Front row seat

My friend and I had a front row seat for one of the problems plaguing America today.
He lives in Maryland and, given the pandemic, had not been back home to Wyoming Valley in more than two years. We had not gotten together for even longer than that.
So, when he said he was in town for the weekend, I dropped everything. He and his wife were staying in one of the hotels at Montage and so, we made plans to meet for coffee at the Starbucks located nearby.
It was a beautiful day and we were able to grab a table outside. But that’s all we were able to grab.
Although it was only 3 o’clock, the door of the Starbuck’s was locked. A sign taped to it explained they were only open for drive-up business. The reason? No employees.
I considered walking up to the drive-up window but scrapped that idea when I saw cars lined up around the building. So, we just sat and talked.
We were there about an hour and a half, and during time informed at least 50 would-be customers about the situation. A few got back in their cars and got in line. But most just left.
We’ve yet to settle into the new normal everyone’s been wondering about, but it seems people electing not to work is going to be part of it.

Ed Ackerman