Something in the air?

I know.  Been a while…

To say things are a little weird right now is a gross understatement.  Getting away from my own direct issues, today a number of my friends complained of being unable to sleep last night.  Baseball, one of my refuges, was rife with basebrawls and beanings last night.  Politics just annoy me now, with all the immaturity and nastiness. 

It sounds a little “tin foil hat” to say it’s something in the air, but what is it?  My view of astrology is one of amused skepticism (am I stubborn because I’m a Taurus, or because I was raised to believe Tauruses are stubborn?) so whatever configuration the constellations are in, I’m slow to believe that’s it.  Are we just socially devolving, stressing ourselves to death (or at least ill health)?

My own situation is devolving, certainly.  My husband’s employment situation is worse – working six days a week for just over minimum wage and no benefits, being docked for nearly every mistake anyone makes in a highly disorganized environment where the boss refuses to bring his organizational methods into modern standards.  He’s stressed, exhausted, frustrated.  My own medical issues only increase – my most recent fall in February resulted in an annular tear and L5/S1 disk herniation.  Standard treatment is surgery.  County health care’s response: “Don’t fall again.  Hopefully it will heal on its own.”  Add that to my T11 compression fracture and nerve impingement from the resulting osteophytes (off-and-on leg numbness, positional incontinence, pain, limited range of motion…), and unresolved cervical disk herniations from my 2010 car accident (hand numbness on awaking and positional). 

So I, too, have been on edge.

Still, I cling to reason.  I need to get on disability.  Husband needs a new job with a sane employer.  In the meantime, we need to stay physically and mentally healthy. (That said, while my weight loss is rewarding on many levels, new clothes cost money and pants two sizes too large tend to start falling off…)  I refuse to resort to a crap diet and unhealthy obsessions.  Our living situation has itself grown unhealthy, and we need to move out as soon as we are able.

So everyone take a breath, go look at (or create) some art, eat something yummy, go do something new.  Travel, if you can afford it.  Take care of yourself.  Keep your well full, so that you don’t run dry while giving water to others (thank you for that advice, dUg, I haven’t forgotten).  And if you have any job openings, let us know…

“The Think Tank”

The Tasters community, to which I belong, offered an exercise built on this premise:  If I were going to open my own cafe…(logical questions follow).

Oh, lawd.

My mother-in-law has often said she wanted to open a restaurant featuring me as a resident chef/baker/whatever.  Ignoring the obvious built-in perils of that proposition, I’ve often wished I could do something to let my foodie flag fly.  I’ve catered parties (including our wedding reception), baked like a fool every holiday season…if I were in the big leagues, what would my litte spot in the cafe universe be like?

First, I’d call it the “Think Tank”, because I want it to appeal to the creative community, whether in the arts, technology, sport, or whatever.  In fact I’d go so far as to provide at the counter, upon request, paper and mechanical pencils for the clientele to jot down ideas so they don’t forget them during lunch!

There would be a sports “underlay” as well, and this would be a NorCal-centric place whether it was located up there (preferably) or not.  There would be TV’s there for Kings, Warriors, Sharks, Niners, Raiders, Giants and A’s games.  Pennants, posters and memorabilia here and there.

But this is mainly for the creative community, so there would be space on the wall and in secured cases for local artists and crafters to display their work and, if wanted, offer it for sale.  There would also be a stage for live music on certain nights of the week, open mic some nights and karaoke on the rest.  There might even be a bit of live theatre once or twice a month.  Artists, crafters, web and other designers, coders, instructors, etc. would be encouraged to leave cards, brochures and tear-offs in a designated area.

Ah, now the menu!  Coffee, of course, lots of it and all day long.  Everything from de-caf to espresso to Turkish to French roast to…yeah.  All the accoutrement, simple lattes and macchiatos, and more including some specialty mixes.  Syrups?  We got ’em.  Alternative sweeteners?  You bet!  Teas too, green, white, black and red, and even some mates and chais.  Drinking chocolates, of course.  And for cool beverages (other than iced coffees, teas and chais) fresh lemonade and a selection of plain and flavored waters. 

For munchies, fresh-baked bread and pastries all day, with sandwiches, paninis and burritos for lunch and dinner.  Fresh fruit and cheese also, because man cannot live on yada yada.  And it’s California!  Also, home-baked cookies, pies etc. for dessert.  Some French and Italian pastries because I like ’em and I can make ’em.

I considered wine, but liquor licenses are a grind, and I’d prefer to keep the age limit open for the sake of high school and college students and adults who can’t afford a sitter.

So, the decor other than what’s on the wall?  Well, behind the counter I’d have sort of a steampunky “backline”, partly ornamental and partly functional, like a full-on retro espresso machine.  The walls and flooring would depend on the structure, if I was in San Francisco I’d go for the classic brass-and-wood-panelling look in some little space; in the Sacramento area I’d go for an old Victorian.  Tables would be simple, mostly small, a couple large, and comfortable chairs.  Nothing fancy.  A couple sofas and a few beanbag chairs around for those who prefer.  Lots of plants – good for the oxygen level.  Lighting would incorporate as much natural as possible and, at darker hours, be “soft” – not harsh fluorescent.  Gelled LED’s and strings of plug-in lanterns would sub for some of the overheads – “greener” and more atmospherey.  Recycling bins accessible.

No tablecloths. 

“The Think Tank”

The Tasters community, to which I belong, offered an exercise built on this premise:  If I were going to open my own cafe…(logical questions follow).

Oh, lawd.

My mother-in-law has often said she wanted to open a restaurant featuring me as a resident chef/baker/whatever.  Ignoring the obvious built-in perils of that proposition, I’ve often wished I could do something to let my foodie flag fly.  I’ve catered parties (including our wedding reception), baked like a fool every holiday season…if I were in the big leagues, what would my litte spot in the cafe universe be like?

First, I’d call it the “Think Tank”, because I want it to appeal to the creative community, whether in the arts, technology, sport, or whatever.  In fact I’d go so far as to provide at the counter, upon request, paper and mechanical pencils for the clientele to jot down ideas so they don’t forget them during lunch!

There would be a sports “underlay” as well, and this would be a NorCal-centric place whether it was located up there (preferably) or not.  There would be TV’s there for Kings, Warriors, Sharks, Niners, Raiders, Giants and A’s games.  Pennants, posters and memorabilia here and there.

But this is mainly for the creative community, so there would be space on the wall and in secured cases for local artists and crafters to display their work and, if wanted, offer it for sale.  There would also be a stage for live music on certain nights of the week, open mic some nights and karaoke on the rest.  There might even be a bit of live theatre once or twice a month.  Artists, crafters, web and other designers, coders, instructors, etc. would be encouraged to leave cards, brochures and tear-offs in a designated area.

Ah, now the menu!  Coffee, of course, lots of it and all day long.  Everything from de-caf to espresso to Turkish to French roast to…yeah.  All the accoutrement, simple lattes and macchiatos, and more including some specialty mixes.  Syrups?  We got ’em.  Alternative sweeteners?  You bet!  Teas too, green, white, black and red, and even some mates and chais.  Drinking chocolates, of course.  And for cool beverages (other than iced coffees, teas and chais) fresh lemonade and a selection of plain and flavored waters. 

For munchies, fresh-baked bread and pastries all day, with sandwiches, paninis and burritos for lunch and dinner.  Fresh fruit and cheese also, because man cannot live on yada yada.  And it’s California!  Also, home-baked cookies, pies etc. for dessert.  Some French and Italian pastries because I like ’em and I can make ’em.

I considered wine, but liquor licenses are a grind, and I’d prefer to keep the age limit open for the sake of high school and college students and adults who can’t afford a sitter.

So, the decor other than what’s on the wall?  Well, behind the counter I’d have sort of a steampunky “backline”, partly ornamental and partly functional, like a full-on retro espresso machine.  The walls and flooring would depend on the structure, if I was in San Francisco I’d go for the classic brass-and-wood-panelling look in some little space; in the Sacramento area I’d go for an old Victorian.  Tables would be simple, mostly small, a couple large, and comfortable chairs.  Nothing fancy.  A couple sofas and a few beanbag chairs around for those who prefer.  Lots of plants – good for the oxygen level.  Lighting would incorporate as much natural as possible and, at darker hours, be “soft” – not harsh fluorescent. 

“The Think Tank”

The Tasters community, to which I belong, offered an exercise built on this premise:  If I were going to open my own cafe…(logical questions follow).

Oh, lawd.

My mother-in-law has often said she wanted to open a restaurant featuring me as a resident chef/baker/whatever.  Ignoring the obvious built-in perils of that proposition, I’ve often wished I could do something to let my foodie flag fly.  I’ve catered parties (including our wedding reception), baked like a fool every holiday season…if I were in the big leagues, what would my litte spot in the cafe universe be like?

First, I’d call it the “Think Tank”, because I want it to appeal to the creative community, whether in the arts, technology, sport, or whatever.  In fact I’d go so far as to provide at the counter, upon request, paper and mechanical pencils for the clientele to jot down ideas so they don’t forget them during lunch!

There would be a sports “underlay” as well, and this would be a NorCal-centric place whether it was located up there (preferably) or not.  There would be TV’s there for Kings, Warriors, Sharks, Niners, Raiders, Giants and A’s games.  Pennants, posters and memorabilia here and there.

But this is mainly for the creative community, so there would be space on the wall and in secured cases for local artists and crafters to display their work and, if wanted, offer it for sale.  There would also be a stage for live music on certain nights of the week, open mic some nights and karaoke on the rest.  There might even be a bit of live theatre once or twice a month.  Artists, crafters, web and other designers, coders, instructors, etc. would be encouraged to leave cards, brochures and tear-offs in a designated area.

Ah, now the menu!  Coffee, of course, lots of it and all day long.  Everything from de-caf to espresso to Turkish to French roast to…yeah.  All the accoutrement, simple lattes and macchiatos, and more including some specialty mixes.  Syrups?  We got ’em.  Alternative sweeteners?  You bet!  Teas too, green, white, black and red, and even some mates and chais.  Drinking chocolates, of course.  And for cool beverages (other than iced coffees, teas and chais) fresh lemonade and a selection of plain and flavored waters. 

For munchies, fresh-baked bread and pastries all day, with sandwiches, paninis and burritos for lunch and dinner.  Fresh fruit and cheese also, because man cannot live on yada yada.  And it’s California!

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“The Think Tank”

The Tasters community, to which I belong, offered an exercise built on this premise:  If I were going to open my own cafe…(logical questions follow).

Oh, lawd.

My mother-in-law has often said she wanted to open a restaurant featuring me as a resident chef/baker/whatever.  Ignoring the obvious built-in perils of that proposition, I’ve often wished I could do something to let my foodie flag fly.  I’ve catered parties (including our wedding reception), baked like a fool every holiday season…if I were in the big leagues, what would my litte spot in the cafe universe be like?

First, I’d call it the “Think Tank”, because I want it to appeal to the creative community, whether in the arts, technology, sport, or whatever.  In fact I’d go so far as to provide at the counter, upon request, paper and mechanical pencils for the clientele to jot down ideas so they don’t forget them during lunch!

There would be a sports “underlay” as well, and this would be a NorCal-centric place whether it was located up there (preferably) or not.  There would be TV’s there for Kings, Warriors, Sharks, Niners, Raiders, Giants and A’s games.  Pennants, posters and memorabilia here and there.

But this is mainly for the creative community, so there would be space on the wall and in secured cases for local artists and crafters to display their work and, if wanted, offer it for sale.  There would also be a stage for live music on certain nights of the week, open mic some nights and karaoke on the rest.  There might even be a bit of live theatre once or twice a month.  Artists, crafters, web and other designers, coders, instructors, etc. would be encouraged to leave cards, brochures and tear-offs in a designated area.

Ah, now the menu!  Coffee, of course, lots of it and all day long.  Everything from de-caf to espresso to Turkish to French roast to…yeah.  All the accoutrement, simple lattes and macchiatos, and more including some specialty mixes.  Syrups?  We got ’em.  Alternative sweeteners?  You bet!  Teas too, green, white, black and red, and even some mates and chais.  Drinking chocolates, of course.  And for cool beverages (other than iced coffees, teas and chais) fresh lemonade and a selection of plain and flavored waters. 

“The Think Tank”

The Tasters community, to which I belong, offered an exercise built on this premise:  If I were going to open my own cafe…(logical questions follow).

Oh, lawd.

My mother-in-law has often said she wanted to open a restaurant featuring me as a resident chef/baker/whatever.  Ignoring the obvious built-in perils of that proposition, I’ve often wished I could do something to let my foodie flag fly.  I’ve catered parties (including our wedding reception), baked like a fool every holiday season…if I were in the big leagues, what would my litte spot in the cafe universe be like?

First, I’d call it the “Think Tank”, because I want it to appeal to the creative community, whether in the arts, technology, sport, or whatever.  In fact I’d go so far as to provide at the counter, upon request, paper and mechanical pencils for the clientele to jot down ideas so they don’t forget them during lunch!

There would be a sports “underlay” as well, and this would be a NorCal-centric place whether it was located up there (preferably) or not.  There would be TV’s there for Kings, Warriors, Sharks, Niners, Raiders, Giants and A’s games.  Pennants, posters and memorabilia here and there.

But this is mainly for the creative community, so there would be space on the wall and in secured cases for local artists and crafters to display their work and, if wanted, offer it for sale.  There would also be a stage for live music on certain nights of the week, open mic some nights and karaoke on the rest.  There might even be a bit of live theatre once or twice a month.  Artists, crafters, web and other designers, coders, instructors, etc. would be encouraged to leave cards, brochures and tear-offs in a designated area.

Ah, now the menu!  Coffee, of course, lots of it and all day long.  Everything from de-caf to espresso to Turkish to French roast to…yeah.  All the accoutrement, simple lattes and macchiatos, and more including some specialty mixes.  Syrups?  We got ’em.  Alternative sweeteners?  You bet!  Teas too, green, white, black and red, and even some mates and chais.  Drinking chocolates, of course.

“The Think Tank”

The Tasters community, to which I belong, offered an exercise built on this premise:  If I were going to open my own cafe…(logical questions follow).

Oh, lawd.

My mother-in-law has often said she wanted to open a restaurant featuring me as a resident chef/baker/whatever.  Ignoring the obvious built-in perils of that proposition, I’ve often wished I could do something to let my foodie flag fly.  I’ve catered parties (including our wedding reception), baked like a fool every holiday season…if I were in the big leagues, what would my litte spot in the cafe universe be like?

First, I’d call it the “Think Tank”, because I want it to appeal to the creative community, whether in the arts, technology, sport, or whatever.  In fact I’d go so far as to provide at the counter, upon request, paper and mechanical pencils for the clientele to jot down ideas so they don’t forget them during lunch!

There would be a sports “underlay” as well, and this would be a NorCal-centric place whether it was located up there (preferably) or not.  There would be TV’s there for Kings, Warriors, Sharks, Niners, Raiders, Giants and A’s games.  Pennants, posters and memorabilia here and there.

But this is mainly for the creative community, so there would be space on the wall and in secured cases for local artists and crafters to display their work and, if wanted, offer it for sale.  There would also be a stage for live music on certain nights of the week, open mic some nights and karaoke on the rest.  There might even be a bit of live theatre once or twice a month.  Artists, crafters, web and other designers, coders, instructors, etc. would be encouraged to leave cards, brochures and tear-offs in a designated area.

Ah, now the menu!