Typing among friends
Nothing beats the tactile tap-tap-tap of typewriter keys as it blends in with the white noise of a coffee shop.
Today my local writing group met for our bi-monthly meeting at the Surfers Coffee Bar in Wahiawa, HI. We take turns leading the meetings, and since it’s my turn I decided I would bring some typewriters and have everyone type up a list of their ideas/works in progress.
We got plenty of curious glances. Several coffee shop patrons came up to us to inquire about the typewriters. “Where did you get that?” many asked. The waitress stopped to chat with me about her longing for the typewriter she left back home and told me, “I’m glad you guys came in!”
In attendance were:
- The black Olympia SF
- The cursive Olympia SF
- Olivetti Lettera 32 (not photographed)
- Hermes Rocket
- Groma Kolibri
I loaned the Olivetti–a clear favorite with everyone–to Shelly, as her 10-year old daughter has an interest in typewriters and we thought it would be a good idea for her to play with one before committing to a purchase. Will share photos when I have them!
Also, check out this awesome pic the people at Surfers Coffee Bar took of us! For those of you living on the island, Surfers Coffee Bar is a non-profit coffee bar run by volunteers whose profits are donated to local & global non-profit organizations. How cool is that? If you’re in and around Wahiawa, consider stopping by and giving them your support!
Do you get weird looks when you’re out with your typewriter? Do you receive kind words?
This experience made me want to take my typewriters out on more field trips, maybe organize an actual type-in in the area that I live.