Archives for October 2010
Friday. 11:00 a.m. Fred calls and says he has tickets for the Interior Design Show at the Vancouver Convention Center and asks if I want to go. It’s taking place on the waterfront, a block away from the Café, and couldn’t be more convenient for me, so I say OK. He says he’s walking up and he’ll see me soon.
11:15 a.m. I’m thinking it will take Fred 30 minutes to make the 15 minute walk from Yaletown so I run up to the bank to get the coin order for the weekend. I get back just as my chocolate order is walking in the door. I check it in, merchandise the display shelves, update the inventory for the online store, and pull a few bars aside for dating and quality control.
1:00 p.m. Fred’s still not here, but that’s not unusual. He’s a fast walker, but he’s easily distracted. My work done, I make a coffee for myself on the Clover, and go sit outside and wait for him.
2:35 p.m. I’ve answered half a dozen emails, talked with a couple of regulars, eaten a Taj Masala, and played BrickBreaker on my BlackBerry but still no sign of Fred. I go in to get my jacket, make another cup of coffee, and go back outside.
4:10 p.m. I go to the bathroom to pee. The Café has gotten extremely busy, and with both of the opening staff now off shift, I jump in to help out. Next thing I realize, the Café is closed, and I’m cashing out.
Thursday. 3:05 p.m. Fred calls. He’s in a rental car in Lloydminster, parked on 50th Avenue, the road that famously divides the city in two, with half being in Saskatchewan and half in Alberta. He’s trying to Google a KFC because he wants to try their Double Down and his iPhone is showing him a map of Kitscoty, AB.
“You by a computer?” he asks. “I’m starving.”
“Nice to hear from you too,” I say. “Good thing I had to go to the bathroom or I’d still be waiting for you to go to a show that closed last weekend.”
“I started walking but realized that your direction wasn’t convenient, so I turned and walked the other way.”
“And five days later you wound up two provinces over?” I ask with just a hint of incredulity. “And I suppose you’d also have me believe half a five dollar bill is worth $2.50?”
“Don’t try and be funny,” he says. “It’s not in your genes. I flew out for a quick sales trip. I’m on my way back, and I have hockey tickets for tomorrow. Wanna go?”
Friday. 5:30 p.m. I’m sitting outside the Café, having a coffee, eating chocolate, playing Word Mole, waiting for Fred. The game starts at seven. It’s a 20 minute walk to the stadium. Déjà vu all over again?
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