Anyway, that's not what this post is about. Its about the fact that I have attended a ton of events the last 2 weeks and I have seen a lot of adults who really need to be told to sit the fuck down and shut up. Since I'm not sure they understood why I was yelling at them at the time, today is all about how to watch a public performance without making everyone around you want to shank you. I know you are super proud of your child and want to capture every single moment of it. Guess what?!? So does everyone there. So please...
Don't stand in the aisle. I don't care if you are recording or watching it blocks the people around you from seeing what is going on. Move to the side, or kneel up front. Don't block other people's sight line unless you want to piss people off.
Don't talk. I know you may want to tell the person beside you something super important but do not talk. Text if both of your phones are on silent (although the light will be distracting if the light of the performance are dimmed. Other wise write the note on your program and pass it like its a note in 5th grade math class.
Don't get up. This is just plain rude to those performing. I don't care if you piss yourself do not get up during a performance. You can wait between acts, songs, etc....
Turn your cell phones off or at least silence them. Nothing is more annoying than the person near you answering their phone. Trust me people you won't be able to hear them anyway.
Don't stand up or put someone on your shoulders. I am 4'10 I can barely see the stage as it is, please be considerate to those who are vertically challenged.
Last week I encountered something completely new. A kid wore head phones to a choir concert and then spent the entire concert laying in the floor. His friend was so sweet he apologized to me on behalf of his friend, but it really made me wonder had he never been taught?
If you follow these pretty basic rules you won't make enemies out of your seat neighbors.