Thursday, March 20, 2008
Question for the Mommies-Fancy Restaurants
So while we were away we went to a fancy restaurant in our hotel that was one floor up from us and had the same amazing view of Niagara Falls. We scored a table right by the windows and ordered some wine and just sat there talking and enjoying our time together. They brought us our meals and we were having a great time when we start to hear some weird noise. It was the musak that they normally play at restaurants but it was also the soundtrack to Cars. We look around and behind schmoop there is a little boy with a portable dvd player that was currently playing Cars for the restaurant to here. You can see a blurry pic of him here notice I'm trying to be stealthy and pretend I'm taking a picture of Schmoop.
Now this was a nice restaurant, we got dressed up and went to celebrate our anniversary. Part of the reason you go to places like that is the ambiance, and this dvd was definitely jacking up our ambiance. Now growing up as a kid going out to dinner was a treat, especially a really nice place. I can count on one hand the amount of times we went our any place other than Friendly's. On those rare times we knew better than to act up or at least we acted up quietly. When my parents had date nights they went without the kids and we stayed home and did kid friendly activities like beat the crap out of each other. I asked the waiter at the restaurant if it was common for people to bring dvd players out to dinner with them and he astounded me by saying yes and kind of laughingly asking us if we had kids. He said it was a great tool to keep kids quiet and have a good time. I can kind of see why you would do this if you were away from home; its hard to find a babysitter, you want some adult time, etc. What I don't understand is if you are going to do this wouldn't you get earphoneas. Generally I try not to be the type that says "My child would never do" ...., "or I would never do" ... cause you are basically screwing yourself there and its like a big guarantee that your going to do the same thing.
Would you do this?
Is it "normal" to take a kid with a dvd player to a restaurant a fancy restaurant even?