on the gad


In coffee on June 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

so i did not see michelle obama when she came through berkeley recently. she was staying at the claremont hotel and i was loitering across the street at peet’s, which you’ll remember is part of my exercise program (uphill climb). no michelle sightings though because they were serving her blue bottle coffee in the hotel. my superstar daughter is moving to new york in a minute and at first i thought i wouldn’t be able to visit her there because there are no peet’s coffee shops in new york. i have since learned they do have blue bottle coffee in ny so i will be able to visit. i have enjoyed excellent blue bottle coffees at both MOMA and my derby street farmers’ market.

this afternoon, i was up the hill buying peet’s french roast coffee for my mother and encountered philip seymour hoffman. there is no good way to behave around celebrities so of course i just ignored him. i averted my eyes and tried to act like i wasn’t thoroughly excited. which is hard to do when you’re drinking a healthy sized cup of peet’s and eating chocolate rum cookies from nabalom. then i remembered that’s what cell phones are for. so you can look all busy and stuff. i texted my daughter. she replied wondering if i was going to say hello. she forgets what it’s like to be a mere mortal. i can’t say hi to a star! besides how would i address him? would i have to use all three of his names? instead, i finally worked up enough nerve to flirt with the cute man who i often see there meeting his parents for high tea and sunshine. i don’t think i made too much of an ass of myself. time will tell.

tomorrow will be my third saturday volunteering at the friends of the library bookstore. it is only a few hours once a week, but it feels so good to be useful once again. and i get to tidy, organize, and glare at small children. i always wanted to be a librarian when i grew up. i am hoping that at the very least this weekly task will lead to something more just by the simple momentum of working with others again. besides, one can’t stay home doing sudoku forever.

  1. During introductions at my New School orientation this week more than one of my classmates talking about meeting (or standing naked in front in on instance) Philip Seymour Hoffman. Apparently the man gets around!

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