The Daily Incite - 12/11/09 - Starbucks Seat Lottery

Submitted by Mike Rothman on Fri, 2009-12-11 11:19.
Today's Daily Incite

December 11, 2009 - Volume 4, #38

Good Morning:
Nowadays I face very tough decision on a daily basis. You know, when should I work out? Do I get the Veggie Patty at Subway or is it the one day a week I indulge with a burrito? Should I shave? You know I shave once a week, whether I need to or not. These are serious, tough decisions. And I'm the kind of guy that can face these decisions.

Another day in the life of an office vagabond...But no decision is more important than where I work in the afternoon. You see, being a work at home vagabond, I need to get out of the house. Every day. Personal hygiene is an issue to begin with, so without the excuse that I have to primp up to get my Venti Pike - it wouldn't be pretty.

So around my house I have the choice of maybe 4-6 different coffee shops. To minimize my impact on the environment, I try to select a shop in proximity to my lunch spot. I'm thinking of buying some carbon offsets to make up for those indecisive days when I drive the extra 10 minutes to a different coffee shop.

I also go to different coffee shops in no set pattern. I wouldn't want the folks tailing me to be able to profile my habits. You know, when the assassins come, I want to make it at least challenging to find me. 

Yet lately I've been choosing wrong. I liken the coffee shop decision to playing the lottery. It's the Starbuck's seating lottery. If you don't get a good seat, you may as well just write off the entire day. Have you ever tried writing snark from one of those cushy purple chairs? This ain't Passover folks, I can't be inciteful when I'm reclining. I need to be focused. I need to have a hard wooden chair.

Yesterday I got to my selected shop and there were no seats. Crap. It was like 40 degrees outside, so it's not like I could sit on the patio and pound away at my trusty MBP and snark. The nerve of these folks. First of all, don't they know it's my friggin' office. I pay rent. At the rate of about $2.25 per day. Of course it's a good deal, and some folks pay more rent than me (they splurge on the $4.50 pumpkin latte), but all the same, these folks have to go. 

So what to do? I guess I could ask someone if I could share the table, but man that's weird. I saw some guy do that a few weeks ago. He just plops down and then starts some inane conversation about what he does, and where he lives and all sorts of other things. Surprisingly enough, the kind woman who let this interloper sit down actually engaged him in conversation. I guess maybe that is what humans do. I wouldn't know much about that.

So basically I did what most other vagabonds do. I went to the struggling cafe down the street, and hoped they haven't gone out of business already.

Have a great weekend.


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