Coffeehouse observation No. 294 — Recycling made sexy

On the way to the coffeehouse I noticed a woman collecting cans and bottles from a trashcan and she was putting them into a Victoria’s Secret bag she was carrying. I suppose that makes recycling sexy.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 293 – Let’s reunite this bike with this barista

Reunite this bicycle with this barista.

Reunite this bicycle with this barista.

Hey there! For anyone living in Stockton – especially those living or venturing near Yosemite and Harding – please keep an eye out for this bicycle. It was stolen yesterday. The sentimental value is high and the bicycle’s owner – a barista at Empresso on the Miracle Mile in Stockton — would very much appreciate its return.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 292 — Regretting going without coffee today

I skipped coffee this morning and now I’m regretting it. … Quite bit.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 291 – Girl Scout cookies go quite nicely with coffee

The Girl Scout Cookies are freed from their bondage.

The Girl Scout Cookies are freed from their bondage.

[I received a fun package yesterday from my scouting niece Sophie. Actually, she is my only niece, but she is in a scouting organization, so she’s also my “scouting niece.” Regular readers may recall that I have lamented in the past that the packages my family sends me from time are full of sugary treats. At my age, who needs the extra pounds. Oy! So, I made my family promise to not send me any more sugary treats. But then the Girl Scouts – well, mostly their mothers – started hitting me up to help fill their cookie quotas. So, I had to send my sister a note to clarify that in no way was my earlier dictate to reflect the Girl Scout Cookie Season. That, I made it clear to her, was not the case. Girl Scout Cookies were OK for my diet. And they go very nicely with coffee. … I have a feeling I will be gaining a few pounds in the next few days. – KM]

Dear Sophie:

I received a package yesterday that you and Mommy sent to me. Inside were very yummy Girl Scout Cookies. I wanted to thank you very, very much. I am sure I will enjoy them. Thank you.

Now, I just have to decide which cookies to start with.

Love,

Uncle Keith

P.S. Please say “Hi” to your brother Max. I miss you both very much.

A package is opened.

A package is opened.

A cookie is liberated.

A cookie is liberated.

The first bite …

The first bite …

And another ...

And another ...

Just one more bite left …

Just one more bite left …

And now my hand is free to grasp another cookie.

And now my hand is free to grasp another cookie.

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Maine governor is looking more boorish all the time

Maine Gov. Paul LePage during another of his finest hours.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage during another of his finest hours.

[This is something I wrote for my other blog, “Letters From Away.” This guy has got me a bit cranked up so you may read more about him as time goes on. He is ruining a perfectly good state. You can follow the link to that blog for more links to newspaper stories on this guy. … I need more coffee. — KM]

I had planned to reserve judgment on Maine Gov. Paul LePage until he had been in office for a while longer. After all, the man just took office a mere few months ago.

But frankly – and with no offense intended to my Maine family and friends who may have voted for him – LePage is looking more boorish and less like a statesman all the time.

It is one thing to stand up and be strong, but it is completely another to bumble your way through things causing chaos and destruction, and then boldly justify your awkward ways. He is more a bull in a china shop than he is a sage owl masterfully handling the duties and responsibilities of his new job. His coarse ways may have served him well in business – I cannot see how – but it does not serve the state well for him to continue his bad-mannered, loutish ways.

From all accounts – at least, accounts that do not come from the governor’s office or are not manipulated by the governor’s puppet masters – LePage is a boob.

He has offended almost anyone with any sensibility, from the growing African-American community in Maine to women to environmentalists to workers and unions to the working poor to art lovers to, well, anybody.

I once wrote in a column describing how clumsy the mayor of Vacaville, Calif., handled a situation. An entire neighborhood in Vacaville was flooded – at the time it seemed that city maintenance practices might have played a part in the severity of the flooding – and the mayor acted callously toward some very concerned neighbors. I wrote that the mayor came across as gangly as a moose on a frozen lake.

I was wrong. That mayor was as graceful as an eagle soaring in the sky.

LePage is the gangly moose on a frozen ice.

Of course, some Mainers – especially those who voted for LePage and those who continue to support his bumbling ways – will decry my characterization of the man who was elected by them to lead the state. True, it seems as if I am an outsider – someone “from away” – and I should not have the right to criticize the work that has been done.

Well, I will criticize it for several reasons:

My sister and her family live in Maine. It is important to her, her husband, my mother and me that my nephew Max and niece Sophie live in a state where they can continue to thrive.

My mother lives in Maine. I will never get her to move away to a warm climate in the winter. She rarely stays with my sister in southern Maine longer than a week, let alone for a long, cold Maine winter. It is where she was born and it is where she wants to be. She should be allowed to enjoy here life there.

I am a Maine native and I fully intend to return to Maine, although LePage’s antics have made me think twice about it. Maine is where I want to be; my economic circumstances keep me from it, but I will there eventually, LePage or not.

Mainers deserve better than what LePage has done so far.

I have a vested interest in the success of Maine and it does not seem as if LePage can lead a row of ducklings let alone a state.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 290 – Hot coffee, cool jazz combat the cold

Happiness – at least today – is hot coffee and cool jazz on a cold, blustery day.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 289 – Mighty mite snuffs out smoker

A guy – he looks pretty down on his luck and smells as if it has been quite a while since his most recent shower – is sitting near the windows of the coffeehouse. A little while ago he lit a cigarette and I exchanged glances of disbelief with the guy sitting at the table next to me. Smokers in California haven’t been allowed to light up inside businesses for years. A mite of a woman here checking her email – because she wasn’t keeping her tiny boys in check – spoke up and told him to go outside to smoke. He didn’t and she went for a barista. Baristas are the law in the coffeehouse, as you probably know. The fellow sitting by the window put it out by the time the barista arrived. Good for the tiny woman for speaking up, although it would be nice if she directed a bit of that toward wrangling in her boys.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 288 — Coffeehouse like ‘Cheers’

Coffee on a rainy morning in a coffeehouse where they know your name. … It’s almost like “Cheers,” but with caffeine.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 287 – For a coffee experience that is out of this world

Follow this link to a coffee experience that is out of this world. No, seriously.

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1949271

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Coffeehouse observation No. 286 — Erin go bragh!

While my middle and last names are of French origin, my first name is Gaelic meaning “woodland,” “forest” and “from the battlefield.” I’ve also heard that it means “winding road in the woods.” Anyway, for that reason today I claim to be one-third Irish. Erin go bragh and hand me an Irish coffee.

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Still time to raise money for Tour de Cure

Still time to raise money for Tour de Cure

http://lettersfromaway.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/still-time-to-raise-money-for-tour-de-cure/

or

http://lettersfromaway.blogspot.com/2011/03/still-time-to-raise-money-for-tour-de.html

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Coffeehouse observation No. 285 – What a depressing suggestion

I noticed a sign on the way back from the coffeehouse yesterday. It read: “Hope for depression.” Below it was a number for “more details.” I’m not sure if the “more details” would be about getting help to cope with depression or if the sign is some wildly sadistic suggestion. I mean, who would hope to become depressed?

Depression is dangerous stuff. There is help for people suffering through depression. Seek help from a mental health expert if you or a family member is experiencing depression.

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Peak coffee incoming: Climate change is killing our buzz | treehugger.com

Peak coffee incoming: Climate change is killing our buzz | treehugger.com

Coffeehouse observation No. 284 – Giving up caffeine for Lent? WHAT?!

Here’s another from Overheard in the Newsroom that included a reference to caffeine.

Reporter, after listening to new media editor complain about giving up caffeine for Lent: “Want to know what I’m giving up for Lent? Hope.”

Giving up caffeine for Lent? That’s just crazy!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 283 — A little off-color humor

As past visitors will recall, I have worked in the past as a writer and editor for. Some of the things said in a newsroom are pretty off color. Funny, but off color. So, on Facebook I clicked “Like” for Overheard in the Newsroom, which distributes some funny and off-the-wall things said in the newsroom. This one happened to include a reference to coffee.

Multimedia editor: “Iced coffee is like sex with a condom.”

See, off color. Funny, but off color.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 282 – Tips on reusing coffee, coffee grounds

13 Ways to Reuse Coffee and Coffee Grounds |Shine.yahoo.com

[When I was a kid we used to pour our parents’ coffee grounds over some turned-up soil. Later, we would return to pick up the worms to be used for fishing in the lake or stream. That tip is not included at this link, but they do have several that seem good to try. Here’s the disclaimer, of course: I have not tested any of these tips, except the ones involving composting. Follow them at you own risk. — KM]

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Coffeehouse observation No. 281 — Crowded coffeehouse and kids running on sugar

It is much more crowded at the coffeehouse than would be expected on such a bright, sunny day in California. Families are out and about, which is nice. Unfortunately, every kid in the place seems to be riding a freakin’ sugar high. A little parental control would be nice.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 280 — Madhatter returns to the coffeehouse

The guy who wore a Seussian hat at Christmas is back in the coffeehouse with an Uncle Sam-like St. Paddy’s Day hat. What kind of a wild, crazy haberdashery does this guy visit?! This guy must be the modern-day Madhatter!

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