Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

Steaming Bean conversation

Today I went out in the field and took my break while out there. I went to the steaming Bean, the best coffee place in Pismo, which is in the Shell Beach area, so quite convenient. I sat at a table with a bagel and coffee and listened to five older men talking at the next table. I was delighted and surprised by their conversation. It was intelligent, thoughtful, with it. No hint of alzheimers there, and lots of evidence of individual thinking. I was tempted to tell them, as I left the building, that I hoped they didn't mind that I eavesdropped and enjoyed their conversation. But I didn't. It might have been a good thing but it might not have.

I jotted down several things I overheard them say. Nothing earth-shattering, but these notes help me build an arsenal of characters and they help me remember what I saw and heard. I look back over my notes and remember faces and voices and it's stimulating, good. It also simply felt good to listen to them today. It was like a performance, a good one, that I was lucky to catch.

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