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Posted on Saturday 22 September 2007 at 10:27 am

Etiquette question


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I am house- and puppy-sitting for one of my professors this weekend. The dog is a sweetheart and is the same breed as three of my parents' four (bichon frises, a.k.a. little white fluff balls) which is why I quickly volunteered when they asked for someone. The prof. and his wife left a few things out for me on the kitchen table. Along with the lists of phone numbers, dog feeding instructions, extra keys, etc. was a bottle of wine with an attached note that reads "Rachael, enjoy the Bourdeaux!" I'm not sure what the polite thing to do is in this situation. The problem is that, generally speaking, I don't drink wine. I just don't like it. Should I:

- Ignore the wine and just leave it
- Leave it with a note attached thanking them but explaining that I don't drink wine
- Take it to share with my friends and leave a note thanking them for the excellent wine with no mention of who will actually drink it
- Something else?
Curious
Feeling: Curious
Exploring: Prof's house
Listening: Genesis - That's All

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What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:48 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I think probably option #3 is the most subtle? Though they might think you're a big drinker and start buying you bottles of Bourdeaux all the time. ;)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:58 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
See... that's part of what I'm wondering as well. Are they expecting me to drink the entire bottle on my own in one weekend? I wouldn't expect so, in which case I would presume I'm supposed to take the bottle with me but since I don't drink wine I'm really not sure on the rules surrounding it.

As if this wasn't complicated enough, I'm meeting some people for lunch in a bit and have no idea what I'm supposed to wear.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:59 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
What sort of place are you meeting for lunch?
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 3:21 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I am meeting my grandfather's cousin and his wife. They live in one of (if not the) rich parts of town. They are picking me up. He named the restaurant and I did not recognize the name but he said something about it being the restaurant on the golf course in their area.

I'm assuming my usual jeans-and-tshirt would not be appropriate, but I'm not sure how much nicer than that I need to go.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:26 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Hm. I'd probably say nicer trousers and a blouse would be safe, or if the weather's nice and you felt more comfortable, a casual skirt?

Maybe there's a website for the restaurant? Or you could call and ask if there's a dress code?
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 3:34 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Ooooooh.... website! Why didn't I think of that?
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 3:39 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Website says there are multiple restaurants there and I can't remember which one he said. Most of them have the same basic dress code, however, and slacks and a blouse should be OK.
gilpin25
gilpin25 at 3:31 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'd go for number three as well. They'll be happy thinking they've thanked you, your friends will be happy with you too, and you just need to remember to emphasise in every conversation with this professor in future how much you love ... chocolates. ;)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 3:36 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
emphasise in every conversation with this professor in future how much you love ... chocolates. ;)
If I do that, I'll probably end up with a box of dark chocolates and I don't like dark chocolate only milk chocolate. Or I'll get a bunch of nut and coconut filled ones. Blech!

The perils of being a picky eater!
Ms. J to the Diva
jadeddiva at 3:42 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Take it and share it with your friends, if your friends drink wine. Or, possibly keep it for yourself and find a good recipe involving red wine. It shouldn't be a problem if you share it with people, IMO, and you shouldn't need to mention that.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 4:18 pm on 22 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I have several friends that will certainly enjoy the wine and if I invite people over for a mini-party, I'll get enjoyment out of it without even drinking any. :) Sounds like a good plan to me.


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