Although I've done it several times this summer and prior, I still haven't quite mastered the art of dining alone in a restaurant. Dining out at its very core is a social activity. Consider that much of the time spent in a restaurant is spent sitting at the table waiting for the food. A long period of time sitting at a table; there's not really anything else to do but socialize. When eating alone, one is pretty much left at the table with their thoughts, which isn't bad except it gets kind of boring after a while. I've been trying to come up with something to do to pass the time, but I've yet to be successful. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
Oh, and I also discovered today that I don't have the same appreciated for paintings that I do for photography. I went back to Balboa Park today, this time with my camera. I checked out the Museum of Art for the hell of it, but it just didn't do much for me. I guess It's because I can't draw or paint, so it's difficult for me to determine what's good or not. I've taken lots of pictures, a few of them decent; so I at least know how hard it is to take a good picture and have an idea of what one looks like when I see it. But I apparently have no idea what a good painting looks like. A lot of them look like something a 5 year old painted, and yet they're considered great pieces of art. So fuck it; I'll stick to photography.