How to have brunch in the “Paris of the East” in post Communist Poland. Or maybe it’s post capitalist.
We meet up at our favorite café at 12:30. Too late for breakfast, too early for lunch. A perfect time. No people, we thought. We walk up to the counter to read a sign that says, “Closed for a technical break”.
“What the hell does that mean?” I ask.
“It means we’re so busy that we can’t keep up so decided to close for 20 minutes. Maybe more.”
Hey, I wish I could try that excuse at work, don’t you? Interestingly, I’ve seen a lot more people at other times and it never “closed”.
Or how about this one at a Thai takeout just next door coincidentally, a couple of weeks ago. I finally got my order after waiting 30 minutes and I asked what took them so long. He said there were a lot of people. I looked around and counted 8. When I invited him to count along with me, he shrugged and walked away. Is it a coincidence that both of these people are in their early 20s?
Yeah, maybe it is post capitalist. That’s all folks! It’s back to the future!
HOW IT USED TO BE