By Michael Baker, Sr. Loan Officer
What’s the deal with Starbucks?
I am still trying to figure out what the big deal is about Starbucks. The coffee is fine. The baked goods are palatable. The baristas are friendly. But what is it about our need to work near others without interacting with them? Because that is really what this is about isn’t it? People come to Starbucks to work near other people who are working.
Are these stay at home mom’s who get out to type for their blog? Are these traveling salesmen who stop in to get free wifi and finish up a report? Are these students studying for the big final? Or clergymen who come to meet their partitioners in a safe environment? I am intrigued, to say the least.
Grandpa knows best.
In my Grandfathers day meeting at the local diner each morning to have a cup of coffee was the norm.
In my Grandfathers day meeting at the local diner each morning to have a cup of coffee was the norm. But Grandpa would meet his buddies there to talk about the local weather and farming patterns. The company was not always the same but the conversations were. Friends and fellow coffee drinkers would come and go and show up on different days of the week. But it was about the conversations. It was about the fellowship. What have we lost? What is missing?
People still show up for coffee. But they show up alone or in pairs at most. Interactions are kept to small pleasantries, primarily between the baristas and the patrons. People still want to be next to other humans. There is definitely something comforting in that. But where has the conversation gone? Are Grandfathers still meeting secretly around the world to discuss the local weather and farming patterns? Perhaps. If that is the case, I need to find that diner. I want those conversations. Those interactions. That fellowship.
Coffe and a Chat?
But I am not lost in the hypcrosay of my typing this blog post while keeping to myself. I think it’s time to reach out and start a new generation of face to face interactions. So if you ever find yourself in need of some conversation, whether it be about mortgages (my specialty), Christ (my passion) or just discussing spouses and children (my loves) then please let me know. I like coffee. I like to conversate. I like to build relationships and enjoy the comfort of others going through life right along side of me. Message me on Twitter, hit me up on Facebook or shoot me a text at 913-735-5363 and let’s get together and talk, network and build friendships!
Greetings from Starbucks.