Celebrations Food & Drink

A reminder of my sophistication

One of the highlights of Christmas 2016 was my re-discovery of the pleasures of coffee with cream.

For decades, my home recipes for coffee were

a) Cafetiere coffee – black, no sugar (see the wall sign for a summary)

b) Instant coffee from a jar with some gold colouring – white, no sugar

c) Other instant coffee – avoid if possible

Nothing overly pretentious. (Although, now I think about, I have been experiencing worrying feelings of identification with George Clooney recently, and was devastated to find no coffee machine in my stocking.)

Then, one morning over Christmas, whilst I was in coffee production and distribution mode, Ann suggested I offer it with some of the under-used cream she’d bought for pudding purposes.

I did, and in a moment of radical departure from my strict conventions, I added cream to my own black coffee.

I have to say, the effect was far more pleasurable than I’d expected or remembered from the past – and I’m still working through the remains of the cream today, using it only occasionally so that it continues to provide the pleasure of the exceptional.

And this takes me back to my youth – to when I graduated from milk to tea and thence to coffee. And to when I first became aware of my true nature; when I understood that I was unquestionably the embodiment of sophistication.

The day I poured cream into my circulating coffee over the convex side of a teaspoon.

You don’t get much cooler than that, do you?

Unless you’re George Clooney, I suppose.

Celebrations Family

My 65th Birthday

Today, I’m 65.

Thank you.

I accept your congratulations. In the great scheme of things – and especially in the 21st century – existing for 65 years doesn’t count as a significant achievement, and yet I feel quite satisfied today.

(Excuse me – I need to take a break from writing and watch Humans Series 2 Episode Episode 7 .)

Very good episode – raising many issues about what it means to be human. I’ll talk about one of those in a separate post.

But for today, I’m just fulfilling my plan for the day, which was to take the day off from work, enjoy what comes along (which I’ve done) and write a personal blog post.

For too long (over three years, based on the date of my last post here), the only non-business related writing I’ve done has been the invitations I send out to the two Meetup groups I run. And increasingly, I’ve found myself making use of those occasions to write something fanciful, whimsical or humorous (at least in intent) – for no reason other than I enjoy doing it.

I have no evidence that my style either increases or decreases attendance, so there really is no other agenda for me writing in this way.

Since I obviously enjoy writing (in a business and non-business context), I decided to resume this blog as a vehicle to express myself outside a business environment. And in this non-business environment, I can write freely with no agenda:

  • No particular care about criticism (should there eventually be an audience large enough or concerned enough to bother)
  • No limitations on subject areas and topics
  • No concession to Google’s preferences
  • No particular audience in mind

In other words, this is a pure indulgence!

Oh yes – and I’m making no promises or commitments (especially to myself) on the frequency or quality of posting.

I plan to just “go with the flow” – which is somewhat atypical of my normal approach.

To finish – I’ll just record that it’s been a good birthday. Thanks to the members of my wonderful family who contributed to it being so.