OK, here goes...Waiting to snag a bar seat at Mateo...crowded this past Saturday night. If you have been there you know that you kind of have to stand behind people to get a seat. I have done it there before, no problem. Try to watch my distance so as not to intrude upon the couple finishing up. Another woman politely asks if I am waiting for the couple to get up-I say yes, thanks for asking-she says I'll stand and wait down here then. A group of 4 comes in, moves past me, sees me waiting and goes further up the bar. The couple at the bar begin to get up-the guy in the party of 4 moves down and with his back turned slides in to the woman's seat as she is barely out of it. I look at the guy and say, I was waiting for those 2 seats, and you know I was here before you. To which he replied: Too bad! Yikes! I should have at that point jumped into the other seat and said Now what! you want to buy me a drink? I left...frustrated and moved on... and thoroughly enjoyed JuJu. (where you put your name down for a bar seat on a busy night)
So the purpose of my long winded story is to say thanks to all of my fellow diners who look out for each other, show respect, and understand that there are unwritten "rules" of playing fair while waiting. And thanks to Nana's and Stanbury for recognizing that bar seats are valuable and for keeping everyone happy while waiting. Like I tell my kids I teach: It's not a me first world.