The Absinthe Drinker

The Absinthe Drinker
Victor Oliva, "The Absinthe Drinker"

Educators After Work

He's like a big teddy bear.
His mouth is slack but his writing is
     exceptional.
He has an amazing vocabulary.
If you give him a chapter to read he'll finish
     the entire book overnight.
I know dad is out of the picture.
He won't leave her alone.
She gets embarrassed.
They both like her.
It was so cute, though.
Really!

New York Pop Art Cafe
New York Pop Art Cafe

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That's Allison For You

Street dad in soiled winter parka. Old-perv voice, expressing his best friendliness toward the attractive Asian barista. "If Allison was older, she'd might have voted for Trump. Oh Allison, Allison: how could you do that? Isn't that right, Allison. One hundred, two hundred, three hundred: that's Allison for you. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh."

Gray-white grandma in hoodie, customizing her order. Each detail, from temperature to blend to type of cup to the direction to stir. "Can I get it..." Detail after detail. Yes, she can.

Outside a contractor sits in his truck with his ladder secured to the roof. Homeless peek through windows. Office workers on break wander in and out. Rain sounds like frying bacon.

Tea-Pop Cafe, Camanava, Philippines
Tea-Pop Cafe, Camanava, Philippines

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