I Did It!! I Ate at a Restaurant!!

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Real Estate Agent with Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 BRE# 01494165

Oh my goodness - I did it! 

Last weekend I was headed to my aunt and uncle's for lunch with the "old" folks in my life. While my kids are home sanitizing the counter-tops for the umpteenth time, my parents are walking the beach and going to the market almost daily, just to get out of the house. 

Perspective I suppose. 

But back to the story......last Saturday I was headed to my aunt and uncle's for lunch and had a few extra minutes, so I did some recon. I went over to the shopping center near their home in Newport Beach. Fashion Island is an outdoor mall with beautiful stores and great restaurants. I had heard Orange County was opening up and I had heard a rumor that my favorite exercise clothing store would be open Memorial Day weekend, so I wanted to see for myself. 

As I walked up, I noticed something odd - there were people sitting at a table on the patio of the Yard House. So I headed over cautiously - you must be careful when you find diners in the wild. At first I assumed they were waiting for a "to-go" order, but then I saw her - someone was bringing them food to the table - it was a waitress!!! 

It was surreal! It looked amazing. I remember thinking:

"That wonderful person is going to bring them food while they are sitting there and then take away the dirty dishes when they are done"

WHAT? That's crazy!! 

Further investigation found R&D Kitchen open as well and Monday, mom and I enjoyed a leisurely lunch on their patio as well. It was amazing!! I love going to restaurants!! 

My local mall is open now too - I can go to Nordstrom's and shop! I hardly know what to do with myself, so many options. 

I knew that shower was going to pay off!!! Ok, it was 3 days ago, but still?

 

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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Karen - ah, yes I remember the days of eating in a restaurant. .  .     It was this year but in some ways seems a distant memory.  

May 30, 2020 11:53 AM #1
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Well, good for you, Karen. The things we used to take for granted. Wow. 

May 30, 2020 12:34 PM #2
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Don Baker
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we went with our kids and grandson on Thursday.  It felt great to dine out again.

May 30, 2020 01:00 PM #3
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Love your humour and everybody has different feelings about how they feel towards going out in the big wide world again. I know showing houses does not feel normal at all, with masks and gloves and forms to be completed etc.

May 30, 2020 01:16 PM #4
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Hahahaha that's how we felt a couple of weeks ago when we went out to eat the first day restaurants were open!!  Ahhhhhhh finally!!!  And we've been over doing going out ever since!! It's just so fun to meet friends and enjoy time together - out somewhere rather than meeting at a park!

May 30, 2020 01:50 PM #5
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Lottie Kendall
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No dining in the SF Bay Area yet--but soon. I've been fantasizing about sitting on a patio, dining in a relaxed fashion, saying hello to people.....

Meanwhile, we've been supporting our local neighborhood eateries by picking up "to go" orders several times a week. We want those mom-n-pop places to survive. 

May 30, 2020 02:54 PM #6
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Abby Stiller
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Good for you Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner I felt the same way 3 weeks ago when we had lunch at my fav restaurant. Thanks God FL has been reopened for a while. 

May 30, 2020 05:10 PM #7
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Hi Karen,  Good for you - be adventurous!  Life's simple pleasures - we all took for granted.  We're still not fully open.

May 30, 2020 07:42 PM #8
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner it's difficult to believe there is a normal that we might experience again....or not!!  we shall see.....I miss breakfasts with the family... 

May 31, 2020 04:53 AM #9
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Karen. Not yet so in Chicago. The mayor is on her own schedule. So we wait and say "someday"! Enjoy your freedom.

May 31, 2020 05:16 AM #10
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Carol Williams
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Hi Karen,
No restaurants open in my neck of the woods yet but we're hoping all small business can open again soon!

May 31, 2020 06:49 AM #11
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Brian England
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Things are opening up!  I remember when I ate at a restaurant a couple of weeks ago and it felt weird at first because I was used to everything being closed.  After a bit, it felt normal again and the staff wasn't even wearing masks, gloves, or anything, it made me feel comfortable in that environment.

May 31, 2020 07:12 AM #12
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Loved your post, Karen.... I was saying to a colleague yesterday that it would a red letter day today as I'd be showing a home in person this morning! Who knew the anticipation of a showing in person would yield such excitement! :) Haven't eaten out yet, but I have gone and gotten a haircut! (More excitement!)

May 31, 2020 09:28 AM #13
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Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
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Hello Karen. We have ventured out to a restaurant only once since the shutdown was lifted. But I have to admit, when I found out Dillards was open, I went right away for some retail therapy!

Jun 01, 2020 08:53 PM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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While I've made several trip through drive-thru restaurants, I haven't dined in since the lock-down.  I often find myself salivating at thoughts of special dishes inside some of my favorites.

Jul 03, 2020 04:32 PM #15
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