I served my regulars
Dean the electrician and Dan the
Man who had the bags of groceries set
Out when I went down to his end
Of the great open space, the lot
Everyone with lights at night
Motors of diesel and gas, high test
No espresso, just plywood countertops
I never got it at all anyway
Coffee is .05 the Baker told me, flipping
The giant horse faced mixing bat.
So here I am.
After work, sunny fresh cups and
Oh, I didn’t bring a book but I have the
colored glass of which one is decaf red.
I see myself in the line.
It’s not compression, it equalizes.
I’m out there too.
Captured in warm florescent.
There’s a strong possibility that it’s all just procrastinating. I used to romantically think that I should work on things in the least fancy possible locations because then it was..well..romantically unfancy I suppose. Like if I did my writing or reading in a McDonald’s then I really meant it. Kind of like busking in the roughest area of town. Seems a bit Vincent Van Gogh out there. As I said in a previous post I have done writing on buses and that is true, but its usually the back of a fairly comfortable one with earphones in.
Victoria used to have some amazing late night locations back when there were 24 hour cafe’s. Cafe De La Lune was on the corner of Douglas and Pandora, across from city hall and sported a comfy second story that was perfect for writing. Then there is Qv’s on Government that made for lots of late night work while listening to “Warm Beer, Cold Woman” by Tom Waits. I think I ran into someone from the song there. She smoked menthol cigarettes like Waits said, but I dont remember much else that night. Didn’t turn into anything that seedy (though part of my imagination is fascinated by anything like that.)
I can’t really work at home. On music I mostly can because its more physical I think and active and there’s headphones and shiny blinky lights. Lots of stuff to keep a now forty four year old Adhd’r humming along. But with anything like this I feel like I like to be near activity, though not actually in it. I know, right?
This has lead me to search high and low for just ages, trying to find the best places. I even rented part of an office once with a former cowriter, and i do miss that. I like the idea of a downtown office but as anyone can imagine, the cost would be mind blowing. That was the corner of a room and it cost us a combined hundred and thirty in a building that the police had once raided due to extreme drug problems.
Its like wanting to be near the energy of downtowm but still keep it locked out. Otherwise you get situations were it tries to get involved with you and then you instantly regret your decision.
“What is that…homework?”
And now your a man with a coffee, putting away books to explain why you spend your time off work doing homework when you dont go to school.
Do you have any favorite places to work? Maybe you do work at home, or have a perfect time that’s never failed you.
Ironically this is written at home early on a Sunday with Cece asleep next to me.
So maybe I’m growing into the homebody role. Ooo I sure hope so.