Remember this one episode of Frasier where he goes to meet this woman (hot, but of course) for dinner and she needs to run somewhere and so can't have dinner with him? Well, dear Dr. Crane ("I'm listening") decides to eat alone since he is already here and the restaurant is good. Soon after, a little boy runs up to Frasier and tells him that his parents wanted to know if Frasier would like to join them since he was all alone.
Have you ever tried sitting alone at a cafe or a restaurant? Try escaping the pitiful looks or the suspicious furtive glances or the wide-eyed stares. A pub is an exception though. It's almost as if you are supposed to go drink at a pub alone, drowning in your thoughts and your sorrows in a haze of alcohol. The same however cannot be applicable to a respectable family joint like a cafe or a restaurant. And if you ever sit alone in a hostel mess where everybody, forget knows you, even knows at what time you went to the bathroom that morning, then you can be sure to wave any chance of a peaceful quiet meal goodbye. For cryin' out loud, maybe I want to sit alone. Maybe I just want to sit with myself and my thoughts. And maybe I'm not really alone, I might be schizophrenic. The only thing that might save you is a book or a laptop. So always ensure to carry one around, just to appear busy at the very least.