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monday is the truth of monday

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IT says that the truth of Sundays is Monday… but from the looks of things the truth, in turn, of Monday is getting not much done and in coffeehouses up and down Tottenham Court Road.

I was reading Crash on the way in on the bus and Underground and enjoying it so much, actually, that I gave myself another 20 pp space of time at Starbucks. I was glad to leave, though, as I hit my page allocation just as I

  1. vaguely started to worry about the plate-glass window right behind me, what it would be like to pick it out of my scalp and cheeks and limbs and (jesus) genitals if something were to knock or blast it in on me. I didn’t find the thought as sexy as the characters in the novel do, weirdos.
  2. decided that the mother and daughter who had chosen of all the available tables in the nearly empty outlet the one located right next to mine were in fact a team of bag-thieves. They run rampant, the bag thieves, in London Starbucks. Half-tantalized by the idea of looking distracted and trying to get them to make a swipe at it (see my $2000 laptop coquettishly poking its flank out of my bag in the pic?) and then catching them, and half-realizing that if they were thieves worth their salt they could probably still nail me even though I was on to them, I left and went to the office.

Which is a shame, as Starbucks is airconditioned which, amazingly, is actually helpful here in London today. And even more a shame because, as per the general rule of department life in the summer, someone came and knocked on my door and asked me to take care of something that took me the better part of an hour or two. At least it had something to do with Ballard, what I was asked to do.

But it seemed clear that the best course of action was to get out of there before the rota fortunae of departmental work turned my way again. The upstairs of EAT is quite nice, my new favourite. Actually ate lunch complete with an apple for those who are keeping track of my health and well-being. The music is pretty nice too – a heavy-rotation of Macy Gray/Lauren Hill tossed with songs that I remember or want to remember listening to on the radio in the backyard in Hillsdale, NJ when I was 5 or 6 or 7 or 8. Hottown, summahinthecity, back of my neck feelindirty and gritty. Though it does make me feel I should change the station to listen to Rags pitch his no-hitter against the Sox while eating a Ballpark Frank or something. Distracting thought!

Where is summer but New Jersey, a longwalk away from the GWB if you could walk there? What is that boy, whose first novel was a drug-store purchased compy of 1984, doing typing in the shadow of the Ministry of Love? Why doesn’t he get the picture and type a bit faster and not in html? And why did he think buying a 3G stick for his laptop would help matters on Mondays and the rest of the days of the week?

Work on your book, fool! Just because it’s hot and you’re alone doesn’t license reverie and posting!

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June 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Posted in london, new jersey

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  1. Boston 46 29 .613 –
    NY Yankees 43 32 .573 3


    June 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm

  2. Don’t start. 3 games back, June. Come on! Not mathematically significant!


    June 29, 2009 at 9:33 pm

  3. Your ability to post, let alone write any of your book in this weather – by using air conditioned food ‘n’ coffee outlets -has increased the power of my superego bt an order of magnitude. I was using the weather as an alibi; my s/e had seemingly gone to sleep. Now it is grinding its molars over my guilt stricken self.


    June 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm

  4. Now come on! Don’t make me get all bitchily provincial about this. But this was no hotter than a lovely spring day in NYC! First the snow emergency, and now this! It’s only because I’m getting pasty and english about things that I even mentioned the AC!


    June 29, 2009 at 10:52 pm

  5. Ads,

    Here’s something that happened twelve and a half (million?) years before Rags’no-hitter: famous athlete, black, Latin, proud and often on the wrong side of an Anglo yahoo culture, on his own dime, in a small charter plane, flying emergency supplies to earthquake survivors in Managua on New Years Eve, goes down in the Bermuda Triangle:

    Roberto Clemente

    Maybe it’s true Monday is no Monday, but for sure it’s true that in the Land of the Flea, Starbucks are closing down all over. Their biggest outlet in this town bit the dust mid the first winter of the New Depression, couldn’t keep up the rent. Forecast: plenty of free A/C, known as Goodbye and don’t let the swinging door swat you on your way out.

    tom clark

    June 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

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