I had lunch there today because two days ago I had a cappuccino there but didn't have the money to pay for it. She said to "bring it in tomorrow". She always says this so I knew she would. Today I figured I'd bring in the three bucks and have lunch too. And go online with my laptop, because she now offers free wireless access.
While I was sitting on the small chair at the tiny round table, trying to get online and, alternately, trying to read a book, the woman next to me started talking to me. I heard about her computer, her children, their progress through Cal Poly, paid for with back-paid child support, her life as a hair stylist, and more. I responded as best I knew how, somewhat taken aback at her taking me as someone to whom one talks.
Then someone I know came in, Sandra. Wearing a sweatshirt. I said she looked relaxed and I asked why. Normally she doesn't look so relaxed. So I heard about her life on the county planning commission and the cases that have come before that commission and how yesterday's meeting went until six at night, or maybe it was later, from 8:30 in the morning, and more...
I could have talked to either of these women for the full lunch hour, I am sure. Most of the time I don't talk to anyone other than the person making coffee drinks for me. I wondered if maybe I was dressed for it?