I should be in a hot tub overlooking the Chesapeake right now. But like President Obama, I too have cut my vacation short in order to prepare for the onslaught of Hurricane Irene. So far, I’ve closed a few windows and had a chai latte. I also spent five hours “evacuating” from the Eastern Shore yesterday and helped a neighbor navigate his sail boat from one slip in the marina to another, from which it will be hoisted out of the river for safe keeping.
I was supposed to spend an entire week relaxing before the start of the school year (which happens to coincide with the debut of Too Darn Hot, the all-women, all-tap revue I’m co-producing for the Philly Fringe) but after three and a half days in the middle of nowhere, I discovered that I’m not all that good at relaxing.
Even with a hot tub and my parent’s liquor cabinet at my disposal.
So I’m back in Philadelphia, for better or worse, and since I’m up early, I figured I’d beat the hipsters to my favorite vegan coffee shop, Grindcore House. I’m not vegan, but Grindcore’s whole wheat everything bagels with sundried tomato cream cheese are to die for. Of course I’m attempting to lose five pounds before the show (yeah right) so I had a healthy breakfast before leaving the house and am drinking my chai latte in lieu of a bagel (because frothy lattes are totally the thing to drink when you’re counting calories).
So far, I’ve only spotted two hipsters. I hate hipsters in coffee shops almost as much as I hate Queen Village brats in coffee shops. They order one drink for five people, annex as many tables as possible and sit around talking anarchy and unemployment all afternoon.
Fortunately, they’re not known for being early risers (probably all the PBR they drank the night before…) and I’ve beaten them to the table by the window.
And on that note, I’m going to attempt to cultivate a neighborly disposition in light of the fact that half the Eastern seaboard is being evacuated.
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