About a year and a half ago, I began to work from home. No, not through one of those Facebook ads advertising how single moms can make $5,000 a week just from their home computers. I am not a single mom, I don’t make that much, and what I do is completely legitimate and legal, something I doubt very much about the Facebook ads.
On the whole I love working from home. I get a lot done and can do it all in my pajamas if I so choose. But occasionally I miss having other people around. So when the loneliness becomes too crippling, I head out to a cafe or coffee shop to work and mingle with humanity. In fact, I started doing it so often that I started a blog about working in cafes in New York. I call it Cafe Talk, and have the (clever, I think) tag line “when you work from home in New York, the entire city is your office.”
As I work and spend a lot of time in cafes, I’ve begun to notice similar patterns. People working in coffee shops tend to work on similar projects, visit similar websites, and use similar devices. People even start to look a lot alike.
So I’ve decided to make a game of it, and want to share with you. Next time you’re at a cafe, be it for work, extracurricular activities, or you’re just drinking coffee and are bored, why don’t you play….
COFFEE SHOP BINGO!!!!!!
It’s a great way to people watch and distract yourself from your own work (other than using Facebook or Twitter, see below). See that hipster over there? Is he wearing thick-framed glasses? BOOM. You just covered a spot on your Bingo card. Someone on their iPhone (yes. always)? That’s another one. You’re two fifths of the way to Bingo.
Excited yet? This game can be played by solo or competitively. Once you fill up a row on a card (be it horizontally, vertically or diagonally), stand up in the cafe and yell at the top of your lungs: BINGO!
Let everyone in the coffee shop know that you’re watching and using them for personal gain. In a hilarious and non-deprecating way of course.
Here is your official Coffee Shop Bingo play card.