Monday September 22, 2014
Last night my fears were realized and I learned a very important lesson. When a restaurant offers take out go with take out and don’t dine in (i.e. Chinese, Thai etc…). I was so hungry for a full meal after days of eating cheese and crackers that I went to a Thai restaurant in Middlebury and dined in since I didn’t think I could wait another minute! I sat down and endured the absolute longest meal of my life. The service was really slow, maybe because I was sitting there twiddling my thumbs trying to ignore the pitying glances I kept getting from customers. It’s unbelievably awkward trying not to look like your eavesdropping, looking at the floor, wall, and ceiling, everywhere but the tables around you. One minute smiling and acting like you don’t care and then the next frowning because you look like an idiot smiling at nothing (the final straw would be to start talking to myself which others in the restaurant are expecting you to do any minute). It was not fun nd I don’t plan on repeating it.
I left feeling much better physically and mentally determined not to repeat the experience again. My host had suggested, as I left the house, a place right around the corner from the Thai restaurant that had live music from 8-11. I decided to check it out and my evening was redeemed beautifully.
51 Maine (located on Maine Street) almost felt like a bar/restaurant you would find in San Francisco with the high ceiling, covered with those squares that look like they have braille on them painted gold along with the pipes hanging out everywhere. It was cozy with red velvet couches interspersed with traditional tables and chairs. From now on I’ll be looking for establishments such as this. I didn’t feel a bit out of place and enjoyed a glass of wine while watching the band, watching the customers and eaves dropping on conversations around me. Hopefully next time I will have the guts to sit at the bar so I can actually have conversations with locals as well. I’m getting there. I look forward to having a lovely evening like this in each state, once a week. It felt really good to be out and about, connected to broad humanity once again.
PS. Another discovery I made is that if I leave my wine and table to go to the restroom everything gets cleared away by the time I return! I’ll need to make a point of telling the waitress that I am going to the restroom, lol!