Sunday, December 16, 2007

Etiquette Question

So, my dear readers, I have a question for you. Mainly for the Texicans out there (and anyone else who lives in a place where cowboy hats are popular).

Is it considered de rigueur to keep one's hat on one's head when eating in a restaurant?

Silver and I were at the Carnival World Buffet at the Rio this evening, which is touted as Las Vegas' largest, and there was a veritable sea of hats-on-heads visible.

I've mentioned a time or two (or three, or four...) that I have a liking for cowboys, which goes into overdrive during NFR every year. I'd hate to have my illusions (and fantasies!) shattered due to bad manners!

I'm waiting to be educated. Thanks.


Mauser*Girl said...

Maybe this will help -

Christina said...

Thanks, MG!

When sitting down at a table, you should remove your hat when you eat, provided there is somewhere safe to place it.

Whew! I guess they were covered then. The buffet was busier than I've ever seen it, and all tables and seats were taken. Plus, if you have to leave your table repeatedly to get your food, I can see that you wouldn't like to just leave your (probably quite expensive) hat sitting there.

phlegmfatale said...

wow - cool info, mausergirl!

Yeah, what that link says has been my observation, christina - I eat a diner where men in cowboy hats eat rather frequently, and unless it's simply too crowded for a spare chair for the hat, I almost never see a gentleman fail to remove his cowboy hat there. Then again, the world seems fuller and fuller of tacky people as time progresses, so no doubt I'll be out and about tomorrow and someone will prove me wrong.

It's nice to see men who behave in a gentlemanly fashion, though, isn't it? There's something incredibly charming about adhering to an older code that dictated good behavior on the part of everyone, and meted out punishment for those who did not comply. *le sigh*

Christina said...

See, I can accept the cowboy hats staying on when the place is packed, but I also saw way too many baseball caps, beanies, etc. at the buffet. I wanted to smack them off, but I'm a LADY. (not really, just too polite.)

And that "cowboy code" is why I'm so enamored of cowboys. It's not just because of the way they look in jeans, dammit!

4chun Cookie said...

I was gonna say, I wouldn't take off my jacket in a buffet let alone my hat! (if I wore one)