The dreaded long table - which poor suckers get to sit at the end, lonely, abandoned, neglected?
I went to a new restaurant last week, enjoyed it and complimented them on a long table set for a party of 14. There were six chairs on each side and one at each end. Perfect.
During this season of festivities, I hope the muse of conviviality protects you from sitting at a table like the one above. Why do they do it? If you find yourself before this badly set table and are free to seat yourself, take a chair down the side, in the middle. If the seating has been pre-arranged, and you are seated at the end, you'll have to live with the fact that you are not a favoured person in this group, you are an outsider, and you are missing out, yes, missing out all evening! Turn to the right and there's no-one to talk to and it will be difficult for you to be part of any conversation, even to the left, because they've set up their own little group without you. You are abandoned on the shore of neglected hospitality.
As I said before, why do they do it? Why has no-one thought this through? Why do we accept it?