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on the water.

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beautiful and  enlightening experience

kayaking through detroit’s canals

that i never knew existed

with detroit river sports

then paddling into the detroit river

bounded on either side by the united states and canada

learning history and tales of

bootlegging, river islands, mansions, auto barons, inventors, and boatmen

finishing with a lovely relaxed dinner

canal side

at coriander kitchen and farm

fresh farm to table fare

all in the heart of the city.

“if there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

-loren eiseley

“those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”-jmb

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a call came from a director

who had worked with my grandson

on an entertainment project

he and his crew were in town

to shoot a pilot for a new show

the idea is to surprise someone

but instead of pranking them

it’s focus is on thanking them

he was looking for locals to help with the show

those who know ‘afternoon delight’

a local breakfast/lunch spot

not fancy, with great food

an unchanged part of this town for many years

the surprise was to be for walter

a local, humble, and very deserving gentleman

who has worked there for 40+ years and refuses to retire

he lives without a phone

(the farmers at the market let him use theirs when he needs one)

he lives without a car

(the local pedi-cab guy gives him rides to work and whenever he needs one)

he’s never been on a plane or boat

he lives alone with his many plants

his family is the restaurant crew and all who pass through the doors

he shows up every single day, works hard, and is unfailingly kind to everyone

but his presence is so much more than that

he has touched so many lives over the years and in so many ways

after keeping walter at home a bit longer than usual

 worrying about being needed at work

everything was finally ready

the moment he walked in

he looked teary

saying, “i can’t believe my eyes”

with the sweetest smile

he thanked everyone for coming

and was told

“walter, we are here to thank you!”

for impacting the town and the people

he had a chance to talk to every person

as we each presented him with a plant and our story

he had walked one down the aisle

when she was a waitress there and didn’t have a father

the pedi-cab driver had worked there too

some had worked with him for many years

or had been coming in for many years

and one after another

each person thanked him

multiple generations had eaten there

and he listened and he smiled and he thanked them

for being such an important part of his life

 when he sat in the booth that now has his name on it forever

he told his stories

how things had changed over the years but stayed the same

how life had been hard at times but was so thankful for everything

when he first started it was bob dylan and joan baez stopping by after a concert

 each era brought new music and new people

along with people who continued to come in over and over

bringing children and grandchildren

while the food is very good

walter is what makes the difference

why people keep coming

as we said our goodbyes

walter climbed into the pedi-cab,

now with bubbles flowing, music playing, for a ride around town

his town

to celebrate his special day

before coming back to his other home

the restaurant

as i walked back to my car

someone saw my t-shirt

stopped his car and asked:

“is that for walter from afternoon delight?”

when i said it was

he told me he owns a nearby deli

 whenever he sees walter making his way down the street

he makes walter’s favorite sandwich for him

walter is a treasured family member to everyone lucky enough to meet him.

“there is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.

we sometimes lose sight of this…

then suddenly the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people,

who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”

-sir richard attenborough

we’re gonna’ need a bigger booth.

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when meeting my friend for lunch

we decided to eat on the light side

 share some apps

not knowing

the ‘apps’ were giants

no small plates action going on here

math is not really my favorite thing

but just by looking at it

 it was clear

we had grossly underestimated

the sheer size of things

 quickly and accurately assessing

that

we were in trouble.

“never order food in excess of your body weight.”

-erma bombeck

playing the odds, you win some……

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(supposed to be here)

back in the day

when i was a waitress

going to school

training to be in the travel industry

i was on call for my restaurant in michigan

but i also had to be at an airline travel class in dallas

my restaurant had very recently said

absolutely no more days off for anyone

too many people were calling in sick or with excuses

so

according to my optimistic rationalization style math and logic

knowing the staff

having no other plan

odds were 50/50 at best

 i said nothing to my restaurant

crossed my fingers

flew to dallas

made the fateful call-in from the lone star state

 amazingly

the staff had all shown up that day

for the win!

p.s. don’t try this if you are a doctor

(actually was here)

 

“never tell me the odds.”

-han solo

 

 

daily specials.

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(not my breakfast, but how i imagine it to look if i had ordered the daily specials)

how fun to discover

that one of my favorite breakfast places

has changed up their menu a bit

(maybe now that the students are back on campus?)

adding 11 ‘breakfast beers’

and a daily special of 

cake and ice cream

“celebrate everyday like your birthday!”

what’s not to celebrate?

“i discovered a meal between breakfast and brunch.”

  • -homer

 

 

 

avalon bakery and cafe, ann arbor, mi, usa

late summer 2020

 

tiki.

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lucky way to spend an afternoon

having a bookclub meeting with no book

in a tiki bar/restaurant

so many things to see and try

and of course

the ever popular

‘steak ala steak’ and ‘fun noodles’

were options on the bingo card menu

what’s not to love?

“if you are lucky enough to be at the TIKI bar you are lucky enough.”

-author unknown

mexican fortune.

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went out on taco tuesday 

for a

family fiesta

all tacos were just one dollar

and

when we got the menu

we saw

the new ‘surprise filling’ option

kind of scary and intriguing at the same time

we asked our server as instructed

“what’s it going to be today?”

but

alas

it wasn’t available

they ran out of it

must have been very popular

but

couldn’t they have

just combined things

and

made one up?

how would we know the difference?

raisins, mashed potatoes, and green jello?

or

watermelon rinds, blue cheese, and kit-kat bars?

or

whatever they found in the kitchen?

if there were mexican fortune cookies

i expect that mine would have read:


“expect nothing. live frugally on surprise.”

-alice walker

life is like a restaurant: you walk in, hopefully find good food and good company, and walk back out. – taylor vernon ryan

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kindergarten restaurant

is open

and

in full swing

everyone is welcome

come eat

come work

come sit a spell

order anything

that suits your fancy

pay what you can

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 the folks here are always very friendly.

you don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. – paul prudhomme

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eating dinner out with baby j

is always

a culinary adventure

of

the highest order

part of the meal

is often spent

below the table

and then

the appearance

of a tiny, pudgy hand

reminds me

of why

we are here

sharing

our food

and

our space.