I believe we were the family that was planning our vacation to Europe recently that caused you to leave for “Chinese down the road.”
Yes, we had our iPads out & our guidebooks out. We were getting together with my parents & discussing what they’d like to do. And we were investigating side trips.
Have you never gone to a business lunch or dinner? When you discussed strategy for an acquisition? When you discussed goals for the year? Have you gone out for dinner or drinks with a friend who just became single? Or had a friend thinking about divorce after her hubby cheated on her? Or celebrated a promotion for a friend who worked so hard? Have you ever
sat next to a birthday party?
Vacation planning is not allowed? I’m sorry that we did not confine ourselves to the library to do so. (Actually I’m not sorry.) Instead, we met up at our favorite wine bar and the talk turned to our upcoming trip that is still open-ended. And yes, we’re so excited that we checked our phone/tablets to answer questions & plan our routes.
Maybe you should type up a list of topics that are acceptable to you and hand them out to your nearby seatmates.
But this begs the question – why were you caught up in our conversation? Could you not converse on topics you found interesting with your party?
From my recollection, though, you were upset to be sat at the common table and you hadn’t reserved in advance enough to get a regular table.