I have a deficiency. A need, if you will. I need a neighborhood coffee shop.
Okay, not really a coffee shop. I don't actually drink coffee. But I need something like it. I need a place where I can go and just be. Alone, with a friend, or with a group of friends. A place to just be. Neutral territory. No time limit and no tasks to complete. A place to think or to visit. A place to share or to plan.
I imagine that there are a few places like this around. But I have not found them. I have tried many to see if they fit. Some are okay, others a wreck. Not one of them is just right.
Finding a place to ponder alone is generally a little easier, especially in good weather. A park. The mountains. The library. The museum. My car.
A place for visiting with friends is a little more difficult. Again, good weather opens up more opportunities. And if you want to share a meal, there are many choices. But what if you just want to share each other's company? A small snack or drink and lots of conversation. How do you do that?
There's something to be said for meeting somewhere. Out. Not at each other's houses or the local Hogi Yogi. Somewhere with atmosphere. Somewhere relaxing. Somewhere comfortable.
And then once I find the place, I have to convince others of the value of taking time doing nothing. Just being together. Sharing a space. Experiencing each other's thoughts and feelings.
But I guess I'd better stick to one thing at a time. On with the hunt!