Finally, Antoine and I agree on a small something! I love sitting on benches too. I love to watch people and admire my surroundings and imagine what's going on in everybody's world.
However, I never feel like sitting and watching people separates
me from the world - I feel more like I'm absorbing
the world, drawing everything in and exploring it, as well as reaching out
to everything around me in a silent, almost spiritual way.
I'm an actor too so I share Johnny's love of watching people, drawing on little pieces of people for future reference and inspiration. Oh and I also love sitting watching my tomatoes grow.
I think public transport , a bus or train or ferry, are great places to watch the world go by. You see all kinds of people and all sorts of scenery at the same time.
But my favourite place is my own back step - looking at my garden and my children and watching the sky and trees and nearby houses.... aaahh, bliss...
Finding Neverland also has a prominent bench. Any others?
Well, it's not a bench as such, but Edward Scissorhands spends a lot of time looking out his castle windows at the world below. As does the mayor in Chocolat (although he interferes as soon as he sees something so he's on the other end of the spectrum isn't he).
Liz, that's a great idea to sit by the coast to do your Christmas cards. Have a nice time.
Gemini - I agree that Antoine is too similar to Laurant to think he's not somewhat autobiographical.
Depputante - you're so right about sitting and watching not being "doing nothing". Too many people place value on busy-ness and "productivity" over contemplation and genuine involvement.