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A Lunch Idea - Not Your Normal Idea

Monday, June 07, 2010

This is the first blog I've done in a while. I'd really like feedback.

One of the things about dieting that I loathe is bringing my lunch to work. It's not the food I bring or the bag I carry it in. There is a nice refrigerator and a microwave in our kitchen to use - so storage is not a problem. What I don't like is not leaving the office. I don't live close enough to scurry home. Our office is small - six people and only two of us use the table in our small kitchen. There are places I could go and window shop, but I've found that sometimes gets me in trouble. LOL!

What I want is a place to go at lunch. Before you suggest it, I don't have any friends in the neighborhood of my office. I could walk at lunch but choose not to because I hate the sweat factor - especially in the summer with the high humidity we have. Gym membership is a possibility, but honestly, I just don't have the extra money for it.

I know I can't be the only person who wants a place to go for lunch where you can bring your own food and just hang out with a book. All I have to do is cruise the parking lots around the office at lunch to see how many people I see sitting in their cars chowing down to know that's true.

There are few local parks around, but, again, especially in the summer, weather is an issue and parking is always an issue.

Here's my idea ... what if there was such a thing as a 'Lunch Park'? What if it was inside where it could be heated and cooled? What if it just had a few random tables scattered araound and some chairs? There could be a few vending machines around for those who forgot their lunch. There could be areas for 'quiet' where people simply eat and read and areas with a television. Maybe a ping pong table? Sign up sheets for people who are interested in playing games? Wi-fi if you want to bring your computer?

I know, I know ... who's going to pay for it and who's going to run it. I guess that's where the problem lies, but public parks have to be maintained by somebody, Why couldn't someone be hired to watch over the Lunch Park? Maybe there would be a nominal admission fee. Something most people could afford.

This is a very baby idea, but would love to hear what ya'll think or ideas on how to make it happen.
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  • NANAJO43
    Ditto, I love this idea! The park district, or library are both good ideas, as to who could run it..It puts me in mind of something like an internet cafe. If all else fails, I wonder if you could contact your Chamber of Commerce and see if they might have any suggestions?
    2931 days ago
    I think that is a cool idea. Indoors makes sense too because even if there is no "sweat factor" year round - there are other weather conditions that could affect you. If you can't find anything obvious nearby, look at the not so obvious - like a Friendship center for seniors (we have PLENTY of seniors down here!!)
    2936 days ago
    Linda, what an AWESOME know I feel the same as you. I HAVE to get out of the office...otherwise, I'd end up having to work during my lunch, with no pay. Not happening. I think you need to give this some more thought and see how workable it is in your area. You live in a very populated area, so that should be a plus! The only thing would be the time constraint for people who don't have a long lunch break! Of course, in the mean time, you could take a book with you...and eat in your car. I do it ALL THE TIME! LOL!
    2937 days ago
    The lunch park is awesome. Good idea! I think you should talk to your local library. As I was reading the blog, and I totally share all your feelings... I thought you know... the library. If they'd let you bring your lunch in and find a quiet corner, how nice would that be?
    2937 days ago
    Interesting concept. I personally wouldn't use a lunch park because I don't want to lunch near other folks. I want to be on my own when I have my lunch and that idea would mean I'd be in a room with other people with possiblity that those folks would want to socialize. I am fortunate in that I live only minutes from my home or the parks are large enough that one can sit far away from others (and not the climate issues that you shared). Still why not throw it out there and see what others think in your area and then as a group, approach city council with the idea. Or another idea would be to start a community garden that had covered open areas to sit down for lunch. You wouldn't have air conditioning, however, you'd have the quiet of the garden and the cover for the sun. Great idea, run with the idea of a lunch park. :)
    2938 days ago
    I have the same problem, the lunch room is too small! Luckily I work close to a barnes & noble so can walk over there and sit for a while
    2938 days ago
  • KKSTRAIT2010
    I hear what you are saying, A lunch park sounds neat, but often times, jobs do not give you a long enough lunch period to leave and go somewhere like that and get back in time. You might want to take your suggestion to your town's council and see what they would think.
    2938 days ago
    You have a GREAT idea here! I totally understand your dilemma and think it's a very common one for those who want to get out of the office and away from temptations in a break room where people are eating all the foods you're trying to avoid! How would you get this started? That I am coming up empty on .....however, don't give up on it! They have dog parks, kids parks, but no lunch parks! You are on to something!
    2938 days ago
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