The Absinthe Drinker

The Absinthe Drinker
Victor Oliva, "The Absinthe Drinker"

Three No's

"No it doesn't it goes up in the front and down in the back." It's a friendly argument. White-haired and dye-haired wives and husbands are debating hair styles. That, and recipes for pesto sauce. They're the Hair And Pesto Debate Club. It's their hobby, they seem to have been at it for years.

"No, my car's a Tesla." He says so, yet there seems to be some dispute. He appears nonplussed when his party all laugh.

"No, I went to Saint Regis." Job interview? Papers on the table, remote office at the coffee klatch, a certain formality, they certainly are meeting for the first time.

My date is late. I'm tripping balls on caffeine, my knee's bouncing, I'm down to run around the block. Thanks for keeping me company on a foggy coastal Sunday afternoon.

Christine Schloer, "Cafe Wonderland"
Christine Schloer, Cafe Wonderland


Movie Star!

"That's him, Mom! In the movies!"

She’s three ish, her voice is playground loud, she’s pointing at your humble author, who at this point in his life is most certainly not in the movies.

"The movies, Mom! That's him it's him it's him!"

Shhhhhhhhh, shushes Mom. Let's not embarrass the movie star with childish adulation. She's looking at me from the corner of one eye, trying to place.

Little girl now whispering, "The movies, Mom. That's him!"

They're gonna have to widen the door for my big fat head to fit through.

Patrick Caulfield, "Cafe" Sign (1968)
Patrick Caulfield, Café Sign (1968)