I just spent a long New Year's weekend in Scottdale, Arizona. I had gone down there in a bit of a funk, mostly because of the recent tragedy in Newtown and subsequent incidents. I felt deep doubt and despair as to whether I was doing enough to make the world a safe and happy place for the world's children. I began writing letters to my senators, congressmen and other officials, and that project is still underway. I thought working on that would be my "homework" during the vacation, but other plans were in store for me. A few children seemed pretty happy to have me play an impromptu game of soccer with them in the 60-degree Arizona sunshine on New Year's Day. Miraculously, I managed not to knock any of them over while trying to defend the goal. It was fun!
The past couple days have seen me do a lot of driving. None of the trips turned to be quite as worthwhile as this one. Anodyne is now pulling away as my favorite coffeehouse. You should see the spread I have going here, for a grand total of six bucks: a small mug of drip coffee--which I consider to be Milwaukee's authoritative drip--at the wallet-friendly price of $1.20; a soy latte in a pint glass; and a day-old banana muffin, which I've already devoured ($1.25). The soy latte must have cost about $3.50, which is a great deal for that particular drink in this size. Its taste, too, is authoritative. It's the best of both worlds: tell your spouse/accountant that you're trading down, and tell your palate that you're trading up!
Another amazing thing about this place is the fact that they really push ceramic plates and mugs. I've even seen a couple of the ubiquitous kid's hot chocolates served in little ceramic mugs. (Usually, an ersatz "sippy cup" is crafted by sticking a straw through the hole of a small paper cup lid.)
Apropos of tonight's stop at John Harbor's, I was cleaning out my e-mail inbox (yep, that's how much I've got goin' on right now) and found the following:
This is off the topic, but I think you must be an expert and I haven't
done the coffee shop circuit in Milwaukee for awhile. Do you know of
baby/kid friendly coffee shops in the Milwaukee area? I mean a place
that has a small play area with toys. We have tones of them here in the
Twin Cities. I know these are probably the coffee shops you shy away
from if you want to get any work done. I'm visiting Mke next week and
want to get coffee with my friend and my son. Thanks!
Ahh. The reader knows me well! Some readers may also remember this post mentioning the play area at Anodyne Coffee in Bay View.