What luck – I’ve found a link to all the free wi-fi joints in Greater Vancouver: beats the quietness and caffeine-limiting bounds of the Richmond library. Not that the library isn’t within easy reach of 22 Starbucks stores (including the latest addition on Bridgeport & #3), but the snag is no free Internet access. You’d think that after years of drip-feeding the Starbucks coffers, I might be eligible for a complimentary wi-fi account…

So when Laptop and I are on the road, we have to make the choice between a decent dose of caffeine or boundless access to the world out there. Today you guys win, especially as it’s time to commit to this CLOG of mine. For years I’ve been ranting about the advantages of my flexible workplace, such as the sheer number of world-wide locations, being alone in a crowd without feeling odd, the snippets of conversations I get to overhear, the opportunity to meet fellow coffee-office workers, playing musical chairs to the amusement of the baristas, as you hop closer to the only socket in the place, being in the right place at the right time to sample a new pastry or the season’s latest drink, having a place to get together with friends. 

So when one of my Colorado Coffee Colleagues, Margo, recently reminded me of all the good times we’d had at The Office, I realised I couldn’t deny myself the truth any longer – I’d been having itchy fingers to write it all down. Not that every conversation is going to find its way onto these pages, but the culmination of experiences is certainly feeding these thoughts.