Friday, July 16, 2010

Annoyance of the week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Actually, restaurant napkins may be the annoyance of the decade. I'm happy to see the origami-like, sometimes bizarre folding of napkins disappear for the most part.

But what is the deal with napkins that are literally not absorbent? Apparently because the polyester content of most restaurant napkins is so high, they actually repel moisture. If you try to wipe the condensation at the bottom of your glass of water off the table, for example, you just spread it around.

Woe be unto you if you actually spill something on the table. Your napkin is useless for that, so just yell "Rag, please!" the moment that happens.

Yes, I know that napkins are for the mouth, not the table. But the worst actually is the napkin on the mouth. The slippery surface feels gross and you don't know if it's really wiping away the evidence of your sloth. If you question this, carry a cotton napkin to your next restaurant meal and compare the feel and (perceived and actual) effectiveness.

Meantime, if the restaurant has a paper towel dispenser in the bathroom, you can always use it to provide an absorbent napkin.

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