Hangin' at The Middle East, corner of Brookline and Mass Ave in Cambridge.
Late brunch choice: fool m'dammas, falafel and beef skewer for 7 bucks.
Weather: 79 and hazy outside, blissfully non-air-conditioned and dusky inside.
Best place to: sit and try to forget that an 8-mile training run in 79-and-hazy awaits.
Questionable soundtrack choice: The Ronettes' "Frosty the Snowman."
Vibe: tattoed, fishnetted, vintage t-shirted, dog-friendly, Christmas-lighted.
Quality-ranking of people-watching out picture windows: Newbury Street doesn't hold a candle to Central Square.
Note to self: belly-dancing offered here later tonight.
2nd note to self: why are there not more people here?
3rd note to self: awesome there are not more people here.
Soundtrack (vast) improvement to: Nirvana, "MTV Unplugged in NY." From 1994. Best. Album. Ever.
Weather update: downpouring.
Quality-ranking of people-watching-out-picture window update: exponentially higher now that it's downpouring.
Sigh: 4-mile bike ride home and 8-mile training run still await.
Yet: can't remember last time feeling this chilled-out.
4th note to self: come here more often.
And: post Kurt Cobain singing his acoustic cover of Lead Belly's version of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," what he is singing right now, which is the best-ever depressing song that makes me happy ... for whatever reason that may be.