I love the idea. While in Egypt, Greece and Italy..that's how we did it. When I returned to the states I realized I missed that feeling of long lingering talks with new people. There have been plenty of times while out at bars, restaurants, coffee houses, even at the theater; I/We will offer seats at our table, or to move over/down etc so people can be seated together. Only every once in awhile will I/We get a strange look.. mainly it just ends up enjoying the sharing of space and conversation. I think it takes an open minded person who is comfortable with themselves and convictions to be able to do such. People are so afraid of ticking someone else off, but if you do it's not like you're ever going to see them again..an if you don't, you may have just made a great new social buddy/contact. I will agree that children, ill behaved ones, are a pain in the ass..my attitude toward that is..the parents shouldn't be bringing them in public to start with, but if they do, I've no issues asking the parents what's the kid's problem and letting the parents know that behavior like that just doesn't cut it. Furthermore, I/We frequent places where there are usually no children,an if so, they are proper in public. I don't think the only point in going out to do anything you could clearly do at home is to be 'private'.....
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