Coffee Spills

What I hear and see and think about at the coffee shops I patronize.
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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Coffee May Reduce Risk for CV Disease in Women

This is "Coffee 'n Cream" where I'm having my morning coffee this holiday week-end. It opens at 6 a.m. so I don't have to leave Lakeside.

"Coffee consumption in postmenopausal women is associated with a U-shaped mortality curve with lowest mortality in women consuming 1 to 3 cups of coffee daily and the highest mortality in those who drink no coffee.

An inverse association is seen between coffee intake and non–cardiovascular disease inflammatory disease in postmenopausal women, but no association is seen with cancer and injury deaths."

Reported in the May issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

New coffee shop

"Opening soon" on Rt. 23, the "Big Foot Coffee Co. in a log cabin. Saw it on the way to the Lake today.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Breakfast with the kids

One of the coffee shops I go to occasionally is close to the high school, a middle school and two elementary schools, so it is not unusual to find me next to parents and kids (the tables are close). A very tall attractive, middle-aged dad and his beautiful tall teen daughter whose short shirt didn't meet her low rider jeans sat down next to me.

He immediately began to describe what was happening to his father (her grandfather, I assumed) and although the room was noisy, it sounded like cancer.

"Don't talk to me about it when I'm eating," she snapped.

Silence. And bagel munching.

He started again, this time describing the room his dad was in, obviously wanting very much to talk about his father.

Then his voice cracked and he seemed to be trying to give her some advice, suggesting and starting over several times, but he was stuffing so much in his mouth it was very muffled. I think it was on how to take a test. He told her to keep going even if it was hard, repeating again that he'd always given up.

Yes, I thought he'd given up too easy on the other topic.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Remembering Lady

I saw a beautiful Dalmatian tied outside Caribou this morning. Made me think of Lady, my dog of 50+ years ago. Except Lady was black with white spots and this one was white with black spots, and was a male dog. And bigger. But otherwise, just the same.

Friday, May 12, 2006

What I wouldn't do for a cup of coffee

I saw a woman running in the rain--her white poncho blowing in the wind. I watched her while I was parking at Panera's. Then I saw her running back. She got to the counter before I did. She had a 15 cent coupon. I'd have to be really desperate to run through the rain to go back to the car to get a coupon.