For the first time in my life, I have an opportunity to experience what it must have been like, as pubs are currently limiting people to 90-minute bookings. Maybe we will find we prefer this abbreviated form of drinking.
There are plenty of advantages. No need to worry about the quality of your banter, there’s no time to talk when the grog is on a timer. It will all be over so fast, that one can stagger into an Uber without getting slugged with a surge pricing tariff.
Maybe we shall demand the right to be turfed out after 90 minutes. It worked for most of the 20th century after all.
I am old enough to remember the joys of the afternoon lock-in when pubs where supposed to close at 2:30pm and not re-open till 5:30pm. There was a frisson of excitement to get the nod from the landlord, and tarry over one’s “last” pint, waiting for those not in the in-crowd to leave the building.
Then one could watch the world of locked out losers go by from our privileged position. All-day opening removed all the fun.
The same goes for working at home. It is only fun because every other poor sod has to battle rush hour traffic two ways to get to work. Now it seems half the population are working from home. It’s even worse, according the recent Herald survey, 90 per cent do not want to go back to their offices where they belong.
Apparently employers in large numbers are considering making working from home a regular feature and some are even considering moving to working from home being the only option. This is going ruin it for the long-term homers who have enjoyed quiet suburban cafes where the only competition for tables have been slow moving young mothers with large prams, and even slower moving retirees.
With the prospect of the great unwashed working from home, bang goes the table near the window! This revolution in the way we work spells doom. It is enough to make one turn to drink.
Jim Bright, FAPS is Professor of Career Education and Development at ACU and owns Bright and Associates, a Career Management Consultancy. Email to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @DrJimBright