Cabbie Courtesy, and Lemon-Aid for Lemonade: Pun Intended.
I ordered a Lemonade with my lunch the other day at Boston Pizza. The glass came equipped with the lemon-wedge adorned rim. Immediately upon squeezing my lemon into the lemonade, I wondered, doesn’t this seem a little overkill?
What’s so bad about intending a pun, anyways? Why must everyone disclaim “No Pun Intended,” once they’ve spoken one, making it clear that they didn’t mean to do it? You can make a case for the stinkers, and the “Grandpa jokes,” but is it really that bad to insinuate a little humor into your speech patterns, now and then?
From time to time, everyone needs to take a taxi. Perhaps you’re going to the airport, too drunk to drive, or have other reasons. One question I have is, where are you supposed to sit? TV and movies make it seem obligatory to sit in the back seat. I think in some larger cities, the driver actually sits in a glass box of sorts for protection, and back seat is your only option. Is it so crazy to grab for the handle of the front seat?
Lets work with 5 seat cab theory; that is, 3 seats in the back, one shotgun passenger, one driver. If you’re riding with an equal amount of people to seats ratio (in this case, 4 total), then it seems obvious. If you have 3, you have the option of a back-row bunch-up, or sending one to the front to allow a buffer zone for the cheap seats. If you have 2, it would seem awkward to sit one in the front and one in the back, so I would say you gotta both bunk in the back. But what about the solo act?
If you head directly to the back, then you conform to all social presuppositions on the subject. You then also indirectly insinuate that your cab ride is serving an “a to b” purpose; in that social interaction with the driver is not something you’re going to initiate (perhaps this is fine with you). However, this may cause the driver to talk to you more, in hopes of earning a larger tip (not applicable to Asian cabbies). It may also lead to a very silent, and awkward drive.
If you select the front seat, you’re likely comfortable sitting unusually close to someone you don’t know. You’ve indirectly broken the social code norm, but now you’re not sure how to behave in the position. You feel obligated to talk and to maintain conversation; but at least you can do so face to face, rather than face to back. You can also keep an eye on the meter to mentally calculate what you’re going to leave on top.
Good points on both sides. So what do you do?