Ha! So they changed my Starbucks all around while I was on vacation.... and I'm not happy about it one bit. Well, except I guess for the cool new laptop bar where I can write AND hang out with the baristas. And, okay, I do like the communal table and the little conversation area, and it's pretty neat that they are creating a little kids' sitting area. So other than that....
It turns out, in fact, that I DO like the new layout and look but I am in general just not very good with change. There is something about the familiar that is simply so comforting. And yet, I know that change can bring all kinds of great things and certainly new experiences. On a cosmic level change is actually pretty appealing. It is only when some unknown force changes my environment that I cringe.
In writing there is always discussion of the importance of place. A reader can draw all sorts of conclusions from the locale of the characters. For example, if my main character is buying a beer in a diner it gives one impression.... while I beer in a brewery gives a totally different one.
Clearly I attach myself to place in a way that is very personal. I am a writer and I write at Starbucks. It could have been many other places, but I imagine that writing at Starbucks tells everyone a little about me. I like order, friendliness, caffeine... and obviously am willing to pay for those things. I am not a rebel or a crusader. I like to bump into my friends and neighbors.
So, even with change, I will continue to go to my local Starbucks to do my writing. Which is a good thing... after all, the BLOG title "Overheard at some random and local perfectly wonderful but not Starbucks coffee bar" really wouldn't really fit as a menu tab on my website.
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