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At any given time during the day in LA, about half the people sitting in coffee shops are writers.
And the other half are standing behind the counter.
Mostly those are actors.
The same can be said for those taking cigarette breaks.
At the Starbucks I like to frequent they're having a real problem with the Greek guys. I don't know how a smallish city in south Texas attracts a cadre of Greek expats, but there you are. About ten of these fellas descend every night at about 7 pm and stay until closing at 11. They hoover up all the chairs from the other tables, cluster around the handicapped table, play cards and chatter loudly in Greek, taking frequent breaks to move as a herd to the patio to smoke. It drives everyone else crazy, including the staff, but it is mildly amusing to watch the poor nursing students lug in their huge textbooks and laptops to try to study and there is nothing but tables without chairs. They seem to find it intimidating to approach the Greek guys to ask them to release some hostage chairs, but then again I would find it so as well.I wish I had some capital to open a coffee shop. I'd get one-piece tables and chairs : )
Maybe they're sponge divers or something.Got an ocean nearby?
The coffee shop could buy more chairs.
What I don't like after working at a coffee shop, engaging in some Coffee Shop Productivity, is the coffee scent that pervades my body and clothes when I get home. Victor Allen's on Monroe St is the worse for this, EVP in Sequoya is a close second. Curiously, Barriques on Monroe or Indie Coffee does not cause this.
All serious work is done on paper napkins with ball point pen.
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