Blogging at the Floyd Country Store

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The Floyd Country Store is now open 2 days a week! Those of you who are still out in the 24/7 world may find that amusing, but our one-stoplight county still has a shortage of places to eat lunch, so an additional restaurant is great news, even if it’s only open on Friday and Saturday.

The Floyd Country Store has a menu to die for if you are a connoisseur of simple country snacks and comfort food.  Since I am by nature a grazer rather than a serious trencherman, the food here hits the spot.

There are at least four free Wi-Fi hotspots in town, but I am sitting here blogging because the Country Store has 3 mb/s Wi-Fi and my time is limited.  Other hot spots are at the Cafe Del Sol, the Jacksonville Center, and the Floyd Library. There are probably more.

I am not sure how things are progressing in the wide world outside of Floyd County, VA, but in the year I have been here, I’ve seen an increasing number of people lugging laptops around and using them while eating breakfast or having coffee.

When I first came here I felt almost like a stranger in a strange land when I carried a laptop. Not so, any more. There are a lot of people doing serious work in every available Internet hotspot.

There are a few students, of course, but most of these mobile warriors wear work clothes and heavy boots rather than urban professional wear. We have a high percentage of self-employed people in this county and they network and do business every day at the restaurants and coffee shops in town.

When a restaurant provides a high speed Internet connection, it is another incentive to eat there and meet there.

What would happen if the entire town of Floyd was one large Wi-Fi hotspot?

Would it would draw more business traffic?

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0 Responses to Blogging at the Floyd Country Store

  1. Mouse says:

    Have you heard the news from the UK that there is a move to get wi-fi removed from schools because of it’s potential health-risks? I’d be interested to hear your views, scare-mongering or serious concern?

  2. Rhea says:

    Boston is considering wiring the whole city. Right now, at the places that offer wifi in my neighborhood, the customers sit all day and do computer stuff and hardly buy anything. The cafe owners don’t like it.

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