Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Taking a photo is the only excitement on my 'weekend'


I'm a boring guy on my days off. That's probably because there isn't much to do in Brevard County, Fla., on a Monday and Tuesday, especially during the hours I'm up and at 'em (5 p.m.-2 a.m., when all the elderly inhabitants are calling it a day).

Oh, the agony of being a night copy editor.

My "weekend" usually consists of a trip to Starbucks or Panera Bread for some coffee and a little reading or blogging.

To shake it up a bit today, I stepped out of my car near the Panera in Viera to snap a photo of the rays of sun shining onto one of the expensive housing developments that typify this neighborhood. It's odd because the homes are built on grassy expanses dotted by short palm trees.

Panera is a great place. I get free and unlimited coffee refills, and that's good because I need the heat to keep me warm in the overly air-conditioned cafe. My first cup is caffeinated, then I usually switch to decaf.

Starbucks is quite awful, but it's getting better. The franchise's locations are supposed to introduce free wireless Internet access sometime this spring. But until then, I'll stick to Panera, where the Web always has been free.

I should do a live blog at Panera sometime. Maybe that would be exciting.


Anonymous said...

Regarding your poll:

I like the black background. It's much easier to read. However, switching from your black to, say, the comment page's white or other sites, can be jarring on the eyes.

Maybe you can make all other pages have a black background? C'mon. You're The Offlede. You can do it.


Andrew Knapp said...

I don't think that's possible, but I'll look into it. I just think the text would be easier to read on a white background. I changed to black in the first place to make photos stand out more, but I'm not sure how much of that desired effect is achieved.

Maybe I just need eyeglasses.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on Panera. Free Wi-Fi, good atmosphere and I love their chicken caesar salad sandwiches. We got just one about a half-hour from me, here in Washington state, and it's becoming a favorite hangout.