Last Friday, I settled into a nice comfortable seat on AMTRAK’s Vermonter, getting ready to enjoy a six-hour ride home from Washington, D.C. I take the Vermonter because it’s a through train to my destination, meaning that I don’t have to change trains in New Haven, CT. Trust me, that’s huge. That means I can plug my laptop into an AC outlet, connect to the free WiFi and work, read and write.
Until someone in front of me puts the seat back.
Actually, AMTRAK seats aren’t too bad. There’s enough legroom to adjust, if the seat comes back slowly. If the seat comes back fast and unexpected, well, the diagram says it all.
This is why I was so pleased when the guy in front of me looked over his shoulder and asked:
“Would you mind if I lean my seat back?”
Seriously, no one has ever asked me that question.
I said that I didn’t mind, but asked for enough time to move my laptop from the portion of the seat that would grab and crush it.
It’s absolutely amazing how good that little bit of consideration made me feel.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. You can follow this link to see the one-liners from the other participants. The gallery includes a few of my favorite photos from the ride home. You can click on any one to start a show and read the captions. You know, all work and no play…