Thursday, 13 January 2011

don't sit here

One of the blessings (and curses) of modern technology is the speed with which information travels. Occasionally I will see a status update or tweet from someone along the lines of 'fat smelly guy approaching, hope he doesn't sit next to me'
or 'weirdo sat next to me trying to talk to me, help!' These sort of messages are invariably from youngish females.
So now I wonder, when I get on a crowded bus, is she frantically texting that she hopes I don't sit near her?; is she dissing me to her friends?.

It's not only females who have these thoughts though, I know I do. There are certain people on my morning bus ride who I pray won't sit next to me (and one or two I hope will) Usually it's a decision made on size or odour, I'm not a massive person but the bus seats aren't over generous and I hate being squashed.
It's interesting to watch the body language though, how people shuffle either across a seat or squash into the side to make the vacancy either appealing or virtually non-existent. The old guy ,spread legs pose takes up loads of room even if the user looks like they have a serious hydrocele or ill fitting pants. Bags are great for taking space and once or twice I have either sat on someones bag or politely asked them to move it.


KB said...

I don't mind sitting next to people on the bus but one time a guy sat right next to me in an almost empty movie theatre...that really freaked me out. That would have been a great tweet but I don't think the internet was even invented back then. LOL!

Thanks Toadee, I feel really old now.

Anglers Rest said...

I once had someone sit next to me on the Exeter to Edinburgh flight. The person in question was of generous size and took up their seat and then raised the arm rest so they could have a bit of my seat too. That hour flight was a long one. As to tweeting, I couldn't even if tweeting had been around, there was simply no room!