This afternoon, I’m going on a trip. And there is one and only one thing on my mind. Securing shotgun.
For those who grew up on motorcycles, “calling shotgun” is another way of laying claim to the passenger seat before a car ride. If you call shotgun first, you get the preferred seat. If you don’t, you end up stuck in the back, where leg room is at a premium and fresh air goes to die.
But in order to properly call shotgun, one must know the rules. After all you can’t call it days in advance (people who try this are the scum of the Earth). I have always believed that one can only call shotgun after everyone who will be in the car is outdoors. That’s just how I roll. But I wanted to check the Web for other opinions on this most important of matters. Here’s what I found.
According to “The Official Shotgun Rules” website (yes, there is such a thing), not everyone needs to be outdoors before shotgun can be called. With tongue firmly in cheek, the site explains, “some people choose to…require that all occupants be out of the building before Shotgun can be called. This does not work. It leads to everyone calling Shotgun at the same time and often ends in physical violence.”
Interesting point. I have not personally witnessed any acts of violence as a result of simultaneous shouts of shotgun, but I could certainly see it happening. Especially on a hot and humid day, or when there are three people in the back seat. Is there anything so humbling as sitting in the middle of the backseat?
What are your rules for calling shotgun? If the person in the passenger seat gets out to run to the mailbox, is his or her position up for grabs? What if one of the passengers is the significant other of the driver? Do the rules still apply? Leave a comment below.
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