Things not returning to “Normal”……. Camping out at the coffee shop for free wifi.

It’s been more than a year, but yesterday my cycling group returned to one of our favorite independent coffee shops – Ella in Plantation, FL. Over the past year the pandemic clearly limited our options – mostly because many of these places didn’t have outdoor seating for 6 – 10 people. So when we arrived to one of our favorite spots yesterday (full disclosure, we have lots of favorite spots) there are clearly some new rules for people who just come to the coffee shop, buy a cup of Joe, and sit for hours. Spotted were these signs throughout! I always clean my table at coffee shops – actually at most small restaurants. But that next item gave me a laugh. I’ve been one of those people who went to a coffee shop for a couple of hours. How about you? But I also usually dropped $10 – $15 (which …

Cheers to all the frazzled restaurant servers!

For years, Wednesday nights have been Pizza and Beer after a fast group bike ride. Same place. Pre-pandemic we were typically 8-10 people; as many as 13. Last night we were 5. As we pulled up on our bicycles, the server who has seen/served us for years, comes over and tells us (in a not so nice tone) “There can be no more than four of you at a table, no pulling tables together, and the prices all went up this week. Take a look and decide what you’re doing.” And she walks away. WOW!!!! Harsh. WTF is up with her tonight. Next to us was a family of 5; seated at two tables. Yep. they were told to separate. Dad says to me, “So much for date night.” Except he was sitting with his two boys and mom was with their girl at the next table. Makes you wonder …