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Jonestown Cafe
dannyprice

it was the hottest new spot
 1
 
 
on the east side
 2
of course
 3
 
 
and
 4
of course
 5
all the hipsters went there
 6
dressed in chic ironic clothes
 7
 
 
the house specialty was
 8
The Jim Jones KOOL-AID
 9
 
 
"BETCHA ONLY DRINK JUST ONE"
 10
was the motto
 11
 
 
i just ordered a tea
 12
but most of the patrons went for the lethal cocktail
 13
 
 
THUMP
 14
as one fell to the floor
 15
only halfway through his NEW YORK TIMES crossword puzzle
 16
 
 
THUMP THUMP
 17
as an Art Major couple had their last date
 18
 
 
THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP
 19
went a party of friends after a poetry reading
 20
 
 
hipster bodies were dropping all around me
 21
 
 
even the barista was dead by the time i went up for some more hot water
 22
 
 
but there was a girl sitting in the southwest corner of the cafe
 23
drinking coffee
 24
 
 
i went behind the counter to get my own hot water
 25
grabbed my pen and notebook
 26
and went over to her table
 27
 
 
"hey, mind if i join you?"
 28
 
 
she looked up curiously and excited
 29
and said
 30
"please do"
 31
 
 
i took a chair
 32
"my name is Danny"
 33
 
 
"Antoinette"
 34
 
 
"Nice! I love that name!"
 35
 
 
she blushed and said thanks
 36
 
 
"how long have you been hanging out here?"
 37
i asked
 38
 
 
"since they opened
 39
i live just down the street
 40
and they have the best coffee"
 41
 
 
she asked me the same
 42
 
 
"this is my first time here
 43
thought it sounded different..."
 44
 
 
THUMP
 45
went the bass player for a local indie rock band
 46
 
 
"...so
 47
i thought..."
 48
 
 
THUMP
 49
went the drummer
 50
 
 
"...i'd check it out"
 51
 
 
she smiled as hipsters continued hitting the floor around us
 52
 
 
"so"
 53
she asked
 54
"you don't drink the KOOL-AID?"
 55
 
 
"nahh
 56
i ain't that KOOL"
 57
 
 
she giggled
 58
"me neither"
 59
 
 
so we talked for a while
 60
and by closing time
 61
were only two of five left alive
 62
 
 
it struck me as a poor business model
 63
 
 
i used my body language to suggest my leaving first
 64
because that seemed like the KOOL thing to do
 65
 
 
"hey Antoinette
 66
it was good meeting you
 67
we should hang out again sometime"
 68
 
 
"for sure"
 69
 
 
i grabbed my phone from my pocket
 70
"what's your phone number?"
 71
 
 
she gave me her number
 72
stood up to give me a hug
 73
and i left
 74
 
 
i texted her a couple days later
 75
with no response
 76
 
 
it was my day off
 77
and despite the smell of fresh decaying hipsters
 78
they served a damn fine tea at Jonestown Cafe
 79
 
 
so i went
 80
 
 
walked up to the new and living barista
 81
 
 
"hey man"
 82
he said
 83
"what can i get for ya?"
 84
 
 
"hey brotha..."
 85
i paused for a second
 86
"...hey
 87
do you know a girl that hangs out here
 88
named
 89
Antoinette?"
 90
 
 
"yeeaa man
 91
Antoinette
 92
was KOOL
 93
man"
 94
 
 
"was?"
 95
 
 
"yeeaa man
 96
she was in here lasts night
 97
and drank a JJKA"
 98
 
 
"a JJKA?"
 99
 
 
"yeeaa man
 100
it's our house specialty
 101
The Jim Jones KOOL-AID"
 102
 
 
"oh yea"
 103
 
 
the acronym almost made me want one
 104
 
 
he tried to entice me
 105
"you wanna try it?
 106
it's really popular"
 107
 
 
"ahhh"
 108
i hesitated
 109
but decided
 110
"nah
 111
i'll just have an earl grey"
 112

14 Dec 13


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:D
 — 9

check L29 and L88. :)

fun poem.
 — mandolyn

Thanks guys.
 — dannyprice

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