11:03:55 AM  
To make the restauranteurs feel less socially awkward? Because the solo diners don't give a shiat about what other people think of them, I'm betting.

/why do you let what other people do in restaurants make you feel uncomfortable?
//and why is it so hard for you to just MYOB?
 
2014-04-29 11:52:18 AM  

Fano: DarkVader: brimed03: Fano: brimed03: LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.

Or a crossword puzzle. I used to pull 'em up on my PC and print them out to bring with. Now I have an app.

/Shortyz app by Robert "kebernetz" Cooper

In college my lunch schedule didn't coincide with my friends so I usually ate by myself at a restaurant instead of the dining hall, and brought the crossword puzzle from that day's newspaper. I usually finished a shortz one, except on Friday. That's how I also learned to drink iced tea with no sweetener, but that's a CSB for another day.

/least interesting man in the world.
//stay hungry, my friends

Kept forgetting to get sugar packets and were afraid of someone stealing your coat and bag if you went up to get some after you settled in. We've all been there man.

/I *like* my ice tea with no sugar. Really.

If you wanted it sweet, why did you order it unsweet?

/Can't imagine trying to get tea sweet enough with packets.  That's what, a hundred of them?

Ok, i guess i get to tell THAT CSB. The restaurant i ate lunch at didnt have sweetened iced tea. So they brought out the packets. usually i had 2-3 glasses, to which there would be a mountain of sweetener wrappers, that i noticed didnt really make any sweeter, what with the not dissolving well in cold tea. So I gave up and just learned to like it. Much like british cuisine that was a result of WWII blitz deprivations.


I learned to use less sweetener when a friend gave me this tip - take a couple sips unsweetened first, then adding just a little will make it seem sweet enough.
It works.
 
2014-04-29 12:08:41 PM  
www.redeyechicago.com
 
2014-04-29 12:11:50 PM  

ltdanman44: seat me with this dude and i'll come

[heystupid.files.wordpress.com image 450x338]


or this dude!

static.comicvine.com
 
2014-04-29 01:35:47 PM  
As a regular work traveler I do a lot of solo dining and rarely do I give a sh*t what anyone else might think about it. I've got my phone or a book or something, I'm fine with sitting at a table by myself. I've never had a problem with anyone telling me I was socially awkward or anything.

Frankly, compared to eating with my coworkers (the "let's look at every menu up and down the street before picking a place at random half an hour before closing and linger until the staff is all borrowing knives from the chef" crowd) it's heaven.
 
2014-04-29 04:33:38 PM  
Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone?

That's not even physically possible for me to do... And, any woman who can do it is extremely flexible!
 
2014-04-29 05:16:47 PM  
No different than this

fresnofilmworks.org
 
2014-04-29 05:18:13 PM  
Being a hopelessly lonesome loser, I have, even as an adult, had to fabricate fake or imaginary companionship. I don't laugh with these folks but empathize deeply.

/CSB
//TMI
 
2014-04-29 05:36:30 PM  
I think it would be fun to have a stuffed animal for a date.  We can have our good-byes, and not expect to get felt up in the process.
 
2014-04-29 05:40:05 PM  
Going from feeling a little awkward to total humiliation in one easy step.  :(
 
2014-04-29 05:59:45 PM  

eViLpOpTaRt: I think it would be fun to have a stuffed animal for a date.  We can have our good-byes, and not expect to get felt up in the process.


You could resist feeling that soft silky plush?!
 
2014-04-29 06:33:28 PM  
Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone?

Nope. Sounds like an extrovert problem.
 
2014-04-29 06:50:02 PM  
I would see this as ending up with a lot of sticky stuffed toys.
 
2014-04-30 03:07:03 AM  
What did the father tomato say after he squashed his baby tomato who was lagging behind?

"You're dead, farker."
 
2014-04-30 06:25:12 AM  
I travel the majority of the year with work living out of hotels.  I have no problem dining alone and am happy to sit at the bar if the restaurant is even moderately busy.  I don't feel self conscious at all about dining alone.  In my experience dining alone is seen as very awkward in Brazil.  It often takes a couple clarifications, between my poor Portuguese and the staff's being unaccustomed to seeing solitary diners, to convince the staff that I am not waiting on the rest of my party.

big pig peaches: When I go on business trips I usually end up eating alone in a restaurant. I'm usually just there to do a training so I don't know anyone. I'm actually disappointed when I am asked by whatever group to go out. There's something about being someplace completely unfamiliar and alone that's strangely peaceful.

I don't travel outside the US often, but eating alone seems to be more common in Europe.

 
2014-04-30 12:30:09 PM  

imfallen_angel: So many losers... errr loners that prefer being alone than have company and be social, but then again, from what I see on Fark, I'm actually not surprised.  The odd thing is how much some stated things in a way that indicates that you can't function nor have any interest to interact with others in person, but yet, here you are on Fark stating to an audience of possibly thousands or more about how you're so "in" because you have no problem being a loner.

As a human psyche study, Fark is simply amazing at times.


Well, at least you found a way to tell us that you're better than us all.
 
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