“I have a headache,”I informed Akemi as I picked her up following her afternoon English class.
“Do you know what that’s called?”she asked me.
The Japanese seemingly have a term for everything, so I was expecting something along the lines of atama na atsui (hot head) or tayo nemutai (sun sleepiness) or even kanso nomiso itai (dry brain pain). Instead, she smiled knowingly and offered an English variation: “Separation anxiety.”
Presumably, having been reunited with her after our ninety minutes apart, I’ll be feeling better in no time.
So, last night, Akemi and I attended a book launch by Chef Chuck Hughes (Chuck Hughes) whose food show and rustic, comfort food recipes have long been a hit at our place. Chuck hails from my hometown of Montreal and, whenever I head back east to visit mom and sis, we always make it a point to visit his restaurant in Old Montreal, Garde Manger.
About two hundred people showed for the signing at West Restaurant. We got there early, parked ourselves by the narrow hall leading out from the kitchen, and nabbed the appetizers as they passed by on their way to the dining room: pulled pork burgers, oysters on the half shell, cocktail prawn, duck fat fries, and other goodies. While munching and waiting for Chuck to draw his trademark lobsters on our respective cookbooks, we wound up befriending a couple of other attendees. “How did you end up talking to them?”Akemi asked me on the way home.
“How do I ever end up talking to anyone?”I asked. “I just started talking to them.” It’s been my experience that, more often than not, people tend to answer back and a conversation invariably ensues.
What about y’all? Do you tend to strike up conversations with complete strangers? If so, does your significant other find it odd? If not, why not? And how do you react when a complete stranger engages you in conversation? Chatty or suspicious? Do tell.
Anyway, on our way out, I stopped to ask the bartender a question about the bourbon selection that evolved into a twenty minute discussion about Tokyo and my favorite watering hole: Star Bar (http://starbar.jp/). I miss that place.
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