Sunday, December 25, 2011

mill mountain blend

Where did you spend the most time?

I sat in a a fair number of airplane seats this year, but probably spent more time in the driver's seat of my own little Civic driving up and down the East Coast again and again. The stretch of I-81 between Roanoke and Winchester has been especially well-trodden, but what a gorgeous piece of road to spend a few hours on - mountains upon mountains.

I also spent quite a bit of time in my own little apartment on North Broad Street in Salem this year - ensconced in JoJo's old rocker by the front window working and writing or skyping and reading, but my favorite spot is this one - the tiny table at Mill Mountain right by the front window, with a cup of good coffee and readily available internet with which to do work or write assignments or just catch up on the news of the world, all while the regulars - crazy Charlie and his chess companions, the little old man in coveralls dragging his red wagon down the street every morning for his cup of joe, the nasally complaining woman who brings a new friend every week with whom to whine, and the Jack Black wannabe barista singing and dancing people's sandwiches to their tables - provide comforting background chatter.

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