Nice thing about my apartment is the lanai – an open air patio that looks to the east. the alarm goes off at 0500 every morning, and as I listen to NPR I make coffee, contemplating the view of L.A. over the horizon, a tenuous connection to the mainland. Lots of folks here follow L.A. sports teams – for me, I have always detested the Lakers and UCLA for that matter ( being a Cal alumnus).
In one cabinet I have three broken coffee makers, and last week I went shopping to see about getting a fourth one. Looked at a Keurig – nope, can’t get Starbucks. Thoughts about a new espresso maker – hmm….. not for $150 I won’t.
Then I said to heck with it. I will use the system I now have, the one I relied upon while backpacking, the same system they use to make Chiya in Nepal. SOme call this the Hobo method for coffee – I recall seeing this in a campground in Oregon in 1978 while driving crosscountry with a woman I knew at the time. It is an unexpected pleasure to come across well-prepared food in such a location.