Yet another incident in my neverending struggle to understand my fellow species.
Wife and I attend a lecture this p.m. (Brian Green on String theory - I’m still as confused as ever! ) We are seated in the 1st row of the balcony. The row is maybe 60 seats long, no center aisle. We are maybe 20 seats in from the left side.
The lecture ends. We wait for the couple on my immediate left to stand, and we stand and face the side aisle. This is what we see.
-At the very end of the aisle, 3 or so old people are standing and pleasantly talking, apparently oblivious to the fact that other people might wish to exit the row.
-Next in appear to be 3-4 people still seated.
-Then there are 10 or so folk standing, facing the aisle. These 10 are made up of small groups of 2-4 who came independently.
-Then me and the missus.
-Behind us, another 10 or so folk making up our half of the row wishing to exit the left side.
And NO ONE MOVES! For probably a minute. WTF?
No way can I communicate with the folks way at the end w/o shouting, but I sorta lean out and loudly say, “Excuse me.” Not in a pissy or angry tone - but just hoping to get some reaction/information as to what all the standers are waiting for. By this time, all the other rows are empty. We haven’t budged. One guy standing maybe 5 in front of me says something I don’t catch. When I repeat “excuse me,” directed at him, he says, “You can go past.” I say something like, “You want me to go past you?” and he says, “I don’t mind.”
So the missus and I sidle past the 10 people standing, the 3-4 people sitting, and the 3 conversationalists. As we pass, my wife overhears some of the standers say things like, “Apparently he is in a hurry.”
I repeat, WTF?
Of the various groups:
-I can understand the sitters. They are comfortable, so they are staying put, and anyone who wants can sidle past.
-But how can anyone (especially someone passing up a lovely weekend afternoon to attend a lecture on physics!) be so stupid as the 3 on the end, to be oblivious that all those folk might wish to exit the row?
-And the other standers in front of me. How long were they going to wait? And why was my wanting to exit viewed as rude?
I try to understand other people, so as to avoid falling back on my general dislike for my own species. But my wife and I pretty much consider ourselves unfit for general public…