When my family goes to dinner seating arrangements are easy.
I approve the table, I sit with my back to the wall, facing the door and the majority of the staff an patrons and not blocked in (if it is a booth). My wife then chooses whether she wants to sit next to me or across from me and my children fight over who gets to sit next to mommy. See easy.
After 15 years together, even if I’m not there when the table is chosen my wife knows where I want to sit.
Most of our family friends don’t do this so even when we go out with friends, I usually get my preferred seat… but sometimes I don’t.
Last night we went out with a retired police officer, who because of the law he carries under was armed and I wasn’t, so I gave him the more preferred seat. Even if we were both unarmed I likely would have deferred due to his previous career and greater “seniority.”
After competitions when everyone is likely armed and everyone is likely to have similar preferences it is a dance that usually involves false curtsy to fill up less desirable blocked seats and then everyone takes the best available when they sit down.
How do you chose seats when you approach a table and how does it change if there is another sheepdog at the table? Have you ever discussed this with your family and friends? Let me know in the comments below!