Authors on Coffee and Cigarettes II

Another Nickel’s Worth of Wisdom

  • “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.”-Dave Barry-
  • “Cigarettes are a classy way to commit suicide.” -Kurt Vonnegut
“Reflection”
  • “Don’t stir all the warmth out of your coffee; drink it.” -Kate Chopin-
  • “Some very considerable part of the gestural language of public places that had once belonged to cigarettes now belonged to phones.” -William Gibson-
  • “I like coffee exceedingly…” -H.P. Lovecraft-

-K-

That moment when you have to tell someone they make a poor cup of coffee.

-K-

Always Running

Commercialization of Coffee Shop Culture

I’ve never been adverse to working hard and getting dirty. My Pops taught me to run to first base if the pitcher walked me. He used to say, “Always run, run off the field and run on the field.” There is a great scene in the movie Bull Durham about lollygaggers that always makes me think of my Pops. My point (before I wander too far off) is I’m not opposed to the hustle, the grind, or whatever term one uses to describe the drive and determination to see things through to the end.

What bothers me, what I take umbrage with, is the commercialization of the hustle and profiteering off the hard work of others. Think about those coffee shops with their catch phrases and business models that encourage the hustle. Think about those coffee shops and their culture of the third place, the public office space, and the ideal place to study. These coffee shops are there to help you with your hustle, as long as you buy a extra-large with a double shot of your hard earned cash.

“Busy Dunkin'”

I’m all for the hustlers, the grinders, and the go getters out there working toward their goals. I admire and identify with those who are always running, but there are businesses out there who seek to profit off our hard work. Beware of the businesses that ‘encourage’ the hustle simply to make a buck off us in a sideways fashion.

-K-

A Valentine is someone who brings you cigarettes and soup when you’re sick.

-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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