A Quiet Spot

A Quiet Spot

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I sit at a table

a quiet patio section

in an empty cafe

one with no view

of the tv’s

each turned to different sport

football baseball basketball

all silent

cafe music non-intrusive

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then

she was seated

at the table behind me

the back of her chair 

bumped mine as she sat

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what was wrong 

with all the other empty tables

why this one

why jostle me

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she sniffed

as if to say

it was my fault

she had to squeeze in

I pulled my chair 

a little closer to the table

my salad served

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her cell burbles

she answers

a loud personal conversation

that I don’t need to hear

I take my salad

move to another table

as far from hers as possible

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I can still hear her

‘some fucking asshole just

shoved my chair’

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I ask the server

to turn up the volume

on all the tvs

All this is a true incident except for the last verse. It happened on a Washington DC restaurant’s patio. It was a standard 40 with humidex day & the patio shade was most welcome. I’d eaten at this cafe the summer previously. On my visits to Washington I rarely ate as the same place twice during the same trip but would got back to places from previous trips if I’d enjoy them enough.

This place was decent & close to my hotel. The menu hadn’t changed much either. Greek with a sprinkling of Italian. Nothing challenging to my palate 🙂 This was around 4 pm before the supper crowd would show up. All I wanted was that salad& to sit in the shade while I ate it. I usually avoid eating in places with too many TVs but for this short a time I was willing to read my kindle. 

If I sound unsympathetic to this patron I am. Actually it was her actions & this sense that I was invading her privacy by being there. Could be she always came in at this time, sat at that table. If it had been a man would I have been as impatient? Probably, but male species behaviour is more territorial, so I figure a guy would have staked out his own domaine.

Sure I realize the server may have directed her to this section so we’d be in the same area – not scattered over the patio; I realize I sound like one of those cranky old assholes who expects everything his own way but you know, even it’s true, I can live with that just don’t shout it out on your cellphone within my hearing 🙂


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