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We don’t own a coffeemaker. I should probably buy a little 4-cup guy, but 1. I’m lazy and 2. I convince myself that leaving the apartment in the morning to get a cup is a good thing. I’ll connect with the local coffee shops and maybe some others out there. And pretty much I believe this, until that is, the day that it is raining and 32 degrees out.

The rain always comes as a surprise. Yes, we have windows and I even look out one while I type aways on this laptop, but for some reason, the rain does not make it into the tiniest little light ladder that exists between our apartment building and the one next to us. I believe there is an entire, separate ecosystem that exists here, captured and co-existing with us like the Biosphere 2 (which btw is making a comeback).

So after walking into the rain, there’s another decision to make. Straight or left. Cakeshop or Sugar Sweet Sunshine. Both approximately the same distance, or roughly 200 ft away. Cakeshop is the grungy cafe/bar/live music venue and Sugar Sweet Sunshine is the cupcake maker that always smells of warm cake batter and almonds and butter (I don’t think sugar has a smell, but if it did it would smell of it here, I’m sure) where the owners and their Latin workers crank away in the morning on dozens of confectionery treats that always make me feel guilty to leave without sampling. It’s a modern little hippie workshop that reminds you of all that is good in the world whereas Cakeshop just reminds you of the night before.

I really prefer Sugar, BUT, and this is a big but, it requires one to cross Essex, which is a 4-lane road and sometime you have to wait like, a whole minute before the little blue man appears. Not only do you have to do this on the way there, but also on the way back. Because of this, on days with rain, it is more likely that I’ll go to Cakeshop and buy my coffee from the emo-boy instead of the cute and sweet cupcake maker…


2 Responses

  1. that is where I played when in ny! I didn’t know you lived so close!

  2. Yes! Come back and play again. You and your drummer can stay with us. Bring Michael!

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