Skim milk latte?
We don’t do that
OK, eggs florentine then. That’s with spinach, right?
Um usually yeah but we’re out of spinach
OK, without the spinach then. Are soy lattes any good?
Another latte, then, but this time without caffeine, please
Oh, do you not do decaf?
Well, yeah, we “do” (makes air quotes with fingers) it,
but I just don’t know if we “have” any
No spinach, no decaf … how about herbal tea?
I don’t know if we “have” that either. I can check.
No thank you. Never mind. Just water, please.
So anyway, as I was saying, personal transformation is not always a poem.
One man’s therapy is not necessarily another man’s sonnet.
I agree totally, but some people seem to think they have to incorporate
every fucking little breakthrough they have with their shrink
into a piece of performance art. I have gossip.
J is sleeping with K.
I already knew that.
Yes, but did you know that K use to be with Q?
No! But i knew that T and S just had a three-some with D.
D? When did D get back?
From where? I didn’t even know that D was away.
Oh, yeah, you know, that annual Spa and Stanza retreat at Papyrus Hills. Somehow she always manages to lose 20 pounds of cellulite and gain 30 pages of manuscript.
I hate that about her.
Yeah, it’s incredibly annoying to those of us with perpetual writers’ block.
How are the bennies?
Good, but they would be better with spinach.
Yeah. How’s the latte?
Fine but I think I should’ve gotten the skim.
But they don’t “do” skim, remember. Like, they have some kind of conscientious objection to a skim milk latte. They’re “anti-skim.”
You’d think that if they object to skim they’d have a similar moral objection to decaf.
Well, yeah, of course. I mean, of the two, which is the most obscene?
They’re both an abomination, if you ask me. What’s the point of the special coffee if you’re going to remove the caffeine and de-fat the milk? Why bother?
I agree totally. And eggs florentine without spinach — well that’s just bad breakfast karma.
It’s kind of cold here, you know. By the door.
Yeah, but this is a great bagel. What is this fruit that they’ve used as a garnish?
Damned if I know … some kind of a pumpkin-lemon cross? Weird.
Maybe a cumquat sort of thingy…
More coffee, ladies?
Um, no thanks. Just the bill.