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#399: Where They Know Your Name

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Have you seen episodes of the old television sit-com "Cheers" where the introductory song has the the verse that says we like to go where everyone knows our name?

There are a few nearby restaurants I enjoy visiting that are like that. Oh, not all of the staffs know my name but they do recognize me when I visit, likely because I either have my laptop emoticon or a notebook to write in with me and probably because I am one of their most courteous customers, never demanding, always polite and conscious of appropriate tips and a emoticon

It's nice being able to while away a couple of hours without feeling as if I need to quickly eat and move on. Most of the time the servers ask about the book in progress and act as a sounding board for ideas. One of the latest scenes actually began in a Denny's but has been changed to an imaginary truck stop diner that allows for a large semi-truck parking lot in back. The characters, though, resemble the student and the mom with baby, the businessmen, construction workers and truckers I saw once while having an early breakfast at Denny's.

I've found that I am more creative when I am away from the house when I don't see the housework and yardwork that needs to be done and don't have to listen to the cats scratching in the litter box or take the dogs outside. The change of scenery is stimulating and leads to creativity and people watching is so much fun, isn't it?

None of this is necessarily inspiring or motivating to others I realize but is something I wanted to share in case you are eating out and see someone dining by themselves while typing or writing. It may be the next best-selling author sitting next to you and you may spark an idea in him or her by the way you talk or act or dress or how you eat your meal. Our characters take on many aspects of real and imaginary people and places but don't exactly mimic any particular person.

It is nice to feel welcome in such places. You probably feel the same way when you visit your favorite restaurant and everyone knows who you are, a place where the waitresses call you "Hon" and your coffee cup is always filled and where I might be sitting next to you taking notes. emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD5178852
    It's nice to read that you are enjoying hospitality and that you share your manners! (Thanks, mom!)
    I haven't found a place like that in my new area but I'll bet it's out there.

    3834 days ago
  • ANDRAXIA
    Thee are places that I feel most comfortable too, where nothing is expected of me except to by myself no matter what the mood. And they accept me regardless of what the mood is, those are great places to be. You're right, being courteous and polite helps and soon these people at the dinners, movie theaters, etc. begin to know you and can tell your moods by things about you that you don't even pick up on.
    3837 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    oh, yea, I have a place I love to go also, actually 2 of them. They are always friendly and courteous as I am also in return. Smiles for everyone and my glass is always kept full. Writing while out.. Hum? Interesting.

    I am happy you are working on a book, I always wanted to but never started. Maybe a "Next best seller" inside this rhelm?

    Happy Day Lou
    3837 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    Not only do the waitresses in my local favorite restaurant know my name... but they know that I weigh & measure my food, ask me about me weigh ins every week and 2 of them take my water aerobic classes. You're right. It feels GOOD! Love ya, Dawn
    3837 days ago
  • ENERGIZED4LIFE
    I never tried that. I tend to want quiet and no distractions but this way I'm only writing from what's left in my brain
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    3837 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE

    Full Lyrics never aired. Here it is.

    Making your way in the world today
    Takes everything you've got;
    Taking a break from all your worries
    Sure would help a lot.
    Wouldn't you like to get away?

    All those night when you've got no lights,
    The check is in the mail;
    And your little angel
    Hung the cat up by it's tail;
    And your third fiance didn't show;

    Sometimes you want to go
    Where everybody knows your name,
    And they're always glad you came;
    You want to be where you can see,
    Our troubles are all the same;
    You want to be where everybody knows your name.

    Roll out of bed, Mr. Coffee's dead;
    The morning's looking bright;
    And your shrink ran off to Europe,
    And didn't even write;
    And your husband wants to be a girl;

    Be glad there's one place in the world
    Where everybody knows your name,
    And they're always glad you came;
    You want to go where people know,
    People are all the same;
    You want to go where everybody knows your name.

    Where everybody knows your name,
    And they're always glad you came;
    Where everybody knows your name,
    And they're always glad you came...



    I agree it is nice to have somewhere to go eat where you feel Welcomed and don't feel rushed out the door. LOL Hugs, Joy
    3838 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    I 'second' Missy's comments that we should reflect God in a positive light by our daily living. As trite as it may sound, we are the only Bible some people will read.

    I also agree with liking to go where you're recognized and welcomed. When we moved to England (many, many years ago!) there was nowhere onbase to eat on Sunday nights. We made it a habit to eat at a local restaurant each week. After a few weeks, we were greeted like 'old friends' when we walked in: there was a 'reserved' sign on a table for us, along with the needed highchair for our 2 yr old. FINALLY we found a place to live and our household goods caught up with us so we missed a Sunday night or two. When we went back to the restaurant (after all, we liked it there!) the proprietor made a big fuss about missing us.

    Enjoyed your blog, Lou.
    Nancy
    3838 days ago
  • CINDYHOUGHTON
    It's nice to go somewhere without distractins isn't it? You must be working hard. I have missed you lately :)
    3839 days ago
  • GERMANPICKLE
    When I'm really writing, I also enjoy editing while outside in the "active" world. But right now, as I restart my journey, I have such issues staying concentrated anywhere except for my house!
    3839 days ago
  • GIBBLES5
    I think it is great that you have places to go that are like that, "where everybody knows your name."

    I totally agree with you about people watching... it can be quite entertaining.

    Great blog Lou!


    3839 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    I think it is awesome that you can go to where people do know/recognize you, and that you have such a great p/r manner about you! You are most definitely a witness! And yes, it IS good to get away from the house now and then!
    3839 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    I like to get out too, but I never write. I just watch. I LOVE watching people, hearing snippets of conversations, observing habits and quirks. I may not be writing on paper but I am writing in my head, storing that info away for future characters and details and actions.

    BTW, when you do write a bestseller, I get an autographed copy, right??

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    3839 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    So nice that you have places like that to go. I remember when I waitressed years ago, I loved customers like you. Your blog brought back many wonderful memories of some of my favorites customers.
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    3839 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    You know, Lou, you have hit on a solid biblical principle. God wants to be known by us, tells us to seek Him, encourages us toward true fellowship with him, tells us to listen to what He has to say. We are created in His image. It stands to reason that we, too, want people to be familiar with us, to really KNOW us, appreciate us, value us. We're chips off the old block, aren't we?!! I'm so happy that you have places in your world like that. We have a few, too, and it always fills our heart when we go to them.
    3839 days ago
  • DEBRITA01
    " Making your way in the world today
    Takes everything you've got;
    Taking a break from all your worries
    Sure would help a lot.
    Wouldn't you like to get away?

    Sometimes you want to go
    Where everybody knows your name,
    And they're always glad you came;
    You want to be where you can see,
    Our troubles are all the same;
    You want to be where everybody knows your name"

    It's interesting that you chose this tonight, Lou. I just returned from a memorial service for my uncle and they used this song (and the Beatles "In My Life") as the background music for a video tribute...it was so very touching.

    Next time I go to my favorite restaurant, I will be on the look out for someone taking notes or typing on their laptop...there is a rich story behind every face. Thanks for the reminder!
    3839 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    oops! Double post!
    3839 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/26/2010 10:14:53 PM
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    I do not mind eating alone, either, though I usually do like to be "doing" something, such as reading or writing. I've even balanced the checkbook while sitting at a burger joint!

    As far as knowing names, I like that idea. At the LCU library, I try to learn as many names as I can as soon as I can! College kids, too, love to have their name remembered. I think we all do. It makes us feel like we're really human, cared about, and not a number.

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    3839 days ago
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