The Barista... With the Beautiful Smile... ๐ŸŒน  

Paulxx001 64M  
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3/31/2020 1:08 pm

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The Barista... With the Beautiful Smile... ๐ŸŒน

Once upon a time, not too long ago...

... a palette of churlish textures and primal splashes of colour, painted this planet - daily - with surly themes. Yet some brush strokes shone through ; like sparkles from a wizard's wand. If you paid attention, you might have witnessed one of those ephemeral illusions ; those with the power to soothe your soul. I got lucky one day, although - it didn't feel like that at first.

Rain fell in cold sheets as the wind scowled in gusting swirls, just beyond that huge pane of glass - facing the street. I watched cars splash by, while people clutched umbrellas and hats and buried hands in pockets as they shuffled along. I was grateful for my place in that faint line. I inhaled the rich aroma that lingered in the air, stamped my feet and kicked the water off my shoes.

There was a roaring fire burning in the corner. A group of students were huddled around tables, clicking fingertips on open laptops. On those tall, black leather stools - facing the window - were a row of men and women buried in their phones. The clatter of dishes and chatter of smiling voices chimed just loudly enough to muffle the music and cloak everyone inside - with a blanket of warm relief. We all couldn't help but notice the wet commotion, as it unfolded beyond that glass. The barista ; the one with the beautiful smile and the hazel eyes? Well, she looked at me and spoke...

"Next...!" It seemed like a simple command, so I complied.

I walked towards the bar and ordered, then watched ; as she performed her craft. She, had perfected her sultry stride and moved with the eloquence of a skilled dancer. I hadn't realized, there were so many steps to pouring a consummate cup of coffee. Eventually, a gust of her scent drifted into my head as she (leaned forward and slowly), painted a perfect rose into my mug. She was quite the artist and it was fascinating to watch, as those frothy petals bloomed. I was... mesmerised.

I carried my steaming brew to a table and sat down. Afraid to spoil that piece of art - I just kinda stared at it for a minute. The barista glanced at me while I took a sip. I responded with a thumbs up. Her smile beamed back at me and across the room. And I suddenly realized - THAT'S what it was. You cope, until you find a space to call your own and then, just enjoy it ; wherever IT is.

I was content as I relished my rose and the warmth from the fireplace. Then... I overheard two young men talking at the table next to me.

"You can never trust women. They ALL , have vaginas..." both men nodded.

And just like that - my bubble burst. One can never completely escape reality ; it'll drop in uninvited, wherever there's an open door. That rose in my cup had vanished and it was time move out, into the rain. I did.

The streets were empty as I went by that coffee shop today. It was closed and dark... yet I thought I heard laughter, from inside. It must have been my imagination.

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Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 1:09 pm

It's nice to find a place like that and just escape for a bit. These days, I escape into my head. But I think... I'm running outta space. ๐Ÿค”


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 1:09 pm

Books are good and so are movies. It would be nice to meet a real person, once in a while though.
My car has become my sanctuary. Traffic here is unbelievable... it has completely disappeared. GONE! And guess what? Speed limits don't exist. Can you believe it? ๐Ÿค”


Tmptrzz 59F  
106151 posts
3/31/2020 1:45 pm

Sounds like a great cup of coffee I wouldn't really know as i can't drink coffee but I sure enjoy the aroma's of them. And to the comment about you can never trust all women because they all have vagina's. I would have to disagree not all of us ladies are bad. But I understand why some men would feel that way.

Thanks for sharing another glimpse into you life, and i hope your Tuesday is treating you well..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


secret_lade 47F
9004 posts
3/31/2020 3:02 pm

I like to escape like that at the beach.... I miss summer time so much right now, especially with all the shelter at home stuff.


1seeking1 56F
3767 posts
3/31/2020 3:04 pm

Thanks for sharing, guess will be while before can all enjoy coffee with others.


japaneseass 54F
50214 posts
3/31/2020 3:22 pm

i used to go to coffee shops, just to reset myself...doing nothing...just thought of meditating myself...hearing the white noise of people talking, and the dish sounds...just perfect...


positively4you 72F  
4572 posts
3/31/2020 3:41 pm

Beautifully written. A fireplace and good coffee on a cold day. Little things can mean so much. I think we will appreciate those little things again as we curse the traffic and congestion. But, we will hopefully all be healthy.
You write well. I never thought my vagina would be an object of contempt.


Paulxx001 replies on 4/1/2020 12:59 am:
I don't think they were contemptuous of women bits - I think it was respect and fear. lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
It is a powerful force ๐Ÿ’ช. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒน

superbjversion2 66F
24131 posts
3/31/2020 4:31 pm

You had me at 'ephemeral'

Shall we meet...face to face...and talk dirty to each other...from opposite ends of the picnic table? If only.

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation bangs on the door forever!


sexyldy1000 61F  
9559 posts
3/31/2020 4:32 pm

Our lives are so busy that it's important to take moments to escape the 'hustle and bustle' and sit back and appreciate the 'little' things. Maturity usually brings wisdom based on experience - something those young men were lacking. With all that's happening in today's world, we need to focus on the positive memories and find comfort and know that new ones are on the horizon.


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 6:36 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    Sounds like a great cup of coffee I wouldn't really know as i can't drink coffee but I sure enjoy the aroma's of them. And to the comment about you can never trust all women because they all have vagina's. I would have to disagree not all of us ladies are bad. But I understand why some men would feel that way.

    Thanks for sharing another glimpse into you life, and i hope your Tuesday is treating you well..
Those places are more than just about the coffee.
They make fabulous chocolate concoctions.
Is wine on your list? ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜Ž


lonlyforlove2 79M  
29883 posts
3/31/2020 7:12 pm

Nice to see this in one's mind, to see and hear the sounds as they happen, just can't get out now and even enjoy from afar..

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Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 7:16 pm

    Quoting secret_lade:
    I like to escape like that at the beach.... I miss summer time so much right now, especially with all the shelter at home stuff.
I love beaches...
You 'll be there. ๐ŸŒน
It'll be a challenge... for those without an imagination.
We'll all be fine, won't we?


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 7:19 pm

    Quoting 1seeking1:
    Thanks for sharing, guess will be while before can all enjoy coffee with others.
You know what I'm talking about.
So many great places in YOUR neck of the woods.
Yep. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐ŸŒน


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 7:45 pm

    Quoting japaneseass:
    i used to go to coffee shops, just to reset myself...doing nothing...just thought of meditating myself...hearing the white noise of people talking, and the dish sounds...just perfect...
that's what the vibe was, there..
I understand what you mean... Hypnotic...
Until the cafรฉine kicked in. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿท๐Ÿท


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 8:21 pm

    Quoting positively4you:
    Beautifully written. A fireplace and good coffee on a cold day. Little things can mean so much. I think we will appreciate those little things again as we curse the traffic and congestion. But, we will hopefully all be healthy.
    You write well. I never thought my vagina would be an object of contempt.
Little things... True...
I'm happy to have shared that space with you. It was... as you imagined it.
Aromatic... to say the least, isn't it? ๐ŸŒน


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 8:44 pm

    Quoting superbjversion2:
    You had me at 'ephemeral'

    Shall we meet...face to face...and talk dirty to each other...from opposite ends of the picnic table? If only.
I haven't used that word in a month and a half ; it was due.
Who coined that phrase ? ๐Ÿค”
"You had me at hello."
Talk? Nah... it's not your style. ๐ŸŒนOr maybe?


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 8:54 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    Our lives are so busy that it's important to take moments to escape the 'hustle and bustle' and sit back and appreciate the 'little' things. Maturity usually brings wisdom based on experience - something those young men were lacking. With all that's happening in today's world, we need to focus on the positive memories and find comfort and know that new ones are on the horizon.
I wasn't offended by them. They just jolted me. You know what I mean?
Where do you escape to? ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿค”


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/31/2020 9:01 pm

    Quoting lonlyforlove2:
    Nice to see this in one's mind, to see and hear the sounds as they happen, just can't get out now and even enjoy from afar..
Glad to have helped share, in being there with me.
Be safe. โ—๐Ÿ‘


smartasswoman 64F  
35735 posts
4/1/2020 2:47 am

It seems so long ago that something like this could happen. Can it really be less than a month? Our world changed in the blink of an eye.


author51 59F  
128960 posts
4/1/2020 3:00 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    It's nice to find a place like that and just escape for a bit. These days, I escape into my head. But I think... I'm running outta space. ๐Ÿค”
My escape is still both reading and writing as it calms me down, but lately with all going on, I need to get more inside my mind and find an empty space my coffee mate.. Mine is too full and need to kick some of the thoughts out to the curb to make room for more.. That my coffee mate was a truly beautiful read and brought me a little peace.. Thank you...xoxoxo

You can never have enough JOY in your life..xoxo

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Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/1/2020 5:20 am

    Quoting smartasswoman:
    It seems so long ago that something like this could happen. Can it really be less than a month? Our world changed in the blink of an eye.
It certainly seems to have. I don't know how noticeable it is there. I notice it most - when I'm in traffic. There is NONE - anywhere at any time. Nothing. Bizarre.
And each day I read about new info coming in on how to interpret the stats or if they are EVEN accurate.
Be safe... whatever space you've chosen. ๐ŸŒนโ—


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/1/2020 5:26 am

    Quoting author51:
    My escape is still both reading and writing as it calms me down, but lately with all going on, I need to get more inside my mind and find an empty space my coffee mate.. Mine is too full and need to kick some of the thoughts out to the curb to make room for more.. That my coffee mate was a truly beautiful read and brought me a little peace.. Thank you...xoxoxo
Glad to be of help. ๐Ÿ˜Š
lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ You and me both - not enough space in there to house all my silly thoughts. And way.... too many of them.
Personally? I think I'm going to explore meditation as a means of calming all the voices in my head. And all kidding aside - I'm going to give it a serious effort!
Best of luck with YOUR thoughts. Sometimes 'thoughts' can poison our minds. โ—๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‘โ˜•โ˜•๐Ÿ˜Ž
I have to learn how to throw all MY clutter and debris to the side.


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/1/2020 6:38 am

    Quoting  :

Wherever we find it... ๐Ÿ‘
You nailed it! โ—
Yep... it's strange (here) to drive along deserted downtown streets and see all these businesses closed up... empty.
Be safe my friend. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿท๐Ÿท


flannel_light 59F  
4490 posts
4/1/2020 1:13 pm

Its been a long time since I have escaped like that. Not all women are bad, just like some men are not. i can understand why you think that.

The Light is shinning and she is lonely and waiting in the darkness.


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/1/2020 2:12 pm

    Quoting flannel_light:
    Its been a long time since I have escaped like that. Not all women are bad, just like some men are not. i can understand why you think that.
Cafรฉs certainly are peaceful... that's for sure. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Just to be clear ; I don't know what those guys meant by their statement. Are they intimidated by women? Have they been hurt before? Was it a joke?
In any case... I certainly don't agree with them.


smartasswoman 64F  
35735 posts
4/1/2020 5:10 pm

It is very noticeable where I live. Here's a picture that someone took on Saturday morning, of the busiest intersection in my neighborhood:

[image]

One nice thing is that there is a busy street a half block from me that is almost impossible to safely cross on foot - but these days I can walk in that direction and cross it easily.


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/2/2020 12:31 am

    Quoting smartasswoman:
    It is very noticeable where I live. Here's a picture that someone took on Saturday morning, of the busiest intersection in my neighborhood:

    [image]

    One nice thing is that there is a busy street a half block from me that is almost impossible to safely cross on foot - but these days I can walk in that direction and cross it easily.
Wow. Spooky shot!โ—
That's true, about traffic. It's a real dream to drive anywhere in this city. I'd say it's the only good thing that's come out of 'this' whole thing. ๐Ÿค”


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/4/2020 6:36 am

    Quoting  :

It was... a relaxing spot.
I don't agree with those guys. I think that gap women own is a very pleasant place to visit. ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ”ฅ
Could you keep still... and not spill a drop ๐Ÿ’ง? It would be fun to try. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜Žโ—โญ•


pocogato12 69F  
37175 posts
4/5/2020 2:15 pm

You gave me an idea with this. I havent made a pot of my special brew in three weeks. Time to heat the pot, grind the beans and take a mug into the back yard and open the summer chairs. Yeah, I'll have a ski jacket on but then I can cherish the aroma of spring mixed with exotic coffee beans

Another beautifully crafted picture

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Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/5/2020 2:46 pm

    Quoting pocogato12:
    You gave me an idea with this. I havent made a pot of my special brew in three weeks. Time to heat the pot, grind the beans and take a mug into the back yard and open the summer chairs. Yeah, I'll have a ski jacket on but then I can cherish the aroma of spring mixed with exotic coffee beans

    Another beautifully crafted picture
I look forward to that.
My 'scratch n sniff', phone will be vigilant... and so will I.
๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Ž "Yep... I could see myself smelling the spring air. โ—


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