Monday, November 19, 2007


I am sitting in the only seating area--one booth all by itself--on the entire left side of the cafe. My laptop is in front of me, I am sipping coffee, and I am in my own world writing. I am one of perhaps four people in the cafe--each of us spread out around the room.

Three men pass by and stop directly beside my booth. They are standing next to me having an animated conversation about something. None of them notices me.

After several minutes, I look up. They do not look down. Finally, I ask if they would mind moving. I smile and point to my laptop.

They are polite and accomodating. As they inch past me, one of the men says, "Oh, you must be working with numbers".

I smile again. "No, I am writing".

"Huh?" They look at me with less understanding, wondering why then I have asked them to move.

Only a guy would assume it's about working with numbers. A woman, I wisely believe, would simply know better.....



  1. I'm really wondering why they assumed you were working with numbers. That just seems like a weird comment to me. Most would assume that their conversation right in front of you would be distracting, even if you were just playing a game of solitaire. :D

  2. I'm confused too but remember we do live on different planets and manners don't often apply these days ...

  3. Are you sure you weren't working with numbers?

    And then I arrived! Ha ha!

  4. Aren't you an accountant KJ?

    Were you writing a letter to me?

  5. Just found this little jewel. Look forward to exploring all the shiney facets.

    Peace and fun

  6. Anyway, the gentlemen were polite and that is good :-)

  7. Snicker. :) Eli will look at me sometimes when I'm completely lost in thought and say, "You're writing, aren't you?" I guess he knows that this brain doesn't do numbers.

  8. So...numbers aren't written? Or you don't write numbers?..
    I (myself) do not have a head fro numbers at all, so I don't write them either...:)

  9. So you write in a café, cool I think. Well, at least they tried to understand :-)

  10. Isn't it funny how people need to work out what we are doing and whether or not that said activity is worthy? Ah well, at least they moved.

  11. I don't get the relevance of the remark "working with numbers".
    I mean: if you are working with numbers or just writing someting, what is the difference?