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#MicroblogMondays 29 – If we met for coffee

If we met for coffee, I would tell you all about the fun I had last week with a friend of mine when we were “seat fillers” at a dress rehearsal concert and taping by The Tenors for their upcoming PBS special. I would share some interesting tidbits about being part of the audience during a recorded performance – how occasionally they had to do a couple of takes of a song to get the footage they needed… how in between songs the guys were relaxed and informal and personal… how it felt as though we were getting a VIP behind-the-scenes peek at something that would normally appear polished and perfect. And of course I would wax enthusiastic about their powerful voices and performance of the beautifully heartbreaking Con te partirò

…and their breathtaking rendition of Queen’s Who Wants to Live Forever

…both accompanied by a full orchestra. What a night!

If we went for coffee, I am sure I would bring up this article from The New York Times – Harper Lee’s Condition Debated by Friends, Fans and Now State of Alabama – and my concerns and misgivings about the publishing of the new book. The discussion might get a little heated as we debated exploitation, informed consent, and respect for the living. Trying to explain my feelings and doubts, I would share that I’d recently read the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova, which instilled in me a deep-seated terror about the possibility of ever being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and eventually losing control over my decisions and life choices.

Then, realizing that there is no mileage to be gained by fretting over something that may never happen anyway, I would take a sip of my coffee and laughingly move on to sweeter and lighter topics – perhaps some tales about our lovely little cats and how they bring such joy and delight to our lives every single day.

My sweet sleepy boy. #catsofinstagram #tuxedocats

If we met for coffee, I’d ruefully mention that just as I finished writing this post and went to take a final look before sharing it with the world, WordPress lost everything but the very earliest draft… and I had to rewrite the whole darn thing almost from scratch. (Here’s hoping it was worth it!)

If we met for coffee, I would want to hear about all the interesting things that are going on in your life.

If we met for coffee, what would you tell me?
Please share!

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Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • The bespectacled mother March 16, 2015

    If we met for coffee, I would share with you how proud did I feel today of my little boy who read a challenging 4 letter word all on his own in his phonics class.

  • Alana
    March 16, 2015

    If we met for coffee, I would tell you about a walk I took today with a friend who is undergoing radiation treatment, and how enthusiastically she took pictures of our defrosting local river. Your concert experience sounds fantastic. I, once, took a “behind the scenes” tour of a historic home and I learned so much.
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  • Mel March 16, 2015

    I would probably tell you that I feel totally behind today.

    I am having a lot of mixed feelings about Harper Lee’s book and whether or not to read it. Do I trust her statements? Do I go with my gut?

    • Laurel Regan
      March 17, 2015

      I get that – I’ve felt behind for more than a month now, what with having this cold and all. Not fun! And I’m in the same boat, too, about whether or not to read the book. I wish it wasn’t such a mess. 🙁
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  • Parul
    March 16, 2015

    If we met for coffee, I would use the time to know about you, your city and the country you come from. I will tell you about stories from my past and who am I 🙂
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  • The seat filler gig sounds amazing! How does one find out about such a thing?

    Also, if you’re ever in Arizona, let me know. We should definitely get coffee! 🙂
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    • Laurel Regan
      March 17, 2015

      We should indeed! As for the seat filler thing, I am fortunate to have a friend who works at the casino here in town, where there are a lot of fun events to which she periodically has the opportunity to pick up free tickets. I couldn’t do it otherwise, I’m sure!
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  • Rachel March 17, 2015

    If we met for coffee, I would get an Americano decaf, with sugar and cream. Or almond syrup and cream. And I would get it in the “for-here” mug.

    I would be so jealous that you got to go to the rehearsal because I love artsy, cultural events. But I would swallow my jealousy along with the hot, silky brew, and simply listen to your every description.

    And then if you asked, I might mention that I was a fool, and didn’t back up my phone, and I lost 1,000 photos and videos of the last year when my precious 3-year-old laid a soggy brush on my phone while we washed the car. I might speak of regret and guilt. But mostly, I would probably shed a tear or two as I recalled all the memories that were lost of our foster son. He will be returning home in a few short months. I was counting on those pictures to keep our year with him alive in my memory.

    And now they are gone.

    If we met for coffee, I would sadly admit that I should have just gone through a car wash. It would have been far less costly.

  • Suzy
    March 17, 2015

    Andrea Bocelli’s Con te partiro is such a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing. If I met you for coffee today I’d have to share a very sad story about my dear aunt who passed away yesterday after suffering from Alzheimer’s for the last 7 years. It is an illness I would not wish on anyone.
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  • Beloo Mehra
    March 17, 2015

    If we met for coffee, I would tell you all about the little changes I have been making in my garden. I would tell you about some wonderful TV shows I watched over the last few months, shows that were broadcast several years ago but I only watched them now. I would tell you what I thought about the movie Still Alice (haven’t read the book). And I would like to hear you more about your thoughts on the book.
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  • nabanita
    March 17, 2015

    If we met for coffee, I would tell you about how my tonsils are killing me this week! Sigh!
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  • Savannah March 17, 2015

    If we met for coffee, I’d tell you that I just got an A on my exam! And that I love the picture of your cat.
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  • Sammy D March 17, 2015

    A pox onWP bugaboos!!

    I’m green with envy about your night with such talented music and 5-star singers. What a treat!!

    I share your sentiments on about Harper, alzheimer’s, etc. great duscussion we’d have and then we’d have to work hard to end coffee on a cheerier note!
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  • Vidya Sury
    March 18, 2015

    Certainly worth it, Laurel. 🙂 I know that feeling – my browser usually does that for me by freezing.

    What an interesting time you’ve had! I got Still Alice…and yet to start reading it.
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