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#1 Apr 27 2012 at 9:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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For eating, assume a hostess-seated, served table a la TGI Fridays, Applebee's or some other middle class dining establishment. Assume this is purely voluntary... you're alone and feeling peckish and/or bored. It's not your last meal or only chance ever to see the movie your cat starred in.

Would it bother you to be alone...
I'm male and would dine alone but wouldn't see a movie alone:7 (10.4%)
I'm male and would see a movie alone but not dine alone:6 (9.0%)
I'm male and would do both alone :31 (46.3%)
I'm male and would do neither alone.:9 (13.4%)
I'm female and would dine alone but wouldn't see a movie alone:0 (0.0%)
I'm female and would see a movie alone but not dine alone:0 (0.0%)
I'm female and would do both alone :13 (19.4%)
I'm female and would do neither alone.:1 (1.5%)
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Extra credit I won't clutter the poll with: Would you go to a music show alone? Theater production?

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#2 Apr 27 2012 at 9:55 AM Rating: Good
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Dinner and movie alone yes. The others no, because I'd probably have to be forced to go to them with someone else in the first place.
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I go to movies and eat alone. Sometimes it's my only chance to get some time for myself. Theater and a concert, maybe. Really depends how badly I want to see those. I'd probably still drag someone along, but barring that I'd still go by myself if I had to.
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I've seen movies alone before, mostly because I have awful taste in movies and can never convince anybody to go with me.

Dining alone? Generally not.
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I'll eat alone, but it's weird to see a movie alone to me. I suppose it's from some sort of subconscious (and illogical) notion about the food being requisite for survival, while the movie is pure leisure.
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I'd do both alone, as well as theater and concerts if I really want to see something. Depending on the venue, some things are better to go to alone, depending on which friends I'd be able to get to come with me. If it's a movie or concert that I just want to sit there and watch and pay attention and be undisturbed, there are just some people you can't bring.
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#7 Apr 27 2012 at 10:27 AM Rating: Good
Dinner and movies, yes. For solo dining I'll usually go somewhere that has good craft beer and just eat at the bar. I won't take up a table for just myself. I very rarely go to the movies anymore because I usually have a better experience watching them at home. However, if I'm stuck for a few hours, say waiting for auto work or something, I'll go watch a movie that my wife would have no interest in watching.

I don't think I could go to a concert alone though. Something about that doesn't feel right to me. I'd need someone there to reaffirm how sh*tty the opening band is I guess.
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I don't think I'd go to like a rock concert or something like that, but I've gone solo to the Newport Jazz Festival a couple times.
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I'd do a movie alone only if it was something I REALLY wanted to see, but then again, if it's that good a movie, I shouldn't have a problem finding a companion to go with. Dining alone would be less interesting though. If I'm just in it for the food, there's always take out (even at most middle / upper-middle class establishments). A big part of the dining out experience for me is conversation and company.
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#10 Apr 27 2012 at 10:43 AM Rating: Decent
Dinner for me would be most awkward, unless it is a place where you can sit at the bar and eat. I don't know if stand up counts as a theatrical performance, but I saw Carlin twice without bringing anyone with me. I certainly found no shame in it.
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#11 Apr 27 2012 at 10:43 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'd rather go to the movies with someone, but going alone isn't a deal-breaker for me. And eating alone can be really nice sometimes. Just take a book with you.
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I'd eat alone, especially in today's world of smart phones where I'm guaranteed to have something to preoccupy me besides the flippy drink/dessert menu thing.

I'd see a movie alone in theory but in practice it'd require the perfect storm of no one else being willing, it being a film I REALLY want to see on the big screen as opposed to on DVD and a block of free time that I could justifiably spend sitting in the dark for 120 minutes. So, in practice, probably not.

I wouldn't go to the theater alone. In theory I would see a music event alone if no one else would go and I really wanted to see them although, in reality, I'm not sure how well that would fly with the other half Smiley: grin
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#13 Apr 27 2012 at 10:46 AM Rating: Excellent
I go out for supper after work to one of my favourite restaurants fairly regularly. I'll usually see if anyone else wants to go, but I'm happy to go by myself. They have a kitchen bar though, so you can sit and watch the chefs cook, which is fun.

I barely ever go to movies anyway, so no, I wouldn't go alone, although I would watch one at home if I wanted to even when no one else is around. Mostly on netflix.

I have gone to a symphony alone, but that's mostly because I have seasons tickets and the people who I usually go with couldn't make it that week.

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I eat alone all the time. I usually travel for work purposes and just plop my netbook on the table and catch up on my shows while I eat or read a book or play with my phone. I've seen a movie alone but don't particularly prefer it. For entertainment like a movie, theater or concert, it's nice to look at someone else's face and share the experience.
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#15 Apr 27 2012 at 12:21 PM Rating: Good
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I've gone to see movies alone. Generally when bored. But the actual film isn't really a social event, so it makes no difference to me.

I picked no for eating, but it's more of a maybe. At an Applebees/TGIFridays, probably not. I'd likely eat while doing work, so I'd need wifi and a less irritating atmosphere (meaning, fewer children). I only generally eat out as a social thing, anyway, because it's so much cheaper to cook.

I'd go to a show alone, but would definitely prefer to go with someone.
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I eat alone all the time. I usually travel for work purposes and just plop my netbook on the table and catch up on my shows while I eat or read a book or play with my phone. I've seen a movie alone but don't particularly prefer it. For entertainment like a movie, theater or concert, it's nice to look at someone else's face and share the experience.

oh yeah, when travelling by myself I eat alone all the time. I didn't really count that though, as it's not like I'm going to cook food in my hotel room.
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I eat alone all the time. I usually travel for work purposes and just plop my netbook on the table and catch up on my shows while I eat or read a book or play with my phone. I've seen a movie alone but don't particularly prefer it. For entertainment like a movie, theater or concert, it's nice to look at someone else's face and share the experience.

oh yeah, when travelling by myself I eat alone all the time. I didn't really count that though, as it's not like I'm going to cook food in my hotel room.
There's always room service and take out.
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Actually, this topic was inspired by an article about some woman starting a "match-making" website where women could find other women to have lunch with them, especially while traveling. There's supposedly enough women out there uncomfortable eating by themselves in public to warrant such a service. Sad tales of hotel microwaved macaroni from an Omaha convenience store or something because hitting the local Ruby Tuesdays all alone was too traumatic.
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My only problem with going to a movie alone is "Who do I leave my soda with when I inevitably have to pee halfway through the movie?".

I've gone to theater shows and ballets alone, but that's usually because I know someone in it and want to date them.

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If you finish the soda quickly, then you don't need to leave... Smiley: schooled
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I eat out alone quite often, but I usually go for lunch rather than dinner, because it's much more cost efficient. $10-15 for a lunch instead of $25-40 for a dinner for exactly the same meal.

Edit: I don't go to a theatre to see movies because I see no reason to pay more to have a lower quality media watching experience than viewing it at home.

Edited, Apr 27th 2012 3:02pm by Timelordwho
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I don't like people in general and would prefer to do most things alone.
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If by some miracle the Mrs. said "here's $30, I'm going to take the kids for the afternoon, why don't you treat yourself to lunch and a movie?" I'd probably crap my pants, giggle with glee, and rush off without a second thought.

Assuming, of course, I didn't have a heart attack there on the spot and waste my 4 hours of freedom in the emergency room. Smiley: rolleyes
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Yeah I would eat out by myself without a second thought. Watching a movie I voted yes due to I would do it if I actually went out and watched movies, which I really don't. I would go and watch movies though if I was into that. Same goes for a concert, last one I went to was down in Houston with a friend. I wouldn't mind going by myself if I could be arsed to get off my bum and go.
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I'd go have dinner alone as long as they serve good beer, wouldn't go see a movie but I don't really like going to a cinema in the first place.
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I do both alone. I tend not to plan things, instead I just go when I feel like it. Unless I'm already with someone, I just just go by myself. I never understood why it's odd to go to a movie alone. Sitting next to someone doesn't make the movie better, and unless you're an ass you won't be talking during the show. I've been to two Distant Worlds concerts by myself. Sadly, I don't know anyone that would want to go them, and I didn't want to drag someone along that would get it.
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I think I've seen one movie in a theater alone (first LotR, so if I reacted badly other people wouldn't have to suffer through my bitching about it getting screwed up).

Theater yes, music probably not (but then I hate going to concerts).
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I've done both alone. Books make good company for dining.
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Well there's a shocker.

We know you'd never go alone. You wouldn't be able to stand your own company.
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I've eaten at a bar alone, and seen plenty of matinee movies alone, but probably wouldn't choose to go to a seated restaurant by myself.
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Sometimes there aren't people to take, and i wants a damned lobster that I don't have to cook! Besides, the waitresses are hot!
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Yeah, other people interrupt my book reading time in restaurants.
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Books make good company for dining.

Indeed. I've found that journals are good for dining alone. Or something like Nature, say.
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I've no problem eating or going to the movies by myself. I usually prefer going to the movies alone anyway, I hate it when people try to do a commentary during a flick. This is one of the reasons why a movie is a bad first date for me, if the girl tries to talk the whole time it just pisses me off, and the whole idea of a first date is to get to know each other.

Regarding a *cough* play, or concert I would prefer company.
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I go to movies and eat alone. Sometimes it's my only chance to get some time for myself. .

Mostly because the foods I really want to eat my children are either too young for (Sushi) or have not yet cultivated a taste for (Indian, Lebonese)

Although I suppose since all serve rice and some kind of veggie, my kiddos would be thrilled but, I'd like to taste my food, savor the flavors and with children, I don't enjoy what I'm eating :/ I'm too busy worrying about them and their needs.

I'll see movies alone. I've seen concerts alone and I have been to theater alone. If I have the free time, and my mother can watch my children or my children are at preschool, I will indulge. It's not that I dislike people, but I really value my alone time now since it is so rare.
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How young is too young for sushi? <4 or so?
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Depending on where you live, there are recommended restrictions on fish because of mercury levels. Here in the Great Lakes area they tell us not to have pregnant women or children eat the fish, but they don't really give an age on the children.
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As long as you don't order a predatory fish, that shouldn't be an issue. Salmon being the most notable here.

To be clear, Salmon meaning it's a low-mercury fish.

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Here you go.

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15 and under is a "dangerous" age.

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Well there's a shocker.
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How young is too young for sushi? <4 or so?

Thats the rule of thumb I'm going by; Mine are currently 2 & 3. or the rule is that niobia is an incredibly paranoid mommy
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Yeah, other people interrupt my book reading time in restaurants.


This is so true. I do this when I go to lunch during the week. If I happen to go to dinner alone, I bring a book with me. Whatever book I am currently reading is alays on the passenger seat of my car.
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How young is too young for sushi? <4 or so?

Thats the rule of thumb I'm going by; Mine are currently 2 & 3. or the rule is that niobia is an incredibly paranoid mommy


My wife apparently got herself a decent amount at her first birthday party, how a 1 year old manages to sneak poke I'll never understand, but there it is. Our little one is three and hasn't tried anything like that yet, but that has more to do with her not trying things in general. The only "meat" she eats is chicken nuggets. Smiley: rolleyes
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This is so true. I do this when I go to lunch during the week. If I happen to go to dinner alone, I bring a book with me. Whatever book I am currently reading is alays on the passenger seat of my car.
Take the carpool lane next time. I bet that'd be hilarious.

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So... This went south pretty quickly.


And you're surprised? Smiley: dubious
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