2 to Zero


Its late afternoon , in a small cafe. Inside was a couple of customers. A women sitting alone in booth reading a book and another man sitting alone a booth a few feet away.

The quiet in the cafe was broken, when a family with a toddler entered the restaurant. The family sat in the booth next to the woman. It’s a typical family with bags and snacks and toys in tow to entertain the toddler. The child between 2 and 3 touched the woman.

This unnerved the woman, and she turned around to scold the family. “I don’t like being touched! You should be better parents and teach your child not to touch anyone!” The family apologized and moved the child to the other side of the booth. The child sensing something was wrong was silent.

The family finished their meal before the woman and collected their belongings and exited the cafe.

Minutes later, the woman summoned the waitress to pay her bill. The waitress said, the people in the next booth paid your bill and left a tip. Astonished! the woman put her bag down and sat quietly in the booth.

The man who was sitting in the booth a few feet from the woman. As he was leaving , said in dry sarcastic tone “I bet you are the best mother in the world”

CityFella

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Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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