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03 I’m Back?

Kitchen & Coffee

… this is my first time back in one of the local cafes i used to frequent since the beginning of the pandemic… i have been thinking it was time… i walked through the door and J greeted me enthusiastically… they remembered me!, twenty-something lady, one of the numerous baristas i got to know before the pandemic…

… this place used to be Ella’s Bellas, was sold to the current owners who changed the name… they renovated it and it is more slick than in the old days, nice, bright, contemporary vibe… music to go with it…

… mother and child walk in, child is a toddler, mother is masked, child is not, more people arriving… tall, willowy young woman dressed in black, wearing a mask, reddish hair… she settles at a table in front of me…

… i wonder about the mother and toddler mask configuration… toddler too young to be vaccinated, curious why mom comes in masked but doesn’t worry about toddler so much?… hmmm…

… i learned something interesting about seasonal referencing in Japanese haiku vs North American haiku… seasonal referencing in North America is much less important because from one part of the continent to another, the seasons can be quite different… no winter in the south the way it is known in the north for example… consequently a seasonal reference is less universal than it would be in Japan a small (by comparison) island country…

… chicken duties while E and B are gone includes a morning visit to let them out of the coops… picked up a couple of eggs for breakfast while i was at it…

… dance music playing… seems a little too throbbing for this time of day…