I'm kidding. Of course, I'm alone. But I'm also taking notes, casually ferreting information out of the staff and following the meals of diners at other tables to get a sense of what people think of a new place. As a result, I'm fairly content to have a plate of noodles as my only dining companion. So when a friend suggested that he will never eat out by himself because it's mortifying - as if he were carrying a sign that says, "I couldn't find someone to eat with me," I was surprised. I didn't realize that in an era where we can bury ourselves in a phone or paper/electronic media, that eating by oneself still had some stigma.
Does it bother you to dine alone?