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Day in the life


Jeff Phelps '71, owner of Saint's Rest Coffee House on Broad Street, pulls his shots of morning espresso to start the day off right.Ami Freeberg.
Jeff Phelps '71, owner of Saint's Rest Coffee House on Broad Street, pulls his shots of morning espresso to start the day off right. Ami Freeberg/The Scarlet and Black.



4:15 a.m. – Wake to No Doubt on NPR. Head to bathroom.
4:20 a.m. – Run buck naked out back door to scare raccoons away. Feed cats.
4:22 a.m. – Shower and shave, dress.
5:05 a.m. – Wake up my wife, Patricia. Must be careful—she swings elbows.
5:30 a.m. – Start 11-mile trip to town. Note that raccoons are lurking—at least they show appreciation for cat food.
5:50 a.m. – Arrive at shop, begin opening procedure. Clean cranky group head on espresso machine.
5:59 a.m. – Note that whoever closed ignored “DO NOT TOUCH MODEM” sign and turned off said modem. Spend five minutes getting wireless to start. Success after fair amount of cursing.
6:15 a.m. – Complete third “S” in morning routine (see 4:22 a.m.). Still regular at 60!
6:29 a.m. – Hide Starlings CDs before Chlami (the inseperable duo of Chloe Neely ’10 and Ami Freeberg ’10)’s arrival.
6:30 a.m. – Open doors for day’s first customer. Nice fellow—good start!
6:32 a.m. – Chlami arrives. Day finally in balance.
7:02 a.m. – Pull myself a double ristrato.
7:15 a.m. – Check e-mail, favorite web sites, Ebay deals. Let Patricia handle customers ’til ristrato kicks in.
8:45 a.m. – Head to post office, steel myself for arrival of Mayflower customers.
9:21 a.m. – Ami takes my photo for some reason.
10:55 a.m. – Kamal—from Cafe Phoenix—stops in to chat. We solve Arab Israeli conflict…one MORE time.
11:45 a.m. – Realize it’s gonna be another unpredictable day—no pattern anywhere!
11:52 a.m. – Warning light on filtration system starts blinking. Call PHSI for service, told they will show up in a few days. Hope system doesn’t poop out beforehand.
12:46 p.m. – Head to Dari Barn for gyro and fried ’shrooms. Back by 1:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – Express desire to head home.
3:45 p.m. – Finally head home.
4:30 p.m. – Begin reading snail mail, wake up hour later to start supper.
6:30 p.m. – Eat and veg out to Wheel of Fortune.
7:00 p.m. – Watch NCIS, vow to watch NCIS Los Angeles. Fall asleep instead.
8:23 p.m. – Wake up, head to bed.
8:35 p.m. – Read/try to finish “Loss of Leon Meed” by Josh Emmons (new GC prof—GREAT book!)
11:59 p.m. – Wake up for trip to the john, Meed still on my chest turned to page 319.
4:15 a.m. – Begin next cycle.

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