I am a proud North Parker who enjoys the independent minded community that I live in. There's nothing more refreshing than driving around North Park admiring the gardens, variety of homes, and the numerous small business owners. I personally love to hang out at the numerous cafes and restaurants that are located in North Park area and vicinity. One of my favorite cafes is Filter, specially now that the sidewalk area in front of it no longer longs like a scene from an Almodover film and the bathroom is no longer used as a cheap hotel room (thanks to the new owners). However, people tend to make themselves a little too comfortable for my taste when hanging out in cafes. Otherwise, take your feet off the table and don't sleep on the sofas. I personally don't like looking at toe jam while drinking my coffee or eating a snack. Nor do people want to listen to your heavy breathing or snoring while you are fast asleep. Besides that, it's not sanitary to plop your sandled feet, or tennis shoes for that matter, on a table that people place their food and drinks on. Besides that, don't you know that it's rude in most cultures to plop your feet on the table, whether it be a business or some one's home? Furthermore, give your seat up to some one else after sipping on one drink for three hours and studying, or at least invite some one to sit down at your table if there is room. Be social, that's what a cafe is meant to be, not a library. Stop acting like the relative or friend who never wants to leave and don't make people feel they need to whisper while their enjoying a good conversation with friends.

So keep it casual, but not piggy. Bring your laptop or book, but leave before your butt becomes too glued to the seat. It's a matter of common etiquette, not snobbiness.

Take care and enjoy your local North Park cafes.

John Walker

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Founder Aug. 6, 2010 @ 6:45 a.m.

jhwalker24

I'm really glad to be the first comment for your "first" in Reader blogging!

I also ♥ NP and I agree that it's a real shame that a few folks have decided that they can mooch on the "kindness of strangers", turn our sidewalks into their flop houses/recreation rooms during the day and our alleys into their bathrooms/bedrooms at night!

I encourage you to keeping doing what you are doing and if enough of US raise our Blog "voices", then NP's Business Owners will realize that they need to Manage their Business if they want to remain in Business!

Bathrooms should be for customers use and not "be used" as free public showers. Tables and chairs are also for their customers use while consuming food; not to be used as parking places or storage bins for ones possessions, left unattended while the same folks forage NP, for free food and drink!

If North Parks Businesses want to retain their customers, then they are going to have to do a much better job of catering to their Customers and enforce some common sense rules about who uses their facilities and for how long!

North Park Main Street used to have a window flyer encouraging patrons to NOT enable panhandling, perhaps it's NOW time to consider a similar poster to increase awareness for the ethical use of NP's Businesses facilities...

In the short term, if a word to the Manager does not get them to "take care of Business" then I'd suggest frequenting another location ASAP; because then the Manager will have to decide if they want to continue to "serve" their paying customers or rethink their Business model!

Perhaps like Airports, our Business establishments should post signage that forbids leaving unattended duffle bags and carts!

Again, welcome to NP's Reader Blog, I'm glad to have you "aboard"!

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nan shartel Aug. 6, 2010 @ 8:16 a.m.

interesting blog...decent social behavior is lacking in so many areas of San Diego

i would think owners for the sake of their businesses would self police

i wonder if J K Rawlins,if she'd not plunk herself down for hours and hours at the corner cafe, would have written the Harry Potter books

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Founder Aug. 7, 2010 @ 9:22 a.m.

Reply to #2 Not with lots of people lying around, with their stinky feet on the next table...

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nan shartel Aug. 7, 2010 @ 2 p.m.

she might have written their stinky feet into the plot founder....hhahahahahahahaha

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Founder Aug. 7, 2010 @ 3:04 p.m.

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Oh yeah, I think she did, it was that big guy that got clubbed in the girls bathroom, in the first Movie; several guys in North Park look very much like "him"...

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