Toasting accurately with constant eye contact

Look into eyes and toast glasses easily

Here in Berlin I’ve been told that I must make eye contact whilst ‘clinking’ glasses before drinking. I find it quite impossible to look someone directly in the eye while simultaneously moving my glass forward just enough to delicately touch the other person’s glass. As I stare piercingly into the eye of my friend I try to visualise where my glass is, out of sight below me. My stress levels rise, will it clash awkwardly? or completely miss? This solution uses a one way mirror so that I can give my friend the impression that I am looking him in the eye but in fact I am looking into the mirror and viewing the position of our glasses. Well, someone has to take control. This reminds me of a funny scene in one of my favourite films ‘Young Frankenstein’, the monster is on the run and walks into a blind man’s house. © 2009

3 thoughts on “Toasting accurately with constant eye contact”

  1. Indeed, someone has to take charge in these pesky social situations. This very problem has caused me to spill red wine more times than I’ve had hot dinners. But what to do about the problem I call the 3 Kiss Conundrum; how can you know whether to give someone you’ve just met a two cheek kiss or three? Work on that, please, as I’ve been caught out giving one kiss too many or one kiss too little too many times.

  2. My friend Oliver has informed me that not making eye contact results in a curse of 7 years bad sex – something to be avoided.

    I’d given up drinking to avoid the risk but now I can relax with a nice glass of Merlot at the next social gathering.

    Good work Dominic.

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