It just occurred to me the other day to think about something that I had never thought about before: namely, how people sit in booths at restaurants. I thought everyone did it the same, but apparently after observation I was wrong.
For one thing, I prefer never to sit on the same side of a booth as someone else if there are only two people. I don’t care how close I am to the other person romantically, I’d prefer to sit across from them rather than next to them.
I also prefer never to sit on the inner seat of a booth if given any choice in the matter. I won’t be obnoxious about it, but I always choose to sit on the outside (if there are four people) or the alone side (if there are two). Unless, of course, it’s me, the spouse, and one other person, in which case I sit with the spouse but prefer for him to take the inner spot (he doesn’t mind or care). I particularly don’t like being stuck on the inner part of a semicircular booth.
Finally, I get annoyed when I’m with a mixed crowd and by unspoken agreement the women are assumed to be the ones who’ll sit on the inside. Uh-uh. Ain’t gonna happen. Again, I won’t be obnoxious about it, but I won’t allow the assumption to go unchallenged. (This is true in pickup trucks, too, where when there are two men and a woman the woman is assumed to be in the middle seat.)
What about the rest of you?
- What is your gender?
- Do you have a preference about where you sit in a booth when with one other person? Two? Three?
- Does the gender of the other people matter to you at all?
Silly questions, but hey, the SDMB runs on silly questions.