on the gad

elmwood cafe

In coffee on July 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

i think the trick to getting the most out of our cool summers here is to insist on drinking our cappuccinos in cafes that offer outside seating. and then of course we’ll have to time it right so we are always on the sunny side of the street. i passed by the elmwood cafe in the morning as i was coasting down the hill from the derby street running track and noted that the outside tables were shady. i made a plan to return after my afternoon shift at the bookstore. my shift is only a few hours long but so full of silly drama that i always need a coffee afterwards.

the thief used to bring me a heidi-worthy gift of cheeseboard roll & cheese every saturday but has recently been told he is no longer allowed to bribe his favorites with food. he was caught stealing again but hasn’t been banned this time. the plan the managers came up with at the last meeting is to employ kindness; “kill him with kindness” the more bloodthirsty gals chortled. he invited me to a very selective feast but it was in a home up high on olympus and i am only a mere mortal and there is no way buster and i could have attempted that climb. yesterday he cursed and hollered because the bitch shoved him. weeks ago she was the one yelling as she told on the thief, insisting that she had seen him pocketing a pocketbook. i think i need a yard teacher’s whistle. for this senior citizen playground.

so after work i zip over to the elmwood and am rewarded with sunshine and a frothy double cappuccino in a french latte bowl. i noticed fresh-baked lemon tarts but didn’t indulge because we are still leaving room for food these days . . .

i reminisced about the last time i had a coffee here. it was last december with my best high school friend who had flown from france to say good bye to her father. it was so good to visit with her and i need to correspond with her more often. we all have those few stubborn friends who refuse to join the land of facebook so we have to make a little extra effort to catch them up on our silly lives. the couple next to me were speaking swiss-german. we all enjoyed our coffees and soaked up the late afternoon sun and i got to travel abroad a little without leaving town.

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