First and foremost I must let you know that I am currently sitting in the second coffee shop I've camped out in today. It's right on Church, and while the coffee and food are nothing exceptional, the wifi is free, and the outlets are a-plenty. It's quite spacious for SF and I've thouroughly enjoyed it so far. Earlier today I was at Philz, just off of Castro. Philz has fancy brewed coffee, flavored with cardamom, chocolate, and a whole host of spices that I can't name, but I can assure you that they are nothing short delish. I was there for about three hours, but what that place had in lovely coffee it lacked in space and outlets. So onward and upward.
I've always liked coffee, but since I've been properly trained on the barista bar (btw, my hands permanently smell of ground espresso now) I have become a bona fide coffee snob. I realize I cant' always be such a snob, especially on a student budget, (hello, I'm sipping cheap mediocre coffee right now because of the stupid "economy" or whatever) I have allowed myself to indulge in really good overpriced coffee.
Blue Bottle- great coffee, but sort of off putting vibe. B
Philz- good brewed, nice atmosphere, really friendly staff, B+
and finally my new favorite:
Four Barrel- great coffee, great vibe, a certain degree of pretension? yes.
But how pretentious can they really be if they are playing Hall & Oates greatest hits?
They get an A!
On the work front, things are good. My work friends are all really great, and while my aching feet might say otherwise, I enjoy working. A lot.
Moze is leaving on Tuesday which is so sad. I have to give him a lot a credit for how fun this summer has been. He was such a pleasant surprise and I wouldn't have changed anything about the summer we have spent together.
I'm a little stressed about school. I feel behind in my credits and so many classes have been cut due to the budget crisis is California. Some obscene number like $600 million was cut form CSU. I'm just hoping I get into two more classes, and hopefully I'll still be able to work weekends. Gotta make that money right?
Any who, I miss my family, I'm going to miss Moze, and I'm going to miss working as much as I do. I know it's just foaming milk for yuppies in the FiDi, but still, I feel really productive and grown up. I guess I just hate homework. But I'm trying to stay positive. Fall will be great. I think. I mean, Where the Wild Things Are comes out on my 20th birthday, so it can't be all that bad.
Here is a little music to end with. One of my last posts featured a song by a band called Grizzly Bear. Well, one of the singers in that band is named Daniel Rossen,and when he's not busy being adorable, he is also in another band called Department of Eagles. I dare say I like them better than Grizzly Bear. Here is the video for their song "No One Does It Like You Do."
Also, I've been listening to their pandora station all day and it's been real tasty: The Shins, Guster, Dr. Dog, Andrew Bird, Fleet Foxes. Good stuff.