Too Hip for Their Own Good

RECEIVED Fri., Sept. 22, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Just went to a hip new Austin restaurant for the first time this week. How casual can you be before it's just too much? The decor was great. The food was good, but a bit pricey. OK, OK, the reason for this letter has nothing to do with either of these things. As both my partner and I ate our lunch, we were finding it hard to believe that we were almost face-to-face with our waitress eating her lunch (a Reuben and fries)! We thought certainly that it was either another person (the girls have the same hip look, and there were plenty of them and few customers) or that we had been passed off and she had only taken the order. But nope ... it was our waitress. Wow. Not exactly comfortable for the customer when it comes to enjoying the experience. God forbid we needed anything ... the poor thing would have had to get up. Then again, guess she could have just passed her ketchup over to us. People generally don't want to see the actors in a play out of character until after the show. But apparently that's the norm here. I thought this kind of thing only happened on Seinfeld. Maybe it's us ... but it just didn't play out as hip, weird, or cool.
Marc Brown
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