The MAtH (man about the house) and I have reached our limit on Dianne Isbell's Monday Etiquette topic on restaurant purse hooks featured in the Belleville News Democrat.
Me: Oh, brother, Dianne is still on purse hooks. She highlights even more responses she got to her question about wheter these things would be welcome in restaurants.
MAtH: I just don't have the energy to think about it again.
Me: Me either, it seems such a mundane thing for her to keep harping on. I guess she was so thrilled by the "mailed in" responses she just wants to prove a point.
MAtH: And that point would be?
Me: That there are people who will actually use snail mail instead of email.
MAtH: That must be it, the topic of purse hooks isn't all that scintillating.
Me: Anyhow, Dianne finally gives her opinion on the etiquette of hanging purses from a restaurant table.
MAtH: At long last, the definitive answer.
Me: "I personally feel seeing purse hooks put on the top of a tablecloth,
whether the hooks are beautifully designed and decorated, with dangling
purses of all possible sizes, colors, shapes, conditions and length of
straps or handles, is not in good taste and not elegant. I feel this
overall appearance would be an undesirable distraction for the diners
as well as for the restaurant's desired ambiance.
Me: Heh, there's always a "but" isn't there? She then writes, "However, if a restaurant had permanently affixed, foldable hooks far enough under the table, yet easily and discreetly reachable, with a long enough or reasonable overhang length of tablecloth, I would consider it appropriate."
MAtH: Sounds like a bit of gymnastics talent is in order to make her idea work.
Me: I see many stockings being ruined by this idea.
MAtH: Stay tuned, next week's column, "How to avoid stocking run when using purse hooks."
Me: Another three weeks worth of columns.