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Finding A Muse - A Starbucks Experience

Updated on July 21, 2015
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CrisSp is your Emergency Specialist at 37 thousand feet. A writer without a niche. Wonderwoman consumed by wanderlust!

One of the most important parts of our creative process is finding a muse whether in writing, painting, singing, etc. My brain is more often stuffed with so many thoughts to write about but with so many distractions around us, I sometimes need to get back to the basics or find a good place when I need to create. That way, I could speak to you about life, observations and experiences.

I’ve been Missing In Action (MIA) for quite a bit. Apology to my fans and readers, there’s no Wi-Fi in the sky. Obviously, I'm on the ground these days and would like to start writing and hubbing again. Alas, there’s a construction going on in the neighborhood but that’s not an excuse. Actually, that’s a good excuse for me to drive to the nearby Starbucks and hopefully create. There, I found my muse…apparently, this source of distraction turned out an inspiration instead. Here goes…

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To Starbucks I go

Thought it’s a better place

For me to write

Free Wi-Fi, why not?


Busy place, no empty chair (yet)

So, I went around Indigo*

Scanned the books

Read, free- why not?


Finished the book

Forgot my thoughts

What is it again

That I want to write?


Back to Starbucks

I grab my latte’

Spot a chair, Yay!

Now, I write.


Across where I’m seated

A man is staring

Grabbing my attention

While key boarding.


Aha! That stern look

It’s quite intimidating

So, I stood up and get him

Scrutinize his look.


In an hour or so

I got to know him well

He spoke honestly

Views unvarnished.


I think, actually I know so

That we have some things

In common or so it seems

Like passions and devilry.


Perfectionism, obsessions

Artistry and the likes

Instructive and cautionary

He’s full of character.


Alas, I have to let him go

But I’ll see him again

Same spot next time

Why not?


I wish I could take him home

But he’s pretty expensive

And I am broke

So, until then.


If you’d like to know

He’s the ultimate icon

Of inventiveness and imagination

Steve Jobs is the name.


Yes, indeed

I ended up reading his book

Forgot about my writing

But it’s a damn good book!

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*Chapters/Indigo Bookstore

A bit about Chapters/Indigo~

Chapters/Indigo is one of my favorite places to hang out. It is a Canadian bookstore where you can sit down and read any books for free. Of course, they are for sale but you can take them any where in the store to read. I’d usually sit by Starbucks, if there’s a spot. Otherwise, I’d simply sit on the floor anywhere in the corner. Trust me, no one will bother you. I don’t really mind as long as I have a good book.

Since the adoption of Starbucks idea inside the bookstore, Chapters/Indigo has become the place to be for everyone simply wanting to chill out and relax. They have a tremendous selection of books, magazines, music, movies and other novelties.

This is where I go when I get bored. Well, I don't usually get bored but this is where I hang out whenever I have the chance. I like the atmosphere here. This is also where I'd unplug myself and drown my face to hundreds of books. Now, you know where to find me.

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What is a muse?

A muse is a guiding spirit. It is our source of inspiration. According to the Greek mythology, muses were daughters of Zeus who reigned over arts and science, aiding those who are blessed enough to be touched by their inspirations.

I admit, despite the many wonderful ideas that I have in mind, I still find it quite tough to jot down my thoughts, much more for my creative process to kick in. There are days that I’d sit and stare blank in front of my computer screen. I know in my heart, there is something I need to write not just that simple journalistic gaze but also much more than that. At times, I am perched behind the blinds in my room, reflecting in silence, thoughtfully gazing (again) and wait for the muse to come in only to realize, I am experiencing some writer’s block.

Muse exists in every circumstances of our lives. It's everywhere, if we only know how to connect with it.

Today, may you set out to seek your own muse and find beauty and joy from the simple pleasures in life whether in Starbucks, Chapters Bookstore, your local library or even in your own backyard. Be brave. Write. - CrisSp♥

Copyright@CrisSp~TM/05-2013. Read me: "The heart of my soul speaks to the soul of my heart by writing." ~

© 2013 CrisSp

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      jhamann: Wherever works man even in the loo! Why not? Thank you for your enjoyable comment.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      AudreyHowitt: Thank you.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      This is going to sound crazy but I work best in my cubbie at work on lunch or writing sentences while folding laundry. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This was fun! And yes, it is another side of you!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      DealForALiving: My pleasure and thank you for reading and commenting.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Paula Atwell: Ditto! Thanks for stopping. :)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Pawpawwrites: Thank you. Pleased to meet you here.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      midget38: Thanks for coming back Michelle. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Jodah: Thank you. I love Chapters/Indigo and Starbucks is definitely a bonus in there.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Well written and interesting. Thanks for writing this.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Starbucks is one of my muses mainly because I love my latte to get me going. :)

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      From distraction to inspiration, you have to love it when that happens.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Read this before and still say that I am a great Starbucks fan. Hola!!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful hub Cris. I can't believe I never read this before. Chapters/Indigo Book Store seems like a great place to find your muse. Voted up.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ron: Well, hello again and thank you for stopping by. You have exciting muses indeed to keep those creative juices flowing! That's great! Write on!

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      Ron Hawkins 3 years ago from California, United States

      CrisSp,

      Now that I found you again, expect my footprints everywhere on your hubs. Wonderful piece. We have got some bookstores similar to the one you described and I concur. I love hanging out there when I got nothing else to do. As for muses, while my problem is usually the reverse (not a block, but a deluge), there are occasions (and sometimes people) who are so stimulating that you know something has come alive inside and bursts with creative energy. Some of those occasions for me are unusual and exciting places. Ocean diving, getting lost in remote and exotic spots on the planet, driving 140 on a flat, desolate highway in the middle of nowhere with the music blasting full force, bathing under an ice cold waterfall and getting lost in the roar of the water. There have been other occasions (finding myself locking eyes with an intriguing stranger) but those are by chance, while the ones above are not. I can go on a trip any time and already on the plane I'll find the creative juices flowing and ideas bubbling up.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Shyron: Thank you. I love your energy!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      CrisSp, I love this, your hub is a muse, it makes me want to write about a "Golden Goose" but that is one that is already in use.

      Voted up, and useful and shared.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Anita: Thank you again for gracing my page. Your presence here is much appreciated. Write on!

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      Anita Saran 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thought provoking hub. Alas I lost my Muse - an old English gentleman who I would read all my work to and who inspired me to turn my short story broadcast on BBC Radio 4 -'City of Victory' into a novella. But I kept on writing because I'm a writer.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ausseye: Thank you for the stop and for the poetic comments. Cheers!

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      Ausseye 4 years ago

      Hi CHRISP:

      Reading this listening to this hub listening to a great song by Aguileria about loss and touching the muse …her words “ I am lost, the world infected, smoking god” and the muse comes to life. A crisp comment among comets, strike a light and we become dinosaurs.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Valleypoet: Thank you. Nothing beats that perfect combination, eh?

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for coming by Michelle. Happy to see you here. Cheers!

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Sounds like a great combination Cris...books + coffee....and a great place to re-discover your muse...and you obviously have with this great hub...thank you for sharing it:-))

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Ah, Starbucks, the favorite place for many a writer! Thanks for sharing, Cristina, you speak true words here!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      epi: Ha..ha..ha...you really made my day and thank you. Thank you very much in my favorite Elvis Presley tone. :) You, the man epi! You and your seeing eye dog. Lol! You're so hilarious! Kidding aside, don't you just love Chapters and the idea of having Starbucks inside? Very conducive to reading and writing, eh?

      Now, here's sending you some love from the sky and lots of hugs for the cats. Keep that kid in you even without my little black dress. :)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Gosh , is that 'first guy' your muse in real life? He's hot and he's cute but not as hot and cute as my muse - your little black dress. lol Oh yes , you saw that coming didn't you - lol

      I go to the Chapters in Ancaster and there's nothing like a book store where you can actually put your hands 'around a book'

      I have a secret recipe for picking up muse(s)at Chapters - I go in with an seeing eye dog , a white cane and sunglasses - yes it's true and it works for me everytime

      Sending to you my warmest wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario 1:45pm and thank you for your sincere birthday wishes and when I look at that little black dress I am 19.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Michelle: Thank you for your readership. Glad to know I am not alone. Happy hubbing! :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Nell Rose: I know....I truly love this place. Pity, you don't have it in the UK but then again, I'm sure you don't need to find a place like this anymore to find a muse...(unlike me). :) Happy thoughts and thank you for coming by.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A muse, and then, Writer's Block! Too true. We are always searching for something that motivates us. Thanks for sharing, CrisSP, and we join you on your travels!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      That sounds like a great place to hang out, wish we had one over here, a coffee and a book, brilliant! lol! thanks for sharing, nell

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: Lol! My hubby felt the same way until he reached the end of the poem. :) Great to see you here. Thanks.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Darrylmdavis: Thank you for your readership and for commenting. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Randi, that smile....I miss that smile. :) Thanks for always coming by. I know, many can certainly relate with my story. It's actually common but I just have to put it in writing and share.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Gypsy: Back to writing and reading...hard to catch up and I'm always behind. :) Happy to see you here and glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.

      Love from the sky~

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      CrisSp,

      Haha, I'm just playing... there's about 15 Dunkin Donuts in a 5 mile radius around where I live, there's only 1 Starbucks and it's in the part of town I'm not allowed :-)

      I love your writings, they're so unique...

      Black, no sugar... coming right up :-)

      Cat

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Anna Haven: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Cat! You bet, I'm broke because of Starbucks! Lol! Happy to see you here and thank you for your generosity. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And for my coffee...black please, no sugar. *smile*

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Galley Queen: You intrigued me all the time but I very much appreciate your readership and your comments. Thank you for your kindness.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent work, Cris, you sure had me going, as I thought that you were talking about a person in Starbucks.

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      It's always nice when we find our muse...wherever ;-)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Welcome back, Cris! You have been missed. I loved to hear your story. Have been there, done that! Up+my friend!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Creative and imaginative and witty. Enjoyed. Glad you're back to writing.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      BlossomSB: Pleased to know you and thank you for reading and commenting. I very much appreciate the compliments.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      DDE: Thank you.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Mhatter99: So happy to see you here. Thank you for stopping by. My long overdue wishes for you....I hope you feel better. I just found out lately from Faith (via her hub) that you were indisposed. Looks like you're back in the pink of health and that's great. No guessing required on your muse....it's obvious. :) Take care.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      janetwrites: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      travmaj my lady--thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Pleasure to have you here. Take care.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thanks Faith. I know, I miss you guys too and trust me, I'd sneak out whenever I have the chance just to have a glimpse of what's going on in this amazing community and specially when my fingers get itchy wanting so much to write (and read). I wish HP could pay my mortgage. Lol! Always good to see you and thanks again for the compliments and sharing.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      bravewarrior: Good for you, if that's the case. *smile* Well, I shall keep you in mind the next time I need a push. Write. Just write. Thanks for coming by. Appreciate the honesty of your comments.♥

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello and thank you Bill. Will remember it now and again.

      Love from the sky~

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Interesting hub, honest and refreshing.

      I am glad you found your inspiration. An enjoyable, truthful read.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      CrisSp,

      You're broke because you went to Starbucks! Just kidding, hey I'll buy the next coffee if that's what it'll take to get you inspired. This was quite inspiring in itself! Very enjoyable!

      Up and awesome!

      Cat

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      With both prose and poetry you claimed and maintained my interest, right up to the twist in the tail. Good writing and I enjoyed it.

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      Galley Queen 4 years ago

      Gotcha! Now, you cannot hide from us. We know where to get you when you're not up in the cloud. I wish I could be as creative as you. :) All that ideas that you have. You're amazing!

      For now, I'll just continue to admire you and read your stuff.

      Take care. GQ

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible thought here and so to the point. An interesting way of writing and sharing about your muse

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I really like how you drew me in with this. I'm an egotist.So guess who my muse is now.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      What an interesting topic you have chosen. I loved the way you led us through your hub. I really enjoyed reading your personal experience with finding your muse. Absolutely great!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Great hub - searching for the muse and writing so distinctly as you discover it.

      I found myself on the journey with you - enjoyed this and the pics.

      Thank you

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I am so glad you found your muse and wrote about your muse! I enjoyed reading this delightful piece here. So, glad you are writing again. Been missing you.

      Thanks for the clever write here.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Cris, I find my muse in so many places, but if I was unable to find it at home, sitting in my office in front of the computer, I would be unable to earn a living. I am a writer and must write for myself and the creditors whose faces I've never seen!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I'm glad you found your muse. Now just remember how to find it each time you need it.

      Good to see you back among us. You were missed.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      love from Oly

      bill

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Wayne. I'm catching up with my reading and writing (while cooking). You see, I'm a great multi-tasker! Lol! Peace and love~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ah "distracted" that's the word. So, "distraction" it should be, not "destruction"--thank you Jo (my hawaiianodysseus). I knew there was something wrong somewhere in the opening para. Lol! Did you even notice it? If you did, I appreciate the gentle tap. I've just corrected it. I only did after reading your wonderful comments. Pardon my clumsy fingers. *smile*

      You've paid me the highest compliment by arriving first. I always enjoy your comments and sure why not, it'll be fun to have a reading buddy. *hugs*

      Love from the sky~

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very witty, well presented piece. I'm glad your time and muse have arrived to grace our pages once again.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      This was beautiful, CrisSp, in that you allowed us to see a different side of you. You've always been a playful spirit, but this Hub was a view of the little girl in you, the one I address when I do my writing from the heart of a little boy. I was there on the floor with you reading Arthur Conan Doyle and seeing Robert Downing, Jr.'s face; writing a Hub about you in my mind; and then, distracted by promotional posters, looking for Rachel Maddow's book, "Drift."

      You have a way of drawing us in, and while I know it is your profession to fly, darn it, I love it when you are grounded so that, just as I do on many an occasion, you can plug in to the free WiFi and ramble freely with your muse, tickling our fancies as your fingers fly the friendly keys brought to you by--who else?--Steve Jobs. Aloha, my wonderful writer friend!

      Joe