Many of the points I would agree with. None of this is new.
Do you want to sit down on the Overground during rush hour?
If you know how crowded the Overground can get at rush hour, this might not sound all that surprising. Believe me, though, I was good at getting seats.
Here they are, in illustrated form. The theatre of conflict The Overground train arrives and dazed commuters spill on to the platform.
Everyone stands aside to let them pass. But this act of kindness is the exception, not the rule. Once you all step into the carriage the competition for seats begins. You are now in a theatre of war.
The strategic theatre where war is waged Know your enemies You share the strategic space of the carriage with many other players. Aspirants — People standing who want to sit down. Occupants — People currently sitting down.
Stepping into the arena Civilians linger near the doors while Aspirants occupy strategic positions nearer the seats. This is an unforgiving quagmire.
Much like Napoleon in Russia, your campaign will come to a crushing, drawn-out end if you venture here. There are few seats here so chances of victory are slim. Get into position — but act casual Get yourself into the long aisle, where the seats are most abundant.
This is the fertile valley of the Overground carriage. Find a good place to lurk, but don't appear too keen A well-chosen spot gives you a tactical advantage over three, maybe four, seats. Take care when picking your spot, and check for things like: Have the seat occupants only just sat down?
If so it might be a while before they get off. Can you guess where their occupants might be heading to? For example you can spot BBC people easily branded building passes, reading Ariel, cooking up ways to irritate the Daily Mail.
Who else lurks in the same area? If there are pregnant or infirm Aspirants you should move elsewhere — unless, of course, the Overground has completely erased your sense of ethics.
Are the Occupants checking the station name or folding up their newspaper? If so then they may be close to departure. This will play out in a smaller and more manageable space. Other passengers, however, play by their own rules, so there could be some surprises ahead.
Here are some end-game scenarios and how to handle them. Don't be misled by someone putting their book in their bag. They're not leaving the train - they're just messing with your mind Distracted, you fail to notice a seat that is legitimately yours becoming empty.
An opportunistic Aspirant sneaks in to grab it. You lose this round. Overground veterans develop degree perception of their surroundings, much like chameleons So when a seat behind you becomes vacant, will you be quick to notice? As always on the Overground, subtlety is essential. A few people commenting after this was posted mentioned that they look in the window to see the reflections of people behind them.
The Occupant's direction of departure can be influenced to your advantage The departing Occupant decides which door to head towards.
Exploit this to your advantage by shifting your position to create an easy route for them. So while my days as an Overground commuter are over, yours may be only just beginning.
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