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Middle seat

 It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?


I do not like to occupy the middle seat especially on flights. It is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Sitting at the window you can get to  see the clouds or get a birds eye view during take-off and landing.  If it is the aisle seat, you can get up and stretch your legs or take a walk.

Now coming to the topic of sitting next to a loquacious person.  I like to get to know people and opening a conversation is a great way to do that.  It can become very boring if we are aloof.  Sometimes starting a conversation, we can meet interesting people and make good friends.

But there is a difference between interesting talk, getting to know one another and talking non-stop.

The other day I met one such person.   My colleagues and I were on the train on our way home after work.  This boy started firing a volley of personal questions at us.  He would just not stop.  He even went to the extent of advising my friend to get married.  After that meeting, the next day my colleagues would look out for him on the platform so that we could escape.


Other interesting posts on this prompt:
1) http://pintsof.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-prompt-middle-seat/
2) http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/the-seat-switcher/
3) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/small-talk/
4) http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/chatterbox/
5) http://agirllikemee.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/my-talkative-bus-companions/
6) http://thinkingoutlouddotme1.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-post-middle-seat/
7) http://risingrave28.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/on-a-train/
8) http://tnkerr.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-prompt-middle-seat/
9) http://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/the-middle-seat/
10) http://lettheballoonssailmeaway.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-post-middle-seat/

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