I’m thrilled to announce that our laptop-free weekend experiment, while not without it’s bumps, has been on the whole, a huge success, and that we’ll be keeping weekends at the Cafe laptop-free indefinitely. The Cafe has become a different (I think nicer) place on the weekends, and many people have told me that they go out of their way to come here on the weekend because of this policy.
To see the reasons why we’re doing this, check out my original post on the topic.
We’ll be making more prominent mention of this on the website and also making some better permanent signage to prevent folks from getting surprised on the weekends when they take their laptops out and I come visit (which has happened a few times, I’m sorry to say).
I had a couple people suggest that we just turn off the wifi on weekends, rather than restrict laptops. I don’t think this achieves the same effect, and so we won’t be trying it at the moment. I am sympathetic to people who need to work on their laptops on the weekend, but it’s not what we’re trying to do here.
I’m also really happy that Sunday game nights have been going really well, and that we intend to make these a permanent feature of the Cafe. Folks have been bringing their own games, as well as playing the (not tiny) assortment we’ve got here. People are playing with their own friends, as well as with people they don’t even know. Which is cool, right?
And there have been unicycles.
We’re looking for another activity for Saturday nights. I’m open to suggestions. Ideally, it would involve some interactive component, rather than just passive participation. Cause that’s how we do here at Actual.
And, btw – don’t miss our new opening this Friday. Just like every first Friday, it will be a party. Great local photography by Eva Silverman, along with her WPA-style illustrations, and a slideshow of photos that she inherited from her father, taken in Chicago, Brooklyn and NJ mostly in the 70s. DJs Oze and Kid Frostbite. Live music by Loretta Lynch. Snacks…drinks…music.
Making waves on San Pablo since 2009…
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