Coffee Shop Thoughts

In the dearth of free time I have lately, here’s a throwback to a post that I wrote during college (but never published). It’s dated 09.26.09, but I remember the events like I remember slogging through traffic only thirteen hours earlier today.

As for the tea and donut photo, that’s actually about a week or two old. Enjoy this walk down memory lane, as well as a glimpse into my self-righteous indignation!

Coffee Shop Thoughts

While I wait for my video to upload, I think I’ll offer some thoughts on the D&M Coffee Co. I did a little research before visiting (so I could speak with authority, as well as find the place). D&M has three locations in Ellensburg: two along 3rd Ave, and one farther south along Main Street.

I’m at the 3rd Ave shop that intersects with Pine Street. It’s not much to look at from the outside, but inside there’s a lot more space. It’s got a sort of 50s diner feel to it, resplendent with barstools and a brick wall. Perhaps it’s only a reflection of what I imagine the 50s were like (and I owe much of that to the movies). In any event, it’s a nice place apart from the flies. Quite a few are buzzing around at the moment. One landed on my laptop. I suppose it’s part of the charm.

It’s weird, but I find myself stepping into the stereotype of a cash-strapped college guy hanging out in coffee shops, stealing wi-fi and sipping lattes. I own an Apple computer, so I’ve already got the “tech snob” thing going for me; coupled with my messy, wind-blown hair and plaid shirt, all I need is a pair of tattered, expensive designer jeans and black, thick-rimmed glasses. Darn, I shouldn’t have shaved this morning. Ironically, I’m not an elitist in my computer preferences; I’m not a connoisseur of coffee; and I don’t buy new clothes that look like they were passed up by Goodwill. The only holes I want in my clothes are the kind you put your limbs through.

So back to D&M coffee. I asked the barista what I should try, and she recommended a caramel latte. So that’s what I’m drinking. Its velvety-smooth texture and richness reminds me of a frappuccino, but it’s bursting with flavor instead of just sugar. It’s probably the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had. But then again, it’s a latte, so that’s different, right? I don’t know. In any event, it’s good. Probably not affordable in the long run, considering what I paid for their smallest drink, but I don’t want to feel guilty about stealing their wi-fi. It’s free, technically, but if I don’t support the establishment with a purchase…

My video is still uploading to YouTube. I wish my YouTube videos were synched with my Facebook videos, because I’m about eight or nine behind. That’s a lot, especially when you’ve got the kind of internet connection I do. Hah! Connection. It’s more like tin cans and a string, or worse—the United States Postal Service. Which I’m still miffed about. If they can send my envelope back through the mail, why can’t they send it where it was supposed to go in the first place? So yeah, I hate the post office. And I dislike banks, too. Both establishments have attitudes. Libraries, especially. And there’s not much you can do if you need their services. You just have to grin and bear it, accepting sub-human treatment. I guess that’s one of the reasons I do as many things myself as possible. It may take more time, but you’re not at the mercy of people who just don’t care.

The video is almost finished. A noisy bunch of freshmen just decided to crash the place. The guys of the group are spewing bits of wisdom and making jokes. One guy just ordered a girl to get him a straw; she complied, and he told her she’d make a great dog. Not a dog trainer mind you, but a dog. He clarified. Now there’s a good friendship! The ringleader of the group is a qualified jerk. He debases his so-called friends no matter what they do. The girls must be hurting for good company. Would they even know it if they saw it? And if they did, would they care? Anyone who shows the slightest gesture of chivalry must want something in return. At least the jerks don’t pretend to be nice; you know what you’re getting with that kind of scum.

So yeah, D&M has a little bit of everything. Thirty seconds left for the video. When it’s done, so am I. Hah! The kids are leaving—going to Goodwill! Now that’s funny… in a sad sort of way. On a more positive note, Bing Crosby often frequented the other 3rd Ave D&M when it was still called #2 Coffee Shop. He was a native of Spokane and enjoyed grabbing breakfast and a cup of coffee before fishing on the Yakima river. How cool is that? Yeah, I just read it online.

Well, the video’s done. Time to go. Adios!

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9 Discussion to this post

  1. C.A.T. says:

    If I were in that girl’s shoes and he called me a dog, I would have been tempted to say “You know what? You’d make a good fish.” and then dump his drink in his lap and leave. Not saying that would be the best option just would really be tempted. Though either way, I’d wouldn’t hang around that person very long.

    On a Biblical note, his actions remind me of Proverbs 17:13 where it says “Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.” Basically, it just doesn’t pay to be mean to those for are nice to you.

    • J. Sulzbach says:

      That would have been a great response. If I insult one of my friends, I do it for one of three reasons: 1) to help my friend take himself less seriously, 2) to make a gentle but sincere point about something more important, or 3) to return one insult for another.

      That last one is decidedly less Biblical.

      • C.A.T. says:

        That makes sense. I usually look at whether the person can take a bit of kidding or if they’re too sensative. If I don’t know a person very well then I will wait until I see how they feel about being teased.
        Read your latest post, congrats on getting a graphic artist position!
        Monk is a fun mystery series as well as Castle and Psych. My friends signed up for the 48 hour short film contest. They chose to do a crime drama, and I got to play the corpse. Never played someone non-living before. I must say it’s rather odd seeing a picture of oneself on the floor with three bullet holes in the back especially when people like it on Instagram. Anyways, have you heard of the 48 hour film contest and if so ever entered ?

        • J. Sulzbach says:

          In my family, teasing and insults are the order of the day (at least among the guys). But you’re right. It’s wise to observe someone’s limits, especially if it involves his or her appearance. My parents called me “hatchet head” when I was fourteen–I resented it then because I had decided to part my hair down the middle, but looking back at the terrible, terrible photos, I find the name mercifully kind.

          Psych is on my list of “been meaning to watch it for a while now” shows, and I’ve heard good things about Castle. A corpse, huh? I’m tempted to make some terrible puns, but I’ll keep a stiff upper lip. At least two of my friends have entered 48-hour film contests. I’ve helped with… one? Two of them? I can’t remember. We’re all pretty ashamed of things we’ve “acted” in. Right now, I’m trying to put a small film project together with another friend. It’s not for any special occasion, other than to have fun and challenge ourselves this summer.

  2. C.A.T. says:

    My family likes to tease me as well. Sometimes I think my Dad is trying to make up for the big brother I never had. He use to call me Boney Maroni years ago when I was stick thin.

    There’s a lot of great shows on Netflix that I could recommend watching, but then you might find most of your spare time has suddenly gone missing. It seems that Netflix and the game Phantom Hourglass have joined together to steal quite a bit of time from me recently. Going to now buckle down and get to work on some creative projects I’ve let slip. I have a dream of making a series for podcast, but haven’t written the script for it yet.

    So what kind of movie are you making?

    • J. Sulzbach says:

      I seem to recall my dad using the name Boney Maroni, too. That was for my sister. For me, Bone Man. Or RB, which was short for Razor Butt. Nice, huh?

      So you’re playing Phantom Hourglass? Earlier this year I buckled down and finally beat that game–right now I’m going through Spirit Tracks. Overall, I think PH was pretty satisfying, but ST feels so much more polished and more… Zelda-ish. Strange that it feels that way, since it involves trains, but it’s true.

      Ah, the movie! It’s a short film, probably about 40 minutes, and it’s a comedy-fantasy (heavier on the comedy, since we have no real budget for costumes or effects). We thought we were ready to shoot it last month, but scheduling and casting issues have pushed it back. Now I’m re-writing to shape the characters around the actors that are actually available. We hope to shoot through August and September, then put it together for a Christmas-time release on YouTube (after showing it to friends and family).

  3. C.A.T. says:

    Never heard of the nickname Razor Butt. Yeah, umm… nice. *cough* Though the nickname Bone Man is kind of cool. I’ll refrain from mentioning other nicknames I’ve gotten. Let’s just say family can be a very good source of humility at times.

    I saw a review for Spirit Tracks, and it looked like a great game to play. I have a few other Zelda games to play before I get to it though. I’ve got Link’s Awakening on my computer and then there’s Twilight Princess. I went to a Zelda concert in D.C. a couple weeks ago. It was Awesome! The concert was at an outdoor theater (partially covered) and featured the different games being played to the live symphony. The conductor even used a Wind Waker for the songs of that game. They shouldn’t have played the Song of Storms however, because it started to storm outside. Thankfully I was sitting under the sheltered part of the concert hall. Not so good for the people having picnics.

    There was also an Art of Video Games exhibit at the art museum in D.C. which was interesting as well. Different consoles going back to the 1970’s were setup up and people could push buttons and watch videos about the different games that were played on them. Of course, Mario and Link were the two who had the most games featured by Nintendo.

    Comedy- fantasy sounds like it would be a lot of fun for a movie. As far as costumes go have you thought about going to Goodwill or a consignment shop? My friends and I found some dresses we were able to turn into medieval costumes and wear to a Renaissance fair. My friend made a beautiful gown out of a bulky blue velvet dress and some extra fabric she had lying around. It was surprising what could be done in just a couple of days and all for less than twenty dollars. And if you can’t sew or know anyone who can, there are a lot of Halloween stores popping up with costumes. You’ll be spending money, but think of all the money you’ll save on candy after trick or treating. Right? Okay, maybe not. Anyways, best of luck on your movie!

    Speaking of movies and costumes, did you see the Dark Knight Rises? If you did then what did you think of it? Also what are your thoughts on the upcoming Superman movie?

    • J. Sulzbach says:

      Family and humility… yeah, those two are kind of inseparable.

      It’s great to meet another Zelda fan! Link’s Awakening was my first game in the series, and I first played it on my computer, too. Sort of. I couldn’t figure out the control scheme and never made it beyond the house you start in… but I eventually bought the Game Boy Color version and played it on my green Game Boy Pocket. That game pulled me in and made me a lifelong fan. Then, Ocarina of Time was released, and I became a certifiable Zelda nut.

      A Zelda concert would probably make me cry manly man tears. It’d be worth it, though.

      Costumes for the movie have been one of the biggest challenges, but we’ve done pretty much as you suggested: Goodwill and costume shops (brick stores as well as online). I found a great wizard’s staff in a park, took it home, sanded it, stained it, and now it’s beautiful. That was a fun hands-on experience. I must say though, the medieval costumes available for ladies are much better detailed than those for guys. I half wondered if I could convert a dress into a tunic or something.

      I did see the Dark Knight Rises a few weeks ago. As a kid, Superman was always my favorite hero, but Batman’s popularity earned him a bunch more cartoon shows, video games, and movies during my youth. He’s also admittedly cooler than Superman, but I prefer substance over style any day. All that to say: the movie wasn’t great. I liked it, but in the same way I liked Spider-Man 3… more for what the storytellers tried to do than what they actually accomplished.

      Man of Steel is certainly on my radar, but I can’t afford to get my hopes up. Call me old-fashioned, but Superman is supposed to wear red briefs over his tights. He just looks naked without them! Oh well. With any luck it will be a decent movie. Can’t be more disappointing than the last one, I suppose.

      • C.A.T. says:

        I have Ocarina of Time, but right now don’t have a N64 to play it on. Hopefully I’ll get to play it soon. Lately I’ve been hooked on Minecraft and making my own games in Flash.

        A good way to get a tunic might be just to have someone who sews make one for you. My friend is really into sewing, and she has a few of the Lord of the Rings type patterns with tunics and such. Also you could have it custom fitted for you that way.

        That’s really great that you were able to find a staff at the park! I’ve had a lot of fun over the years making costumes from things I’ve found like jewels for armor out of Christmas ornaments or painting things a different color to make them work with a costume. My friend and I made a red wig for an Anime character one time by straightening a clown wig, adding a braid, and spray painting it bright red. Believe it or not it actually came out rather well. The spray paint made the wig easy to style. Making costumes can be a challenge, but so fun at times!

        I used to love the Batman and Superman cartoons that would come on when I was younger. I’d also watch reruns of the old Superman show with George Reeves in it, and I’ve seen the movies with Christopher Reeve. And yeah, I was looking forward to a new Superman movie the last time and wondering What the heck?! by the end of it. Really hoping this one is better.

        Sorry my replies have been so sporadic seems the reply function on WordPress tends to glitch on my phone. I’ll send you an email with my Skype name, and if you want we can chat sometime.

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