Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

21 Apr 2004, 19:54 p.m.

Perhaps "Not Passive-Aggressive" Is Too Much To Ask

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2004 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I am trying to figure out the best way to let jerks on BART know that they may not hog two seats by sitting in the aisle seat while the window seat goes empty. Generally I do what other riders seem too timid to do (namely, walk up, say "Excuse me," and take the seat) without any fanfare or edification. But soon my thought experiments will provide a concise, courteous, and non-passive-aggressive technique for hitting these jerks upside the head with the cluestick.