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              Wednesday, October 3 2001 

Let's do lunch - 3

Another proposal that will go nowhere, but I make it for your reflective consideration. The title of these three entries has a point other than getting your attention. It's about something I've been mulling over for a week or two in the wake of the new fellowfeeling inspired by Black Tuesday, 9-11. It was reenforced even more by the report that a pilot on another flight after the tragic day encouraged his passengers to get acquainted because "we're all a family for the next few hours."

I eat alone every day in the company cafeteria. It's actually more than a cafeteria...they call it the Cafe, but it's more like a shopping mall food court. For a diabetic, the menu is too weighted toward carbohydrates so I opt for the salad bar almost every time. But that's all beside the point. The point is that I would rather not eat alone, but I do nothing about it. I eat late, again an accommodation to my diabetic nutritional routine; late as in 1:15, which is about the latest you can get to the salad bar without finding many of the crocks to be empty.

I take a booth by the window so I can look out, having noticed early in the summer that every time I ate on the patio my eyes got itchy. I envy the tables with conversation, but never invite anyone to join me. Too shy. Too fearful of rejection. (I didn't dance at either of my high school reunions, either.) Once, only once in the more than a year (all together, having worked at this job twice but not that long yet in successive months), a co-worker asked if he could join me. That was nice. I wouldn't do that, however, afraid of imposing. And rejection.

So I propose that eateries try something that might even help business, or at least get them some free publicity in the local paper or company newsletter: "Let's Do Lunch." A table or several of them are reserved for anyone who wants to have company or join others for company, with no invitations, no fear of rejections, no awkward obligation to offer to pick up someone's check. Just sharing a table for even part if not all of a meal. And like the pilot urged his passengers to do, introduce yourself to the person(s) next to you and find out a little about them. It could work as well at the Little Wheel or Off the Rack as the company cafe. What do you think?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Three to go on (end of series of 15)

13. The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

14. The mind is like a parachute; it works much better when it's open.

15. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth! .

Sent by Sallie Covolo

Thought for the day

The ignorant need to be instructed, not punished. You do not strike a blind man; you take him by the hand to head him.!

—Dionysius the Areopagite, 1st Century

Sent by Carole Levinson Stuart

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