I write in public without head phones, because every once in a while something amazing happens around me and as a writer, these moments are inspiring. Here's one from last night:
Heads up: Do not write at the B&N at the local mall on Friday nights, because everyone is trying to spend their paychecks. Thankfully, I got to experience a group of thirty-somethings who looked like the rejects for season 2 of Jersey Shore and smelled like they just came from a road trip with the Marlboro Man.
Girl to guy as they're cutting through the Business section to get to the real shops in the mall: (laugh) no, Barnes & Noble isn't a clothing store.
Guy wearing sunglasses indoors at night: I thought it was suits and stuff.
This is why I don't listen to music while I work.