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How We Met Two Friends

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Remember our gratitude dinner from Monday? We had invited our two new friends, Teresa and Nick. People ask how I meet all these people. Here is one tale of meeting new friends.

Eric and I had decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner out two weeks ago and made a reservation at Shaun’s through Open Table. You know about Open Table, right? The more reservations you make, the better chance you have to earn dining gift certificates. This is an especially great idea for all you executive assistants who make a lot of reservations for the office. The more they dine out, the more you earn. Win-win!

Anyhoo, our reservation is made and we arrive at Shaun’s about 5 minutes early. It is packed – everyone is trying to use their Scoutmob coupon before it expires the next day (I have to admit that two of those people were us). You would think the restaurant would take this into account when allowing folks to book a table. But alack and alas, I don’t think it crossed their minds. We waited. And waited. And waited. 45 minutes go by. We are about to walk out and order a pizza when we are told that our table is ready. Ok, we’ll stay.

We are seated next to a nice couple and through the shared experience of being made to wait, we get to talking. She previously worked at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, where I just visited and he is a nice chap from England. Just add wine – instant friends.

And food. You need to share your food. Here’s what we ordered.

Pork belly buns - Scrumptious

Crabcake with slaw. Good but tiny...

Chicken Liver heaped on toast. This was huge. So I guess it all balances out.

Flatbread with greens. I don't think I touched this. I was too busy gabbing.

Swell new friend, Teresa, and me.

Eric and our new friend, Nick.

And that’s how it happens. It’s a small world and we are all in it together. Make a new friend today.

oxox, Patti

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