I really love working alone. And while I have my solitude and independence, there are always customers to keep from feeling deprived of human contact. Except on days like yesterday.

Yesterday, I crawled out of bed and slapped two fried eggs between the slices of a day-old-day-old-day-old bagel. I felt like I was dead. I could not believe how tired I was. But I stumbled out of the house, hopped on my bike and took to the streets.

The streets were empty and so was the bike trail. The sun was nowhere near rising and when I got to work it was like being the jailer in an old west ghost town. Things picked up eventually, but not before numbing my brain out of my skull.

Then in the evening I looked at my alarm clock and thought, "It's 7:45 already?" Then I looked back at my computer: "6:45pm". I looked at the clock and the computer again . . . "7:45pm" . . . "6:45pm" . . .

Quickly I shuffled through my email account until I found my first email of the day: 6:42am. I wrote that email after opening the store while I sipped a cappuccino and waited for the first customer, marveling that no one was coming in.

We open at seven.

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Comment by Drew Woods on August 19, 2008 at 8:27pm
there was a period at the first shop that i worked at where i would only go home about once every two weeks. there was a shower on site, basically. it was intense. i went a little crazy.
Comment by Bryan Wray on March 21, 2008 at 1:48am
I've slept at every shop I've ever worked at... I lived at one for like two weeks, only going home to shower and grab like 3 days worth of clothes. It was a huge shop... 3800 sq ft per floor, and there were 3 floors... (only one for customers). So in the offices in the basement, one just turned into "Bryan's bedroom" and that's where I lived! Full kitchen so food wasn't a problem and it beat the heck out of a 40 minute drive home/to the shop every day. Plus I was pulling 12-18 hour shifts (24 hour shop) while I was training everyone so there really was no point in leaving. I set up a little bed down there with an alarm clock and everything.

I get all cozy just thinking about it...

Then we got new owners and the shop went to hell and I left... Switched out coffee that I roasted in shop for coffee roasted by someone like 20 hours away bought in enormous amounts to get discounts. I haven't worked there in like 2 months and they haven't had to get a new shipment of coffee yet. YUMMO!

But seriously... sleep at the shop if you pull a close then open. Make me feel less alone! Haha.
Comment by ZZZZZZZZ on February 20, 2008 at 10:00pm
One of these days I'm gonna have to sleep at the shop. It's inevitable... Close the bar then open the coffeeshop
Comment by Natalie Thomas on February 15, 2008 at 2:30pm
i think sleeping at work and 24 hours between certain shifts is still sleeping at work. mornings are beautiful, and when i get off all of my friends are just waking up. and biking in the morning is the most relaxed thing ever. and when i work a job where i have to close i get all creepy and nocturnal. but that's just me.
Comment by Joe Stormer on February 15, 2008 at 12:43am
what if you worked this schedule - - -

m : open
t : close, sleep at work
w : open
t : close, sleep at work
f : open

you could have a full 24 hours between ever clocking in or out. and you wouldn't miss out on life; when you'd be sleeping at work, you would have been sleeping anyway. or at least i would be. what do you think?
Comment by Natalie Thomas on February 14, 2008 at 7:53pm
yeah sometimes i think about that but it's just so sad to live at work!
Comment by Joe Stormer on February 12, 2008 at 11:05am
i actually had a dream the other night that i had a closing shift and then an opening shift the next morning, so i just slept in the store.
Comment by Natalie Thomas on February 12, 2008 at 10:47am
oh yeah yeah, i've actually done that before. that's when you're thankful for that couch in the cafe.

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