I was flipping through channels recently and came across a re-run for the show ‘Cheers’ – one of my favorites from the ‘80s. It also had (IMHO) just about the best theme song, with the tagline ‘Where Everybody Knows Your Name’ and the words that begin the song still resonate today:
Making your way in the world today….Takes everything you’ve got….Taking a break from all your worries….Sure would help a lot
It made me laugh a little to think of my own ‘grown up’ life and the places I frequent enough where people know me. They are (in no particular order):
The grocery store. Exciting, right? This is definitely where I know people the best. One of the checkers in particular is very outgoing and will sometimes keep my books at the front of the store and sell them to the customers around me as I stand in line. It’s embarrassing and sweet at the same time.
My favorite breakfast restaurant. Never underestimate the power of a good waitress – my grandpa used to request to sit in one section each time we went out to eat and now I do the same thing. I don’t eat out that often, but I could have breakfast every meal of the day and Huevos Rancheros top my list. I don’t make them at home, so they’re always worth the trip to my local morning eatery.
The breakfast burrito drive-through. A bit of a theme is emerging here. We have a local taco shop in town that my kids and I love so any time we’re out and about, this is where we stop. We’ve pulled up so much that now they recognize us.
The Indian restaurant in my neighborhood. More food – what a surprise! My hubby doesn’t appreciate Indian so whenever my girlfriend and I go out for lunch, we hit the Indian buffet. The place we like has recently started winning ‘best of’ awards in town, but despite the new crowds they always find a place for us.
The library. Last but not least! I’m not at the library as much as I used to be because of borrowing books online for my Kindle, but I’m still friends with our branch manager and like to catch up with her when I can.
This list tells you a lot about me. I like to eat and read. That pretty much sums it up.
What about you? Do you have any go-to places in your community where people ‘know your name’ or do you prefer anonymity? I’d love to hear what you have to say and will draw one name to win a copy of my June release, A Brevia Beginning, and a $10 Starbucks GC.