coffee

unexplainable as reply to Something

Abraham Kim
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People couldn't stop talking about the  rain . They couldn't remember the last time it had rained this much. Not that it had rained everyday. But that it had rained every week. Was it ever like that before? Rain at least once a week? Hop Tsing thought about this as...

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welcome

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Entering the hackathon was exciting in itself. Andrew Cook sat toggling between two browser tabs. One his email where he re-read the welcome email . The other the event website . An hour passed with him toggling these two tabs. He was seated at a table in his favorite cafe...

just like the first time as reply to Different

Abraham Kim
Vietnamese coffee rain pho spring rolls
He began visiting the Vietnamese restaurant regularly. They had good pho ,  spring rolls , and skewered meats. The owner, when he'd given the kid his first meal for free had known what he was doing. Knew the kid would be return. Spend all his discretionary money on the satisfying,...

warm as reply to Soup

Abraham Kim
Vietnamese coffee belly broth
He went to pay for his discounted meal but was surprised. On the house, the owner said, his eyes closed, head down in a slight bow. He had even had a Vietnamese coffee after his meal. Why were they not making him pay.

"Please, let me pay."

"No it is okay. You...

a dumb man

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He was a dumb kid. That's what everyone said. Rocks for brains. And they were probably right. He'd given up on school by the time he was ten years old when his  report card started coming home with Ds and Cs rather than just Cs.

Not all of them, but several...

Westcity
some things take time

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When he came out to the living room finally after washing up she had a  coffee waiting for him. He gulped. She never made him coffee or tea. It was always him doing that. She must be upset about something.

This was the cost of being at fault. Having done something...

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The Bitter End

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I didn't drink  coffee until that  summer KJ and I became best friends. My entrance was not the usual morning pick-me-up.

Instead KJ and I, being underage and not knowing anyone who would buy booze for us, looked for some kind of social stimulation that resembled a bar. We really wished...

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the future

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When I was 16 my best friend was an 18 year old who lived two school districts away from me. Until that summer I had never thought it possible to have a best friend that was two years older. There had been childhood fantasies where I'd look up to someone...

Westcity
moving as a non young person

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He thought he could move in one day. He had always been able to move in one day before. This is not to say that he'd have his entire place unpacked, but everything from the truck would be unloaded into the new space.

This was the first time he couldn't empty...

Clarity as reply to Heat

Drew
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Today I started work early while writing and it was a nice way to start. No one in the lab, a cup of coffee . Lately I have been writing a lot about clarity , and I feel like in professional life that is the reason I have been writing....

Weekend

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On Saturday, I started a 12-hour paramedic shift. As I walked into the standby room, I encountered an emergency doctor I hadn't seen in a while. Right after breakfast, we were called to our first trip, so I couldn't talk much to him, but later on, we got to play...

Abe's Blog
Compression

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Stories and memories get condensed. Like Jake might say he's going out with Mike for a  beer when in fact there was a lot more they did than just get a beer. But we can communicate with each other by saying these symbolic meanings.

Went out for a beer.

The person we...

Flash Fiction Practice
Greco in the Night II -- the diner

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It was late. The time a healthy person wouldn't eat. Let alone be awake. But he had slept all day and had nothing more than two slices of toast with peanut butter rubbed onto them. As soon as he stepped out into the thick summer air the scent of alcoholics'...

PO Box 915
too tired to fall asleep as reply to Mysteries never end

Abraham Kim
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He returned to the apartment while it was still somewhat dark. Morning was just around the corner. The birdsong s scattered the noise into the air, and anxiety into him. An excitement. He wasn't even replaying the sensual scenes back in his mind. Instead he was replaying an idea of...

PO Box 915
in the center as reply to Uncertain about her role

Abraham Kim
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Outside a service access backdoor stood Justine holding a cigarette , her upper back leaned against the brick wall. All felt calm, honking and engines floated peacefully, muffled through the large alleyway between the Historic Center and the National Hotel.

The ordinary urban alley had a bad association. With trash inappropriately...

PO Box 915
it would continue as reply to Large toothy smile

Abraham Kim
coffee
When he called, Jasmine knew it was bad news.

She had not responded to him since the night he was over. That strange night. With the blue package. And that awful, unexplainable, humming.

She had said nothing about it and neither did PT. She hoped that it would make it seem less...

Solo Echo Practice
no rumination required

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There was a man who loved coffee so much

he drank three, four, sometimes five cups a day.



He would feel his day unworthwhile,

when that buzz of caffeine not bubbling within.



When the chemical was not driving his engine,

all the information on the websites and books

would suddenly feel so uninteresting.



One day he no...

PO Box 915
lies as reply to Going out

Abraham Kim
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"Mom! Mom! Wake up!"

The day struck her on top of the head. Sleep threw her off the soft bed and onto a concrete floor. 

"Mommmmmmmm."

She used to sleep in all the time. She didn't begin waking up early for the sake of Cameron, although that was one benefit. Instead Victoria...

PO Box 915
gravity as reply to Johnny Timberland

Abraham Kim
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His stomach sank. He thought once more, this trip is going terribly. He was sweating under his winter  coat . He took it off and the wind made him shiver. He looked around trying to spot his bike. Filled with determination, he started to walk the perimeter of the entire ...

PO Box 915
ruffled as reply to Morning

Abraham Kim
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He already felt it. He didn't want it to be true, but it still excited him. He couldn't focus on his work. He couldn't focus because he felt it was true.

After the mysterious lady left he had tried buckling down on his laptop and get back to answering emails and...

A Coffee

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We arrived I think tired the weather was worse than expected especially for a beach. The water tossed and turned and the waves brought sea weed in piles so big that you would have cross it like a small gate in a field. Around the wind moved sand into your...

Flash Fiction Practice
SSD as reply to The great reveal

Abraham Kim
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He hadn't been to SSD since he got his puppy. But before that he used to spend all his free time, weekday or weekend s, at the SSD. He liked the first S the best. It stood for  shooting range . It was not that he found pleasure in shooting...

Abe's Blog
Simple

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I was thinking of an app Taylor Otwell espouses.

Todoist .

Very simple, and that got me thinking while I was making today's coffee about simple.

A to-do list is considered one of the simplest user interfaces, so much so that people akin it to basket weaving of programming. This perception of...

Westcity
Untitled Shared at Mar 24, 2022

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When he found out he had to stay on campus for  winter break he imagined he'd be alone in a ghost town. He was a little bit disappointed when he found there were in fact people walking around, driving around, and that most of the businesses were open. Sure there...

Abe's Blog
Thoughts about my favorite college cafe

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Almost everyday, my favorite cafe in college drew a crowd. The only days it'd lay bare were holidays when almost all the students went home. Besides that it was a squeeze, and I'd often have to share a table with a 'stranger' during peak hours.

I did my work at the...

Flash Fiction Practice
Wrinkle

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They lived in a wrinkle of  history . Where there was peace for just a bit. But then it was back to the script.

They bought  coffee and walked around big cities wearing photographer's pants, and the only thing they needed to worry about was stocking 12 grand a year into...

Flash Fiction Practice
Old man tries to keep up with young Alex

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His  apprentice excited him, but made him feel a little bit uncomfortable.

Each morning he'd go downstairs to see young Alex already eager to tackle the day. He wasn't sure what his apprentice's morning routine consisted of but he was sure that there was some intense  exercise there and some  notebooking...

Flash Fiction Practice
Outage

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When he entered the  cafe , it was shadowed. Not dark, the  sun 's light made its way, filtered, to the main area where people were seated.

People were conversing, in hushed tones, now that the music was off. The person at the counter couldn't buy their coffee . The  barista...

Westcity
In the back of the cafe

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In the back of the cafe there is a space that has been my favorite place to write.

Only thing is that it is hardly ever open. Still the cafe is my favorite haunt. I'll go there for a cup of coffee and sit around sipping it in the thick, white...

Westcity
Real designer

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I am excited about going to the  coworking space today.

Last night I've washed my hair so that I could wear it down rather than tied up like I usually do.

I wonder if Derick will be there. We talked once at an event for designers called Design Donut Day. But since...

Flash Fiction Practice
Spot

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In college, happiness never felt more than a coffee away.

No matter how anxious or glum the day, he knew that if he were to sit down at a cafe , order a  coffee and people watch for a couple hours he would be back to his regular old self again....

Westcity
Circle Park

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There's an imprisoning feeling that comes with the American car culture, although I bet when cars were becoming a mainstay of life, it was all about  freedom .

Drive whenever, wherever you want. Don't get stuck in crowds and be chained to public transit's timetables.

Because driving has been the default travel...

Iced coffee with almond milk

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I become addicted maybe for a week maybe for a month to a specific food item. It is usually small like a coffee  from a specific place or a yogurt drink that was on sale. 

Sometimes this makes me worried I am just in their demographic and the advertisements are...

Flash Fiction Practice
Andes Blue

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The first time I saw Patagonia was when I got to college. Back during high school my small town the cool kids wore The North Face .

There was a store specializing in outdoors' apparel on the main shopping strip bordering the northern edge of campus . I'd pass by...

X Series [1]
A curious customer

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You asked about the  Final Friday party, just like so many other customers.

But your question felt heavier, like I could feel your curiosity.

There's nothing wrong with customers asking about an upcoming party for the sake of being nice. I don't mind. Most barista - customer chatter is this anyway: Small...

Abe's Blog
The #1 writing app

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Each morning I wake up and face the page .

The next blank sheet on my notebook.

Using pen, I ink thoughts and feelings onto paper with no expectations of turning it into anything.

Not trying to plot a story. Not trying to develop a character. Definitely not trying to brainstorm a product...

Shark Swim
IV, V

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IV This would be a boring story if it were just of me running a software consultancy and hanging out with my startup founder friend for  coffee here and there. That is not what this story is about. Today I'm no longer involved with that old devshop. My partner and...

X Series [0]
VII

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As he grew older he found it harder to recognize people. He still could recognize everyone, but there was a time in high school when he couldn't imagine not being able to see and old classmate and knowing it was them right away. Even if they were to meet in ...

X Series [0]
IV

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She thought she might be able to be a  barista forever. So long as she owned the cafes one day. Making 12 bucks an hour plus tips was just not going to cut it for the rest of her life.

The people and their tips were nice. They meant well, but...

X Series [0]
II

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In front of the cafe they were greeted by Imogen Howe who was standing outside as if waiting for them old school style like people used to for someone at the train station before smartphones and gps .

Jake Raynor didn't know how to approach the greeting. He didn't actually...

Flash Fiction Practice
Untitled Shared at Dec 28, 2021

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So nice to see you, Jean greeted me with a hug.

After our pleasantries and a moment of silence where the both of us looked outside at the gentle snow fall she asked me something. Something real. Definitely the first real statement of our conversation.

I'm surprised to learn you're in  Westcity...

Flash Fiction Practice
Untitled Shared at Dec 24, 2021

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email is a great method of communication. You send off your message and you kind of forget about it. No waiting around to see if the other person checks it and replies right away. You just go about your day.

At least that's how I use it. Maybe you do sit...

Flash Fiction Practice
The Bill Collector II

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Jobs were simpler back then. No high resolution tracking  software . No way for the supervisor to see very little break you took.

This didn't mean he slacked off. Though people these days might call it that. But in his head he didn't.

He made every stop promptly and maintained a brisk...

Flash Fiction Practice
Driving

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During their drives, he spoke and she listened. It made sense this way. 

She never found ideas arise from within her. Sometimes he'd share something about himself, something sincere, and she would suddenly feel an urge to share something about herself. 

When she asked things about him she would reveal...

Flash Fiction Practice
Heavy

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He spent much of his afternoons on walks.

Around campus and along the main strip. The early part of the day when he could nurse a coffee were his favorite part. Once the sun started going down feelings grew heavier within him. Have to find someplace that he can call... he...
A Barszcz Recipe
Ah the grand old original feature "lens" 

What do you like about the dark, 
dealingwith
?

See this is a key attribute about reading -- and any other activity -- that we often overlook. Often times the coffee is not just about the 
coffee
. There's that walk to that cafe. That talk with the 
barista
. The sights of the trees swaying in the winds all brightly hitting the back of your retina as your feet move. 

Interestingly if I ever had an intern who brought me coffee I'd tell them to drink it themselves, I'm going to get myself my own coffee.
Abraham Kim

Flash Fiction Practice
The Bill Collector I

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First job out of college was for the national gas company. Went around reading people's meters and making sure we collected the right amount of money. Most people did pay the right amount, but you always ran into some troublemakers.

Even these troublemakers weren't that bad. You just had to catch...

Abe's Blog
Water -> Blood -> Urine

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For all our drinking and cooking, we use reverse-osmosis   water . We get this through three three gallon refillable jugs that we take to our little grocery store. Most times we only refill two jugs at a time. Some days it's one. Rarely it's all three. But most times a...

Abe's Blog
The 4th Decade

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30s are tough from a lot of my reading. A lot of significant events tend to happen then. The one that becomes stressful is that you are expected to make very long term decisions. Like a partner, career, house and maybe even legacy :). 
...

Flash Fiction Practice
October's Formal - 2

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When I arrived at the cafe , my mystery date wasn't there. I mean maybe she was, but she never approached me. I stood around flipping between checking my phone and examining the guests, until eventually I grew anxious about loitering in the cafe without buying anything. It didn't look...

Flash Fiction Practice
Rooibos

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They bonded over rooibos tea. In college it would've been late night coffee or beer , but by this time, they were more responsible. So uncaffeinated rooibos it was.

The sun set early in that time they first met: transition into late autumn. Even though the days would become shorter in...

Flash Fiction Practice
A day at the cafe

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"Jean. aren't you supposed to be in class?"

She hadn't expected to run into anyone, but she wasn't displeased by the encounter. She had decided to take the entire day off and instead spend it at the cafe doing nothing at all, besides for drinking large volumes of coffee and  rooibos...

Flash Fiction Practice
Black Blood

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She sat there sipping black coffee , so much of it that she wondered if it would turn her blood black. Black blood was a thing. She read about it in a Jo Nesbo novel. If you stabbed someone in the liver you would watch the blood pour out black.

Apparently...

Flash Fiction Practice
Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey had an office in a building I helped manage right out of college. His was one half of the third story to an unassuming brick building in a quieter, yet still urban part of Westcity . It was one of those neighborhood urban spots rather than the main...

Flash Fiction Practice
Crooked Schedules - 3

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"Hello, Jake."

It was Riley from back in the day. We'd both lived in Williams Hall, and we'd often go eat and try to study together. After moving off campus it got hard trying to see each other, and I guess we just found our own ways. 

"So you're living off...

Flash Fiction Practice
Crooked Schedules - 2

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The next morning I went to the cafe just like I did every Wednesday around 9AM. The music was cafe-smooth Norah Jones . I ordered a black cup of house roast coffee , just like I always did when Norah was playing. Something about her made me enjoy that dark...

Flash Fiction Practice
Crooked Schedules - 1

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In wintertime I saw a woman in her 50s more often than not anytime I went to the cafe. Besides Sundays, I went everyday so she noticed me as well. Go to the cafe that often and you begin recognizing who comes regularly. Begin to notice out of those regulars...

Flash Fiction Practice
White Lips. Pale Face

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One winter afternoon he got on the wrong bus on the way home from the field trip downtown. At first he thought he was in big trouble, but the teachers didn't notice. And to his surprise he enjoyed talking with the kid in front of him who had his head...

Fiction Snippets
1

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Jeannie Hammond thought of the perfect way to spend her day off. And she did something else.

There was a doner truck that sold the best kebab in Berlin two corners away from his apartment. He went and got a loaf of bread from a Kaiser mart instead. 

She came home...

Flash Fiction Practice
Big Red

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I hadn't spoken with him since college. I managed to graduate while he dropped out. This didn't seem to matter though, seeing as how he drove to our lunch in a slick Audi .

"Nice ride, am I right?"

"Yeah for sure."

Although we hadn't spoken in a decade we caught up real...

I found the Diaries of Greco
Buk

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I spent the first few weeks of that job reading  Bukowski . Besides for Post Office, I read all of his books. His stories fit in with this job, because I felt like I was having one over on 'the man', and this was exactly what Buk valued. Living on...

Jeannie Hammond
Anybody interesting has their String Story

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Lately I've been hearing a lot this quote from Sam Harris: you might have done something for the last time today. We go through our lives thinking we have endless horizons. That we will have yet another shot at everything. But this isn't true. Sometimes you tell a friend goodbye,...
Missed a Day
BTW I remember you saying that you would think it's cool to have notetaking features.

If you're using a 
Google Chrome
based browser like chrome -- obviously -- or 
Brave Browser
, then you can use the characters [[ to invoke 'topics'. For example I've written a lot about 
coffee
 as a topic. You can click any of these topics and see the linked posts/coments.
Abraham Kim
Some Kind Of Way
This is a good fucking stream of thoughts and ideas that had me guessing and imagining the entire time.

Probably my favorite post about
coffee
here. And I love coffee
Abraham Kim

Echo and Narcissus Writing Club
Lunch -- Play, Perspective, and Narrative Voice Assignment

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The error is nested so deep within the stack trace he feels cortisol flood out from his capillaries. After a few seconds of leg shaking he shuts down the laptop, shoves it into his messenger bag, and escapes.

Outside he is cast Instagram Blue. Bad day for perfect weather he thinks...