Daily Archives: September 21, 2010

Coffeehouse observation No. 205

Went into Exotic Java earlier and one of the owners was on the phone with the manufacturer of the new espresso machine. Apparently, efforts to repair it have been thwarted because the manufacturer continues to send the wrong parts.

Me: “Well, do you have enough parts to make a new machine?”

Barista: “Almost.”

I still was able to receive my Red Eye so I was fine.

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Portland to host waterfront conference | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Portland to host waterfront conference | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine housing data: A tale of two markets | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine housing data: A tale of two markets | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Pieces of Maine will turn up just about anywhere

I’m sitting in the Troke Branch Library in Stockton, Calif., using the WiFi for the continuing job search. A guy and a woman just sat down at a nearby table and he is wearing a Bar Harbor sweatshirt. It makes me homesick. Pieces of home turn up just about anywhere.

If he and the woman weren’t in a rather involved conversation, I’d ask to take a photo and post it.

There was another time not long after I first moved to California that I was wearing a T-shirt from an ice cream shop – I forget the name but I believe it was in Saco and the shop was in a railroad Cushman car. The T-shirt had an image of the railroad car and I was wearing it while hiking with friends in the redwoods. A passing hiker said, “Hey, I’ve had ice cream there!”

See, pieces of home turn up just about anywhere.

Award-winning tourism photo | Bangor Daily News

Award-winning tourism photo | Bangor Daily News

Check out the winning photo for the Aroostook County Tourism summer photo contest. Follow this link to the Bangor Daily News or to the Aroostook County Tourism website. The photo is very nearly Rockwellesque.

The scenic views category winner took a shot of Portage Lake at sunset. It’s just as I remember it growing up! I’m guessing from the angle that it was shot from the south or southeast corner of the lake not too far from the public beach, but I could be wrong. It is unfortunate that the Aroostook County Tourism website does not allow for a larger version of the photos.