Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Roaming Table Settings

WonderWife™ and I sat in the cozy, romantic restaurant enjoying a rare date night as only two foodies could. The wine had been poured and we both had a nice buzz. After the waiter took our order, he paused and casually slid the candle holder and salt and pepper shakers that adorned the table to the upper right corner. Thinking this odd, WW™ said that perhaps he did it to cover up a small stain on the otherwise pristine white tablecloth. But upon closer inspection, we realized that all of the candles and shakers on the tables of our fellow diners were in the exact same corner.

WW™ smiled a mischievous smile. “Is this something that the waiters are required to do?” she wondered aloud.

She decided there needed to be more research on this subject. She moved the objects out of alignment, placing them towards the center of our table. Soon, the waiter returned to fill my wine glass and he once again moved them back to the corner.

WonderWife’s™ theory had been tested, but far from proven. Her smile grew wider as again she moved the candle and shakers out of place. We waited. Sure enough, after my appetizer was delivered, the waiter subtlety put everything back in its proper place.

WW™ wondered how long she could keep this going. So for the rest of the evening, she moved the candles and shakers around the table. And every time our waiter or busboy would move them back to the precise spot. After a while, it became hard for me to stifle my laughter. The entire night ended with the bottle of wine emptied and without either side mentioning anything about the roaming table settings.

This is why I'm crazy about my wife.

9 comments:

Dan said...

That poor guy probably had to go home and spend all night rearranging his cutlery drawer in order to recover from the stress.

Danielle said...

Peeked interest over here. Did you find out why?

ZenMom said...

That's not a policy, that's a compulsion. You big ol' meanies, you. ;)

Your escalator operator said...

I'm sure that waiter took "very good care" of your food before serving your entrees. :) Very funny, though.

SciFi Dad said...

Dear Diary,

Tonight I was serving this otherwise perfectly normal couple, except for the fact that they were so cruel. They were merciless in their mocking of my OCD! Every time I left their table, they moved the salt to the wrong spot, and then I had to put it back.

I think I will have to quit.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

That is SO funny! I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when the waiter went back into the kitchen!!! lol! You're wife is pretty cool!

James (SeattleDad) said...

Hah. Does she find that one thing that will drive you insane too? Come on, give it to us straight. lol.

Lady Mama said...

Amusing that he kept patiently coming back and putting the shakers back to their "correct" place. That would drive me insane. I like your wife's style.

Wendy said...

LOL. What a fun night. Poor waiter. His boss probably yelled at him, "I told you to get that stuff to the corner!" And he'd say, "But this lady..."