What, Do I Look Like A Leper?

Perhaps I have mentioned my OCD at dinner tables? When dining out, I like to have everything tidied away. When a friend came down a couple of weeks ago we went to Joe's Crab Shack and it was the best dining experience ever. I ordered crab legs and they came to you in a giant bucket. That giant bucket was turned into my trash bucket and not only were the crab leg shells plopped in there but also the used napkins and whatnot. Friend told me that when she saw the waitress set the bucket down and saw the gleam in my eye that she knew exactly why I was so pleased.

I go back to Joe's today and get the same waitress and she remembers me. Remembers me as the girl who liked having a trash can at the table. She even said, "Yeah! I remember you! With the touch of OCD!" And then she wanted to have a conversation about why I was eating alone.

Going places alone doesn't usually bug me. Until other people point it out and then it makes me feel like a total fucking loser.

Conversation with Sweety...

What did you do today?

Ate at Joe's Crab Shack.


Yes. The crab was very good. And the dessert was tasty.

You actually sat down and ate alone?

Yes. Don't I need to fucking eat even if I'm alone?

Wow. Wish I had a picture of that.

WTF? So thanks, Sweety. Not only did the waitress make me feel like an outcast, you did too.

I took the plunge and got my own domain to host the blog from. I'm still figuring out how things work so it will be a bit before the move is made. I've spent the last two days at the computer just playing with things and finding out what I need to do. Right now, I'm in the self-taught class for WordPress Plugins: Making Those Bitches Work.

Finishing off with some photos of the Tasha Bean aka Stinky Dog. She didn't really want to pose for me at first but she perked up when she heard that she was secretly Cissy's favorite. She likes to look happy for her fans. She said to let you know that you can click the photos to view her in her full splendor.

Not ready for a photo shoot. Tasha Bean


Thomas said...

Let us know the url for the new blog. I envy those who can afford their own domain.

I can not eat alone. Not in public. Never bothered me till the big Divorce, then it just seemed a lame statement about my life.

Now I have children and we all know that you are NEVER alone with dirt urchins


themom said...

That's one thing that never bothered me - eating alone. Beats making a mess at home and having to clean it all up. My OCD leans toward things being straight and in a line - basically not out of place. I'm sure the kids would say there are many more!!! Bwa-hahaha!

Regal said...

LOVE Stinky.

Almost every weekend I go to breakfast alone. The beau and kid are usually not up or busy. I ask my sister and she usually has an excuse...so I go alone.

bekah said...

I never eat alone, because I feel like such an incredible loser.

And yay for the new domain name!

Monogram Queen said...

Oh Stinky is ADORABLE! You know I am a HUGE fan of the Bassets!!!!

Nothing wrong with eating alone, I do it too. Shows con-fi-dence!!!!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Usually have to have a partner to get the crabs...

here today, gone tomorrow said...

I've gone to the movies alone for years, and have learned to eat alone, too. Business travel does it to you. And it gives me a chance to train the waiters to really wait on me hand and foot. (I tip well.)

AmyD said...

Wow... Chickie going ALL WordPress finally! Watch out internetz!

Poetikat said...

You would have got on great with my dad. He used to actually scrape the dinner plates at the table and stack them up in a tower. As a teenager, I was mortified! With Parkinson's and dementia now, he is incapable of any of those tricks of old and I miss them.


Poetikat said...

P.S. It was at the restaurant, not just at home.


Chickie said...

Thomas - I will let everyone know when the new place is ready. I’m having a hard time getting things just the way I want them. I found a coupon online for the place I’m using and it ended up being $65 for the first year. Next year it will increase a bit. I figured I could give it a go with the discount.

themom - Part of my eating ritual is making sure everything is lined up. Sometimes, Sweety likes to slide something out of place just to watch me hurry and fix it.

Regal - Actually eating alone used to bother me but I got over it many moons ago. I didn’t like people pointing it out though.

bekah - I’d rather eat alone than be hungry. I get burnt out on drive-thrus. The whole WordPress thing it taking some time for me.

Monogram Queen - Yes, it shows confidence! I hadn’t thought of it like that.

The Phosgene Kid - Or a nasty toilet seat.

here today, gone tomorrow - I find that I tip better when I eat alone than with a group. I don’t know why that is.

AmyD - The internetz has nothing to fear. I’m like a turtle on fire.

Poetikat - I do the scraping/stacking thing too! Once, I stacked some too high and when the waitress picked up the giant pile - it fell over and onto the floor. Mortifying.

BO Snagley said...

thats a great idea. i may start taking my own garbage can with me to the resturants from now on.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Stay away from those gas station bathrooms!!

Chickie said...

Bo Snagley - I have actually carried trash (straw or menu wrappers) out in my purse because I couldn't stand to see it on the table.

The Phosgene Kid - I try. Peeing in the woods is preferable.

Sara Sue said...

Man I wish we had a Joe's!! I love that Stinky Dog ... she's just so cute!

Cissy Strutt said...

Stinky is Quean.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Stinky is such a sweet sweet presence! Always looks so laid back and relaxed. I LOVE these pictures of her! Give her a BIG Hug, for me!