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I have been to movies on my own at the insistance of my daughters and my husband that it's an empowering "fun" experience. I thought it sucked balls. Maybe it's the movies I'm watching. Who knows? It doesn't seem like something I enjoy.

 

I have not been out to eat on my own yet. It also seems like something I wouldn't enjoy. I can sit at home alone and stare at my phone while I eat food that I cooked to my specifications - why pay the extra money to enjoy the ambiance of strangers sitting with their companions while I stare at my phone and eat expensive food. 

 

I'm just not in to the "singlular" experiences.

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Yes, I often eat alone.  I will stop at one of my favorite restaurants like Cracker Barrel, Mimi's Cafe or Bob Evans.  I order what I want, not what everyone else is ordering, take my time and enjoy myself.  It beats going home and having to prepare a meal from scratch and eating alone.  I often see friends and sometimes see people I haven't seen in years.  To me, it's enjoyable.

 

I don't go to movies alone very often.  I generally watch movies using my DVD player or one of the cable stations.  That's usually when I have a bag of popcorn!

 

 

 

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I worked in movie theaters for seven years! Then was a waitress for fifteen years, so either option isn't too exciting for me, with or without company.  I enjoy many other activities alone, so, that's that. It's a wonderful life!

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I have been a widow for 3 years now and at first, hesitated to dine alone.  Now, realizing that most of my friends are married, they aren't as free to go out to eat and I was hesitant about dining with a couple (always felt like a fifth wheel), and found that a lot of couples don't like having a widow with them (always feel as though they are expected to pay for my meal).  Now, I tell them I will join them only if I pay for my own meal  Within the last 3 months, I realized how much I missed going out to eat, so I tried dining alone.  It wasn't bad.  I take a book and it's amazing how many people ask about the book and start up  conversations.  I can go to the restaurant of my choice and actually enjoy people watching.  Haven't tried going to a movie alone yet.

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Yes, I go to the movies solo, as I am retired and my friends still work, I enjoy my solo time 

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Yes I do and I love it! 

 

Not that I don't have friends to go with.  Sometimes, when you want to do something, friends are not always available.

 

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For many years of my life I ate alone. When I got married I travelled extensively for my job.I ate alone and went to the movies alone. No big deal. I did call home every night to make sure everyone was okay.

Now retired if I go out to eat  my wife accompanies me. There are many movies she doesnt like so I go alone. No big deal.

I have never felt troubled, worried, uncomfortable or lonely in these solo activities.

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I do.  I grew up with eight siblings, including one little sister who drove me nuts.  I moved at 19 fell in and out of love, had a child, married/divorced, all of that.  Nevertheless, for some reason I seem to always get the most pleasure doing things by myself.  I'm a people watcher (as well as a hopeful romantic) and I love to go to my favorite restaurants, listen to the music and watch life unfold.  I lived in Paris, France for two years and because my love was a workaholic, again, there is I was eating, visiting, going to the movies - alone.  Now that I'm older I'm fine playing Solitaire on my cell while I eat.  Doesn't bother me one bit!

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Most of my working life was spent traveling internationally, so I'm very used to traveling, eating, going to movies, going to plays, etc alone.  I loved every minute of it, but it does take a fair amount of confidence and being comfortable in your own skin to do so.  It's second nature to me now that I'm retired to dine alone, etc.  Just take a deep breath, have an open mind, and go for it.  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the experience can be.  

 

But that's not to say I don't enjoy a good meal or a good movie with a good friend!

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I have gone out to eat alone before...but rarely and only when I was at work and on my lunch break to also run a quick errand. However, I have never hesitated and loved to go to a movie alone for many reasons. I absolutley love movies--especially at the local movie theater more than watching them at home on TV. At the theater you can really get involved in the storyline. (At my work my co-workers knew I saw a lot of movies, so they would always come to me to ask what movies I would recommend.) One reason is that I want "quiet" around me when I watch a movie...at home people seem to talk a lot during movies. I don't even like the movie theaters that are "Dine-In" ones.....because there is so much commotion with the serving of food and collecting the money. Most of my life I have gone to movies by myself. I would go to the movie at least 30-45 minutes ahead of time and take a book with me and get some reading done in that quiet time. In addition I would sometimes spend time making notes about books I planned to write, since I have previously written 2 books:  "I THOUGHT THERE WAS A ROAD THERE..." (a devotional book) and "SEPARATED LIVES" (a true story about a search for birthparents). I probably could or should also now write a book about going to the movies because I have some funny experiences doing that...such as ending up in the wrong movie, the film that would'nt project, or the "weirdo" that haunted the theater. 

                                       Lynn Assimacopoulos

 

 

 

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