As a gentleman you may from time to time catch public transport.
There are many reasons for this; socializing where your blood alcohol level may be deliciously high due to merriment, traveling to your place of business or education or meeting a secret society on the 3rd carriage of the 7:59pm Epping train every 3rd Thursday of the month.
The important thing is you will at some point need to catch public transport. However there is one thing you should always do as a gentleman, and that is give up your seat for the fairer sex. Say for instance you are at the back of a block of six seats, imagine how good you will feel if you have to shuffle past everybody sitting there with their ipods or reading, to give up your seat for a lady of distinguished age. And then who knows, you might as well treat yourself to a cigar once you exit the train, god knows you’ve earned it.
Of course now days you may find a woman not willing to take a seat from a gentleman such as yourself. To avoid the embarrassment of getting up and the lady not taking the now vacant seat, make sure you ask them first. Most people will say ‘no’ but you will be able to gauge if it was a polite ‘no but I do really want a seat’ or a ‘I’m better than you and your seat so shove it up your arse’.
As gentleman you may be up on the hierarchy for style and manners but you’re at the bottom of the list for people who deserve seats. Women, children, old gentleman who have bad backs and weak knees from years of standing on public transport, the disabled, you name it, they deserve your seat.
The best way to avoid the ‘sit down, get up’ dance is to not sit at all. I’m sorry gentlemen but unless it’s a carriage full of only other gentlemen, you’ll be standing.