Bad Habits

It’s Wednesday.  This means that somewhere between 6:30 – 7 a.m., I will be standing at the counter of Sun Street Breads – a bakery about 8 blocks from my house.  I won’t actually be ordering because the guy who waits on folks in the morning (David) starts my order as soon as he sees me. 

Sun Street Breads is a little bakery/restaurant that’s been open ten years and I discovered it right away.  They do artisan breads, a few very nice pastries and cookies; they also do soups, sandwiches and one night a week, they stay open a little later for pizza.  Then about six years ago they started making glazed raised doughnuts.  But only on Wednesdays.  And only their initial batch.  Once they run out, they are out.  If you don’t get there before 9 a.m., you might not get one.  I’m not sure how you make the best raised glazed doughnut on the planet, but they have clearly figured it out. 

Back to Wednesdays.  One raised glazed and one raspberry cream scone (also excellent).  And don’t judge – two cans of Diet Coke.  Sometimes I can’t wait and I eat the doughnut in the car.  If I have a little more willpower, I drive straight home and eat there. 

So now you know my dirty little Wednesday secret. 

Do you have a habit that you just don’t want to give up?

88 thoughts on “Bad Habits”

    1. So much for my eyesight, I thought at first glance ti was a bunch of towels hanging on a rack. That didn’t make sense, but it took a while before the pun registered.

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        1. They said that was my temporary user name. I thought that meant I had to use it, or no one would know it was me. And I might get in trouble if I got it wrong. How long does temporary last? Am I supposed to have done that process which means I can do likes, and then received my permanent user name? And did anyone notice that I put two zeros on the number, at least once? Didn’t mean to. Am I going to get into trouble? Worried, Palomar.

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  1. i don’t have much in the way of habits that do these days
    earl gray tea from amazon
    cbs sunday morning and 60 minutes
    bob dylan when he comes around

    i may try the bakery today
    thanks vs

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    1. David wasn’t there today so I had to actually order my donut and scone. Just as well because I also had to get a sourdough for YA.

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    2. I had seen that bakery before and it looked good from the outside I went inside today and it looks better from the inside I’ve had the scone already and still have the donut and a loaf of sourdough to go my son make sourdough and it’s wonderful but he doesn’t make it often so I’ll put this loaf in front of them and see if we can stimulate him to shoot for excellence

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  2. The cat wakes me at precisely 5:00 AM. I don’t know how she does it. I give her breakfast and then make myself a cup of Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast tea. I used to be in the habit of accompanying that with two (exactly two) of the Trader Joe’s version of fig newtons, but they recently changed their manufacturer of that item and the new ones are unsatisfactory so now I just have the tea. With the tea, I spend the next hour or two reading—the Trail and the news and whatever book I happen to be working on.

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  3. All right! I admit my Dark and Deadly Secret. This is Dark, a Dark, Dark, Deadly Secret that only Dani and Ester in the panaderia know.
    And they don’t know it’s a secret! I know that’s dangerous, but they could so easily blackmail me.
    When Jane’s diet demanded that she shouldn’t eat any more of Dani’s napolitanas de chocolate, I cut our Saturday order to two. Eventually, Isaac got bored with them, and Ester flat refused to let me order an ensymada de chocolate instead. Sometimes she has them on the shelf. But I can’t order one. In the early days, I might order one, and she’d say I could have one. Then on Saturday she’d say”No hecho”(Dani didn’t make one). I don’t understand it, but they’re nice people. What do I know about Spain, anyway? But anyway, Isaac eats plenty of things he shouldn’t, already.
    So this is my big secret!!! No, no I can’t tell you. It’s nothing, don’t worry about it, there’s no secret.

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        1. Well, you all know anyway. I still get those Napolitanas and eat them secretly, and dispose of the wrapping where no one will ever find it. Unless they want to go roiting in the kitchen compost bunker. And paper breaks down surprisingly quickly in there.

          But it’s a secret, OK?

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    1. I have but I like having just one doughnut each week. They are so yummy and special that I don’t want to “dilute” the experience.

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  4. Our cat sits by the front door every morning waiting for me to sit on the sofa with my phone. Then I am expected to position the phone in just the right way so that the morning sun reflects off it and flashes on the wall. She then leaps and bats at the light, which we refer to as the light bird. Her expectations annoy me, but she seems to have so much fun I feel compelled to oblige her habit.

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  5. Rise and Shine, Baboons,

    I just cannot go without cream in my coffee. Not whole milk. Not Half and half. Real Cream. I also love to watch TV in bed before I go to sleep and I have been watching the lowest of the low reality TV, “Catfish.” Go figure. But, then, I can easily zone out on that Decor Porn channel, HGTV in the winter when we have cable in the condo.

    Now you know.

    VS, the donuts and scones sound luscious. They would go with my creamy coffee soooo well.

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  6. I’ve created a habit of spending the mornings, as so many of us, having my tea (the variety varies) and reading the local paper online and doing general computer stuff. That will be a problem when the college starts again and they expect me at work. Although, I can read the paper on the computer there and have my tea there… but I really shouldn’t spend all morning on it. That would be bad.

    When we used to get an actual newsPAPER, I would spent time at night before bed standing at the kitchen counter reading the paper. When I got busy there might be a weeks worth of papers there. And when we remodeled the kitchen, the lack of the kitchen counter was a real hardship and it messed up my routine.

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  7. Tea in the morning – PG Tips or Bill’s beloved TJ Irish Breakfast, if available.

    We got really hooked on Schitt’s Creek – can’t remember when I’ve laughed so hard. Now that we’ve finished it, I see there are new seasons of Kominsky Report, Virgin River, and we still have some seasons of Grace & Frankie to do.

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  8. OT Mystery. When I fell into the clutches of COVID, I lost any ability to read. Concentrating on a narrative line was not possible because of the infamous brain fog of the virus. When I began feeling better, I wanted to read again. To ease back into reading I decided to re-read a big novel I first read in 1959 and have read again about four or five times. I ordered a copy (a used paperback) from Amazon.

    The last time I read this book was when I moved to Oregon in 2014. That re-reading was interesting because I spotted the fact my copy of the novel was missing pages 266 and 267. The novel is 570 pages long, so it was impressive that I knew the work well enough to spot two missing pages.

    This week I smiled as I marched through the book, enjoying the trip through familiar sentences. I looked forward to seeing how the author handled a complicated social problem on those two missing pages from the copy I read in 2014.

    Guess what? Pages 266 and 267 are missing from the copy of the novel that I bought two weeks ago. How can that be? There is no logical explanation for the fact it is missing the same two pages as the last copy I read of it. Or is there?

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    1. I’m making the assumption that the numbers 266 and 267 are on opposite sides of the same page, other wise 265 and 268 would be missing as well. The question then becomes, are the pages simply mis-numbered, or is there an actual page missing? That should be reasonably easy to discern by simply reading. Does what’s written on the top of page 268 logically follow what’s on the bottom of page 265? It happens occasionally when I turn the page of a book that two pages stick together, and when that happens, the text on the top of the next page makes no sense at all.

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      1. Odd numbered pages are on the right side, even numbered on the left, so they can’t be on two sides of the same page.

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        1. Or there is no page missing at all, but the page numbers 266 and 267 have simply been skipped.

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      2. Yes, PJ. I’ve done that analysis, and it is clearly a case of two numbered pages (one physical page) not being there. And, yes, there is a discontinuity in the dialogue. The bottom line of 265 is a character asking a question . . . and there is no answer.

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    1. But if 266 is on the left side ( the back of a page) and 267 is on the right (the next page) they can’t be back to back.

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    2. Wait, wait! That makes no sense. If in the book you have, the even numbered pages are on the left (as Bill said they would be), then it follows that page 267 in on the right, and therefore page 266 and 267 cannot be on the same physical page. Take another look, Steve, something’s goofy here.

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        1. I can’t believe I’ve read this whole thread about the book and the name of the book does not seem to have been mentioned. Are you guys trying to make me crazy?

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  9. OT – Went to a lunch today at the Danish American Center, the first such event in close to a year and a half. I had invited my friend, Ann, as well, as she is the only person I can think of who thoroughly enjoys the rather quaint atmosphere there. This will give you some idea of the kind of gathering this was: In honor of Bastille Day, they served a taco salad with Russian dressing. In addition to a couple of clumsily translated Danish songs with which we all sang along, we proceeded to a spirited rendition of La Marseillaise. A good time was had by all.

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  10. I’m sheepish about the title of the book. It isn’t a good book, really, and surely not good enough to merit six reads. But it is a book that overwhelmed me when I was just a kid, and it has had an impact on me ever since. The title is By Love Possessed.

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    1. Cut yourself some slack, Steve. There’s no rational way of explaining what went on in our teen-aged minds. I am wondering, though, if you have some notion of what issues the book tackled that continue to fascinate you?

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