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One New Thing: Sitting at a Bar (Alone)

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Wow, does the title of this post make me sound cool or what, ha. (:

A few weekends ago, I was in Scottsdale for work. Typically these trips are filled with colleague or client dinners, but this time I was holding down the fort on my own on a Saturday night. And so, I decided to do something that I’d only seen in movies (ok, or in real life, I mean it’s not that out there); that is, sit at a bar. Alone. Not like alone until my friends arrived. Like, alone alone, for an entire drink and an entire meal. Long enough to let anyone I’d never met become my dinner companion with two open seats by my side.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do plenty on my own. I have no qualms about sitting alone at a coffee shop, or going for walks in the park, or traveling with no plus one. Hell, I moved to Los Angeles and New York City without knowing a single soul. But sitting at a bar without expecting anyone to join me was the one thing that I’d always thought about and just hadn’t had the opportunity to attempt.

So, alone in Scottsdale, I took my chance. I put on some red lipstick and skinny jeans, then followed the recommendation of the hotel concierge to a local restaurant. I was actually a little curious to see what happened; I’m a firm believer that stories happen to those who give them the chance to, and this seemed to be a pretty clear invitation. I ordered a glass of red wine and a dinner salad. I eyed the room once in a while for cute potential seatmates. And then I smiled as… two pairs of couples took the seats on both sides of me.

We made small talk about life in Los Angeles and the Upper East Side. One woman asked me about the shrimp. One of my friends, who I was texting before the ordeal went down, asked me the next morning how my night ended up.

“Perfect,” I said. “Went home, showered, and fell asleep by 10.” Maybe not the night that I had anticipated at a bar in a new city when I could have talked to AN-Y-ONE. But it also really was just that perfect. And probably the ending to the story that I needed most on a day like that. Another ‘one new thing’ crossed off the list until next month…

This is part of a series about trying one new thing every month. Past posts include hot yoga, kayaking, rock climbing, glass blowing, paddle boarding

{Photo via The Delicious Life}

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Gina November 25, 2014, 10:11 am

    Yeah, girl!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014, 6:34 pm

      Haha thanks 😉

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