I am currently sitting in my local Starbucks. Now, of course, I would prefer some other coffee shop, but since I seem to have the innate ability of always choosing the wrong direction lately, I figured I should not take the chance of getting completely lost and stuck with the coffee shop nearest Staples, where I just spent lots of money on office supplies.
Did I ever mention that I LOVE office supplies?
But, I digress. Sitting here, and making my office a coffee shop got me thinking about the pros and cons of using a coffee shop as an office. Actually the demeaning and judgmental glance of the perfectly coiffed businesswoman that said with a screaming silence “You are so unimportant!” made me think about this.
Now before you go telling me I shouldn’t worry about what other people think, especially since they don’t know my story, I know that. The look just made me think about the role of coffee shops in our society, and my purpose of using one.
My purpose is simple, I needed access to the internet. I could have gone to the library, but I keep forgetting to bring proof of residency to get my library card. So here I am, chai latte by my side, curled into a comfy chair and watching the world of the coffee shop.
Why would that woman give me that particular look? There are plenty of other people sitting here working on computers. I am not alone in turning this into an office.
I think it is because of my appearance. No, I’m not horrendous, but today is a rather gray and rainy day. Since I knew that my day would consist predominately of more unpacking, some painting, lots of organizing, and work on the computer (as well as perhaps some editing), I dressed for comfort. Sweat pants, old t-shirt, even the comfy bra that lends little support (sorry guys). Then I realized that I was out of black ink for my printer. I had to make an office supply run! I just had to!
I didn’t bother to change, so I sit in my comfy clothes working on my little mini Dell. So basically I look like a woman who has nothing better to do all day than sit in coffee shops and pretend to work.
But the thing is, I’m not pretending. I had over 100 e-mails to sort through because of my lack of access to internet. I am so behind on reading blogs and responding to comments that I don’t think I can catch up. My apologies to anyone who feels ignored, I think I am just going to have to move forward and not try to visit the past. I especially want to apologize to those of you who have recently (and surprisingly) subscribed to my blog, as I just have been too overwhelmed to deal with anything. I promise I will be better once I can use the internet regularly.
Again I digress. I am supposed to be exploring the pros and cons of a coffee shop office, so here I go:
- Access to free internet
- Warm drinks and edible goodies (which I am avoiding for the time being)
- A variety of music
- Great people watching
- Comfy seats when you can snag one.
- Views of the outdoors.
- Can be noisy, and other people’s conversations can be distracting.
- If you forget something (like today I forgot my mouse) you are stuck.
- Rude business women with judgmental looks.
- In Starbucks, the coffee always smells to acrid, so I prefer a yummy smelling shop.
- The temptations of the above mentioned goodies.
What are some of your additions to this list? Pros? Cons? Discussion?