It has been many years since Kathy and I have gone out to eat on Valentine’s. Neither of us likes the crowds, waiting, and sometimes being rushed through our meal because someone else is waiting for our table. We might go out for dinner the day before or the day after.
This year we broke our cook-a-meal at home routine. We went to Red Lobster for dinner. We were meeting my brother and his wife as well as another couple there. I will explain the reason for this dinner meeting in a future post because I am still trying to wrap my head around what will be happening this summer.
Anyway, we had planned on meeting at 4:00. Since Kathy and I had the farthest travel time, 1 hour and 15 minutes, we left early. Besides, Kathy wanted to stop at Jo-Ann fabrics first.
We got to Red Lobster at 3:30. The parking lot was packed – no surprise. I let Kathy out at the door to go get out names on the waiting list and I proceeded to look for a place to park the car.
There must have been 6 other people looking for spots as well. Forget manners and any kind of protocol. Drivers were pushing in front of others who were waiting for a spot to snatch it from them. Horns were honking with impatient drivers wanting to move when there was no where to go.
It seems that I was never in the right place at the right time because after 20 minutes I still had no parking spot ever those who came after me found some. I decided to leave the lot and look elsewhere for a place to park.
There was a Mexican restaurant next to Red Lobster. I drove into there lot and by dumb luck found a spot. I admit that it was unethical to park in one restaurant’s lot and walk over to another because I was taking the spot of one of their patrons. At that point though, I didn’t care.
As a side note, my brother and our friends had no trouble getting a spot on Red Lobster’s lot. Anyway, I got in, we were seated at a table in the back where it was quiet and we could carry on a conversation, our waiter was excellent, and the food was delicious. Next year,though, I think I am going back to eating at home.