I appreciate that this is the second post of my forties and it's a rant. Yes that scares me too.
I promise you that I'm not yet the grumpy old man that I am destined to become. But the thing is, I'm just back from the cinema, and you know what drives me crazy? People who can't say "excuse me".
You see, I like to sit on the aisle - more leg room, more elbow space, etc. But this does mean that people need to get past me. Here's a typical scenario:
Boy to girl - "Let's sit there", gesturing at seats in my row.
Girl to boy - "Yes, that seems like a good spot", again, gesturing to the seats beyond mine.
Boy to girl - "So, shall we sit there then?"
Girl to boy - "Yes, let's do it"
And then they stand there. They hover in the aisle next to where I'm sat.
Me to girl and boy - "Are you OK there?"
Boy to me - "Yes fine thanks", gesturing towards seats next to me.
Me to boy - "Did you want to get past me?"
Boy to me - "Yes, we want to sit there" points at said seats.
Me to boy - "The accepted protocol in these situations is that you say 'excuse me, may we come past you please' and I say 'of course you may' and then I stand up and let you past". Well I don't say all of this, but I allude to it with a tut and an eyeroll.
This happens a lot.
At the cinema, on aeroplanes, on trains. What happened to a simple "excuse me"?
I'm a nice guy. I don't look all that intimidating. I don't touch (too many) people inappropriately as they pass.
I just like a bit of courtesy.
Too much to ask?
(note to self : do NOT let this become a habit. An occasional rant is fine, but people don't want to hear your moaning self complaining all the time. Stop it now or people will start calling you O.L.D.)