The Girl Who Loved to Dance

Some day I might write a book called, Random Conversations with Strangers While Aimlessly Wandering Around, and it will include stories like this:

Many years ago I walked into a favorite bakery in Alaska. Nobody was there, no customers or employees, so I took a few minutes to look over the cookies and donuts to decide what I wanted.

Finally a young woman came out of the back room. I knew from previous donut/cookie runs that she was born in Ohio, moved here about five years ago, was nineteen years old, and would be twenty in a few months. As she brought out a tray of something new, she said, “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you come in.”

I replied it was no problem, it gave me a chance to think about what I wanted. We chatted for another minute or two and then she looked around and said, “Can I be honest with you?”

The Flying Squirrel Bakery/Cafe, Talkeetna, Alaska alvin February 20, 2020 - 6:57pm

The Flying Squirrel Bakery/Cafe in Talkeetna, Alaska opened right before I moved away from Talkeetna. I used to go there for a cup of coffee while I was writing, and they also served some excellent brick oven pizza. It’s one of the rare restaurants that isn’t in the downtown Talkeetna area. If you’re leaving town, it’s a few miles down the road on your left hand side.

The Talkeetna Roadhouse (Talkeetna, Alaska) alvin September 20, 2019 - 6:56am

After some more medical tests tomorrow (Tuesday) I hope to be able to return to work as early as Wednesday. I don’t really have much energy yet, but hopefully I can get back to writing Scala code and blog posts for two to four hours a day initially.

My ideal job would be to work as a QA guy for the Talkeetna Roadhouse bakery but after getting my full energy back I’ll probably settle for some sort of programming gig instead. :)

Ode to the dirty bread at the Whole Foods bakery

Clerk at Whole Foods bakery: Good afternoon.

Me: Hi. I was wondering, has all this bread been out here all day?

Clerk: Why yes sir, we baked it fresh this morning.

Me: But since then it’s been sitting out here in the open?

Clerk: Yes sir.

Me: Does the manager know about this?

Clerk: Huh?

Me: Well, that woman over there, she just sneezed. And that guy over there has been coughing, and that’s just in the last two minutes. Do you know that sends droplets flying through the air when they don’t cover up.

Clerk: Droplets?