I made the waiter very happy by pointing out his mistake when he tried to give me a fifty euro note in change (he meant to give me a ten). His eyes grew quite large when I said "Non" and he realized what he had done, and he thanked me wholeheartedly for not trying to benefit from his error. Maybe he's got a little too much money in his waiter wallet for his own good.
It's a nice enough place. The song "Fame" is playing quietly on the radio, and there have been several songs that I've liked since I've been here, the format of the station being the usual mix of international pop rock hits from yesterday and today.
The floor is a bit dirty -- there's an artichoke heart-type thing at my feet that must have escaped from someone's salad -- so I put my backpack on the chair opposite me. I'm sitting at a square table with a marble top and thick red wood edge; a duplicate table is pushed up next to it. The chairs are wooden with velvety maroon seat cushions bounded by brass tacks. To my left is an almost vacant refrigerated dessert cabinet with 2 crembrulees, a slice of cherry tart, and a quarter each of two other dessert tarts.
There is a green plastic Heineken ashtray on the adjacent table. I could probably leave off the "green plastic" part, since I don't think I've ever seen any other kind of Heineken ashtray. The coffee came with a tube of powdered sugar. Ugh! It's funny, because normally I wouldn't put any sugar in my coffee. But sugar cubes are just so much fun that I miss them when they're not available.
The overhead lights are pairs of bulbs nestled within snaking flowers. On the far side of the café it looks like there's a lavender tree, not that I know what a lavender tree would look like. Or maybe it's a lilac tree. Is there a flower called a lavender, or is that just a color? Time to get out the ol' encyclopedia. Having a computer with a wireless internet connection would be handy right now.
43, rue La Fayette
Metro: Le Peletier
Sugar: powdered in a tube
Copyright © 2003 David Sadegh.
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