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Soggy coffee morning

There is a downspout on my corner of the house that makes insistently loud tapping noises whenever it rains. I woke up well before my alarm went off this morning and listened to it tap-tap-tapping for a long while, trying to think about who I am and where I am on various projects, and what I would like to be doing with my life at this stage of things.

Eventually, I got up, showered, and rode over to a coffeeshop that is one of those places that I really want to like, except for all of its irritating features.

The vegan pastries were less disappointing than the previous week's non-vegan pastries, although they were more like a snack than a meal. The espresso was good, too.

Coffee Conscious, on a soggy Friday morning

But the moment I walked in, I almost turned around and walked back out again, because I really.cannot.handle the stench of incense. It's especially gross around food. Food should have comforting food-smells.

And this is probably very Seattle of me, but I also don't like it when the barista is too friendly. I didn't come to the coffeeshop to hang out and tell you my life story to entertain you while you are bored with no other customers, barista. Maybe I like to be quiet and enjoy the nice, peaceful, contemplative music you are playing.

This place is next door to a bike shop that appears to specialize on cargo bikes and folding bikes, too. Too bad, I suppose.

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shellynoir
Jan. 22nd, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
J calls these my "Grumpelina Mornings."

*ducks*
rebeccmeister
Jan. 22nd, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
*chuckles*

I was in a reasonably good mood, altogether, just awake early. The things I didn't appreciate about the coffeeshop are things that I generally wouldn't appreciate at any time of day. So...it's a Grumpelina life?
bluepapercup
Jan. 22nd, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
Oh you silly introverts. <3 (I'm married to one...)

Personally I LOVE friendly clerks and barristas etc but that's because those kind of friendly interactions are like heroin to me.
randomdreams
Jan. 23rd, 2016 03:29 am (UTC)
Ugh incense and food at the same time.
pigshitpoet
Jan. 23rd, 2016 05:31 am (UTC)
bad spice phenomenon
yeah ditto!
pigshitpoet
Jan. 23rd, 2016 05:30 am (UTC)
world in decay
the flip side here has been long line ups and packed coffee houses so loud one cannot hear oneself think, let alone the stupid pop radio with the cracked speaker in the corner..

i must admit, i've not tasted soggy coffee yet, and i hope never to see one

; )
rebeccmeister
Jan. 26th, 2016 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: world in decay
Ughhhhhh that sounds equally unpleasant, if not MORE unpleasant! The good place in Tempe (Cartel Coffee) has been suffering from overpopularity. It can be challenging to strike the right balance.
pigshitpoet
Jan. 27th, 2016 01:05 am (UTC)
; )
quoth the raven, nevermore!

doppio espresso machiatto with extra foam please..

you might accentuate the tapping with some soul tapping music?

that's what i do to block out the noise of the neighbours downstairs, and i found whenever i play jazz, elvis just leaves the building!

; ))))
pigshitpoet
Jan. 27th, 2016 01:06 am (UTC)
p.s. that chocolate chip cookie looks good!
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