When Did They Start Putting Electrical Outlets in Bars?

We were waiting for a connecting flight at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

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We sat down to have lunch in a bar near our gate.

“How long have you had electrical outlets along the bar?” I asked the bartender.

About every two feet there was an outlet so people could recharge computers or cell phones.

“I don’t know. Probably about two years. Ever since I’ve been here,” the bartender replied.

Sure, this is New York, a major transportation hub.

But, outlets for recharging electronic devices in a bar?!

Where Else Can You Recharge Your Phone in Public?

The last couple of times I traveled on Amtrak, I noticed they had electrical outlets next to the seat, easier to use if you were sitting next to the window.

When I sit at airport gates, now, I notice people recharging phones and laptops in the wall outlets.

Seniortravel.about.com‘s overview of where you can recharge includes the fact that some airports have dedicated cell phone charging stations (some free; some paid).

And, you will even find electrical outlets on Greyhound buses!

What Does This Have to Do with Being a Good Grandmother?

A couple of years ago, when I was interviewing mothers and grandmothers for my book, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers,” one young mother exploded in frustration that her mother had not taken her cell phone with her to the park with the grandchildren.

“Doesn’t she understand how important it is to have her cell phone with her in case anything happens?”

It seems the grandmother’s cell phone wasn’t charged, so she didn’t see any point in taking it with her.

And, after all, the park was only two blocks from her daughter’s home.

She thought she could take her grandchildren two blocks away to play without being tethered to a cell phone for a couple of hours.

The young mother was unrelenting, “If she is going to be responsible for my children, the least she can do is keep her cell phone charged.”

What unusual places have you spotted where you can recharge your phone or laptop?

Do you look for places to recharge or wait until you get home?

Have you ever left your recharger or phone in the outlet and lost it?

To you and keeping a charge wherever you go.


Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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