Where is Larry David when you need him? Tonight while my wife and I were having dinner at a local restaurant, there was a kid screaming for about twenty minutes while five adults (her two parents, her two grandparents and her nanny) sat there stubbornly eating their dinner. To the considerable dismay of the other thirty patrons who did not have screaming children, the five adults made little meaningful attempt to shut her up other than unsuccessfully trying to stuff bread and a bottle in her mouth . Finally, after the father finished his dinner, he graciously picked up the screaming kid and took her outside. As he did so, the restaurant erupted in applause.
All along I was praying there was a Larry David in the room who would get up and go tell them what the rest of us were all thinking–that these selfish, inconsiderate people were ruining dinner for everyone else. But strangely, no one was willing to confront them. As fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm know, Larry would never have tolerated the situation. He is a “social assassin” who breaks the rules of etiquette, challenges social convention and says what is on his mind. There is a little of him in all of us. We think it, but he says it. And we laugh uncomfortably when he does. But sometimes we just wish we could hire him for a social “hit” or two.