Alternative title: Everything I learned about Etiquette I learned From Watching Pretty Woman
Last night, I went to a dinner party that consisted of four Colombians, one Frenchman, and me. We started talking about dining etiquette and breaches thereof. I recalled that my major faux pas came at Kevin and Karen's wedding in England- I was seated towards the middle of a long, rectangular table that held about 30 people on each side. At each place setting, there was a roll on a bread plate. I took the one to my right and munched away. Turns out you are supposed to take the one on my left, so when everyone else started eating their bread, the girl sitting next to me ended up sans roll. Then, she snidely informed me that the only reason she didn't have bread was that I took the wrong one. "Don't you know you're supposed to take the one on your left? Sigh...." Bitch. Even I know that it's ruder to point out someone else's mistake that to make one in the first place. Anyways, enough boring stories about bread rolls, we discovered that Colombia's rules of fine dining are similar to the United States, France's differ significantly, and people from all nations learned the "work from the outside in" trick of knowing which utensil to use from Pretty Woman. Too bad that scene didn't feature a bread plate.
Speaking of dining, have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I used the same image last year, but nothing says Pilgrims and pumpkin pie like a hand turkey.
And one last Thanksgiving treat: Adam Sandler's Thanksgiving Song.