An action repeated by Krista Connerly and Thomas Feulmer.
In 1999 we decided to became regulars at a bar in Pittsburgh. We came up with some basic characteristics of a regular; We decided that, at its most elemental level, a regular is a person who:
1. visits the same place
2. for the same service, event, and/or product
3. frequently, or with some degree of regularity – repeated with respect to nature of service, event, or product; a regularity to the quantity of time (intervals) between visits
Or with respect to the action, the repeated factors could be one or all of the following:
2. event, product, or service
3. interval of time between services
4. with same person, to see same people
Furthermore, we contemplated the feelings that arise from repeating an activity. Some possibilities were:
1. sense of place established – home feeling outside of immediate home
2. sense of community strengthened, common experience with others
3. activity – common source of enjoyment, feeling that you have same goals, values, or expectations from life
4. pattern of activity – implies you have a common rhythm of life with others
5. reaffirmation of above – absence of change, comfort in steadfastness/strength of values
Of course, it’s not that simple. Our thoughts were based on one type of experience. Why repeat something? Why repeat it with a group? Can you be a regular with one person? Or with one person amongst a group? Or even alone?