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In recent months, as I've mentioned here a couple of times I think, I've taken to working at Coffee #1 on the Gloucester Rd. I like their green tea, and I've got to that stage now where they reach for it when they see me come through the door. That's good in a way, of course, but it occurred to me that I might be becoming predictable, and a while ago I said jokingly to the woman behind the counter, "I ought to have a catchphrase - like, 'Tea me up, Scotty!'"

To my surprise, she found this weak quip highly amusing, and in subsequent weeks I felt honour bound to quote it whenever she happened to be serving. After a while, though, for the sake of my sanity I thought I ought to vary it. "Greet me with green tea" worked for a short while; "The green, green tea of home" was even more ephemeral. I've been through quite a few phrases now, and it's getting desperate. I've got "A green thought in a green shade" saved up for next time, but I worry that eventually I'll run out of mildly amusing ways to order a pot of Jade Tips. Then I'll have no choice but to switch to Rooibos. The horror!

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Obviously I can't help overhearing the people who sit next to me while I'm working at the cafe. It's not that I'm listening in, not at all.

So, today it was a man of about 35 and his 9- or 10-year-old daughter. I was drafting my Annual Performance Review document on a laptop a couple of feet away, but absorbing as that activity was I couldn't help but be struck by her loud claim to be able to "predict the past".

Dad, naturally, plodded out a few clichés about the unidirectionality of time, the meanings of Latin prefixes, and so on. (By this point I was trying to find a way to say how wonderful my teaching has been without sounding boastful - no easy task, as I've recently had occasion to observe.)

Finally, the father said in exasperation: "I refuse to believe that you have access to a non-linear, atemporal mode of being!" His daughter stared back mulishly across her babyccino. Relenting, he added: "Anyway, what do you want for supper? And don't say cheese and pasta!"

"Pasta and cheese," she replied.

Touché.

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Date: 2017-04-27 07:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Well, these men do need keeping in their place....... :)

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Date: 2017-04-27 09:53 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Morell: quizzical)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Finally, the father said in exasperation: "I refuse to believe that you have access to a non-linear, atemporal mode of being!"

Isn't that how childhood works?

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Date: 2017-04-28 02:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calimac
Occasionally in my job as a scholarly journal editor, I see an article whose introduction seriously oversells the importance of the rest of the article's contents. Maybe they're trying to impress those government spending authorities you speak of in your linked piece, but they don't impress me or my colleagues - such work, if not rejected, will go back for revision.

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Date: 2017-04-28 03:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalypso
Green grow the tea leaves, o?

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