Rise and Shine, it’s time for the Daily Grind.
It’s a very bleak metaphor for the daily life of commuters when you think about it, why must our ambitions demolish our stamina into a fine powdered mash by which we brew our dreams using our hot scalding tears? No time for big questions, no time for even longer answers, YOU have places to be, people to meet, and Coffee Gets You There.
Groan, YAWN, another day, another dollar! You woosh down the sidewalks at breakneck speed, weaving to dodge obstacles like the grass in a kart racing game. Who cares if the Barista doesn’t get any sleep from their close-open! The only thing you’ve got to close right now are sales, and you’re running late! Your rideshare never showed up, so you’re sprinting to work powered on the cheap instant you got because your coffee machine’s DRM broke, preventing it from recognizing any pods.
And the door, the poorly designed smart door lock freezing up this morning, eating into what little commute time you had left after you got done hitting snooze repeatedly. Of course, you ended up all the later thanks to one piece of misconfigured production firmware, because some code jock fell asleep at their desk and now you’re locked out of your car, unlike your keys. With a pause in the flurry, a moment of peace, you find yourself reflecting on how this instant coffee is probably 5 years past its sell by date too.
The cafe you prefer is usually on the morning drive, far away from here. Even if you had your keys with you, the sleep deprivation would’ve kept you from waking up at a more practical time. Doesn’t matter, gotta get these quarterlies out!
Or maybe it should matter, maybe our city infrastructure should better fit the lifestyles of the occupants. Maybe mixed use district zoning is a more practical and safer way to run a city, maybe you should get some sleep. Sleep is good, right? It ensures you’re less stressed, make better decisions, process long term strategies better, you know, business stuff. What were you thinking about? Doesn’t matter.
If you work hard, you can get a raise! Ditch that car, move into the trendy new (closer) neighborhood over the river, you’re sure nobody important lived in the old developments they demolished, it’s nicer now. You’ll only be an hour’s walk away from the new 6-month contract extension you got! Ohhhh, but the income from driving rideshare on the weekends, and the evenings, and whenever else you have time ensures you can keep that pesky student debt down, pay that massive phone bill, keep the gas in your car that justifies commuting.
Coffee, that’s what you need to focus. Just some coffee, that’ll fix everything, a few more steps, just one more cup, drip
You blink, it’s 9 PM, you only got through half the to-do list for today thanks to ten consecutive meetings.
You grab another cup from the office pot, and try to put on something energetic for the city bus ride home.
And the next day, you wake up and do it again. Maybe this time you’ll change the cycle, maybe you’ll get a bicycle, maybe you’ll get a new figurine, maybe you’ll choose a different life.
Maybe you’ll figure out what you want, hurry up: The Barista and the people in line are glaring at you impatiently.. better make it a double espresso.
Emily Rose is an indie developer who writes for rebind.io and resides in the pacific northwest. She’s often seen in the local VR arcade and developer community participating in pushing the medium’s horizons. You can find her on twitter @caravanmalice
Mx. Medea is a writer, artist, and editor who spends most of their time drawing things with squares and buried under a small pile of endless paper copy. When not working they can be found playing everything from interesting indie fare to oldschool games. You can find them, their art, and their opinions @Mx_Medea on Twitter.