City Parks as Alternatives to the Starbucks Regiment

Not proofread.

So I usually head to Starbucks when I just want to leave the house and be someplace else that isn’t as formal or quiet as a library but comfortable enough to spend a couple hours. Barnes & Nobles comes a close second. The city park might displace Starbucks as the go to place to relax and read.

The inspiration comes from New York’s Central Park during summer. The imagery is often of the young spread on beach towels like cream cheese on bagels, snacking on food stored in their baskets, wearing obligatory sunglasses, and sometimes shirtless. Oh and tossing around a Frisbee. Huh, I didn’t know that. Frisbee is a trademarked name. Thanks to the spell checker. Flying disk is the generic name. Anyway it never struck my why the park hadn’t entered my mental list of possible alternatives or replacements for my frequent purposes at Starbucks.

On an impulse this past Saturday morning I head to the city park with light supplies: magazine, headphones in zip lock bag, umbrella, bottled water, sunglasses, and folding chair. Check out my city park minimalist equipment here. Except for the large crowd in shelters at the parks entrance, the rear of the park was surprising free of people and cars. A little disappointed but I surely had my pick of parking and area.

City Park Supplies for a Morning of Reading
Supplies for a morning of reading as a getaway from the local Starbucks.

The sole car in the row of spots and one hundred meters to the closest human. No less than one minute since I begin my enjoyment rain drops land on the magazine in dozens. Not a problem since the shelter a few paces away is empty. Actually much more comfortable though I do feel a bit awkward sitting in the chair with my feet resting on the wooden table’s bench. The rain continues and heavier this time. Wind joins the action and I feel great. Relaxed and comfortable the reading is just that more enjoyable. Wind cooled by the heavy rain creates an incredible breeze. Like an ice cube melting in front of a fan. Bottled water is nice, but I was getting the munchies and didn’t bring anything for wanting to keep this adventure light.

The no remorse list of pros and cons.


  1. Quiet. No explanation needed.
  2. Secluded. Might be scary if alone and female.
  3. Fresh Air. No coffee aroma.
  4. Cheap entrance. At $1.50 cheaper than a frappuccino.
  5. Bring Your Own Food. Need to plan ahead a little.
  6. Play Frisbee. Can’t do this at Starbucks plus you can take a break from whatever you aren’t doing.
  7. Rain. Lovely ambiance.


  1. Not Air Conditioned. May sweat. Humid too.
  2. Insects and other crawlies. The uncomfortable feeling of creatures.
  3. Bathroom. Hmm. Yeah.
  4. Sunrise to Sundown Only. Good only on days off and weekends.
  5. Rain. Possibility of being soaked.
  6. Bring Your Own Food. You’re stuck should you forget plus bring the wrong thing and you’ll experience the bathroom.
  7. Electricity. Plan ahead item.

Hour and a half into my park adventure restlessness sets. Switch to music though that just accelerated my restlessness. In end the park experiment was a success and now is top of mind for next weekend.

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