Coffeehouse observation No. 159

A slight bit of weirdness in the coffeehouse the past two days. Yesterday, on my semi-regular fitness walk, I tripped slightly on a cracked sidewalk and a fellow walking out of the park shared a laugh about it and said something such as “Well, I’m not the only one who is not perfect.”

He then proceeded to tell me – for at least five minutes – about the recent surge in crime in the neighborhood surrounding American Legion Park in central Stockton, Calif.

I had never seen the guy before, but I saw him again later at the coffeehouse, which is a pretty healthy walk from American Legion Park.

And then today I went to the bank to deposit a check and spotted a guy in line. I envied him for the nice green tropical shirt he was wearing.

Later in the morning he happened to come into espresso for a beverage.

Just weird that sort of thing happened two days running. I wonder who I might see for the first – and second – time tomorrow.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 158

Three different people in the span of an hour have brought their dogs into the coffeehouse, including a Chihuahua with the heart of a Rottweiler. I love dogs, yes, I do. But not with my coffee.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 157

“Burn, burn, burn, that ring of fire, that ring of fire. …” The baristas at empresso are playing a little Johnny Cash for background music. Cool.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 156

You gotta love it when the barista starts your drink even  before you’ve made it across the parking lot and into the coffeehouse. Thank you Exotic Java!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 155

A youth in the coffeehouse earlier today dressed in a fine suit, shirt, tie, and polished shoes. Handsome kid who seemed to be very respectful of the adult he was with and willing to engage in conversation with the man I suspect was some sort of mentor. We need more kids willing to wear suits and more mentors willing to take them to the coffeehouse for hot chocolate.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 154

I was sitting in Exotic Java and a guy came in wearing shoes with Velcro and he wasn’t a toddler or 65 or older. Is that legal in California?!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 153

I have no intentions of messing with the barista who just served me a Red Eye. She has a tattoo of Dirty Harry on one bicep and a skull in tophat on the other. She may be the toughest 90-lb. woman I have seen in quite a while.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 152

Is there an upper age limit for pieced lips? There is a woman at the next table – she’s wearing fashionable glasses that make her look like a teacher or HR specialist – and she has a loop in her pierced lower lip. I’m terrible at guessing ages, but she has to be in her late 20s to mid-30s. Should she be thinking of getting rid of that thing? And would the hole heal?

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Coffeehouse observation No. 151

This is for my newspaper and graphic designer friends. There’s a guy sitting in the coffeehouse wearing a Fresno State Graphic Design Club T-shirt. And on the back it reads: “We dream RGB. We bleed CMYK.” Only graphic designers and the people who love ’em will get it and grin to themselves. And photopgrahers, too, I suspect.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 150

A pretty young woman came into the coffeehouse to study a bit ago. She’s wearing a short skirt that exposes her lovely long legs and a strapless top that exposes her lovely shoulders and a butterfly tattoo between her shoulder blades. Aww, thank goodness it’s summer again.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 149

A woman at the next table – she comes in fairly often and usually meets a friend – has glanced at me a couple of times. I wonder if I have food in my teeth.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 148

Warmer weather means iced drinks and sundresses at the coffeehouse. I’m not wearing the sundress, by the way. A lovely young woman is sitting at the next table and she is wearing a light and lovely sundress. And at another nearby table, a lovely, leggy co-ed is wearing short pink and white seersucker shorts. Ahh, I do love warm weather!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 147

I’m sitting in the coffeehouse and a woman who works for the local school district sat at the next table. She is loud, obnoxious, and apparently knows everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. She’s loudly complaining about the district, the former superintendent, and the school board. And I just want to stuff a pillow in her mouth to get her to be quiet. That’s not wrong; it would be a public service.  … I’ve turned up Pearl Jam on the headphones and even that isn’t drowning out her voice.

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