I got one of those "Special" coupons in the mail for being a "member" at B & N recently. Now, I know that the additional 15% this provides over my regular member discount just brings the price of a book into line with what I would pay at bn.com or amazon.com, but there is the whole immediate gratification aspect of it.
Unfortunately, there wasn't anything compelling to purchase this evening. I will probably return and buy something before the coupon expires, but it's still a let down.
On the other hand, it felt like a third place this evening. First, my wife went with me this evening. Of course, she was able to find a couple of books to get, but nothing worth using my precious coupon on.
Second, Matt was working; I took a Calculus class with Matt and we ended up working on a team project together. He's always helpful and it was good to see him.
Third, I ran into my neighbor, Nathan. That was perfect since I wanted to talk to him about coming to our Christmas party and he had some questions about InFocus projectors. He is looking for some references on building database driven web applications.
Finally, I saw Austin from my C# class. We had a chance to chat over our final project and some general C# and .NET highlights. Many that are blog readers would know our instructor Scott Hanselman from his bloggings.
So, what this all ends up as is: despite not finding what I was after, I had a great evening at B&N. Once in a while, I suppose that we need to vary our 'third place' a bit. But I won't be giving up my usual anytime soon: Nonna Emilia Ristoranté