November 7, 2012 at 9:11 am | Posted in Humour, People, Society, Threats, Touch, Work | 6 Comments
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Table for one?

Like many aspies, you may prefer to eat alone.

The mere presence of others may dilute (pollute?!) your pleasure in food.

And the onus of communication can turn a meal from treat to chore.

It’s fine to dine solo, but try not to overdo it.

If, for instance, you’re found lunching alone on the concrete fire escape stairs of a busy advertising agency, your reputation for socialising may suffer.

If you’re in business, try to avoid lunch meetings.

Chances are you’ll be so overwrought juggling conflicting tasks that your client or prospect may form a poor impression.

If they insist on meeting for lunch, avoid ‘difficult’ dishes.

Especially beef teriyaki don with long, crisp, slippery vegetables, sticky rice and loads of sauce.

The effort to control your chopsticks and sever mouthfuls while calculating optimal eye contactย and tracking the conversation may well result in food on your hands, face, clothes, napkin and table section.

Not a good look.

Especially if you cut yourself shaving.

‘Finger’ foods (e.g. wraps, sandwiches and spring rolls [without sauce]) are a far safer bet.

You could even call these

a recipe for success.




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  1. Hello AS. It’s tough to sweat the small stuff so! Though I admit, I’m not a social eater either. I always figure if I’m eating with work folk, then I’m working, and not taking a break. However, I was the office pariah for many more meaty reasons than communal dining. Good luck with your solo lunch. Perhaps I could Skype in one day, you could reject the connection, and we’ll dine in glorious, isolated splendour?!

    • By gum I love your comments, Ad; you’re even franker than I! I like your points. And I wonder if the office pariah had special duties at xmas. As to lunch, sorry; I just ate. But I sure do appreciate the thought. P. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. So that makes me immensely pleased Paul that you have lunched with me! And you were able to choose the strategic seat.

    • Too right, Winston! I TOLD you it was amazing that you made it through. A sign of the extraordinary esteem in which you’re held. Don’t get me started on strategic seats … I could write a whole blog post on that. In fact, I think I will! Thanks so much for your kind comment. It was a lovely afternoon surprise. Best regards, P. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Everyone I know with Aspergers cannot eat in front of other people. Or overeats, from the stress of eating with other people. In my household, we live on a farm, both parents work from home, and we homeschool both boys. This means three meals a day together every day. Most people say “OOOHHHHH that’s so nice!”

    But here’s the truth, I eat before the meal, while I’m cooking, and I just sort of symbolically put something on my plate for the meal. And my son who has Aspergers picks at his food and then eats for real when we all get up from the table. We still all get together for meals, but it’s a little different than people imagine.


    • Dear Penelope, as one of the three people who got me over the line on this blog, I’m particularly delighted to hear from you. Your blog remains my all-time favourite. And your comment adds a whole new level to this one. Thank you very much indeed. P. ๐Ÿ™‚

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