By Gwen Wright

Picture this, it’s a weekday and you are at Starbucks plugging away on your laptop, earbuds in, consuming caffeine. Folks nearby are talking, orders are being placed and the normal volume of noise from the store activity surrounds you.   

Suddenly, something large crashes to the floor producing an enormous BANG,  followed by the exclamation “Oh no, I can’t believe I just did that!” The entire Starbucks goes quiet. All eyes are on the source of the noise and the person who caused it. 

How do I know this? Because I was the one who stood up to greet someone, caught her leg in the cord of her PC and sent it flying where it landed on its side in a heartbreaking thud! As if that was not bad enough, low murmurs of “ohhh, that is not good” could be heard.  Time seemed to stop as everyone stared as I picked it up and tried to play it off like it was not a big deal.

It was a horrifying moment not just because of the silence that followed or the fact that no one offered to help, but also because I did damage to the keyboard AND am in a job hunt so funds are extremely tight.  

The moment really felt like one of those slow motion scenes you see in a movie or tv show where time seems to completely stop and the whole world is staring at you.  So I put a smile back on my face, ignored everyone but the person I was meeting and did my best to keep going.

The lessons from all of this? Time to return to using an Apple and don’t drop anything large and electronic at Starbucks unless you want to be the center of unwanted attention.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Happy Friday the 13th. Be careful out there.

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