The Coffeeshop Opinionator

The other day, a guy carried his laptop and kept his head phones on when he went to the bathroom. And, it didn’t help my imagination that when he emerged from the restroom, he carried his laptop OPEN, as if he had (obvious leap here for yours truly) been wanking off to porn on his laptop in the restroom. He did take a while. But number 2 is a situation with coffee, so I am the last to judge.

The thing is, if you felt you needed to batten down the laptop hatches when you took a break for the restroom, (some coffeeshops feel safer than others) how would you do it? I guess I usually only have a composition book, and when I have my laptop I try to organize the breaks and if I need to, and if the safety vibe is low for me, I put the laptop to sleep and pack it up when going to the restroom. I adhere to a few made-up rules that I know are just for how people will perceive me–ie, my ego doesn’t want you to even suspect I’m wanking in the restroom to porn on my laptop (or checking email while doing number 2) so I guess my packing up is sort of a performance I’m doing for anyone watching, and for me. (For the record, I have never used my laptop while using a coffeeshop restroom.)

What’s the deal, Studiola readers? The deal with the dude who keeps the laptop propped open exiting the potty?

Etiquette violation, or do I need to get over it?

2 thoughts on “The Coffeeshop Opinionator

  1. Being stranded alone at Logan for the last six hours after a six hour flight from Iceland and two random security pat downs has been an exercise in character building. After being out of the country for a month I used the first few hours to return phone calls and answer emails. The next 20 minutes letting People catch me up on Tom’s broken heart and then I started running out of ideas. It was prime humanity watching as I situated myself next to the electrical outlet so I wouldn’t lose all communication with the outside world. I liked hearing the passengers and their individual stories about how they had to get out of here. I enjoyed observing the Jet Blue attendant’s wealth of patience and empathy.
    Running out of things to do and trying not to focus on my recently broken heart and all of its transatlantic memories, I decided to journal. This provided an outlet and a field trip to Hudson News for A yellow tablet. As I wait to hear more information I try to bleed my feelings all over the yellow paper instead of all over text messages that you aren’t supposed to send when someone isn’t your boyfriend anymore….according to the post breakup articles I’ve been googling to pass the time. Tonight JFK and I will become intimately acquainted and my legal pad will hopefully bring me one step closer to leaving the international past behind.

    I apologize for any grammatical errors. This was typed on my android…they charge for wireless at the airport.


    1. LISA!!!!! A Studiola stud and regular, who is also a world traveler. Lisa, did you see anyone emerging from a restroom in JFK or Logan carrying a laptop propped open?


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