Cheesecake Guy

Went to see Bad Teacher with Chloe at the Arclight in Sherman Oaks (because you can reserve your seat–totally worth it).

The only bad thing about the Galleria is that there are very few places to eat and no stores to browse in. So left with few choices, we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner before the movie.

Now I’m not one of those people who decries chains like the Cheesecake Factory as symptomatic of the decline of society. All things being equal I’d probably choose somewhere else, but the food is actually pretty decent. The problem with the Cheesecake Factory is that everyone else in the world seems to think it’s a fine dining experience and that makes the place too damn crowded.

We put our name down and were told it would be a 20-30 minutes wait. I was ready to bolt, but Chloe is more patient than I (by a factor of 93) and said we would wait. Of course, there’s nowhere to sit down, just a massive crowd of people waiting to get seated. So I made the best of the situation and turned to the guy next to me (wearing a Lakers jersey) and said, “I should just wait until they beep me and then sell my beeper to the highest bidder.”

He thought that was a good idea. He said, “Yeah, you could come here every night and auction off your place.”

“Sounds like a great business plan,” I replied. “Like we stand outside yelling, ‘I got a table for 6 in five minutes, table for 2 in ten, who needs a table for 8? I got a table for 8 and it’s beeping right now!'” I acted out the ticket scalper routine which he seemed particularly familiar with.

The bit ended and I turned back to Chloe. She was looking at me a little oddly. She said, “Do you know that guy?” I said no, I was just making conversation. She said, “You know, I’ve noticed that you talk to strangers a lot. Like when we were in Vegas you talked to that guy at the roulette table for like an hour.”

So I made a decision. Over the course of dinner, I told Chloe about the Talk to Strangers project. (I didn’t mention the blog. Baby steps.) She thought it was a cool thing I was doing. Especially when I told her that’s how I met her.

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4 Responses to Cheesecake Guy

  1. NoAmbition says:

    Interesting … I thought you’d mentioned it to Chloe before for some reason.

    Is the fear of telling someone (especially someone you’re dating) that they’ll think you’re wacky? It’s such a noble cause (forgive the hyperbole) I find it hard to believe someone would hold such a thing against you … though I guess if you end up dating the person and it comes out that the only reason you’re with said person is that you’re making it a point to talk to people you don’t know (as opposed to being motivated by the Cosmic Fates that women seem to expect to guide all things romantic) it’s not entirely unreasonable that the SigOth might not like it (at least when it’s said out loud).

    Very cool that Chloe was cool with it. She seems pretty great.

    Now, how quickly do you think you can get funding for the LiveBeeperAuction.com concept?

  2. annoyed reader says:

    That _is_ a brilliant business plan!

  3. Alex says:

    I’m looking forward to the day where you tell someone about the TTW project, and they pause for a second and go… that’s YOU?

    Telling ya man, this thing’s just going to keep getting more an more popular. It’s truly fascinating.

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