Sitting at the bar at the swank Waverly Inn in the West Village, engrossed by my date’s company, the ambiance, and the interesting people we were chatting it up with…. I rembered hearing that the Mac & Cheese was Stupendous (“and real”- have to throw in a Seinfeld quote every now and then) though not on the menu– You have to ask for it.  In short order, came an appropriately sized plate of Mac & Cheese with a server offering truffle topping.  I guess in my naivety, I figured how expensive can Mac & Cheese be.  Let it be known that though spectacular, this will likely be the most expensive Mac & Cheese I will eat in a long time.

I was quite embarrassed having initiated the request.  Though my date was nothing but a gentleman and didn’t seem to mind or hesitate, I felt embarrassed that it could possibly come off as a reflection of my self entitlement which I pride myself on not being.  When I’m on a date, I generally do assume my date who has asked me for the invite will take care of the bill.  Nonetheless, I make every effort to remain conscience of that fact and act in accordance (i.e. not ordering $60 Mac & Cheese).  This was just one of those honest oops… I’ve read enough guys complaining about women only after free meals, the last thing I want to do is perpetuate that rumor.

And Boys, all I can say is I’m not sure who these women are because my friends’ time is far more valuable than a meal.  Today where gender roles can get confusing and women can make more money than men, navigating waters can sometimes be perplexing.  But from a traditionalist perspective, know when it comes to the dating world we do sincerely appreciate the effort put into a nice evening and being treated like a lady, whether it includes Mac & Cheese or not.

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