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March 13, 2007

When Working At Home Gets Lonely.....Solos 'Socialize'

As more and more lawyers head home to go to work, there is a seldom discussed but often experienced loss; socialization during the working day.  We love being home, comfortable in our surroundings, free from the constraints of an office environment.  However, some of us miss people-watching, noise, a little hustle and bustle while we churn out our briefs or work on non-confidential matters.  We miss 'going somewhere' to go to work.  Not often enough to make us change our office location from across the hallway to across town.  But we miss it enough to need a change of scenery every now and again.

In the March 11, 2007 edition of the San Francisco Gate, in an article sourced out courtesy of Gene Tagaki, we get "Where Neo-Nomads Percolate, New Bedouins Transform A Laptop, Cell Phone and Coffee House Into Their Office."

It is a great read giving us the pros and cons of "coffee shop as pseudo-office" additionally giving us some history lessons in the art of the "coffee shop as a well-spring" of business ideas, innovations and camaraderie such as the following:

"Bedouin history

Using a cafe to run a business is nothing particularly new. Venerable insurance firm Lloyd's of London was actually started in a coffee house, Kennedy points out. According to the Lloyd's of London Web site, "Edward Lloyd opened a coffee house in 1688, encouraging a clientele of ships' captains, merchants and ship owners -- earning him a reputation for trustworthy shipping news. This ensured that Lloyd's coffee house became recognized as the place for obtaining marine insurance."

Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of their best work in Parisian cafes. And in San Francisco, writers and poets of the Beat generation, such as Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, wrote in the cafes of North Beach. "

Coffee shops such as Starbucks are encouraging the community of entrepreneurial, telecommuting nomads by providing WiFi and a variety of other comforts  Since I'm not a coffee drinker I tend to go to the law school as well as a favorite local fast food chain restaurant called Duchess.  They provide free newspapers, free drink refills, nice restaurant environment and all types of fresh cooked food.

Where do you go to escape the home office 'quiet' when you need a break from the silence?   


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