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Old 04-24-2014, 05:27 PM   #71
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Unfortunately that doesn't work. I have a peninsula and people still seem to want to congregate in my kitchen work area.

I start off by throwing out hints, like "Excuse me, can I get around you?" When all else fails, I've found that the best way to handle it is to say in a loud and clear voice, "I need people to clear out of the kitchen.... NOW PLEASE".

It's not subtle, but I guarantee it's effective.
I take it you haven't tried Andy's or my suggestions.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:45 PM   #72
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...I start off by throwing out passive-aggressive hints, like "Excuse me, can I get around you?" When all else fails, I've found that the best way to handle it is to say in a loud and clear voice, "I need people to clear out of the kitchen.... NOW PLEASE".

It's not subtle, but I guarantee it's effective.
I guess we have more passive friends and family than you. On Easter, my younger daughter came into the kitchen when I started browning the angel hair pasta in brown butter for the pilaf. She said she loved the smell and just stood by the stove for a bit and chatted with me then retreated to the far side of the peninsula to keep me company along with my older daughter.

Non-family guests tend to stay where we put them. Usually at the table in the dining area or on the far side of the peninsula with a glass of wine.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:03 PM   #73
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Unfortunately that doesn't work. I have a peninsula and people still seem to want to congregate in my kitchen work area.

I start off by throwing out passive-aggressive hints, like "Excuse me, can I get around you?" When all else fails, I've found that the best way to handle it is to say in a loud and clear voice, "I need people to clear out of the kitchen.... NOW PLEASE".

It's not subtle, but I guarantee it's effective.
If people stray into my work area, I hold up my knife and say, "I'm used to working alone in here and tend to walk around with it in my hand. You'd be safer over THERE!"

Works for me!
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If people stray into my work area, I hold up my knife and say, "I'm used to working alone in here and tend to walk around with it in my hand. You'd be safer over THERE!"

Works for me!
I like it.
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If people stray into my work area, I hold up my knife and say, "I'm used to working alone in here and tend to walk around with it in my hand. You'd be safer over THERE!"

Works for me!
LOL, is this more friendly than an electric fence and a cattle prod?
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LOL, is this more friendly than an electric fence and a cattle prod?
What, I'm smiling when I say it!
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LOL!!!

I am very passive-agressive, I hand over the utensil I am using to the person crowding me, leave the kitchen and go watch TV.
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Lots of great ideas, thinking the electric fence is a good idea...

Maybe a more elegant solution would be an invisible fence system, I could just fit guests with a collar when they enter, they'll look silly but I won't have an unsightly fence blocking my kitchen doors.
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Lots of great ideas, thinking the electric fence is a good idea...

Maybe a more elegant solution would be an invisible fence system, I could just fit guests with a collar when they enter, they'll look silly but I won't have an unsightly fence blocking my kitchen doors.
Yes! They make some very elegant collars nowadays.
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Lots of great ideas, thinking the electric fence is a good idea...

Maybe a more elegant solution would be an invisible fence system, I could just fit guests with a collar when they enter, they'll look silly but I won't have an unsightly fence blocking my kitchen doors.

Nothing like a little electric shock therapy to keep unruly guests in line. IT'll be fun to see how quickly they make the connection between the shock and going into the kitchen. It'll be easy to identify the slow learners.
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