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Old 01-30-08, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
The last date I had, the guy had such terrible table manners I found myself wishing he was at another TABLE, if not another restaurant preferably in another STATE. He shoveled food in his mouth as if he'd just been released from Auschwitz and sprayed bread crumbs all over the table because he talked with his mouth half full. Ugh.
A Holocaust joke? Really? Need I remind you how many millions of people suffered and died?



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across
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What if your date needs a high chair?
Old 01-30-08, 06:00 PM
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I do both. depends on the mood, the noise levels, the quality of restaurant, the scenery from the table, etc.

usually, if its a big booth or has a certain view, may sit side by side. Table with chairs, across. I don't discriminate to either.

Originally Posted by John Galt
What if your date needs a high chair?
obviously, if they just stand there instead of sitting down, she is waiting for you to get her a high chair.
Old 01-30-08, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Groucho
With a date, I sit across.

With a business colleague, I sit side-by-side.
You get handjobs from business colleagues?

or

Your refer to prostitutes as "business colleagues"?

Old 01-30-08, 06:27 PM
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We sit across from each other at a booth-- at a table (with 4 sides) we generally sit side by side--we never sit directly across from either other at those.

I worked in a restaurant in high school and always thought it was so weird when couples sat together at a booth. weird!
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We sit across from each other. It's easier to gaze all googly eyed at each other that way.
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Originally Posted by matta
A Holocaust joke? Really? Need I remind you how many millions of people suffered and died?
Too soon?
Old 01-30-08, 08:42 PM
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Both my girlfriend and I agree on sitting across from each other. I like to have my elbow room.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Too soon?
Old 01-30-08, 09:25 PM
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Across. Definitely across.

I also laugh at people who sit next to one another when it's just the 2 of them dining. Seems like they might have co-dependency issues!
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I say across for the most part. If I am sitting side by side it is because we have a half booth against the wall and we are more than likely people watching.
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Originally Posted by brooke789
We sit across from each other at a booth-- at a table (with 4 sides) we generally sit side by side--we never sit directly across from either other at those.

I worked in a restaurant in high school and always thought it was so weird when couples sat together at a booth. weird!
that's what we do too. Assuming a small square table with a chair on all four sides, we'll sit "next" to each other forming an "L".

But if it was a small rectangle with two chairs on each side, or a booth, no way would we ever leave the other side empty, we would sit across from each other (and if we were with another couple 99% of the time we sit next to each other across from the other couple vs. women across from men)
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Originally Posted by Septemberbaby
In the Dating Etiquette thread, there's a discussion about restaurant seating.
Two people on a 'date' .. is it weird to sit on the same side of the table?

I think it is weird.. it look likes you're waiting for another couple to come and they stood you up.
Also, I like looking at someone when I'm talking to them.

Help enlighten me: Is it just me or is it weird when two people sit on the same side?

I don't think its weird, but I like to look at my dates.
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Opposite sides of the table. Conversation is key to any good meal, and it's pretty hard to talk without having that across-the-table eye contact.
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If they sit side-by-side, it'd better be on my right side because I'm left-forked and I'll knock them out with my elbow if they sit on my left side when a plate of lasagna is in front of me.
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Across from each other. I need as much elbow room as possible.
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Originally Posted by matta
A Holocaust joke? Really? Need I remind you how many millions of people suffered and died?

Need I remind you of the difference between a joke and a simile?

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Originally Posted by MartinBlank
Ask Sue Richards
I guess that explains the subtitle Rise of the Silver Surfer.
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Originally Posted by Draven
My wife and I make fun of couples that sit side by side.

When I go out to eat with someone, I want to talk to them. Not turning my head every 5 seconds to see if they are listening.
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I always thought that it was the more insecure couples that sat side-by-side. They need to be in close proximity to each other, but can't look each other in the face. That's why you'll see a lot of teenagers out on dates sitting like that. The more mature couples tend to sit across from each other since they're more comfortable looking each other in the eye.
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
Need I remind you of the difference between a joke and a simile?
And, report to moderator button pushed.
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Originally Posted by matta
And, report to moderator button pushed.
Be still, my pounding heart.
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If there is a good view of something, than side-by-side, regardless of who it is, either sex. I don't care if it looks gay. That's how people sit at cafes in Paris.
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Sorry, but if two people are sitting in the same side of the booth, regardless of gender, it looks like they are romantically involved.

And I was in Paris for a week and don't remember seeing anyone sitting like that.

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