I go to Starbucks a lot since I figure if they're going to be an unreasonably huge company that permeates every aspect of my life, I should at least use them for their comfortable chairs.
And every time I go there I wind up watching "the chess guys," who are these guys who go there with a portable chess board and wait for other chess guys to show up so they can play each other and bang on their little clocks and figure out who's the smartest and the most intense-looking and who has the longest beard.
And I like chess, although if I'm doing something "recreational," like playing a game, it's usually something that requires a bit less thought and doesn't cause me to have a nervous breakdown.
Which is why I want to start going to Starbucks and bringing along Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Starbucks would like it, I think, since with the steam wands and blenders it's not like you can hear anything anyway, and I'd be attracting a whole new population of people to their coffee shops. And instead of only 2 people playing a game that takes frikking forever, you can play four at a time at a game that only lasts a minute or so and entails the extremely cerebral activity of hitting a black lever over and over again and screaming.
Variations on this idea include showing up with the games, "Mousetrap," "Operation," "Bedbugs" and "Limbo Chicken."
If anyone would care to show up at Starbucks and join me, I call the yellow hippo.