I titled this blog Amusingz in part because it is a combination of amusing and amazing. The reality is that this spelling was the only one available as a domain name. But the title always gives me the reminder not to rant and rail about what I term WTF behavior and try to look at it in empathetic and humorous terms and delve into where it might come from. Take for instance, The Seat Hog.
This term is derived from the selfish bus patrons and the fact that I keep smelling bacon and don’t see any fast food bags. I think I’m safe though, I think you’re supposed to smell burnt toast if you have brain problems. 🙂
But back to the subject. The Seat Hog has two sub categories-The Defiant One and The Property. The Defiant One is the bus and train rider that refuses to slide over, sitting firm in the aisle seat. He is there to challenge you to either ask him to move over so you can sit there or climb over to use the window seat. He usually doesn’t budge and is often either looking straight ahead with a big scowl on his face or is on a cell phone. Now I say he because in my experience it’s more often a male and it really seems to be the kid that never grew up, he’s been doing this since he was the bigger kid on the elementary school bus. I think to myself this person fits in the class of those that think that high school was the best years of their lives but that may be too restrictive. Let’s look at our other case first.
In the case of The Property it’s more often women than men. They’ve got stuff, backpacks, big purses, shopping bags and quite often their own girth, that don’t fit into one small seat. Granted these are not your Disney Small World seats that have been widened for America’s obesity, but I also think that’s an excuse. These people usually choose to put their bags on the next seat instead of the floor and since you’re average bus rider can’t afford Gucci, it’s not about cleanliness.
No, for both types of Seat Hogs, the question arises-are they exerting their power in the only way they can or are they really anti- social and bitter about having to be on public transportation? Maybe a little of both and for me, I just try to be “amazed” at certain behavior, that that’s just the way things are and we’re all different and I’m not right because I think politeness, especially given your position on public transportation, is essential.
Like the dad that only gets peace in the toilet The Seat Hog can only find a place for their anger about society, family, maybe their own lives, by making things uncomfortable. I feel sorry for them the way I felt sorry for the people who joined the “Occupy” movements without mowing how their protests might matter. They just need a voice, folks are just stressed out. And maybe the stranger on the crowded bus is the only way to get it out, making them stand. I don’t know, maybe I’ll ask sometime.
Now the guy that got on and charged down the aisle before this poor woman who could not walk very fast could get off- he’s an a-