The Writers Guild of Nero discuss: Loyalty

After discussing at length how the ‘New’ Starbucks across the road actually stays open til 9pm rather than 7, we came to terms with part of our restrain being a sense of guilt attached to it, since it would be on some level betraying our befriended staff here at Nero.

There doesn’t really seem to be any logical reasoning behind guilt, maybe the reluctance, that could just be about stepping out of a comfort zone that we had created for ourselves, but guilt, no.

“Is the concept of such loyalty merely emotional?” became the procrastination subject of discussion for the day. Allowing us to avert from actually getting any writing done.

There were clear logical advantages for the relationships we had sustained here. Us familiars, got preferential service, from table service to staff rewarding our loyalty by double & ocassionally even triple stamping our ‘Loyalty’ cards (the staff, not the company). [This amounted to free coffee!]

Starbucks don’t reward us, they don’t even do loyalty cards, they do Starbucks Cards, which hold our money ransom earning interest on our lack of better investment planning, yet we do wonder about the new flag across the road.

Do they have more accesible power points? More comfortable chairs? Friendlier staff? Reflective smart minds like ourselves, also procrastinating?

Later that day, I discovered an answer to one of these questions when I stumbled into one of the Staff members who had taken the step we’d debated for so long. In fact she’d gone beyond. She’d shifted allegiances entirely & got herself a job there. The explanation she gave was hilarious, she said the “work was much easier and enjoyable”. Somehow, ‘I’ felt betrayed, realising the ridiculousness of this, I said I’d pop in and say Hi sometime & I might.

Are loyalty & betrayal merely an emotional response in this context? I’m still uncertain. *shrugs*

Film Review: Coffee & Cigarettes

Coffee & Cigarettes
Jim Jarmusch has consistently wowed audiences with his truly distinctive cinematic vision. “Coffee & Cigarettes” proves once again that Jarmusch is a true original. This time around, the director tries his hand at the short film genre, delivering 11 shorts that are all based around the seemingly insignificant acts of drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

Initially I was expecting a bunch of clips put together about people who are enjoying their respective coffee & cigarettes. Although strictly speaking this isn’t an incorrect description for the film, the appeal of this film is the independence of each scene, combined with its connectedness through theme, symbols & dialogue. Shot in an artistic black-and-white, over the course of a 17-year-period, ‘Coffee And Cigarettes’ is truly original, and has a certain flow about it that keeps you engrossed.