Coffeehouse observation No. 66

It’s raining outside the coffeehouse and I’m on foot. It looks like a walk in the rain … whether I want to walk in the rain or not. 😦  It is good that I am fortified with caffeine.


Coffeehouse observation No. 65

I’m not sure what is worse, the woman who was sitting nearby earlier and clearing her throat every 15 to 30 seconds (Take a drink of water or something, for crying out loud!), the guy who has the every-other-word phone plan who replaced her (Dude, really? How many times to you have to say “Hello? … Hello?” to figure out your phone dropped the call?), or the loud, obnoxious woman who is starting to move tables around the coffeehouse. And she doesn’t even work here (She is just plain too loud and her being here may cause me to leave for the day).

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Coffeehouse observation No. 64

There is a rather thin woman – I’m guessing she’s a college student – sitting at a nearby table. She very probably does not weigh 100 pounds. But her voice has a certain raspy quality that makes her sound much larger and older and a career smoker. She has on a hat similar to a Greek fisherman’s cap and ass-kickin’ boots. Oh, and a dark top and blue jeans, but the hat and boots very much go with the voice.

Coffeehouse observation No. 63

I returned the next day and spotted a new barista and she was wearing the very same hot pink hair. No Daisy Dukes, though.

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm  Comments (2)  
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Coffeehouse observation No. 62

Tried a different coffeehouse today. It’s located next to a tattoo parlor and near the library branch I patronize. Had the “Red Eye” – regular coffee with two shots of espresso. It should be called “Wide Eyed” because that’s what I needed and that’s what it made me. Mural on one of the walls includes the image of woman in Daisy Dukes and hot pink hair. … I think I’ll be back to Exotic Java.

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Coffeehouse observation No. 51-61: Observations about coffee dates

A coffeehouse is a great place for a first date. It is more casual than, say, a dinner date or movie date or dinner and movie date. It is more casual than a luncheon date, even. It is a chance to be more at ease during what could be the first and only real chance to impress a woman or man.

And there are chances to bail out of the date with grace because it is such a casual date.

But there are some things that coffeehouse daters need to keep in mind. Below are a couple of observations made over the years that could help in getting to a second date.

1) Don’t be late. If you were impressed by the person enough to ask them out on a date – even a coffeehouse first date – respect them enough to be on time. Being fashionably late is not cool for a coffeehouse first date. It’s not cool for any date.

2) Dress nicely. First impressions are important. Being nicely and neatly dressed might be better than being fashionably dressed. But it is a coffeehouse date, so don’t dress up too much. Take fashion into account, but don’t go Lady Gaga.

3) Don’t spill on yourself. First impressions are important. Heard that before. Well, spilling a coffee beverage – and that’s what you’re most likely going to have in a coffeehouse on a coffeehouse first date – is not cool. It will make you look clumsy, leave a visible spot for your coffeehouse date to stare at throughout the date, and stain your clothes long after he or she has walked out on the coffeehouse date.

4) Don’t spill on your date. Do I really have to go into why this is a bad thing? Really?

5) Don’t spill on anyone else at the coffeehouse. First impressions are important. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before. But spilling on someone at a neighboring table will make you clumsy – yeah, you’ve heard that before, too – and make you appear inconsiderate. After all, would a considerate person spill something on someone, anyone? No. And people on first dates are looking for people who are not clumsy and are considerate.

6) Don’t flirt with someone else at the coffeehouse. This also means not asking another coffeehouse patron – someone other than your coffeehouse date – for their phone number or starting a conversation with a person at another table. Just don’t do it.

7) For God’s sake, break up that muffin into bite-size bits before shoving it into your mouth. It is not impressive to spit muffin bits at your coffeehouse first date. Or to regale him or her with conversation with your mouth full of bran muffin. Chew your food! Swallow! Then talk!

8 ) Put the cellphone on vibrate or, better yet, silent mode. Saying you “have to take this call” and then answering it with “Hey, Baby, I can’t wait to see you tonght!” is not cool on a coffeehouse first date. Actually, it’s not cool on any date. Unless it is an emergency, every call, every voicemail message can be returned after the coffeehouse first date.

9) Don’t be judgmental, loud or obnoxious. Truly judgmental people are unacceptable. Loud people are rude people and do not merit the time of day. That’s not being judgmental. Obnoxious people are, well, just obnoxious.

10) Be polite and honest. Being polite doesn’t cost anything and it is much, much more impressive than being rude. And being honest should be a much more valued trait than physical appearance, income or the type of vehicle or home a person owns. If the coffeehouse first date is not going to lead to a second date, do not say “I’ll give you a call.” But be kind. There is no need to be impolite, dishonest and unkind, even if you plan never to see the coffeehouse first date ever again.

There, I hope that clears up for people planning a coffeehouse first date. I’m sure there are other tips, but you are just going to figure out those on your own. Good luck!

Coffeehouse observation No. 50

A lovely young woman in a green sweater and jeans was at the coffeehouse yesterday before I arrived and was still there when I left about six hours later. And she was reading … a book. Not an ebook, not a website, not a blog, not the back of a ceral box. A book. Granted, I believe it was a romance novel, but it was a book. A book! Go figure! She’s back today. And as she did yesterday, she is reading … a book. And as she did yesterday, she shed her shoes and put her bare feet up on a vacant chair.

Coffeehouse observation No. 49

Two women talking about nothing can drown out the lovely British accent of a lovely young woman who returned to the coffeehouse today.

Published in: on February 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Coffeehouse observation No. 48

Some telephone conversations should not be held in a coffeehouse. Boy, oh, boy …

Coffeehouse observation No. 47

 I never should go two days in row without caffeine. Never. Ever.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 46

Coffee doesn’t solve all the world’s problems, but it doesn’t hurt.

Coffeehouse observation No. 45

Women in their 60s should not dye their hair the orange of traffic cones. No way, no how. Not even at the coffeehouse. … Especially not at the coffeehouse.

Published in: on February 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Coffeehouse observation No. 44

Current and former baristas for chain coffeehouses frequent the independent coffeehouse that is my “office.” It is located in the lobby of an old theater and has an organic, non-commercial feel to it. And the coffee isn’t bad either.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 43

I am sitting next to a table at the coffeehouse where a woman is speaking in a very lovely British accent. It may be the Brit’s best export. … Oh, and she’s wearing a T-shirt that reads “Why I (heart) rugby” followed by a list of reasons. I’m not going to stare at her chest to read the list. I thought that best for international relations.

Coffeehouse observation No. 42

Water fountains in libraries should flow with coffee.

Coffeehouse observation No. 41

I think I just saw a dingo walk by the coffeehouse. … Here doggy, doggy, doggy …

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Coffeehouse observation No. 40

A toddler just toddled by at the coffeehouse carrying a sippy cup and wearing a down vest with little hearts on it. She brushed my leg because, well, the leg was in the way. I’m not sure if she had French roast in the sippy cup.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 39

The coffeehouse is toasty in the winter and cool in the summer. Just perfect for consuming hot, steamy coffee and tea during the cold, dark winter months and iced beverages in the dog days of summer.

Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Coffeehouse observation No. 38

The other day I was walking to the coffeehouse and a song by Prince – is he Prince or the Artist Formerly Known as Prince or the Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince? – and it came out slightly, um, different. “She wore a rosemary beret …” I suppose that is not the type you find in a second-hand store.

Coffeehouse observation No. 37

The coffeehouse clears out pretty quick when the big game is on TV.