The Tourists Descend

My husband Chris and I went out for a sushi lunch in Woodley Park today.
We thought, “Hmm, Woodley, haven’t been there in a while.”

Of course we forgot with its proximity to the National Zoo and this being Fourth of July weekend, that it would be overrun with tourists. This isn’t so bad, after all, we appreciate their dollars spent in our local economy. However, what we witnessed at lunch today makes it imperative that I point out a few minor etiquette matters on their behalf:

1. When eating in a restaurant, please remove your baseball caps. This especially applies to grown men.

2. Don’t encourage your little darlings to scream and shout by mock-fencing them with your chopsticks.

3. When sitting at a tatami table at a sushi restaurant where you remove your shoes, please put them back on before you paddle barefoot into the public restroom. Oh, and remember to put your children’s shoes back on before they do it too.

And finally, most importantly,

4. When dining out with babies, please change their diapers in the restroom, not at the table in full view of other diners.

By your following these rules, the young lady sitting next to you will refrain from breaking hers, and we can all get along famously.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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