Old Men & Coffee Shops—in Danger Bay

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A Complete Episode (no link-click required)!

Danger Bay, Silverthorn’s Café ©2007 Merton & Boardman

Happy Labor Day, Gentle Readers! It is a fine Saint Paul, Minnesota morning with the temperature a pleasant 65ºF. I was just thinking that all too soon we’ll be reporting temperatures in degrees below zero [[shudder]]!

Pleasant as the weather is in Saint Paul, we decided to have our chipped & well-used “Codger Collectible (January ’07 Edition) Mugs” of organically & shade-grown, fair-trade, Guatemalan-Roast coffee, here in Danger Bay at Silverthorn’s Café instead. We both have a very busy Labor Day in front of us.

As we clumped up on the boardwalk and entered the café, we saw Hiram, Sr. behind the counter, Medlar Farkleberry, and an old geezer (who we haven’t yet met) at the counter.

We headed for our usual table, the one by the front plate-glass window when Hiram called out: “G’mornin’ fellas. Please have a seat here at the counter—it’s too early for me to be traipsing all the way over there.”

“Saving your energy for the morning rush?” Boomer asked as we ambled over to the counter.

“The Sparrow is making her first Voyage from the harbor this morning,” Hiram replied as we sat at the counter between Lar and the strangely familiar looking geezer, “Maggie tells me they have 30 reservations for the trip, so I figured I’d better save my energy for REAL customers.”

“Aww Hiram,” Lar piped up, “That ain’t what ya’ told me when these fellers came in th’ door, You said: ‘Let’s jes see who wins a battle o’wills, me—or that stubborn old man—bet I kin get ‘em ta sit at th’ counter!’ That’s what ya said.”

“Stubborn old man?” the geezer next to me piped up, “Just a short time here and he’s already got you pegged!”Jay & the Codger © 2007 Merton & Boardman

I took a closer look at the geezer (in Minnesota—we don’t generally stare at people we don’t know—part of our passive-aggressive nature) and realized who it was: “M…” I began, but was interrupted by Boomer:

“…Jay! We gave him back that name for his own purposes—remember?”

“The ‘Codger,’ as he is known in these parts,” Hiram said, “used to fish commercially, until 61 was re-routed away from Danger Bay. Used to sell fresh Lake Trout from his shop on the pier, but the realignment of the highway caused his business to dry up. In fact, that’s where you guys have your office now.”

“Yep,” the Codger added, “I left the blog, but kept the keys. I have all the passwords (heh-heh), so I can visit whenever I wish, and regale you with my wit & wisdom.”

“But, who drew you?” I asked, taken aback just a little, “You can’t draw worth spit!”

Boomer only smiled.

“OK, there’s only one ex-Codger left,” I thought aloud, “but he says he’s waaay too busy for this stuff anymore.”

Fred at the Door © 2007 Merton & Boardman“Is this where we meet for the boat trip?” came a voice from the entry…

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

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Rainer
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Sarah Cooper
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The Return of the Codgers!!!!   It's like a dream come true!  :oD!!!
Sep 03, 2007 06:27 AM #1
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Lysa Napolitano
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Yay! Look who joined the party! Better late then never huh? :)

BTW 5 inches of rain here at the house since Friday.. 3 yesterday afternoon alone!
Sep 03, 2007 06:43 AM #2
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Sarah: Only on "Danger Bay" will those guys appear, as does Carl.

Lysa: I admit it, I missed the guys.

Jay 

Sep 03, 2007 07:00 AM #3
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Jay, I went running over to Danger Bay to get the rest of the story, but it ends at the same point there too.  Not nice making me wait like this :)
Sep 03, 2007 02:51 PM #4
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George: AHA! Gotcha! The first line of this post states: A Complete Episode (no link-click required)!”

Jay

Sep 03, 2007 04:15 PM #5
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OK Jay that was sneaky.  So now you are into tricking us older readers, don't you realize that we are confused enough already :)
Sep 03, 2007 04:24 PM #6
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I knew they'd be back!!  I'm glad you did it Jay.  Hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend!

Sep 03, 2007 05:09 PM #7
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George: You are giving me far too much credit1 There was not intent to deceive--however, I'll take it.

Ines: It has been a good Labor Day. Thanks.

Jay 

Sep 03, 2007 05:32 PM #8
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