by Peter Freyne
Never been in Montpeculiar that early on a Sunday morning before. At least not that we remember.
Simply had to get up and out this morning. Antsy. Tuesday's election. Just couldn't sit any longer in front of the bloody computer and the gobshite TV and phone. I know, I know... Ho-Ho, aka Howard Dean, was a scheduled guest on ABC with George Stephanopoulos, but, so what? I can read the transcript when I get back.
And besides, needed my Harrar coffee beans from Capitol Grounds. Without a refill, I'd be out by Tuesday and Tuesday we write the print column and need our fricken beans in stock!
Only one dead deer on the side of the Interstate. And a trooper running radar on the northbound Bolton Flats.
Our state capital was nearly empty of human animals. Got to Capitol Grounds about 8:30. Quiet. Crowded. A slow but steady line. I started eight back. Struck up a nice conversation-in-line with a friendly, middle-aged snowboarding instructor en route to a Sugarbush indoor-training class. He said he didn't start boarding until he was 40 - 12 years ago. Used to be strictly regulated if not banned at respectable resorts!
Now, he said, about 50 percent of the "ski crowd" on the mountain are on them.
We do miss the high ceiling of the former Capitol Grounds establishment when it was on the other side of the river in the old bank building. Pretty much a - dare I say - older, non-talkative crowd today, engrossed in their Sunday papers and laptops. Had the feel of a church library. So we took our free coffee (with every bean purchase) and went for a spin on foot around the rather empty and quiet streets of the state capital of Vermont on a sunny, chilly Sunday morning. And "discovered" the Langdon Street Cafe...and Nutty Steph and Julie and Michael C., a blast from the past. Nice people. First time I've been there. Didn't know it was there. Cozy. I like joints where strangers feel they can easily break the ice. Good chat. Hey, we're not here for a longtime, we're here for a good time, right? Our find of the month!
And Nutty Steph has her own granola business in Montpeculiar!
Anything to get my mind off Tuesday's election for a few hours. Got to get out of Burlap more.
Now back to reality - Dubie update coming....