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   Posted 3/12/2010 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you always choose to sit in the front or back of a room? Why? Seems that we all seem to have a definite preference to where we sit in a room if it's unfamiliar. Let's say you're going to a lecture in a big auditorium...toward the front or way back? What about a concert if you can choose where you sit? Front or back? If you are going to a new class in school...front or back? What is your reason for your choices?

I'm always a front row person. Well, at a concert maybe not quite the front as I prefer not to be literally blown out of my seat but I always head for the front of any room and take a seat. Why?? So others don't distract me. I distract fairly easily. I can detect a pin drop at 100 Or if someone is fiddling around, fidgeting, or other disturbances it bothers me. So to be able to hear and understand what's going on I always head to the front of a room to sit.

And you??
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   Posted 3/12/2010 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   

If it is a lecture or presentation, I am right up front. I want to make sure I can hear everything and see all the facial gestures and body language, or the speaker! If it is a movie, I like the middle center, just easier to see, and if it is a concert, I want the very back row!, I hate loud music and I do not go to many concerts! but when I do I want to hear the music and not be blasted out of my seat! I would rather go to a little cafe with a folk singer that is very low keyed!

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   Posted 3/12/2010 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a back of the room sorta gal.  I don't sit closer until I feel more comfortable with the situation.  For instance if I'm going someplace where I will be returning like a weight watcher's meeting, I will sit in the back row until I get the lay of the land.  Then maybe, I will move forward in a future meeting.
At a movie, I like to sit in the middle, not too close and not too far away.
If it's somewhere where my granddaughter is performing, I want to sit close up to see everything.
I guess I'm pretty much all over the place.  lol
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, to answer this I have to make reference to the "p" word, as since CP entered my life that has changed my choice of seating. Now I want to sit toward the back, very preferably on an end seat, so if the sitting gets too much I can get up and leave or stand in the back without making too much of a disruption for others. Actually, I don't go to many things where I need to sit because it is uncomfortable.

Before CP, for a concert I would want to sit toward the front, in the middle so as to get in the "sweet spot" of the sound of the music. For other things I'd be a little more toward the back, but somewhere I didn't have to turn my neck to see the screen or the speaker.


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   Posted 3/12/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you always choose to sit in the front or back of a room? Why?
   Good morning Chutz,
      In the front! Not that I was particular or more attentive. I hear gnats have a longer attention span than I do smilewinkgrin  I  started out life with congenital cataracts and back then the technology wasnt available to replace lenses in children.  Gosh, I sure hated taping little black circles of paper on the glasses lense of my good eye. Always looked like something out of a kaleidoscope. :-)



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   Posted 3/12/2010 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
In class I sit in the very front, usually right in front of the professor. It's the only way that I can see the board, but it has it's down side too (like when you are extremely tired & are trying to stay awake through class).


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   Posted 3/12/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a front rower in person as long as it's not a small setting i.e. a tupperware party not to say I've ever been to one! And a very back rower in settings like this where I feel almost vunerable. My hubby and I went to see Elton John and Billy Joel in their Face to Face concert. it was wonderful, but we miscalculated the setting position and ended up in the back! Sheesh! We bought some binoculars and just really enjoyed the experience. All through school from grade school through college I was a front seater. I wanted to focus on the instructor and what was being said. I wonder if grades were different for those of us who were front seaters and those who were back seaters. I've never thought of that, but it would be interesting to know. Anyway, Chutz you are such an interesting person to come up with these things! Great mind I guess! Thanks as always. Catz
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   Posted 3/12/2010 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Most of my life I've been a back row person , because I was a scared , insecure man . Then as a drug user I became a front row person because of false confidence . Since I became ok with who I am I prefer the front row for any learning expierence , while at concerta , last one I went to was Metallica I was one section back which seemed perfect .I was close enough to see everything ans far enough back to still hear when I left ! Nice question Chutzie ! I have not been to any function since my hip problem 1and1/2 years ago .I think if I went now I'd want to be back row on the aisle because I'd need to stand every so often .


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   Posted 3/14/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
This isn't my usual forum but I enjoyed the question so much I have to answer it!

Movies, I prefer center 1 row closer than the center...just close enough forward & far enough back to see the whole screen in one glance...this has moved through the years as my eyes and ears age.

Classes, lectures, etc....I like the end of a row about 3 rows back in a normal classroom sized room. Otherwise it depends a little on room size, but always prefer the end of the row, a row or so front of middle. For these types of things, I like the end of the row closest to the wall where the door is. I can be late or sneak out late with minimal disturbance, and am kinda' off to the side of the main group.

Of course, depending on how my stomach or hips are feeling, I might get even closer to the door...or if the room is overcrowded I'll be very close to the escape route!! lol
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