Them: "We are booked up!"
Us: "We just want an early dinner and we will not be here when the party people arrive."
Them: "Well, OK."
Our dinner was lovely. Fried oysters, clam chowder, seafood salad and absolutely delicious shrimp and fish tacos.
The glass of champagne I ordered wasn't very tasty (Andre?), but they replaced it immediately with a very nice glass of LA Cetto Cabernet.
Our very friendly and efficient server kept looking at us and I finally asked, "Do I know you?"
He replied, "My uncle, Ignacio del Rio, had his own restaurant near La Fonda Hotel and Restaurant and I would see you there in his restaurant all the time."
(Back Story: Ignacio del Rio is the former President and CEO of the, now defunct, Red Onion Mexican Restaurants chain.)
I asked, "How is he?"
He replied, ""Well, he is in Canada."
End Note: From now on, when I don't want to go into a long explanation when I am asked questions about family, I am simply going to reply, "They are in Canada."