I get that what I do in my personal life may not be of interest to you. Then again if we were to connect at a meeting or cocktail party this is the stuff we'd really be talking about
. It's a way for me to stay personally connected. However, I totally get it when you have other things to do. Keep smiling and thanks for letting me share the 5 traits of leadership above. ~ Jake
You can dive under the table or dance on top of it...
My flirting days are mostly a thing of the past and still I usually get whatever I want,
especially when dining out. That includes the best table, exquisite food and often a lively conversation with the chef or owner. So why is it that my daughter Hayden is ready to dive under the table at any moment?
I'll tell you why... I chat honestly and make friends with our server. This compels Hayden to roll her eyes and eventually dive under the table. However, I've noticed that when Peter does this she thinks he's charming while I'm... embarrassing. My son Will is
not mortified or under the table with his sister.
Take last week...
We went to a restaurant that was $$$$ on Yelp.
IF you don't already do this and intend on staying longer than an hour, tell the maitre d' you're planning on
making a night of it. He will seat you with a seasoned server that is not counting the minutes before clocking out. He'll also put the server at ease for a slower pace.
When our server, Amy, saddled up to our table I physically and verbally expressed my enthusiasm for a killer night.
Moving forward Peter is just as involved in the course of events as I am.
Having read the menu my mouth was watering, as was everyone else's. We wanted to try everything but that would come with a hefty bill at the end of the evening. Sooooo...
We let her know that we want to be foodies and in a big way our dream is to have a bite of each item on the menu. Both of us are quite animated most of the time. This causes Hayden to sink in her chair.
We struck up a fun conversation with Amy and eventually asked if she was
stuck choosing only one appetizer how would she ever do it? Yes, I was sure to mention how envious I was that she worked there because she could ~taste~ them all. As the conversation progressed Hayden started checking for gum under the table.
Will saw Amy enjoying herself and having fun with the crazy foodie wannabes. He did a little of his own flirting and told her we were up for trying anything. My two favorite boys leaned in and gave her honest-to-goodness toothy smiles.
Back to the question of which ONE out of ALL would she choose if that's all she could taste, her answer was... "ALL." She grinned (really she did), asked for our drink order and then left the table. Will never took his eyes off of her as she walked directly to the kitchen without taking a food order. He is a hungry growing boy.
She came back with small versions of most of the appetizers. E
ach amounted to about three bites. Most likely just three because Hayden was un
der the table when she took a headcount. More importantly... the apps were beautiful and delectable.
We applauded her.
The rest of the evening we got to know Amy, learned more about the restaurant, and where to buy these peppers that were super yummy. We met another server that was full of good wine suggestions.
The night was full of surprises. Little bits of this and that, amazing complete entrees and the chef personally brought out the desert. Metaphorically speaking we were ALL dancing on the table.
See you soon!
Until next time...
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