I like writing in cafes. My criteria for a good writing cafe are:
- people are nice
- the music melts into the background
- the coffee and tea are drinkable
- I write well there
Once I find a place I like, I gravitate back. I’m that kind of person, which makes me boring. I don’t want to be boring, so I’ve decided to rattle my own cage, and challenge myself to write where I’ve never written before: a Tim Horton’s Coffee Shop.
Why have I never attempted to write in a Timmy’s before? It’s not that I’m a coffee snob. It’s that it’s:
- hey, it is noisy (think: screaming children mixed with lost seniors, drunk street people and middle classers, like me, counting the change in their pockets)
On the other hand, it’s an interesting place from a writer’s perspective, because it presents a slice of ordinary Canadian life. In fact Tim Horton’s and its famous “timbit” have become symbols for Canada as well known as the beaver, the moose and the Mountie. How’s that for an image.
Did you know, we opened a Timmy’s for the armed forces in Afghanistan to make our soldiers feel less homesick? Doughnuts in the dessert. Sounds odd to me, but it was a great success. This is a picture of Prime Minister Stephen Harper drinking coffee with the troops in Kandahar.
Terms like, “double double” have meaning in our culture, along with looney and tooney. Words have power, heh.
…and Tim Horton’s is named after a hockey player. Can’t get more Canadian that that. The fact that Mr. Horton died and his family lost the business before it became a success doesn’t bother the average coffee drinker. They toast to his part in, “The good old hockey game….” How quintessentially Canadian is that, heh.
So can I do it? This Saturday, when I usually head out to my favorite cafe, can I get myself to write in a Timmy’s instead? And…more importantly (if that’s a word) will it inspire my writing?
hmmmm… Maybe, if I promise myself a box of chocolate timbits.
I’ll keep you posted. Maybe, I’ll win a “roll up the rim,” heh.