There are many challenges in small towns for a barista. Not the least of which is actually getting a job. So far, I am confined to making single espressos with a friend on his thrift store machine. It's a party every day, though.

What are the things we miss most when we are away from our callings? I miss people. Face to face, emotion to reaction. I miss the perfect crema. I miss the "God Shot" and "Jamie's Spicy Tuna". I miss the music. I miss the machine. Ah, the machine... the instrument of our creations. The weight of a porta-filter, the spin and twist ritual of a snug connection. The hiss of steam and dance of pressure timed perfectly for cascade... for crema rimmed clouds.

These are the things I miss. The things my hands and olfactory senses crave when idle or working. Smile, though, and try again. Just as a customer/barista dance so I serenade my heart in cheerful sorrow.

- dedicated to my friends of many years with whom I share a mutual passion or two -
- much love, Tay -

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Comment by Taylor on June 30, 2008 at 2:46pm
thank you.
Comment by T.J. Wilson on June 30, 2008 at 10:22am
One of the beauties of this love though is that it is always waiting...
It continues without you, but welcomes with open arms whenever your return.
The dance, the people, the tuna, the crema, and yes, the machine, will be there, ready to be a part of your life again.
Comment by J. David Sapp on June 11, 2008 at 2:40pm
That's beautiful, Taylor...I can empathize too.

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