I saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love recently. Good advice if you ask me though I'm not sure about the order. It reminds me of some advice my daughter gives me whenever she is aware that I'm going to lunch with friends.
"Mom, do NOT stay at your table forever. People are trying to earn a living."
"But, they always say it doesn't matter."
"Of course they SAY that! They want a nice tip but they don't want you camping there all afternoon."
She frowns on my usual one (okay, sometimes two) hour lunches but a few months ago I broke all the records with a four hour dinner. She was appalled.
"Technically we were in the bar."
"Did you keep ordering drinks?"
"For FOUR HOURS?"
"Doesn't count, if you weren't running up a tab."
"Well, they weren't busy. We were the last people there."
"THAT means they could have gone HOME."
I will try and do better in the future. I have an opportunity to redeem myself coming up today when I have lunch with a friend. I will chant this mantra...