I'm at the local s/bux sitting in my absolutely favourite chair. It's an armless high back swivelling upright that sort of defies description. It's placed near the window in a grouping of similarly groovy but disparate chairs. I slip into the travelling fantasy, ignoring the familiar landscape; tapping my toes to the music and turning to and from the window–to to observe passersby and from to take in the coffeehouse patrons. i applied for a job here, and though the manager really likes me the process has been slowed to nothing by an absentee "DM" that's s/bux speak for the guy that's bigger than her, who has the ultimate veto or approval power. i remain hopeful. as companies go, some of our values align and there is growth potential, and company support; learning and other initiatives. Of course this is all fuzzy grey feelgood stuff she's outlined for me enthusiastically. we were speaking in the great big vague picture sorta way.
Another shop is moving out of the area, or "migrating" as they so eloquently put it. it wasn't really an anchor, but it was a big storefront at the end of the street, and a gaping hole will be left once it is absent. strange this area, considering all the condo and apartment dwellers, one would think the streetscape much more lively and certainly offering more in the way of shops and amenities for the people of the area. in an idle conversation i had with someone they posited it would suit oldtimers just fine if it stayed this way. Nice and quiet. At the current rate of attrition the street will be deserted before long. Frankly, I'd much rather shop at an efficient, practical grocery store in the neighbourhood. there's always 7-eleven for emergency buys.
I read in an article pasted up in farm cottage deli that the market–when it opens in "the summer"–will be mostly food oriented, which will make it a lovely destination. there's no firm re-opening date yet. it was supposed to be a year from just before we moved into the area and that year has come and gone. i really can't wait. two skytrain stops out of oblivion.
They've revamped the menu at the deli, so you can't build-your-own sandwich anymore, instead making you choose from 3 meats and one veg selection. my mouth was fairly salivating by the time i got it home and sat down to eat, but i noticed that the ingredients have changed as well, going the way of subpar. My sandwich was practically inedible and cost $1 more than only a short time ago. i really found myself wishing I'd gone to subway. far more bang for the buck, and….tastier.