Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Old Geezer Breakfast Hour

   Bruce and I went to breakfast this morning at a local buffet. We usually do not go out during the middle of the week for breakfast. Since this morning is Election Day, grocery-shopping day, and just relax day, we decided it was a good time to eat out too. The buffet that we ate at has been there for years however, we don't go to it too often. We are not the buffet type. The Café 55 is attached to large grocery store, many of the items comes straight from the deli and are always tasty, just plain.

   We had a late breakfast; it was 8 o'clock when we got there. There were only the couple of dozen people there and I do not think that there was a person eating under the age of 60. Everyone was dressed casually, lots of laughter going on. People were reading newspapers as they sipped on coffee, just enjoying their morning. I told Bruce that I thought this was old geezer hour. In several of the booths were 2 or 4 men visiting joking and drinking coffee, just enjoying each other's company. Sitting directly behind us were two ladies who obviously were good friends, sharing one another's problems.
   Yes, this was an important part of each one's day to get out of the house and socialize. Too many times, after one has retired we don’t get together with people. Everyone knows that it is important to socialize with other people and stay active during our retirement years. Having breakfast or lunch with our buddies at a local diner is the most natural thing in the world to me. You can go into any McDonald's or other fast food places between the hours of 7 and 9 in the morning nationwide, and find friends visiting over a cup of coffee. Bruce and I like to travel and when we stop for a break during this time we will observe these friends chattering away. I have often wished I had enough nerve to visit with people and record a few of their stories. I think that would make a fun book, but of course that would be an invasion of someone's privacy.
   Anyway, this morning as we sat and watched I told Bruce, I feel a blog coming on. Thanks for reading it.


  1. There's nothing quite like a cup of coffee, a good friend, and conversation. Thanks for the read!

  2. Our local coffee shops have these gatherings too. One of the tables calls themselves 'the liar's club' and they have their own circle of early am tables. If you go in later in the day, those tables are pulled apart for smaller groups so I know that staff is accommodating them.

    Even though I am working everyday, it would be nice to have people to social with around coffee. Nothing replaces the face-to-face interactions although the internet does a pretty good job. But it is also good to get to where the people actually are.

  3. Well hello Miss Rose! It's about time I made your acquaintance and what a pleasure it is, too. And Dazey must be kept from getting too serious. Did you accompany Bruce and Miss Dazey to breakfast?

  4. In my entire life nothing has made me happier than those mornings sharing breakfast with loved ones and friends I had not yet met. I cherish those memories. 6AM was my favorite time for the early bird specials!


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