Anyone who has ever met me or worked with me, know that I basically live on Coffee. If I’m ever hospitalized again, I’ll probably have to have a Columbian or French Roast brew fed to me via an intravenous injection to keep me alive.
I like to get out as much as possible and work remotely for a variety of reasons:
- Being at the house ALL DAY LONG can drive me crazy
- I hear fresh air is good for you.
- I just traded in my Soccer Mom minivan for a 2005 Ford Mustang, and I really freakin’ enjoy driving that thing 🙂 And I don’t get to do it that often.
- The change of environment is also conducive to re-energizing me halfway through the day.
Since I don’t have a portable battery operated coffee brewer, and I just can’t find a Thermos big enough to hold the necessary volume of brew that I need (Ah, I hear that wonderful song from The Jerk in my head now…”I’m picking out a thermos for you…..not an ordinary thermos will do…), I’d generally like to be at SOME coffee shop to work.
I’m also not a major Starbucks fan for a couple of reasons:
- Seattle’s Best Coffee is better 🙂
- Their wireless is not free, and I don’t want to pay yet another fee for a wireless provider that may not be everywhere 🙂
I can connect of course via tethering on my phone, but it’s always nice to have a good wireless connection available when you need it.
The only sorta local shop I’ve found that has decent coffee and free wireless is Panerra Bread (And I have to thank Todd Bleaker for turning on to them…Thanks Todd!!)
The problem is where I live, it’s not just a quick hop in the car, and drive for only 5-10 minutes to get there. Nope, it literally takes me roughly 20-30 minutes to get there. Not an efficient use of my time. That was until today….
About a month ago, I noticed a new coffee shop open up near my house, “The Java-Ranch“, and I’ve been meaning to stop by there and see if they have wireless.
Now, if dat ain’t Texas fer ya’…I jus’ don know wad is.
It’s not down my normal driving paths, but still only about a 5 minute drive away. I finally stopped in there today, and yep…they do have free wireless!! (Well, included with the purchase of any of their fine brews).
What’s even better, it is totally a one of a kind; completely self owned and family operated; Very comfortable and flat out not a darn bad looking place!
Here’s a few shots to give you an glance of my new remote office (Sorry, the quality isn’t great…stupid camera phone).
Now, if ONLY there was a Cigar shop next door, ah……..Heaven.