And often it need be none of those things. It just needs to be there, waiting as an option that you can ignore. Not today thanks but it was nice to know that, should the tide turn or an opportunity arise, it is waiting, like a room of requirement ready to morph into the quiet office space or cooling down chamber or social backdrop that you need.
This is friendship or socialising of a different ilk. This is a unique place.
Though that can occur too; the people you don’t text to meet up with but are often just there, waiting, hoping that you’ll stick your head in too, like my good friend lost last year. Others have formed their groups too; the lost souls who have garnered quite a friendship circle.
There are even the faces you look forward to seeing, hoping that they’ll be in today. Little, daily, unspoken jolts of excitement that lift the darkest of moods.
Often the solitude is enough; the environment brings the joy. It can be a solitary drink with a book, or a laptop or just a browse through the day’s media. The weight of a thousand sorrows and burdens feels lifted when the bar stool takes it and the first beer is in front of you.
The familiar faces that come and go don’t even need to strike up conversation, just provide a courteous nod. There is comfort in familiarity even if it doesn’t burgeon into lifelong friendships
On the one hand you Mike Ashley going full cuntbag by telling his staff to keep sports direct open.
On the other you have my 5 local bike shops. Who have announced that, despite being listed as an essential retail business (because people might need repairs or replacements), 3 are closing and diverting people to the other 2. And if you need emergency assistance, you must ring to discuss what you need and book an appointment slot so they can ensure there's only ever 1 customer at a time.
Expect sarcasm, dogs, puns, sport, beer, cycling, tech, pubs. Sometimes several of these at once.
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