Done with Love

and Waiting for Drink

This is an odd time of year, a time of leavings and arrivals. It’s a no man’s land of waiting. The love of Saint Valentine is in the past and the drink of Saint Patrick is in the offing. Winter is casting it’s last shadow and spring is still several sunrises away. Mornings are sweatshirts and evenings are layers.

“Looking Over Book”

This is the in between time, done with this but not ready for that. We are finished here but not yet prepared to go there. It is a moment between moments, between love and drink.

-K-

Authors on Loneliness

Seven Points to Ponder

  • “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald-
  • “The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.” -Charlotte Bronte-
  • “But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone.” -bell hooks-
“Morning Commuter”
  • “Be good and you will be lonesome.” -Mark Twain-
  • “I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky-
  • “If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.” -Aldous Huxley-
  • “Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship-but the loneliness of the soul in its appaling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.” -Sylvia Plath-

-K-

Walking Alone v. Being Lonely

and Knowing Which is Which

Life can be difficult, and sometimes we need a moment or few to ourselves. Sometimes a bit of peace and quiet away from the general difficulties of life can be a respite, a relief, and a requirement if we want to establish some balance and order during these not so normal times. A walk alone can be beneficial in many ways and it is not the same as being lonely (unfortunately some do have difficulty with the distinction between the two).

“Man in Parking Lot”

A walk alone can distance us from the difficult people we often find ourselves dealing with on the daily. A walk alone can make our daily difficulties a little less so. A walk alone can offer perspective and possible solutions. A walk alone is a decision made with care and deliberation. Don’t be afraid to walk alone (we choose to walk alone). It is not the same as being lonely (loneliness chooses us).

-K-

Time in the Title: The Mix Tape

  1. “Time”—Pink Floyd
  2. “Time is Marching”—John Lee Hooker
  3. “Time is on My Side”—The Rolling Stones
  4. “Time is a Train”—Amy LaVere
  5. “Time Machine”—Ingrid Michaelson
  6. “Time to Get Ill”—Beastie Boys
  7. “Wasting Time”—Kid Rock
  8. “Time”—Tori Amos
  9. “Time in a Bottle”—Jim Croce
  10. “The Only Time”–Nine Inch Nails
  11. “Party Time (Anthem 2018)”—Madeleine Peyroux
  12. “Just Passin’ Time”—Dwight Yoakam
  13. “Time”—Prince
  14. “This is the Right Time”—Lisa Stansfield
  15. “Running Out of Time”—Joan Osborne
  16. “High Time We Went”—Joe Cocker
  17. “The Last Time”—Janis Joplin
  18. “One More Time”—Sam Cooke
  19. “One Last Time”—Sara Watkins
  20. “Closing Time”—Pieta Brown
“Jukebox”

-K-

The Coffee Shop Office

One Man’s Cuppa is Another Man’s Grind

I think of all the people who got to work from home during the course of the past year and a half and I get to wondering about those people who officed (yep, turning a noun into a verb) in public places. What happened to all those people who didn’t have an office space to work from to begin with and used coffee shops as their offices? Where did they work during the lockdowns and quarantines?

“Sales Pitch”

I won’t even try to estimate how many times I’ve gone to a local coffee shop for a cuppa and heard or saw somebody using the shop as an office. I’ve overheard and spied many a pitch, deal, hustle, and multi level marketing scheme at work while I drank overpriced, not so good coffee and read Walker Percy (or Lovecraft, or Parker, or O’Connor, or some other writer).

Many people are grumbling about going back to the office for work while others never left. Let’s take a moment to think about those who don’t have a set workplace, who don’t work from home, and who grind away at work where most of us go to relax.

-K-

Some Thoughts on Borrowing

and What We Pay Back

What do we borrow? Money will come to mind for most of us. If we haven’t borrowed money directly we’ve borrowed it in the form of car notes, mortgages, student loans, and other various lines of credit. But we borrow so much more throughout our lives than just money. We borrow time, favors, circumstances, and so many other things both tangible and intangible. We’re a society of borrowers, but what do we pay back?

“Sign Repair”

We pay interest on the money we borrow but what about the intangibles? What do we pay back on borrowed time or a friend’s good name? We’ve all borrowed. What do pay for that privilege?

-K-

The Return of Coffee Shop Hours

or Drinking Subpar Coffee on Fridays

Most of us have routines and rituals. One of mine is to spend an hour or so every Friday after work at the local bookstore’s café with a book and a cup of coffee. I’ve been going back there for last few Fridays now that the café is open to full capacity. Now that I’ve fallen back into that welcome routine I’ve discovered two things.

“Early Afternoon Thoughts”

The first thing I discovered is that a few moments alone (even in a crowded café) to decompress with a good book before heading home is invaluable. That hour or so allows me to leave work worries at one place before heading to the next. The second is that the coffee at the café sucks. They offer a passable brew, but a year of lockdowns had me experimenting with a variety of excellent brews and now I recognize that the coffee at several places I frequent is not good (and that’s a polite assessment). I don’t plan on changing my Friday routine (I value my coffee shops hours too much) but I’m wondering if I should try to sneak in my own coffee (hip flask in the movie theater style) and just leave a bigger tip.

-K-

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