Jun. 2nd, 2011

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The owner of the @Cafe on Rainier Ave had a problem. She had an interview on Thursday for her dream fashion job, but her only employee had to work elsewhere that day and couldn't cover for her. Enter the Wayfaring Barista, mysteriously in from the east coast, and able to run a coffee shop for an afternoon. The Barista showed up today at quarter to one, immediately understood the operation of the cash register and the espresso machine (but not how to make smoothies, because who needs those). The Wayfaring Barista asks for no payment other than free coffee (and maybe matcha lattes, because yum), but will graciously accept a free panini. At 6 PM, the Wayfaring Barista will wander off into the sunset (or north to the Central District for dinner and tabletop RPGs). Perhaps your coffee shop will get a visit from the Wayfaring Barista?

(Yeah, business is slow and I'm bored, and I've already had too much caffeine. But it's fun getting to work at a coffee shop, especially just for an afternoon).
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Today was another good day. First, I filed my visa paperwork, which was stressful but seems to have been accomplished. Though I won't know for sure until tomorrow, so fingers crossed. Then, I worked as the barista in my friend Grace's coffee shop while Grace went to her job interview, which was relaxed and fun (plus her mom made me lunch!). Finally, I went to have dinner at Tony and Farida's house, where I had delicious food (tiny fluffy Danish pancakes!) and got some amazingly cool presents.

Cool present 1: Two of Tony's dungeon maps.
Tony Dowler's dungeon art is weird and funny and interesting, enough so that he's been invited to show it in a couple of coffee shops now. Next up will be at the Verite in Capital Hill some time in the fall. I hope I am able to make it. Anyway, he had some extra dungeons, so I was allowed to go through the stack and pick one. I saw one that felt oddly appropriate to being in grad school, and another that seemed perfect for Isaac, so I was trying to decide which to take. Finally, I asked Tony if I could have one for myself and another for a friend, and he said yes. And even gave me a frame for mine! Score!

Cool present two: best earrings ever.
Last Christmas, my friend Karen gave me some excellent earrings she had made with model clay. That same night, one fell out. I was heartbroken, and walked several miles combing every inch of sidewalk trying to find the missing one, but never did. Karen promised to make me a new pair, but didn't have time before I left Seattle, and I had kind of given up hope of ever getting new earrings. Fortunately, not only had Karen made me new ones, but they are even better than the last ones. )


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