Cafe Concerto

We wanted to go somewhere special for a ‘date night’ and chose Cafe Concerto, which happens to be right down the street.

The decor has some nice touches, and it’s easily one of the fanciest places in town, but that’s saying very little here. Our food was quite good: well-prepared, flavorful, hot, and the right amount to leave just enough room for the tiramisu and the complimentary digestiv (homemade limoncello and cream). The plating was a bit plain, which was a little bit of a surprise, but maybe I’m too used to Italian places that slather everything with sauce, then dump lots of parsley and grated parm.

If you put Cafe Concerto in any big mainland city, it would feel very modest, but I think the … Read the rest

A Tin Can

I was reduced to crawling through the dirt. My legs and back were done. On the upside, being near the ground meant I could better see any movement among the leaves and trash. Movement meant something living, and that meant food.

I inched along toward a wooded area and my hope grew as I neared a rotting log. I struggled to flip it and saw dozens of larvae and some larger bugs scurrying around. I gleefully reached in and got a fistfull of rotting wood and grubs and picked out the larvae one by one with my lips, as though kissing them. I didn’t chew – just let them slide down my throat.

This was the biggest meal I had had in days, but I suddenly … Read the rest

Aloha Dispatch Month 3

I don’t know anyone’s surname here, and I don’t think they know mine. Things operate on a first-name basis

Too many modern baby names are titles of jobs at renaissance fairs:
fletcher, cooper, mason, archer, tanner

One of the (numerous) advantages of “having” to take the bub to the beach every day is that my feet haven’t been this healthy in years if nogt decades. The salt water and sand exfoliation have made them look and feel better than I can remember.

Another advantage is that watching the surf wash in and move sand around is a great focus for musing over life’s questions.
Today’s conclusion is that The Butterfly Effect is hogwash.
The concept (first conceived, or at least written down, by Edward … Read the rest

A Darker Horse

The speaker crackles and a voice says, “Hello Finn. Apologies for the circumstances. You understand how privacy is paramount. Your past assignments have shown you have the skill to erase digital histories and now I need you to erase some… for me. This job will require more… delicacy. I’m prepared to triple your rate.”

Finn smiles. “I’m all yours.”

Big Eddie finishes a call with his wife and waves Henry in. “Everything changes when you have kids. So… A very private individual we’ve worked with before asked for you. Said you were discreet.”

“I never…”

Eddie gives an address and another for the dropoff point.

“Don’t write it down. Remember it. They’re paranoid; I don’t care. It’s not my job to care. In fact, it’s … Read the rest