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When was the last time you ate dinner with your family?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 25, 2006

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“Back in early August, but my parents live all the way in Minnesota. My wife and I eat dinner together pretty much every night.”

Photo of Toni Wheeler

“Last night. We eat dinner together more often than not - nearly every night.”

Photo of Zach Jackson

“Two weeks ago, when my parents were in town for parents’ weekend.”

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“We actually ate breakfast together this morning, and we eat dinner together about every night.”

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jonas 9 years, 2 months ago

Jonus, wherever he is, is probably in trouble, then.

H_Lecter 9 years, 2 months ago

Quite recently. They're relatively delicious.

sourpuss 9 years, 2 months ago

What is wrong with Tom? Is his wife not his family? I guess he hasn't adapted well to the married life is his "family" is still his mom and dad and his wife is just his wife. To paraphrase... "That's not my family, that's my wife!"

sgtwolverine 9 years, 2 months ago

Wednesday, I think; the high school football schedule and weekend activity got in the way this time. But typically it happens most nights of the week.

geekin_topekan 9 years, 2 months ago

LINK patrons get to eat with family every other day.Ain't that special!There is something to be said for community.

Ceallach 9 years, 2 months ago

RI, what can I say? Sad, but true -- some people just don't appreciate perfection (or being guided by a perfect person:).

jonas 9 years, 2 months ago

I have them stuffed and mounted on chairs in the basement, and though we don't usually eat dinner together, we have frequent "tea times" at which attendence is mandatory, so to speak.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 2 months ago

This morning at breakfast. We make it a point to eat together when we can. I think it's rather important. My family always ate together growing up so I guess it's an old habit, but a good one.

Another debate: define dinner. In my neck of the woods...that means lunchtime and supper is the evening meal.

Classic H_L and inmate this morning! Thanks!

sgtwolverine 9 years, 2 months ago

Sue, around here, I do not see people make that distinction, though I am aware of it. It seems to me that dinner and supper mean the same thing -- the evening meal -- to most people up here.

By the way, I have a friend who recently moved to Brazil, and she said Brazilians eat a huge lunch -- which means she has a two-hour lunch break -- and if they eat an evening meal, they do not do so until late. Maybe 9:00. Crazy.

Topside 9 years, 2 months ago

DING DING DING DING DING...Yes we have a Barista. Oh this monday is looking up.

BTW- I had breakfast with my family this morning. AND, the wife actually made dinner last night, scary.

Topside 9 years, 2 months ago

PS- I should clarify. Scary as in, I am still in shock she actually made it. She can cook pretty good but is just too lazy usually.

acg 9 years, 2 months ago

Jonas, that cracked me up. I have dinner with my family every night. It's the one time during the day we don't have the tv, comp, phone, video game, dvd player, etc. running, it seems. We relax, enjoy a nice home cooked meal and talk to each other. My parents did it every night and I'll continue to do it with my kids.

Alison Roberts 9 years, 2 months ago

july 4th..sniffle I miss my family sometimes..

Ceallach 9 years, 2 months ago

Last night.

Topside, whether it's scary or lazy, you're probably in trouble :)

Sue, our evening meal is dinner, except on Sunday -- then for some reason "Sunday Dinner" is what we eat right after church.

inmate and H-L, thanks for the early laughs :)

Topside 9 years, 2 months ago

Yeah I live in the dog house I installed a ceiling fan last week. But she knew what she was getting into.

Ceallach 9 years, 2 months ago

Scary and lazy are some of the nicer things my husband called me :)

sunflower_sue 9 years, 2 months ago

RI, could that possibly be the understatement of the year? :) Just messin' w/ ya! cough

Grundoon Luna 9 years, 2 months ago

Past tense there Ceal? Sounds one of the d's got him. Either you divorced him for being a jerk or maybe ya took his tesitcles and left him bleeding for the same reason . . .

We are pretty regular about dinner together in Casa d'Attitude. Sunday dinner is usually a big deal but the two big uns (Tude Dude and my niece, Tudella) missed a good one last night - Surf and Turf. It just ain't the name as left overs.

Grundoon Luna 9 years, 2 months ago

Sheesh - just ain't the SAME as left overs. Damn ergonomic keyboard! Damn wrist brace!!!

Linda Aikins 9 years, 2 months ago

Hannibal, your question should be, When was the last time you had your family for dinner?

I wish I'd done it more with my kids. Now I have a family meal every evening. It's kind of cool

sunflower_sue 9 years, 2 months ago

Ceal, My hubby appreciates true perfection! That's why (after 18 years) he still lets me lead him around by his chain. (or whatever...);)

as_I_live_and_breathe 9 years, 2 months ago

Yesterday was family day? So is that why Barbara Bush was on a commercial - showing me a picture of her, George Sr. and the kids circa 1955 and telling me about how eating dinner with your family made it so your kids were less likely to smoke, drink and do drugs?

LOL Next up!! Bill Clinton tells us the importance of honoring your marital vows!

as_I_live_and_breathe 9 years, 2 months ago

Tom's answer reminds me when I was just out of high school and / or in college-- people would ask.... Do you live at home?

I know they mean do I live with my parents but I always want to say... no I have a home over on 8th street but I prefer to live in a box down by the river.

sgtwolverine 9 years, 2 months ago

TOB, Starbucks is raising prices, so you should say, "I'm not a fancy $4.05 a cup coffee drinker..."

Emily Hadley 9 years, 2 months ago

Original Bob,

Actually, baristi (m or unspecified) and bariste (f) are Italian for bartender, where the art of our $4 coffees originated and became associated with standing at a bar for coffee. They don't use A or O as the Spaniards do.

Obviously "bar" is the root of it all.

-ista is Latin for one that performs an action, produces a thing, or operates an instrument. In English we often use -ist, but the latin form or the whole word 'barista' was carried into English.

I can't think of any english "ist" words that are gendered, such as "pianisto" for a man and "pianista" for a woman.

Like Meredith says, check out a dictionary at your local library or bookstore, because whatever you are trying to do, you'll need words.

Oh, and the coffee? It's worth it. : ]

oldfashiongirl 9 years, 2 months ago

Well, I was going to eat with my brother and his wife last Saturday, but due to unusual flooding and trees falling across streets and electricity out of service, we called it off. I live alone and always eat alone unless I take a group to a restaurant.

You guys that love Starbucks make my day. I own some of their stocks, even have had 2 stock splits. Just keep drinking those lattes!

Inmate, I don't wish to sound facetious, but you really do have a family of sorts, unless you're in solitary. If it would help you to know someone is thinking of you and praying for you each nite around 6:00PM, I will do just that and will be having dinner with you. As I say "grace" I will ask God to keep you from harm and that you will one day be free and you will accept his love.

MyName 9 years, 2 months ago

Another Barista! Yes! In another year, they'll be enough to start their own political faction! Maybe they'll get a seat on the city council! At least then they'd always have good coffee at the meetings...

p.s. How many baristas does it take to change a light bulb?

Three. Two to stand around complaining about it and one to go get the manager.

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