I have reverted to my old ways. I am now sitting in another coffee shop working on some wordpress sites, and by the time I get up and stretch my legs I will have been here at least four hours. I have been diligently working for as long as I have been here- headphones keep me from hearing “gimme a soy mocha frap, extra whip” the dozens of times I assume it has been said as I work.
While my hearing may be impaired, there is little I can do to impair my eyesight. Unfortunately my peripheral vision works wonderfully, and I left my blinders back in the stable. While I write more css and customize a template or two, or prattle on in this blog my eyes catch sight of a few things that seem odd.
Our society is individualistic. It is nearly oxymoronic, but true, based on what I have seen in this coffee shop. In order to order coffee in this particular Starbucks you must walk past a devastatingly challenging curve in your path set by a display of beans. From the way people avoid slumping left then right I would say that this particular obstacle is akin to a double-black diamond in skiing. It is so challenging that only one in 10 ever attempts the maneuver.
This path brings the prospective consumer closer to their coffe by zero seconds. The line will not shuffle forward any faster because they took four less steps than directed, so that can’t be why. What compels us then? There may be the perception that being closer to the counter will get the addictive beans in their bellies quicker, but a small watch can tell you that is wrong.
It is only for the sake of individualism that these consumers disobey the regards of patterns (and of a sign clearly marking the proper way). It is not the quickest way but rather it is the most independent way, and I am part of that same mindset. While I can manage the turn fine, I am fiercely independent in other ways, but that will have to wait for another post.