Watching and sitting are excellent companions and they are frequently seen together,
especially near transport, playgrounds, sporting venues and bandstands.
Waiting and sitting are another couple, who have been around for a long time. I nearly
observed, "A long standing couple." Can you have a long standing couple who are
waiting and sitting? Hum?
Sitting encourages watching. I'm told that the cafe culture is ideal for people-watchers.
Surely, though, it's ideal for waiting and sitting too.
With insulated coffee containers in hand, the use of public seating is on the rise.
It's cool (but hopefully, not the coffee) to loiter around a seat or even sit down
when you arrange to meet someone. I'm told that the "coolness" is eating and drinking
on a seat without the slightest hint of any nearby table. Juggling with several take-away
containers is a useful social skill. Locate the drink on any flat surface, so you
may attack the sandwich or wrap packaging with both hands, whilst squeezing your
cream-cake plastic dome between your knees, without the cream spurting like a gushing
oil well splashing on to your nearby coffee cup lid. Marks out of ten for style?
An insulated drinks container, with lid, and a seat in a public area are a good combination.
The tea sipper sits and watches from the seat. Is this an urban cultural thing or
are village seats still laggingWatching behind the trends in the more populated
regions and feel deprived of a more useful and meaningful existence?