I’ve been taking my laptop to work with me the past two days with the idea that if I had any downtime at work I’d find a free wireless hot spot and use the laptop to do a little blogging. Lots of places offer free wireless these days so it shouldn’t be too hard to find, but I have a minor problem. My laptop is an old Dell Latitude L400 and the battery for it lasts maybe 20 minutes so I need a location that also offers a place to plug in my power cord. For reasons I’m not entirely clear on this strikes me as being very presumptuous on my part or, at the least, a rude expectation. It’s one thing to expect to be able to use wireless for free, but now I’m looking for someplace that wouldn’t mind me adding to their electrical bill as well and it’s proving to be a major hangup for me and I’ve not actually used my laptop the last two days that I’ve taken it.
My thought is that the library across the street from the complex I’m working in would probably be the most receptive to letting me setup shop, but I’m still fretting over the need to plugin in that stupid laptop. I realize that there’s probably a whole generation of people who are so used to using their wireless devices wherever they feel like it that they don’t have such a hangup, but I can’t seem to get around it myself. It was then that I realized I’ve got a lot of stupid little hangups like that.
Take stripper bars for example. The whole point of going to a stripper joint is to stare at naked women, but I was brought up that it was rude to stare so I always have a hard time when I’m at the titty bar because I feel like I shouldn’t be staring at the girls even though that’s what they’re expecting me to do. So I sit there and give out the occasional dollar without actually looking at the girls for any length of time because, well, it’s rude. They think I’m hilarious as a result. Needless to say I don’t tend to go to strip clubs that often.
What about you guys? Got any silly hangups you can’t overcome?