Every weekend, Cliff heads out on his group ride and leaves me a note, inviting me to meet him for coffee. Our favorite place to meet, Italian Coffee Bar, closed so we’ve been meeting at The Brothers K instead. Over the past few weekends, I’ve started noticing some interesting culture at the coffee shop.
The outdoor seating area is a Mecca for socializing coffee drinkers. A particular group that I’ve noticed is a revolving group of older intellectuals from he neighborhood. One guy gets here early, stakes out a table, and as the morning progresses, people come and go from that table. They talk about societal issues, literature, technology, and gossip.
One man remains the same, but the other participants change regularly. The regular takes the time to introduce strangers and invites others to join the conversation. He seems to know many people and actively helps others to connect. It’s fascinating to watch!
And the one thing that stands out each weekend: none of these people are talking on their phones or working on computers. They leave the technology behind in favor of in person, real world connections.