May 23, 2006
Coffee Shop Chronicles II
I love coffee shops, especially the small independent shops with comfortable chairs, excellent coffee, and (a necessity) wireless internet. One of my favorite places is Red Horse Coffee Shop in Corvallis, owned and operated by a former Marine who takes care of his community the same way he once protected his country. It's a nice place to spend an afternoon and I can work online and still be around people. With my son deployed, the house is all too quiet.
Not all coffee shops are like that. Choices, especially late at night are slim. Recently, I wandered into another Corvallis establishment, just off the Oregon State campus and always busy. This night was livelier than most and the folks packed into one of the rooms seemed to be on the outer edge of alternative lifestyle. Hearing shouts of rage coming from the far corner, I asked the barista what was going on. Open mike night. Listening closer, I heard angry voices denouncing President Bush, the war, and the imperialist regime that kept the man down. And womyn. This was definitely a gender-neutral crowd.
As I took my coffee - organic dark roast with cream from free-range cows raised on pesticide free hay - I mentioned that it probably wasn't a good night to wear my Marine Mom sweatshirt with American, USMC, and blue star pins. She smiled and said "Not a problem - they're also non-violent". I've encountered a few other coffee shop denizens with similar attitudes and she's right - they do cave when they're nose to nose with a Marine Mom.
So, I took a picture and sent it to my son with a note explaining that this was who he was protecting and defending. And, I included a DVD - Season 1 of The Simple Life with Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie. If that doesn't convince him to stay in the Corps, I don't know what will.
Posted by Deb at May 23, 2006 01:58 AM
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