Finding The Third Place

by Patrick on August 27, 2008

celebratingthirdplaceRay Oldenburg defines The Third Place as the environment for social interaction outside of work and home, the two typical environments that we thrive in.

I need that Third Place.

I really feel that I haven’t been as productive at home as I would like- it took me almost all summer just to finish all changes to this blog. I also wasn’t as productive as I wanted to be when it came to draft prep this fantasy football season.

I think the reason is that I am too distracted while I am cooped up in my room. I can easily procrastinate while at home (napping is a big part of that) and I think that by changing my venue- I can focus better on the task at hand. I also think the social environment will bode better instead of spending my days in solitary confinement inside my room.

images_tryst2So I think I’m going to start looking for that Third Place. I realize that hunkering down at a Starbucks with my laptop will instantly put me into that Yuppie group- but I think I now realize why the Yuppies do it. At least I can say I’m not working on my new screenplay (but maybe I should while I’m out there.)

I’ve already written about this idea over at New Persuasion, so I have a good idea of what I want to look for when searching for my Third Place:

  • Free WiFi
  • Easy access to a power outlet (my laptop is a power hog)
  • Coffee (my body is a power hog)
  • A manageable amount of people
  • Late hours (I am a night owl)

So after looking at the Free Wifi Directory I have drafted up a list of places I want to check out:

  • Busboy & Poets (Shirlington)
  • Open City
  • Tryst
  • Panera Bread
  • Perks Cafe & Coffeehouse
  • Cosi
  • Wegman’s (you gotta ready my NP post to understand)

So I think every week I’m going to try a place or two- maybe I’ll find the place where I can be at peace.

How about you- do any of you have a third place to recommend me?

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