Sunlit Water

November 13, 2007

Yes, I Really Am That Shy

Filed under: Food,Personal — by teofilo @ 1:54 pm

So I went to lunch today at a place I often go to and ordered what I always order when I go there, but when they brought it out it turned out that they had made a mistake and given me something very similar (and basically identical-looking) but with ingredients that I can’t stand.  After taking a couple of bites and realizing this, I sat there for about ten minutes wondering if I should go up to the counter and tell them, or wait for a server to come nearby, or what.  I wasn’t very hungry, so there wasn’t much of a sense of urgency to it, but the longer I waited the more ridiculous it seemed that I would wait so long to say something.  Eventually I just decided not to bother, finished my drink and went home.

On the way home I saw a roadrunner, so it wasn’t all bad.



  1. On the way home I saw a roadrunner, so it wasn’t all bad.

    How did it taste?

    Comment by standpipe — November 13, 2007 @ 2:56 pm |Reply

  2. With its tongue.

    Comment by teofilo — November 13, 2007 @ 2:59 pm |Reply

  3. meep meep!

    Comment by Cala — November 13, 2007 @ 6:01 pm |Reply

  4. I’ve done things like this. But I think I’ve reached the point where I’d go back if it meant the difference between eating and throwing it away. In fact, I remember doing just that at a place in Union Station in DC earlier this year, but since I wanted dressing added – as I had ordered – it wasn’t the same as sending food back.

    Comment by eb — November 13, 2007 @ 8:53 pm |Reply

  5. The only thing I can think to say is that getting older is a definite cure for this. Especially for the second-guessing yourself part.

    Comment by emir — November 14, 2007 @ 3:31 am |Reply

  6. Ha, the venue in which I first conquered my shyness. My family actually gives me shit for being a bit too demanding in the restaurant setting. You will reach a point, dear Teo, when you will grow sick and tired of never getting what you want. Assertiveness will then follow naturally.

    Comment by Di Kotimy — November 14, 2007 @ 6:13 am |Reply

  7. The only thing I can think to say is that getting older is a definite cure for this

    because as you get older your tastebuds change, and eventually you can eat just about anything.

    Seriously, though, this sounds like a situation I could imagine finding myself in.

    Comment by My Alter Ego — November 14, 2007 @ 10:15 am |Reply

  8. It’s a situation we all find ourselves in occasionally, isn’t it? Really a matter of how much you care at the time. If you weren’t that hungry, and the money spent didn’t bother you, I wouldn’t worry about it. If it’s a constant behavior, on the other hand …

    This kind of shyness sounds like what I call (in myself) occasional agoraphobia. I don’t beat myself up over it any more unless it’s clear that it’s creating roadblocks.

    Comment by parsimon — November 15, 2007 @ 9:27 am |Reply

  9. Yeah, this wasn’t really a big deal, and I think I’ve reached the point where if it was a big deal I would say something.

    Comment by teofilo — November 15, 2007 @ 9:42 am |Reply

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