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It's been a rarity since I've been doing MNB that I haven't had anything to bring to the table for Friday's OffBeat ... but this is one of those weeks. For a variety of reasons, I haven't been able to get to any movies or read any books, so I haven't any reviews to share. I haven't even tried any new wines - I've had a few beers, but have relied on old favorites, like Smithwick's and Full Sail Amber. Just been that kind of week.

I do have a quick story to share with you though.

Yesterday I went to a Starbucks for a cup of coffee, and while I was waiting for it to be made, I became aware of Christmas music playing over the speakers. And behind the bar, the barista making the coffee was dancing to the music and softly singing the lyrics as she did her work. She was, to be sure, having a great time.

I grinned at her, and commented that I was pretty sure she'd be sick of Christmas music pretty soon, especially since it seemed to be starting so early.

"Nah," she said. "It's all Christmas in here."

Not for everyone, I pointed out.

And she gave me a big smile, and said, "That Donald Trump, he don't know what he's talking about."

And then she gave me my coffee. But more than that, she gave me a laugh ... and maybe a little bit of wisdom.




That's it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.

Slàinte!
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