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1. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

When I get into a restaurant or a bar I tend to look for a table in a corner or at least next to the wall and would get very nervous if I had to sit on a table in the middle of the room.

How does anybody else feel about sitting in the middle of the room?

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I like a table in a nice corner - a little isolated, but with its own charm. A window table is good, too. But no, not the middle of the room.

It reminds me of a something I read once about Vietnam veterans and how they cannot, simply cannot be in the centre of a room, but stay around the perimeter. They need to feel they can see everyone at once. Not that I've had any experience that's even remotely similar, but I can relate to keeping away from being surrounded.

I hate big, pushy crowds, too. But that's another post.

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Same as you both...if I can't get a corner, I will take a wall.I even moved my couch from beneath the picture window...I can't stand having my back exposed.

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I really don't care with restaurants and stuff like that but if I'm taking a test I can't sit facing a wall. I've done it a few times and I always do badly..

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Quoting Pardus

...and would get very nervous if I had to sit on a table in the middle of the room.

Why the nerves Pardus?

6. Posted by banana (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y

It's much more fun to sit somewhere with a good vantage point to view the entire room, like a corner or something. This way you can watch (translate - make fun of) other people (people can be really weird when they're eating;))! Like cupcake said, I also hate having my back exposed (not very trusting of me I guess, but hey...)

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I have worked in restaurants in the past, as the host mainly... and let me tell you that people would come in all the time and say:

"I want a booth" or "I want one by the window"...

which is fine, everyone likes that. BUT if you ask to sit at a table that has not been cleared off be prepaired to be drop-kicked! ;)

I can not stand it, of course I say "Oh yes, right away... )

If I had my way everyone would sit where I bloody well told them to sit, they would order their food, keep their children under control and then leave me a generous tip for allowing them to speak to me...

8. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

I do hit straight to the corner. Maybe there's this self-consciousness that you've been watched. It's also like being blindfolded and asked to fall on your back with a friend behind catching u. U know u are alright, but somehow, its more reassuring to know there's a static wall there. Hmm..am i making sense here? The way they(restaurants) arrange their seats is also another reason. More often than not, the unwritten rule is that the centre part is usually for customers coming in with a big group.

But something crops u in my mind...why do people prefer seat in the centre when in a movie theatre. Afterall, most cinemas these days are designed in such a way that your viewing pleasure isnt compromised regardless where u are seated.

9. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

corners are the best because strangers can't heare your talking and you can touch your partner in a such way that others don't see much ;)

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I like a table in a nice corner - a little isolated, but with its own charm. A window table is good, too. But no, not the middle of the room.

It reminds me of a something I read once about Vietnam veterans and how they cannot, simply cannot be in the centre of a room, but stay around the perimeter. They need to feel they can see everyone at once. Not that I've had any experience that's even remotely similar, but I can relate to keeping away from being surrounded.

I hate big, pushy crowds, too. But that's another post.

Hey Tway, me too!