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where to sit? pt. 2

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so i wrote an entry before about where you sit in a restaurant, class, etc.  i’d like to add another chapter to that blog entry.

this entry comes from my experience in the doctor’s office waiting room/airport terminal/any other kind of waiting room.  where do you sit in a waiting room?  what kind of “sitter” are you?

isolationist – you have your space and everyone else has theirs.  you’ll take mostly corner/end seats as it is the furthest away from other people.  there must be AT LEAST a one chair buffer zone between you and the next person.

selfish isolationist – pretty much same as above, but instead of taking the corner seat, you take the middle seat so that people can’t sit in the two seats bordering you.  you might even put your legs up or put your purse/bag in the next seat just so that everyone gets the idea that you don’t want ANYONE sitting directly next to you.  you want people to feel bad when they ask if they can sit next to you since you have to move all your stuff off the seat so they can sit.  in a stretch of 3 chairs, you’ll take the middle so that no one can sit in that whole row.  seen as a challenge to the super friendly.

the friendly – you don’t care where you sit.  if the room’s pretty full, you don’t think twice about plopping down right next to someone else.  you don’t weigh your options.  you just go for it.  you want a corner seat and there’s one open?  you go for it.  doesn’t matter if there’s someone sitting in the adjacent seat.  in a balanced room, you are the one who doesn’t mind being the first one to have to sit directly next to someone else.

the super friendly – you would rather sit directly next to someone than in that stretch of open seats.  you make people feel a little uncomfortable that you sat next to them instead of sitting two or three chairs over when the whole room is empty.  if you’re a guy, you might be that guy, who, in a row of empty urinals, takes the one that’s right next to the one guy who’s there making him feel super uncomfortable.  extra points for striking up conversation while you both are peeing.  enemy to the selfish isolationist.

i consider myself a selfish isolationist.  i’ll admit i take up the middle seat in a row of three or four.  i think i do it subconsciously.  i just don’t think about taking the end seat so that another isolationist can sit in the same row.

where do you sit?


Written by enoch

July 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Posted in social observation

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  1. the friendly!!!^__^


    July 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm

  2. i’m with you. i carry a purse. unless there is no seat available in the room, my purse gets a seat next to me.


    July 8, 2010 at 12:10 am

  3. If the situation is THIS picture, I sit on top of the plant. I refuse to be categorized, good sir!


    July 8, 2010 at 7:52 am

  4. the wusses


    July 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm

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