A question. Well, more a rambling. Yes, I’m getting more like Grandad every day, and rightly so (except for the bit about sport which he’d highly disapprove of, but I digress).
Why, when I want to go out and watch a major football game do I have to go to the pub?
I went out on Sunday to find a spot to watch the Liverpool/Chelsea match as I do whenever I can and there’s a major encounter involving my childhood team of choice. The only places you can go are:
(A) A mate’s house – not an option as Amanda was down home for the weekend.
(B) A pub – grand most of the time but not that particular day.
You may have gathered here from reading over time that I drink occasionally. It really isn’t that often, just that the major nights all seem to end up here in one form or another. There are few more perfect places on God’s green earth to be than a proper pub on a Saturday night with mates you like and a few beverages. However, on a Sunday afternoon when you have no intention of getting pickled and you’re on you’re own (as I was) it can be a depressing place to be; smelly, lonely, half-empty and a reminder of the great night a group of us had had in the same place the Saturday night before.
On top of that I didn’t really want to have a drink but funds were low so a pint is the best thing to nurse for 90 minutes while the drama (all 4 minutes of it) unfolds.
While I was sitting there a thought flitted through my head (as it can when we’re fruitlessly trying to get a cross in for the 50th time and John Terry effortlessly heads away). Why couldn’t I be doing this in a coffee shop?
I mean I know I could have a coffee in the pub (but 9 times out of 10 it’s tasteless shite that’s been brewing all day) and I’m aware that most coffee shop patrons would be horrified at the thought of plasma screens blasting out Sky Sports every Sunday but maybe one or two places could do it as a trial? See us all in our replica shirts getting agitated and tense on 3 lattes, then leaping up, casting our chocolate muffins in the air as we score late on?
Starbucks, seriously. Get your act together. There’s an idea for free.