DEAR MISS MANNERS: When my husband and I dine at a restaurant, if the waiter does not give us his name upon greeting us, my husband will ask for it. My husband then proceeds to introduce us to the waiter, saying, "I'm Joe, and this is Jane."
I find this to be incredibly awkward and even patronizing. It seems unnecessary for the waiter to know our names, as we are not trying to make friends. We're always friendly to wait staff and we tip well, but we're ultimately just at the restaurant to enjoy a meal.
Am I wrong -- is this introduction proper or appropriate?
GENTLE READER: Not unless your husband intends to invite the waiter to share your meal, in which case Miss Manners wonders who will bring the food.