One of the running jokes on my favorite sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, involves neurotic genius Sheldon Cooper’s obsession with his “spot” on the couch in the roommates’ apartment. Sheldon has chosen his special spot for a number of reasons that relate to warmth during the winter, cross breezes during summer, angle in relation to the TV set, etc. It’s played to the extreme for laughs–but how many of you have your own special spot in your living room, in your favorite restaurant, or anywhere else?
When I was growing up, we all had our own spots in the living room. Mom always had a recliner. We had a large sectional couch–Dad and I each got half. In our current home, Collin has a rocking chair. He likes to bring his computer into the living room and get online while we’re watching TV–he has a computer stand on wheels. I’m always on the couch, always on the end next to the endtable. Like Sheldon, I chose my spot for specific reasons: the lamp, which I need for reading, and the table, because I always have something to drink and need a place to set it down.
The funny thing is that almost everyone who comes to visit also goes for that same spot. I’m not sure why. It’s like some little piece of prime real estate, like Boardwalk or Park Place on the Monopoly board!
Collin has his favorite spot in the movie theater. I only care about being in the back row. Anywhere in the back row will do. If it’s stadium seating, Collin likes to go all the way to the top and get the two seats at the end of the aisle, where no one can possibly be sitting in front of us, blocking our view.
I have an issue with the backward-facing seats on our city’s light rail. I don’t like to ride facing backward. Maybe I’m as neurotic as Sheldon….
Church is another place where most people tend to have their special places. On any given Sunday, it’s not too difficult to tell who’s there and who’s not by glancing around the empty places in the pews!
Collin says he used to envison a cartoon depicting the breakroom of his first employer: a long, empty table at which only one person was seated–and a waiting line for that chair!