I enjoyed lunch today at the Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key FL., see:
It was my joy to be with former Pittsfield MA parishioners Pat and Jack McLaughlin. They now live in Wolfeborough N.H. (a dandy town!).
Jack and Pat visit LBK every year - we worked out today that this was a our ninth annual Sarasota/Manatee reunion.
We opted to eat indoors rather than wait in line for an outdoor table.
There were five fifty something / sixty something men at a nearby table.
They were using their "backyard barbecue/three beers/horse-shoe playing" voices. They were noisy.
They were very noisy.
After about five minutes of this when "I could hardly hear myself think" noise, I approached their table.
"Excuse me", I said, "could you please use your quiet voices".
One of them glared at me. Four of them grinned at me.
One of the four said "of course".
A couple at another table smiled with appreciation at my intervention.
And the five fifty something / sixty something men responded well, and used their "quiet voices"!
"Whoop-dee-do" for one of life's minor victories!
(The food at Mar Vista is good - I had sea-food tacos),
The ambiance is terrific - Mar Vista is a wee bit of unspoiled "old Florida".