Thursday, March 13, 2008

Today's findings: Ham, egg & feta burrito

Not dead, but the flu has left me decidedly weaker and with a persistent cough.

I have been driven from my apartment by the idiots at Comcast. As soon as "John Adams" is finished on HBO, I am going to cancel my HBO & Showtime. Maybe I'll start back up my NetFlix and just get stuff thataway.

But I have discovered a new coffee house, a local place that opened up not too far from my apartment. The coffee isn't much to write home about, but there is free WiFi. And a colorful cast of local characters hanging around. Think "Coffee of Doom" from the Questionable Content webcomic.

So I found inspiration - a ham, egg, roasted red pepper and feta cheese breakfast burrito. Overpriced at $6.95, especially as I didn't eat the unpreposessing slab of watermelon which accompanied it, nor the "salsa" that looked like ketchup, but the burrito was excellent. The feta cheese really gave the whole ham and egg thing a lift. I had a raspberry white chocolate scone for dessert. It was yummy.

The cast of characters here is really something. This little cafe is probably what the prototype for "neighborhood coffee shop" should be - except that I've been the only paying customer for the past 45 minutes. Well, there is this crazy homeless man in the corner, who seems to keep getting food without visibly paying for it. He has knocked back two cookies, a scone and four cups of coffee. I wonder what his story is - I know he has one. And who is paying his bills? I mean, if they like old, crazy and scruffy, I need to be in on that action!

Now he is singing along to whatever is on the radio. Pat Benatar should ONLY be sung by Pat Benatar. He'll talk to anyone - and thus far I have managed to avoid his efforts at conversation. I'm not minded by his presence, but he needs to stay on his side of the personal comfort zone. Crazy homeless people rarely seem to understand that not everyone wants to talk to them.

Hmm. Let me think about that for a second. I guess society has failed this old buzzard - and we should all be more forgiving. I wonder if he's mentally ill or just one of those people that have slipped through the cracks and is just wandering around without a home or family or anything to hang on to - and he thinks of the coffee shop as home. I wonder where he sleeps.

I just caught a glimpse of coin-slot as one of the "baristas" bent over to pick up something she dropped on the floor. Lovely way to start the lunch hour. The Coin Slot Cafe - $4 for the lattes, the baristas are a quarter out back!


FARfetched said...

LOL, the crazy guy was probably the owner!

"Coin-slot." I like. I had that happen to me one morning… at my own house, courtesy of a female friend of The Boy's girlfriend.

Anonymous said...

Raspberry white chocolate anything = awesome.

Ditto for raspberry dark chocolate anything :)

spleeness said...

I'm so glad you're back. Won't you tell us what the past few days were like? Or have they sapped you of all energy and desire to pen your misery? (I'm asking b/c if anyone can make the flu funny, it'd be you.)

Anonymous said...

Someone opened a new coffee shop? Really? Did they win the lottery and have nothing better to do? Are they laundering money? Did they start this coffee shop dream twenty years ago when it was still "hot" and fall asleep like Mr. Van Winkle? I cannot, for the life of me, imagine why someone would spend ten cents opening up a coffee shop. Hello? Starbucks just closed 700 of them. The owners might want to set down that dogeared copy of Henry Miller and pick up The Economist or USA Today. Sheesh.