this week i am tired of the inside of my house. serious case of cabin fever. i’m tired of my office, my kitchen table, and my couch (the three places i work with my laptop).
yesterday, i had the brilliant idea that i’d hit up a barnes & noble to do a little work and get out of the house. i walked into the cafe, scored a $2 cup of coffee, and found a sweet table where i could see everyone walk by.then i opened up my laptop.
and i was without wireless, unless, i felt like donating $4 to at&t for two hours of access. yes, that’s right: $4 for two hours of internet. that is 2/3 of my wireless bill for ONE MONTH at my house.
so i sat there, with my already purchased coffee and realized that it wasn’t the only thing that was steaming.
seriously? when did it become okay to charge for wireless? i know starbucks does it, and it is way more expensive there ($9.95 is the cheapest service they offer). because apparently the $14.95 i dropped on a 5000-calorie coffee mocha mousse caramel chocolate chip cake in a cup won’t cover the $6.99 for their monthly wi-fi service.
i packed up my laptop, took my coffee and left. and i will not return; for coffee or a book. that is all kinds of nonsense.
apparently, i’m not the only one who doesn’t feel they should pay for wireless internet. after talking to the husband, i learned that there are geographic listings of free wi-fi hotspots online! (um, i’m a little slow, so those of you reading this could be thinking ‘der’).
so, i googled “free wi-fi hotspots scottsdale arizona” and found multiple lists of places across the valley. this particular list broke it down by each “major” city and in arizona and gave the address of each location.
this one is even better; it includes a map and all kinds of info about the location. you’re even able to verify that the wireless is still free at that spot.
so if you are wanting a change of scenery and don’t want to pay someone else so you can work, avoid the chains and check out these lists. you might discover some new places, you’ll be supporting a local business, and you won’t have to pay “the man” anything for internet. isn’t that why you work for yourself in the first place?