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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Friendship Triangles, Anyone?

Filed under: Life, Social Life — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 10:51 PM (22:51)

Current mood: contemplative

I was perusing the Files section of the ABQMeet Yahoo! group, and found this, attributed to a “James” —

Hi Everyone,

When I was passing through a burg up in Michigan, and while at a little restaurant, I noticed these triangles made from the diner’s napkin that people would place near the edge of their dining table. I eventually inquired as to what it was for.

It’s a “Friendship Triangle” — they take a napkin and fold it into a triangle and place it in clear view near the edge of their table. It’s a signal to strangers (people we haven’t met yet) that it is okay to come introduce themselves.

One of the local restaurants apparently started the custom because they had more customers than they had tables and it blossomed locally into a social tradition.

Place a fork on the napkin if you only want a woman to stop by, or a spoon if you only want a man to stop by. Leaving just a plain napkin invites either gender, a family, or whoever might need a place to sit.

The custom is not to automatically sit down because the triangle is also used now to allow blind dates to find each other the first time — internet dating and all.

So the person seeing the triangle would come over to the table and say “Hi, I’m Sara. I saw the Friendship Triangle.” She would stop talking for a moment to let the person sitting respond. The customary response is either: “Please, come join me.” or “I’m sorry, I’m waiting for someone.”

I thought it a nice idea and I’ve been doing this for a while. It would be nice if restaurant owners would post a little sign near their entry to explain the custom.  Or better yet, an entrepreneur that markets a plaque which is marketed to restaurant owners.

Pirates in Washington, DC

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 10:11 PM (22:11)

Current mood: curious

Just now, I found this picture at the Rio Grande Foundation-sponsored

(Click the picture to see the full-size version)
If anything, I suspect that there’s more actual pirates (in terms of people who rob, kill, rape, kidnap, assault and steal from others for a living) in Washington DC than on all of the Third World’s coastlines and rivers put together.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Schall provides another side to the Somali pirate story.

It seems that despite The Barack‘s election-campaign rhetoric about diplomacy and peace, he’s showing NO signs of scaling back America’s military overseas involvements — He’s redeploying troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, as a prelude for possible operations in Pakistan.

Oops — did I say that he’s was a peacemonger during the campaign? My mistake!

If anything, it’s a good bet he’s scaling up America’s bootprints abroad. Blackwater, the “Left’s” favorite scapegoats after Wal-Mart, seem to be starting their own navy.


  1. Hat tip to Frank DuBois for finding the above picture.

Quote of the Day, 22 April 2009

Filed under: Politics, Quote of the Day, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:58 PM (20:58)

Current mood: content

“That the people and the States should, for a sufficient period of time, elect an uninterrupted succession of men ready to betray both; that the traitors should, throughout this period, uniformly and systematically pursue some fixed plan for the extension of the military establishment; that the governments and the people of the States should silently and patiently behold the gathering storm and continue to supply the materials until it should be prepared to burst on their own heads must appear to everyone more like the incoherent dreams of a delirious jealousy, or the misjudged exaggerations of a counterfeit zeal, than like the sober apprehensions of genuine patriotism. Extravagant as the supposition is, let it, however, be made. Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government: still it would not be going too far to say that the State governments with the people on their side would be able to repel the danger . . . . This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands . . . . It may well be doubted whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops. . . . Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments . . . forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the severl kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. . . . Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors. Let us rather no longer insult them with the supposition that they can ever reduce themselves to the necessity of making the experiment by a blind and tame submission to the long train of insidious measures which must precede and produce it.”
James Madison, The Federalist No. 46

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