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There's Austin, and everywhere else.

I keep forgetting--Austin's a wonderful, blessedly strange city in the middle of Texas, and Round Rock and surrounding--anything really out of range of the powerful weirdness generator that is the University of Texas Tower--is conservative texas.

We--that is, my old friends John and Amanda, and Whines--went out to eat at Owen's, a typical chain restaurant. I was chattering happily, and was enjoying the company, and like I usually am when I'm comfortable, I was being close with Whines--nothing indecent or even vaguely inappropriate, I think I had my hand on his knee or something--and the waiter's *staring* at me. Really, really staring. For like, two minutes, briefly broken by him getting another co-worker to *stare* at me. Our table's near the main waiter station, and I'm facing them, so I even make eye-contact, nod briefly, and they're *still* staring.

Creeped me out. I mean, he's just a teenage yap of a pimply boy, but that's not a good way to treat any customer.

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spotweld
Aug. 15th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC)
Maybe he thought you were Matt Damon and Ben Afflack?
spottylogic
Aug. 15th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC)
Sometimes, I think that too...
nagiblade
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
Matt...Damon
strigine
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)
Matt Damon!

...damn, there's no way to reproduce the "Team America" phonetics in text.
spotweld
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC)
try putting random capitals within the text:
mAtt daMoN.
themiskyra
Aug. 15th, 2005 09:48 am (UTC)
Man, were they behind me? I didn't even notice that. :(
spottylogic
Aug. 15th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
Yeppers. Just high school twerps, but if I wrote a letter, I'm sure I could get them forced into some "diversity training." That'd larn 'em :)
baktre
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, get them subjected to 'Can't Stop The Music'. Tell them you can provide a copy. :)
spottylogic
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:23 am (UTC)
That's "clockwork orange" harsh, sweetie :)
eris_star
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe you needed to be more direct.
"Hi. I noticed you're staring at me. Is there something you need help with?"
zanaki
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, that it kinda scary.

But I think it's cute when you two are close. =)
spottylogic
Aug. 15th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
Hee hee :)
synj_munki
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
or stare right back at them.
helps if you can do the alpha dog (or hyena?) stare. (sort of a "yes, AND?!?" look)
most people will then realize they are staring, and that you noticed them staring, and then look away awkwardly and guiltily
spottylogic
Aug. 15th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'll have to work on that! I'm still trying to be totally comfortable with...well, a lot of things. I just have to remember that I'm *probably* the supreme being in most rooms. I'm sure you're familiar with that trick :)
synj_munki
Aug. 15th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
yeah. i've grown more agressive and intolerant of stupid shitheads as i've aged, so that helps.
that, and i'm G.R.I.T.S. and proud of it.
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