I've always loved tepanyaki joints. When we were on Okinawa, the locals who worked as chefs at the tepanyaki joint on base also seemed to be somewhat amused by the Americans' wide-eyed enthusiasm.
Dinner and a show! Who could fail to be amused?
Well, there was that poor baby at another table who got scared to death by the fireball trick. Poor darling had to be taken out of the restaurant, but she looked to be only about 7 months old. [g]
That is such a great story. Sounds like if you ever decide to get out of the law profession, you would make an excellent teacher :-)
Interestingly enough, while I am perfectly happy meeting people and more than willing to speak up in class, standing up in front of people and speaking terrifies me. I can't stop shaking. I suppose I would get used to it, but thusfar I have never been in a situation where I was "on stage" that it didn't make me a wreck. Even karaoke, though I still keep doing it.
This irritates me about myself.
I am an utter sociophobe, and would probably be one of those stone-faced types. Enforced communion with strangers is my personal vision of hell.
Admittedly, though, this is a terribly boring and lonely way to go through life. And, you just managed to take away my coping mechanism by not only commenting on it, but by planting the subversive idea that doing things a different way *might be fun*.
Darn you. Darn you to Akron.
Akron!? Was it really that bad? [g]
It's actually easier with strangers in those situations, if you think about it. You have no obligation to ever see them again, so you don't have to worry about whether you'll like them or have anything in common.
That's wonderful. I probably would have done the same thing, being the social beast that I am.
How wonderful and extremely classy. But then, you always were a class act!
Aw, thanks! I just think it's better to go through life smiling over the things that you have done than looking back with regret over the things that you didn't dare.
Hehe... Crash and I had a somewhat similar experience recently at Sakura on Detroit. We were sitting at the bar and a couple came in and waited on a surprise birthday party... at about the time that our MONDO BOAT OF SUSHI came out. Between mouthfuls, we informed of the finer points of sushi (usually comments along the lines of "Mackerel is good... Salmon roe is good... Shrimp is VERY good..." Much fun was had by all, even though we couldn't convince them to get the sashimi appetizer.
As a recent convert to the ways of sushi, I applaud you in your efforts!
I sit stone-faced for the most part, but I've only been with my parents so I generally have a book and don't care about the cooking. I suck, I know. I'm there for food, not a show.
Mmm, Seafood Diablo.
Not for the cooking?! That's half the fun! [g]
If you're occupied, then I suppose it isn't so bad. It's the peole who have noting to do who are the most awkward.
excellent observation, as usual!
Hehehe...Yeah I always get involved. Dave used to be shy but he's given up now...I always make us part of the group ;).
It's just so much more fun.
Ferrett might have got first dibs at this one but you told it better. Way to go Ginny.
Thank you. But, please, it's "Gini." I intensely dislike that other spelling. I know it's petty of me, but people are doing it to me at work all the time and it drives me crazy.
*grins.* I've only ever been once, and that was with my eldest, Logan, in tow. I might have been shy, but he saved the evening.
"Is he going to be okay with fire?"
"Oh, yeah. ... he might try to blow it out, though."
*fwooosh* ... and the flames blazed higher than his head, right in front of him.
I've never seen a two-year-old's eyes get that wide since. He leaned back in the chair, his mouth dropped open, and he uttered a tiny, breathy "whoa..." that made all the adults, who were, by now, waiting for the screaming to start, burst into laughter. How can you not be friends after that? ;)
Like I said elsewhere, there was a baby at another table whose reaction was of the terrified tears variety, poor darling. That is so cute, though! Kids are great.
And what does all this mean?
It means we have to do hibachi together, that's what. Add it to the ever-increasing list.
An excellent idea! And, yes, the list is getting VERY long.
That is so cool! I think chopsticks are wonderful. Two sticks of wood, and you can eat, defend yourself, have fun brandishing them...
I recently went all out and ordered a fancy pair from Japan through Jbox.com. Just the chopsticks, though. I think it's a great site.http://www.jbox.com/SEARCH/I.kotoba/1/
I would really love to get at least one of the blue bento boxes. They are just to cute.
Plus, I need to try sushi sometime. I've heard about how good it is.
Wow, those are great, and the prices aren't bad at all. Thanks for the link!
We went to Hibachi for the first time not too long ago. I had no idea you sat at a "community" table but thankfully, I'm an extrovert and that didn't slow me down. It was really cool, and the people we sat with were very nice. :)
Most people are, really, given half a chance.