Day 8 – I regret only that I did not have my camera at the ready

23 Sep

I need the ability to instantly capture photographically what I see. Wednesday’s thing with the supermodels aside, this morning I’m walking to my local cafe to try a new type of coffee. “There’s a new type of coffee? Tell us about it! Tell us now!” Calm down everyone. For some reason my posts on coffee are generating an enormous amount of interest. I’m not sure why. It all tastes like dirt to me. More about the coffee later.

Anyway, I’m walking down the street and there’s this guy in what looks like a $7 200 Italian suit biking to work wearing a dust mask covering his face. Any of those two things on their own are not interesting but man, when you put them together. By the time I got my camera out, unlocked the screen, navigated to the home page, selected the camera app, waited for it to load, and aimed it, the guy was already at his construction site putting up the first layer of drywall compound. I really want to capture this on film: a picture is worth a thousand words and I’m getting paid by the word to write this blog (if you hadn’t noticed). A thousand words for one picture is a sound financial decision. As I see it, here are my options:

  1. come back to the same time and place tomorrow and hope he (or someone dressed similar) passes by
  2. ask (pay?) someone to bike down the street and dress him up in a suit with a mask
  3. take a picture of a dude who’s already wearing a mask and photoshop in the bike and the suit
  4. just don’t worry about it man, relax, there will be other opportunities, you’ll be in Berlin in two days and that place is a freakshow

Personally, I think all of these options are terrible. I’m not going to say why. If anyone out there has any suggestions on how to solve this problem, please leave them in the comments.

“Shut up already and get to the coffee!!!!” Fine. So I had two people suggest my next type of coffee:

  1. Flat white (my dealer had never heard of it – I’m in Italy, Brent, not Ireland) and
  2. Latte (he knew this one)

So my guy suggested this thing called a Maraschino. I thought, “what the hell” and ordered one. I don’t have any money with me so I have no idea how I’m going to pay for it. And it looks expensive. Check this out:


That’s a piece of chocolate floating there in the middle with the name of the guy who made the coffee (the “W” melted off). The first part is quite good. I use the spoon and simply eat the chocolate. I have no idea if I’m supposed to let it melt and mix it in with the actual coffee. Maybe these these should come with instructions. I’m sure there’s an unemployed tech writer somewhere who would work for minimum wage writing up a pamphlet on how to drink coffee. I’d download it.

So not mixing in the chocolate is the wrong thing to do. The rest of it still tastes like coffee. What I can’t get over is the effect on my brain. Man, it’s like I’m drunk, but legally permitted to operate a motor vehicle. I’m afraid to stand up because my head is still spinning 15 minutes later. And these tables have corners. Is it like this every time? If anyone knows  some other coffees just use the comments. I think I’m going to try the latte tomorrow.

The cafe I’m in is playing Orange Crush on the stereo. Sniff.

This is Fanta Country

One Response to “Day 8 – I regret only that I did not have my camera at the ready”

  1. Lottabot September 23, 2011 at 13:20 #

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: for an engineer you are a S.E.R.I.O.U.S light weight =)

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