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Too self-conscious.

For weeks now I been wanting to check out the cafe' at my local Asda supermarket but.... There's always a but isn't there. The Sally Ann is a bit up-market for me and I'm prepared to forego the fitted carpets and polite conversation, maybe, for a less expensive cuppa. I'm not a skinflint, I'm just careful. Okay? As an old Scottish acquaintance used to say, " every penny's a prisoner ". Well not exactly.

It possible of course that I shall find the Asda cafe' experience hugely disappointing and much less desirable. The interior probably consists of steel-framed formica-topped tables, square of course, with uncomfortable chairs made from similar, functional. I doubt there will be anyone rushing around clearing up and wiping tables as people vacate their tables. I can see it now, all grime and unpleasant smells but what troubles me most is that when I try to sneak a look in as I walk by is that there doesn't appear to be a counter or serving hatch. All I can see it what looks like a procession coffee machines standing like sentries along one side of a seating area.

It goes without saying that the Sally and the " Sterling Express [ i think it's called]" are two totally different worlds and for all their differences I'm sure that I should feel equally out of place either one.

I don't want to walk into that place and look a complete arse, y'know? Having said all that, I feel sure that I've caught a fleeting glimpse of people eating in there. There must be a serving counter, surely. And that's another problem with me, some people, eating. Ugh!

Nowadays, since the bus company changed some of the bus-routes which ultimately affected the timetables I find myself in a situation whereby having rounded off my shopping day at Asda's, I have a short walk to the bus-stop having missed a bus by about ten minutes with something like a forty-five minute wait for the next one. A visit to the Asda cafe' could serve me well and there are public toilets close by. I really must check that place out.

dithering...

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I think you should go... be brave... go in,
walk around, check out the place, get the
lay of the land and if someone asks or says
anything, be honest, “It’s my first time here
and I wanted to look around.” Then decide
if you want to stay, perhaps a warm beverage
or light snack while waiting for the bus....or
just leave.... but now you’ll know...good luck.
 
I suppose that I could go in pretending to be looking or waiting for someone. Getting to know that place could be really useful as some place to wait for my bus. I usually have a newspaper with me. It does look a bit of a dive though, even for Asda.

Could even be a launchpad for social interaction. Trouble is that I tend to attract the weirdos. What's that say about me? I wonder.

I might even attract the attentions of some pushy sales-person. Wanting only to help of course.
 
dither;bt11930 said:
I suppose that I could go in pretending to be looking or waiting for someone. Getting to know that place could be really useful as some place to wait for my bus. I usually have a newspaper with me. It does look a bit of a dive though, even for Asda.

Could even be a launchpad for social interaction. Trouble is that I tend to attract the weirdos. What's that say about me? I wonder.

I might even attract the attentions of some pushy sales-person. Wanting only to help of course.

Aren't weirdo's supposed to be the more interesting ones?
 
Kaminoshiyo,
you've made me laugh.
Thank you for that.
Interesting? Maybe, probably, but sometimes a little bit scary and I find that disconcerting.
 

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