After complaining about a lack of privacy in Pubski yesterday, elizabeth and kleinbl00 both recommended I spend some time out of the house just to breathe a little. Today, I'm planning to relax at the coffee shop by my office after work, just to see how well I can really unburden myself there.
Klein taught me about third places, and I've been thinking about them off and on since yesterday.
- The third place is the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home ("first place") and the workplace ("second place"). Examples of third places would be environments such as churches, cafes, clubs, public libraries, or parks...In other words, "your third place is where you relax in public, where you encounter familiar faces and make new acquaintances."
I don't think third places are necessarily a social space in the status quo (as they might have been when they were conceived), but I love the idea of an intermediate and neutral public space that people go to relax.
So, where do you go to relax in public?
The wiki article also suggests that we live in an era with "virtual third places". Do you have a virtual third place? Is Hubski a virtual third place?