Thanks VERY much for your warm birthdayDear Grace, Happy Belated Birthday! My gift to you is, a quiet spring day in the garden and enjoying that bit of wine. Cheers, my dear!
Now Grace, you beg the question about a quiet solitude out. No doubt, as we age, noise as we know it, becomes intolerable. Obviously, in our youth, concerts, dance halls and wickedly noisy pubs were the rage. The Beatles, the Stones, and a host of other things that we enjoyed. Age has shown us new things!
Here in the USA, where almost every state has an indoor smoking ban, some pubs and restaurants have gone so far as to set up a speaker system outside. I am not one to socilaize a pub or restaurant for the music, unless, it is a local band that I want to hear play. With that said, I know in advance that chatting will be at a minimum! When I go to a pub, it is with the idea that I will sit and chat with friends over a pint or two and attempt to solvle the problems of the planet.( That is really a joke!) Actually, just to catch up with folks and what they have been doing. An example is that a friend of ours is an avid bird watcher. He had traveled over 100 miles to see a bird. I think that is in the realm of many kilometers! LOL! Nonetheless, it would have been hard pressed to hear his tale if music had been blasting in the background. This place has no outdoor speaker system and some folks get a little cheeky about it. Some folks enjoy sitting on the patio, enjoying their smokes and cocktails without the noise intrusion.
I used to meet up with a pal on Fridays to chat about a particular radio program that we listen to. Alas, I have not seen him in two years! Anyway, he enjoys a scotch and a cigar. We met up, retired to the patio, and the music was louder outside than it was inside. I had asked the pub manager if she could turn the volume down so that he and I could chat. She looked at me with disdain and said, this is a bar and there will be music! Note, I asked that the volume could be lowered not turned off! I have not been back since! I treat ALL pubs and restaurants the same way. Turn it down! People will chat louder as the music level goes up. The conversation turns into a screaming match! Consequently, we don't eat out that often due to the noise levels. You my dear are not alone in your quest for quiet dining!
Thanks all for reading my rant. Enjoy the day. It is time to see who will win the Masters Tourament today. Sorry to all of my UK pals. I am pulling for Tiger today!
Peace to all.
yes you are perfectly right, of course,
when younger we take the blend of noise and
chatter and music etc.. as part & parcel of the
but become more sensitive as we grow older.
You were correct indeed NOT to return to
where you were treated unkindly when all you
did was politely ask for the volume to be lowered..
With all good wishes
and hope you are nicely recovering...
and taking it easy.