Friend of mine will be in town in a few days and I am taking him out for dinner. There is one restaurant that I have my eye on. Its (very) pricey, but I can manage. Well I want to be a gracious host, but
i) I don’t want to seem like a show off (yeah I know, I accomplish that in this thread)
ii) On the other hand, taking him to something less fancy might seem a pot shot.
iii) Finally, I do know he will feel obliged to reciprocate when I visit him and take me to a place which is well out of his league.
He is a good friend. See him rarely. Do not want to mess it up.