Going Solo

Filed under: — Kate @ 9:45 am EST

As some of you know, Edo has been toiling at a new job for a while now. One of the many perks is his weekly trip to Asscrack, USA (actually, it could be a LOT worse… so let’s just call it Armpit, USA). Anyway, that leaves me home to fend for myself at least two nights a week, and that’s fine, but I never know how to feed myself.

I’ve become one of Wawa’s best customers, which is bad, but I suppose it’s better than my alternative plan of popcorn and ice cream. Then last night as I was walking home, I had a craving to duck into a casual restaurant along the way, but I couldn’t bring myself to go in alone. I’ve never been able to do that, to dine out alone in public. I guess I’m too afraid of looking like a loser.

I mean, I’m okay in a coffee shop if I have a book or a laptop to keep me occupied, so it looks like I’m alone with a purpose. But in a regular old restaurant—even just a diner—I feel like some sort of outcast if I’m only a party of one. I don’t even like waiting alone at a table when someone is meeting me.

I’m fine doing most other things alone, so what’s my problem here? Is it that eating is inherently a social activity? I’m interested to know your thoughts on this so I can judge just how neurotic I am acting here.

7 Responses to “Going Solo”

  1. Aaron Says:

    I hate doing it. I’ve had to do it in the past and it can be so awkward. I feel like “table for 1″ is equivalent to saying “I’m so awful that no one will eat dinner with me.”

  2. Lushy Says:

    I can understand a nice restaurant or even a casual one. I used to actually study at Diners though in both college and law school. Unlimited caffeine, food, and a nice big table.

  3. Amber Says:

    I love eating by myself. The more expensive the better. Many places will send you an extra course or something special because they think you are either 1) in town on business and will leave a good tip or 2) a food critic. If you have a small notepad with you or a digital camera, you can really get them hopping.

  4. daveT Says:

    how about going to a movie solo?

    i eat at fast food places solo, i never hit “real” restaurants that often….

  5. Kate Says:

    Movies are okay once in a while–did that last month at the film festival. But I don’t often do it since I don’t go to movies very much.

  6. Kate Says:

    Amber, that’s a fantastic idea!

  7. Lushy Says:

    I never minded seeing movies alone. I couldn’t actually get anyone to come see United 93 with me for instance, but I felt its emotional impact would be lost on the small screen, so I went alone. It’s a good way to spend an afternoon if you are by yourself in my opinion.