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Mid-morning and we’re sitting in the cafe of the Barnes and Noble bookstore at 82nd and Broadway in Manhattan.

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I’m on my second single expresso, Meredith is making her cappuccino last.

(We’ll be here later this afternoon for the Pop-Up event at 5pm.)

“Green tea, right?” says the manager to a new arrival, clearly a regular.

He is a jovial cove who runs a friendly coffee bar.

He knows his regulars but serves everyone with the same in-the-moment civility. It makes for a feeling of community–however fleeting–and reminds me of a library in the “old days”–but without the “shhh!” factor!

The tables of coffee lounge/bar are filling up–with mostly single occupation–as people stop by for a mid-morning morale booster.

“Sir, you just dropped your wallet–I didn’t want you to..!”

Thank you so much!” I say to the young woman and we have a moment of unspoken understanding of what it might mean to mislay your wallet in the city.

Everyone is reading or working a computer–with one exception.

We’ve noticed that coffee lounges that offer wi-fi serve some as make-do offices.

The woman behind me chats on her mobile, connecting with a world elsewhere–breaking out of the floating  “fraternity” and distracting me, unaccountably, in a way that the nearby conversation doesn’t.

I move to another table and re-establish  contact with my  temporary ever-changing safe haven.

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