My good BloggyWorld friend Paul Curran is moving his weekly Sunday Cuppa column here through September as our his regular host Willowdot21 takes a break over on the other side of the big pond.
Take it away, good sir.
If We Were Having Coffee
Your Barista – Paul
Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here once again. For the next few weeks Willow will not be able to access her internet dependably so we’ll be meeting here at Mark Bialczak’s Little Bitty in Syracuse, New York. Please come in and go through to the back yard. Mark, his wife Karen and their pooch Ellie B, have prepared a nice, comfy place for us outside on the newly mown lawn of the Little Bitty, so I can tend to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. The weather today is here is warm at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit with overcast skies. As usual, I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership and adult beverages for those who wish something stronger. We can relax with a cuppa and calorie free electronic sweets while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. Ellie likes to be patted, so please indulge her when she greets you. How has your week been?
Well, the students are returning for the university fall term. This weekend and next week will be very busy with rented trucks and vans and half-tons full of furniture and excited teens and worried parents and dreams. There may be a few who have unrealistic expectations. I was waiting for my ride to dialysis at about 5 pm Friday when a van pulled up with a pair of young men aboard. They opened up the back and proceeded to unload an 84 inch flat screen TV. Ha! They recruited two other young men who were walking by and the four of them carried this monster up the stairs to their new room. Those boys have some serious movie watching and gaming in mind. I can recall my first year of university and it was a shock to the system. The Profs all expected their material had priority and it was full speed ahead – with no regard to the time management of the students. I wish them luck.
I Think She Comes Free with Each TV
Still on the topic of the 84 inch TV, this neighborhood is not exactly pristine. It has students, those on fixed incomes and some addicts and such. I get along well with all concerned and no one bothers me but it is not a good place to flaunt your possessions. Much like walking through the Bronx while counting your cash – any sort of display of wealth is an invitation to theft. The doors have sturdy deadbolts but who knows how many copies of keys have been made over the years and all the locks are of the same design so I would suspect that there are master keys out there as well. The windows are the old style push up variety and I block mine with boards cut to fit so that the window cannot be opened from the outside when I am not home. They have small plastic flip style locks on the top of each window that could be easily defeated. These students are moving in here from suburban homes equipped with alarms in neighborhoods that are class homogenized – all have similar possessions. I suppose that is a part of the learning experience in moving away from home – still I worry about them.
Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet? All our sweets are calorie free for your eating enjoyment. Each building has external locked doors as well and buzzer systems for admitting visitors. This tends to lull the inexperienced into being less than diligent in their security awareness. Every year there are news stories about how students have left their room doors unlocked during the night and intruders gain access. Thousands have had keys to these external doors – lord only knows how many copies are floating around. Besides anyone can get in by following delivery persons or other visitors. New tenants always seem surprised. So far no one has been seriously hurt but the learning curve is steep.
When I came home from dialysis Friday night there was the cool smell of leaves and soil in the air – a smell I remember well as meaning school was soon starting for another year. It is odd that even after being out of school for 35 years, the 17 years of starting fresh each fall still remains strong. There are times that I envy the students with their excitement and wide-eyed enthusiasm. Then I remember cramming for exams and working all night on reports due the next day – and I’m glad that stage of my life has passed. I can still enjoy the enthusiasm and energy of the returning students while I sip coffee on my deck. Do you still remember returning to school when the weather gets cool? What memories does the fall air bring back for you? Are there students in your family and how are they taking their return to learning?
That’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and pat Ellie B. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Mark, Karen and Ellie B for their invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Mark’s other posts while you’re here. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you for tea and drinks here for the month of September.
Have a Fancy Coffee – Your Choice