Panera Bread NOT USER FRIENDLY
My house is often full of confusion. People are always coming and going, and sometimes it’s hard for me to concentrate because they want to ask me “just one more question.” A 90 year old mother, a developmentally delayed daughter, nieces, daughters stopping by, grandkids. I love them ALL . . . but sometimes I just want to be alone to WRITE. I tend to deal best with life issues if I can write about them and really understand and get to the bottom of them, and right now there are a few of those issues that need my attention.
So I packed up my computer to a chorus of “What’s wrong with writing in your office upstairs?” or “When will you be home?” or “We’ll leave you alone if you stay,” and similar refrains. Panera Bread is about a block away from home, and being in an out-of-the-way location, it is never generally busy. I will often meet people there for coffee, but today I decided it would be a good place to write.
I set up my computer, got all settled in, went and ordered lunch and coffee, waited 15 minutes to get my order, and then sat down to get seriously involved in some things that I have been wanting to write about. Just as I was unwinding and emoting and getting down to the nitty gritty of what I had been looking for – nothing . . . no connection, no explanation.
When I tried to reconnect, a sign flashed on my computer that said my 30 minutes of free WiFi are now expired. Thank you for coming to Panera Bread but please be considerate of others who might want to sit down and enjoy the surroundings. What?? Seriously?? In the middle of what I’m doing you just shut me down with no warning after 30 MINUTES? REALLY?
So I packed up my bag and came to my ever-faithful Starbucks. Always friendly, always inviting, always glad to have you come and stay a while. However, I must admit that I am having a hard time concentrating because I know all of the old Beatles’ songs playing in the background. Hard not to mentally sing along to some of my old favorites as I write ~ Eleanor Rigby, The Night Before, If I Needed Someone, Norwegian Wood, Michelle, Girl, Tax Man, Eight Days a Week, Ticket to Ride, HELP! Time to break out the earphones. Great music . . . great people . . . time to concentrate.
In the spirit of friendship and fairness and camaraderie, Katerina Gasset has posted a Panera Bread Counterpoint to this article. Enjoy!
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