January 06, 2004

Oolong

A pot of Golden Dragon Oolong tea at Peet's on a rainy afternoon...

I am, once again, overwhelmed with how very, very little I have done to deserve a life in which so many good things happen.

Posted by DeLong at January 6, 2004 04:49 PM | TrackBack

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In Michigan, it was 10 degrees F, with a wind chill of -7. So you're getting it even better than you think.

Posted by: Barry on January 6, 2004 05:31 PM

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When the world gives you lemons, steep rosehips, and squeeze some in.

Posted by: Lee A. on January 6, 2004 06:01 PM

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"I am, once again, overwhelmed with how very, very little I have done to deserve a life in which so many good things happen. "

You must have yourself confused with George Bush. Or Andrew Sullivan. Or half a million other genuine parasites.

A pot of tea is the very least life owes you.

Posted by: Mikov Kauskov on January 6, 2004 06:03 PM

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Don't feel bad. Take the good things as they come and be happy that you can enjoy them. At least this is not something of the sort of "I don't deserve to be treated like this."

Posted by: cm on January 6, 2004 06:28 PM

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I am overwhelmed that someone so busy can focus and smell the roses, and be humble to boot.

Thank you for reminding me of why I read this site.

D

Posted by: Dano on January 6, 2004 06:52 PM

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"Treat men as they deserve and who shall 'scape whipping?"

Posted by: jam on January 6, 2004 07:05 PM

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It is about 20 here; but I just came home from opera rehearsal, and I feel the same way.

Posted by: masaccio on January 6, 2004 07:36 PM

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This excellent sentiment brings to mind the end of a Murray Kempton column, one I liked so much I wrote it down (and which took forever to find):

"There are, in truth, kicks everywhere, and I have had all these and never one at my own expense. Most of life's epiphanies arise from its accidents, and it is never so much fun as when it conscripts us as prisoners to the luck of the day. Colette says in "The Vagabond," that bible for all us migratory laboreres, that 'If Chance ever got Herself called God, I should have been a very good Catholic indeed." And so, too, should I."

Posted by: Chris Marcil on January 6, 2004 09:08 PM

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Think of the people who don't live where there is a Peets!

I can't even imagine what it must be like.

Posted by: Dave Johnson on January 6, 2004 09:21 PM

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Poor benighted bastards...

Posted by: Brad DeLong on January 6, 2004 09:30 PM

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The temperature dropped here from the mid 50's
to the 20's over the weekend. With the wind chill
we had to be below 0 this morning.

Have you heard Rodney Crowell's song "Earthbound"?

Posted by: malcolm on January 7, 2004 05:46 AM

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Everyone lives where there is a Peets:

http://www.peets.com/

Posted by: Harold on January 7, 2004 05:55 AM

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Can't find good Oolong any more at my grocery store, they used to carry a Twining's Lapsong.

Gonna see if I can find a Peet's, or try on-lone

Posted by: bob mcmanus on January 7, 2004 07:45 AM

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"..I just came home from opera rehearsal..."

Look what a mere mention of a pot o'tea brings out!

Posted by: bulent on January 7, 2004 08:50 AM

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Brad DeLong writes:
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> Dave Johnson writes:
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> > Think of the people who don't live where there is a
> > Peets!
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> > I can't even imagine what it must be like.
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>Poor benighted bastards...

Well, elitist pigs, as a poor benighted bastard I can assure you that there are reasonable substitutes, even here in the character-building Ozark-boundary MidWest:

http://www.lakotacoffee.com/

Great coffee, nice place, free wireless internet access. Or if you prefer something roomier:

http://www.cherrystreetartisan.com/

Again, also serving tea and having wi-fi connectivity. Of it really is tea you must have, then there's Fusion Brew (every kind of tea including bubble tea, wi-fi access of course).

So there. Of course, there still is something to be said for Peet's specifically, and there are days when I wish I could earn guest worker status at Berekeley, but those are the breaks.

Posted by: Jonathan King on January 7, 2004 09:54 AM

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Well, I remember in some of my olden days when we used to get together with co-workers for coffee break, the cafeteria was the place of choice.

The coffee was bad, the typical snack was heart attack muffin. But it was close by, and allowed for maximum time for some fun-type mudslinging, hen-slamming, and rooster-spurring type behaviors, along with some good storytelling. I hope that even if wi-fi gets going big time, they will still allow some of us to have some noise and fun.

Posted by: northernLights on January 7, 2004 11:18 AM

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Ah, Peets'! I'll be returning to Berkeley for the first time in 15 years in just a few weeks and plan to make a bee's line to Peets. We can buy the beans here in NJ, but there's something about sitting outside in the sun, watching the dogs with bandannas around their collars running around under the trumpetvines, that can't be beat!

Posted by: Jersey Tomato on January 7, 2004 11:35 AM

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Ah, Peets'! I'll be returning to Berkeley for the first time in 15 years in just a few weeks and plan to make a bee's line to Peets. We can buy the beans here in NJ, but there's something about sitting outside in the sun, watching the dogs with bandannas around their collars running around under the trumpetvines, that can't be beat!

Posted by: Jersey Tomato on January 7, 2004 11:38 AM

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"I am, once again, overwhelmed with how very, very little I have done to deserve a life in which so many good things happen. "

Well, hey, if it'll make you feel better, I've got a big pile of laundry here that you could get busy on. Perhaps then you'd feel more deserving?

Just trying to help ..

Posted by: Ken Overton on January 7, 2004 11:39 AM

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"I am, once again, overwhelmed with how very, very little I have done to deserve a life in which so many good things happen. "

Well, hey, if it'll make you feel better, I've got a big pile of laundry here that you could get busy on. Perhaps then you'd feel more deserving?

Just trying to help ..

Posted by: Ken Overton on January 7, 2004 11:44 AM

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As a distinguished economist, you probably have perspective on just how many billions of people we must continue to keep disenfranchised to maintain our incommensurate standard of living.

Such a heavy weight...the rest of us may comfort in our ignorance of magnitudes...until the water wars start.

cheers.

Posted by: sampo on January 7, 2004 12:28 PM

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Gather rosebuds while ye may.

Posted by: big al on January 7, 2004 12:35 PM

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"Well, hey, if it'll make you feel better, I've got a big pile of laundry here that you could get busy on.."

Look what a mere mention of a pot o'tea brings out!

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"A pot of tea is the very least life owes you."

Booth licker!


Posted by: bulent on January 7, 2004 02:11 PM

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A good sociologist might analyze the great divide between those who frequent Starbucks and those who frequent Peet's.

Posted by: joe on January 7, 2004 04:01 PM

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