I'd like to thank both Alan and Tina for posting about this issue. For me, a new problem has arisen -- namely that because I can relate to both perspectives on the issue, it feels like no matter where I choose to sit, I'll be taking sides. This is simply not the case. In my opinion, it's really just lunch, and I enjoy eating with my staff and faculty colleagues, without having to worry about whether my choice of a table makes a statement or not. Thanks for your understanding, and see you at lunch!