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Posted on 04/30/2015


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My letter got published!

My letter got published!
That "Table for One" opinion letter to the editor, written in response to the "Why I don't mind eating alone" advice published on 2015-04-29 in the Business Travel section.

Letter published by the Globe and Mail, 2015-04-30. I took a hurried photo this morning before leaving for work. Please view in large or original if interested in reading. I hope to replace it with a better photo this weekend.

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Jorlam
Jorlam
to choose to be alone, whether eating or not, is to exercise our adult-hood.. to not be dependent upon another human being for our appearance, both physical and mental is to be applauded not used against folk... well done Swire for being willing to "stand up and be counted"..
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific
Hello Marcel, Ann and Jorlam. Many thanks for your kind words! I can understand some people do feel uncomfortable about being seen dining alone. I get that. But the article's author (and the Globe and Mail -- Canada's main business and national newspaper) published it in the Business Travel section. Of all people, I'd think business people are most used to, and confident of travelling, sightseeing, meeting business associates, and dining alone without a companion. I just thought the whole 'advice' to be odd. The author simultaneously told people not to feel weird about eating alone, and yet cautioned lone diners that other eyes would be upon the supposedly abnormal behaviour of being in a restaurant alone. So what is her point really? Is dining alone OK or not OK?

Perhaps most shocking to me was one of the expert tips: "Ordering a bottle of wine, having a glass or two, and sending the rest to the chef with your compliments. Do the same thing with your servers, if they’ve done a fabulous job for you."

I hardly imagine any chef or server would be amused that I insist on passing my leftover meal or wine to them as a compliment. Is the author for real????

She wrote that article as if all lone travellers were little children too freightened to be seen without a travel companion. How condescending!

Swire

P.S. Here is the entire article "Why I don't mind eating alone."
www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/life-business-travel/why-i-dont-mind-eating-alone/article24141862
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald
My tip: You don't want people to look at you? Carry a Bible and a stack of pamphlets and look zealous.
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to John FitzGerald
Hahaha, good one, John! How are things with you?
2 years ago.
Chris 1971
Chris 1971
Ha! Nice!

And so right! When working in solitary jobs one often eats alone in late shifts. Way too often one gets "the doubtful eye", so to speak.

Very strange, because the world around us starts to ever more be of "einzelgänger", everything is about the "I" person, but eating and travelling alone still is "not done" in the eyes of many....

"only" doesn't mean "lonely" but people just don't seem to understand that.

Do you know what I mean? I can't find the words to properly expres what I have to say on this....
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Jorlam
Jorlam
Well done Swire.
btw, i think this shot is perfectly fine and does not need replacing..

So, my day out with the camera results in my being "alone" for lunch..
that does NOT mean i am lonely or sad, or mad or anything else negative..
What it does mean is that i have confidence to go out and about on my own, not desperately in need of having a chaperone..
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Jorlam
Very well-said, Jorlam! You're a very wise person, as I said many times before.
2 years ago.
John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald
Having seen couples in restaurants each texting on their own phones, I think we all may be eating alone soon.
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to John FitzGerald
That is the irony about it, John. People who are together are often acting alone and have zero interest in each other. I find that much sadder than people who are willing and capable of shopping/ eating/ travelling/ exploring on their own, like you and me!
2 years ago.