“I just stop eating and drinking,” Yvette answered when I asked what does she do when sitting in between two people who talk over her food and spit – not intentionally, of course.
The other night, I did the same thing. I met a friend for a pizza at a neighborhood bar. We sat at the bar, it’s a fun place and everybody knows our names. I sat in the middle of my friend and another acquaintance who was especially talkative. Unfortunately, she might as well have repeated ten times, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers….”. I stopped eating; fortunately, my glass of wine was out of range. This is not the way to cut down on calories or enjoy a meal between friends.
It's not just a bar thing. It happens even at fancy galas and dinner parties where people want to engage in conversation with you or the person to the other side of you as they emit delicate sprays of saliva.
Speak behind the diner in the middle or wait until the end of the meal. Or speak to the person to your immediate right or left but rather than talk to their plate or the hand, keep your head up and way from their food. Do everything you can to not spray when you have something to say.