The last couple of times I've had lunch at La Hacienda I have seen two different pair of women lingering over lunch long after they had finished eating and the check had been delivered.
Makes me think of my days at work when I actually worked with people on the same site and we would have lunch together. Normally we would eat in the cafeteria, but sometimes we would treat ourselves and go offsite.
Yes, we spent most of our time at lunch playing Ain't it Awful. But it was a form of bonding, and an acknowledgement that none of us, individually, was losing it, that (in our minds) the system and management priorities really were messed up.
There's a lot to be said for working from home and avoiding the commute. But the flip side of that is the isolation, and not being able to interact in person.
It's a different world.