There is some confusion at the counter. Am I getting the app for my loyalty card ready on the iPhone, or am I just playing candy crush? I don’t play candy crush, but I could have been checking my Facebook status or even using that almost archaic act of texting someone. But I was getting the loyalty app ready. I will have some more points to add to a treat at some point – all this effort for a Millionaire’s Latte, or marshmallows for visiting children. ‘And your paying by…?’ I offer my cash, a retro moment.
In general, technology makes out lives easier. But, as can be seen, it can bring a little confusion at times. I use an app for my bus ticket. No paper, no fuss and the app even tells me when my bus will be along. I’m not sure how to present it to the drivers though. Some ask for it to be rotated slightly, others contort their heads to see whatever part of the app they need to see, and despite being backlit they have a little difficulty after the sun has set.
If it wasn’t for technology I wouldn’t be sitting here, in the coffee shop typing these very words. Whether you think that is good or not is beside the point, I’m merely stating a fact. For me, I like tech. I also like getting back to basics and nature at times, but that’s another post.
I can’t hear many conversations. I thought the coffee shop was the new marketplace, the new parish church, where people met, spoke and conducted business. Well, the postman has arrived. He delivered a parcel and bought a smoothie too. I think he has a brief conversation.
One group are desperate for their vape. They set the tables up outside themselves. The barista brings out the ashtrays for them, just in case they wanted to ditch the tech, go retro and actually smoke a cigarette. They are the one group of customers not tied to their phones and actually talking. But they are outside so I can’t hear them.
Once again I am at the coffee shop and not connecting with the zeitgeist. What is on the minds of people? What are the concerns of the population in this fishing town as winter closes in?
I suppose most people are looking for the simple pleasures. A chocolate drink, a strong black coffee and a sit and/or vape with friends. The concerns of Brexit negotiations, two political leaders playing with their toys and another clinging on to power in a former colonial nation, don’t really impinge on those pleasures, at this moment. And it is these moments that we seek to savour. Enjoy the simple pleasures today, for no one knows what tomorrow may bring.