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Old 01-31-2016, 01:33 PM   #11
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Depends on whether it's a booth or table, alone or with others, the occasion for the "date". Alone we usually sit across, but in a slide in booth, we may sit beside. Out with another couple, we sit next next to each other if in a booth, either across or 90 degrees if at a square table. With a larger group we could be mixed in almost anywhere depending on who we'd rather visit with.
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Old 01-31-2016, 01:51 PM   #12
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Booth, across from each other nearly always. Table could be either. No set rules.
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Old 01-31-2016, 01:57 PM   #13
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Seating arrangements when you go out with your significant other.

Booth, across. I too like to be able to see the door. There's a story about a famous cowboy (thinking it was Wild Bill Hickok) who always sat facing the door. One day, while playing poker, his usual seat was taken so he sat with his back to the door. He got shot. With the famous Dead Man's hand, aces and eights.

With a table and other people, it varies.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:49 PM   #14
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Men usually like side-by-side bonding, especially with other men, think 'watching football', 'doing some woodwork together', hiking in the woods. Women like to bond face to face in general, where they can pay attention to the other person's eyes and facial expressions.
I liked side-by-side bonding with my teenage sons, cooking in the kitchen, watching tv together, walking/shopping. Face to face communication is better for me for more serious talking.
My DH and I do both. For light conversations and stories we sit next to each other. For more serious stuff we sit face to face.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:58 PM   #15
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Booth, across. I too like to be able to see the door. There's a story about a famous cowboy (thinking it was Wild Bill Hickok) who always sat facing the door. One day, while playing poker, his usual seat was taken so he sat with his back to the door. He got shot. With the famous Dead Man's hand, aces and eights.

With a table and other people, it varies.
I was trying to remember about facing the door Dawg. I think there's more gangster stories like that too. I'm just nosy about who comes in.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:59 PM   #16
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Several physical limitations usually govern our seating choices when we dine out. Many years ago, when Glenn was working, he was injured on the job...his back and the hearing on the right side. Two summers ago, he had a mild stroke and lost most of his peripheral vision on the right side.

As a result, when we're out together, I try to sit to his right. That may seem unusual, but it's to aid him when the waitress is nearby or there are other diners moving about. Before we established our routine, more than once he bumped a waitress or turned an elbow toward a diner walking by to go to the restroom.

I do the same when we're with friends. Most of them don't know of his vision or hearing impairments because they're usually seated at his "good" side. If I want to speak to him, I just gently touch his forearm or get his attention in some other subtle manner.
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:10 PM   #17
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In prison you would want to have your back against a wall. You don't want anyone coming at you from behind....
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:27 PM   #18
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Seating arrangements when you go out with your significant other.

OK, Roadfix, and you know this how? Not judging....
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:07 PM   #19
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We prefer sitting at the bar, even in nice places. We went to brunch at one of Bostons best today and had a great time at the bar....

At a table across or kitty corner

Probably across in a booth too unless it's something super romantic ...
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Seating arrangements when you go out with your significant other.

Our preference is at the bar too. When a restaurant is packed and there's a waiting list, we sit there.
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