The art of sitting

The art of sitting

This is a discussion on The art of sitting within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; The Dunkin donuts thread made me think (Yeah it still happens to me every now and then). So I am posting a poll on how ...

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  • Wherever I can.

    20 7.94%
  • I like to be able to see the entrance.

    115 45.63%
  • I have to see the entrance and my wife knows it.

    90 35.71%
  • If there are several entrances, we manage to cover them between the two of us.

    27 10.71%
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    The art of sitting

    The Dunkin donuts thread made me think (Yeah it still happens to me every now and then).
    So I am posting a poll on how you sit in a public place restaurant, coffee shop, etc.
    As far as I am concerned, I always sit so that I can see the entrance; if more than one, my wife watch the other.
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    The first rule of a gunfight: "Don't be there !"
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    Facing the main entrance prefferably with a wall to my back and if it can be avoided not on a long table where you need to scoot over to get in place any significant distance.

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    I like to be able to see the main entrance.

    That said, it's a strong preference. I won't go elsewhere or wait for a different table to clear just so that I can do so. I also try to have an eye on the service area as well.
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    I LIKE to and the wife knows it. I don't ask for a different table then the one offered by the host/ess, but I try to find the best view of the approach to the area I'm in and the crowd as well.
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    My wife knows my preferences, I call it "Situational Awareness"! I don't have to see the entrance, but I do always sit with my back to a wall, facing the avenue of approach!

    Great plan on the "Code Word" think I'll implement that
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    I like to be able to see the entrance. My wife isn't always up to speed on things and since she doesn't think the same way and not aware...sometimes I just plain out tell her "honey, that's my seat" or "I'm sitting there" if she goes for my chosen spot. Next question......booth or table? :)

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    My wife already knows my seat of choice and why. If there are several possibilities, she will ask.
    I want to see who is walking into any business I shop/eat at......and with the crazies in this world, I also watch other patrons...gotta' have a plan.
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    I picked "I have to see the entrance and my wife knows it" even though it's my girlfriend. At this point, she never sits on the side of the booth or table facing the door. If there are multiple entrances, I'm always facing the main entrance. This is just how I'm always closest to the door on the bed at night.

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    I prefer to see the entrances, but sometimes wife wants to see the people. But I can't carry anyhow if we go to a restaurant that serves alcohol, which most do if your food doesn't come in wrapped paper
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    I like to be able to see the entrance, and at the same time keep my weapon from common view.
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    Sorry, I goofed.

    1- "Wife" is too restrictive

    2- Apologies to the ladies; they might be the one who are carrying

    I don't know how to edit a poll, if at all possible; please read "Significant other" where I had "wife".
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    My wife knows I like to see the entrance and will set in a position to allow that without being asked to.

    I think she may think I want to see the women comeing in.
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    I like to be able to see the entrance. I prefer a table or booth that allows me to either have my back to the wall OR to be able to view other patrons and their tables. My wife knows this and years ago used to "pooh pooh" my actions, but within the past five years has not only accepted but double checks with me before she either accepts a table or sits down.
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    I try to sit where I can see the entrance, or where no one can walk up behind me. I don't make that big of a deal about it but if I can't face the door I'll still look around and scan from time to time.
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    Usually, we'll sit on the same side next to each other. Both facing the doors. Im sitting on the outside of a booth.

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