Jason Kottke points to an interesting article about why so many people seem to be hanging out in cafes, coffee shops, and parks in the middle of the day while “normal” people are working. Everyone seems to have a different reason:
“Jeffrey” (some names changed at owner’s request), writing a poem in a notebook on Church Street, had quit his California Pizza Kitchen job that morning; he was down to a barista gig now. The poem was about knots. With extreme reluctance he conceded to hailing from Fresno. There was “no love” at his pizza job.
“I get Wednesdays off,” said Kim Anderson, 29, an administrative assistant at an architectural firm. She spends them at physical therapy or catching up on errands or doing what she was doing here: sitting and watching the dogs at Duboce Park.
“Alan” sat 20 yards away, but his nose was in a short-story manuscript. Once he was a writer in the multimedia industry, but then he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. That was 14 years ago and he’s been on disability ever since. There are days when typing is exhausting and walking across the room impossible. Today, however, he was out in the sun.
The article offers some statistics about the portion of San Franciscans who are unemployed, students, and so on, but I thought we might be able to quantify the portion of people who aren’t always working during the 8 to 5 work week in a different way, with a poll below:
If we get enough responses, we should have a good sense of how many people are free to sit in the park, grab a cup of coffee, or catch a movie while everyone else is working in a cubicle:
If you’re a student, estimate the portion of the 8-5 workweek you’re not in class, studying, working, or doing extracurriculars.
Do you have other nonstandard quirks about your work schedule? Let us know in the comments.