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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Want Off

posted by on September 17 at 10:27 AM


I’m having tea and blogging from Makeda Coffee on 78th in Greenwood. It’s a nice place. The staff is cheerful. The scone on the plate next to my laptop is delicious. But being, you know, me and shit, I have some complaints. The mugs here are black, which ought to be against the law. Because you can’t see how dark your tea is, which makes it harder to determine how strong it is, which is why black ceramic mugs are completely retarded. And there’s a dog in hereónon-pit, so not too big a deal. But what’s really getting on my nerves is Rufus Wainwright’s “Want One,” which they’re playing on the phonograph or sound system or iSpeakers or whatever.

I actually love the album, and listen to it regularlyóbut only when I fly. I’m a nervous flyer and “Want One” calms me down. I’ve haven’t actually listened to “Want One” on the ground in five years. I now associate the album so closely with flying that… it’s having the opposite effect on me as I sit here in this cafe. It’s actually making me nervous, making me feel like I’m on an airplane right now, and not in a coffee shop in Greenwood.

But otherwise, this place is great.

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I have the same relationship with Thievery Corporation.

Posted by hillside_hoyden | September 17, 2008 10:38 AM

before posting, ask yourself: why would this be interesting? if the answer is "i don't know", then don't post it.

Posted by max solomon | September 17, 2008 10:43 AM

wainwrite does a great version of the Beatles' Across the Universe.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 17, 2008 10:43 AM

I actually like black mugs, because tea and coffee stains don't really show up on them. I know it's pretty easy to scrub them off with baking soda and water, but I'm lazy and a regular wash makes them clean enough for me.

Posted by emily | September 17, 2008 10:44 AM

Dude! You're in the neighborhood! Shoulda gone to Herkimer.

Posted by Fnarf | September 17, 2008 10:47 AM

You need some of those Cindy McCain pills. Get a grip.

Posted by Fly-Over Illinois | September 17, 2008 10:47 AM

It sounds like you need to go exercise. (and ask to use a to-go cup):

Posted by Vince | September 17, 2008 10:47 AM

If you move around, my absolute favorite coffee shop up there is Neptune Coffee on 85th and Greenwood. They're chill, the coffee is Stumptown, and their donuts are Mighty-Os. They also have soy milk, rice milk, hemp milk, and nice teas.

As a plus, you can check out the Greenwood Space Travel Supply across the street afterward.

Posted by V | September 17, 2008 10:47 AM

Timing, Dan. It's about timing. Generally, five minutes with boiling water for a black tea, three minutes with slightly cooler water for a green tea.

Posted by Abby | September 17, 2008 10:48 AM

Stay away from big buildings.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 17, 2008 10:48 AM

to properly brew your tea you should set the timer on your iPhone for the suggested/preferred length of time. correct brew times can be found on teh google.

Posted by tea drinker | September 17, 2008 10:49 AM

Jesus, Savage, proofread your FUCKING copy. You are the WORST Slog poster for leaving out words, spelling things wrong, etc. etc.

You can't see *how* dark your coffee is.

Fuck. You drive me crazy. If I turned in copy like yours I would be FIRED!!

Posted by Emma | September 17, 2008 10:49 AM



Posted by Mr. Poe | September 17, 2008 10:52 AM

Also try Neptune by 85th. Everything's nummers, wifi forever, they play vinyl, and it's where you're most likely to see the creamy-skinned neighborhood slenderites, with and without their ironic little beards.

Posted by tomasyalba | September 17, 2008 10:54 AM

Welcome to the neighborhood! What brings you up to the Northern wastelands?

I third the Neptune suggestion.

Posted by Levislade | September 17, 2008 10:56 AM

Should've gone to Diva. Also you missed two Gregoire signs on my block (77th and Greenwood).

Posted by J.R. Labrador | September 17, 2008 11:01 AM

@12 is right.

Dan is lazy.

His posts are the most likely Slog posts to be error-filled. He does not proofread.

Posted by Alan | September 17, 2008 11:02 AM

@16 Diva turned off their wifi, so no good for Slogging.

Posted by tomasyalba | September 17, 2008 11:12 AM

dan, this post makes you sound incredibly neurotic. like woody allen style. maybe you should try a decaffeinated tea.

Posted by douglas | September 17, 2008 11:15 AM

Yes, this post makes you sound completely insane.

It's also a very "look at me" post. Is there really any content here except for Dan Savage lovers who want to know what goes on his mind every minute of the day?

Oooooh.... Look! A picture of his half-eaten scone [masturbates furiously]

Really. It doesn't reflect well on you.

Egotistical, vain, content-free, hastily written without proofing, nervous, freaked-out about nothing, etc. etc.

Posted by James | September 17, 2008 11:18 AM

Lay of people with developmental delays and cognitive disabilities alredy. Could you just use the term "gay" instead of "retarded"? It would seem like a more sporting bigotry, given that most gay people can defend themselves.


Posted by dan | September 17, 2008 11:20 AM

I am at Herkimer now. Much better. I leave out as many words I care to, fuckers.

You want proof read copy? Don't read blogs.

Posted by Dan Savage | September 17, 2008 11:20 AM

As we age, we become every more picky and peevish. So start with a man so neurotic he gets annoyed at a cafe for playing a song they ought to know he always listens to when he flies (which he dislikes), then add ten or twenty years. Yeah.

Posted by elenchos | September 17, 2008 11:21 AM

"I leave out as many words as I care to."


But Paul and Jen and Brendan and Jonathan and Jonah don't.

That's why I prefer their posts.

(What a whiney bitch.)

Posted by James | September 17, 2008 11:22 AM

This is fucking fascinating.

Please post a photo of the bathroom coupled with your take on it's cleanliness.

Posted by burgin99 | September 17, 2008 11:27 AM

Will do...

Posted by Dan Savage | September 17, 2008 11:32 AM

It's a blog post. It'll more-or-less disappear into obscurity in about 6 hours. Who cares about spelling/grammar errors?

Posted by Reverse Polarity | September 17, 2008 11:34 AM

There is a reason teacups are traditionally white inside, regardless of the exterior decoration, part of the experience is being able to enjoy the color of your tea. Each variety has a distinct hue, which unless you are English and add milk is pleasant to contemplate.

Posted by inkweary | September 17, 2008 11:54 AM

God, Dan. Why do you have to be such a girl about everything?

Posted by Matthew | September 17, 2008 11:55 AM

I enjoyed this post. Please do more.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 17, 2008 11:56 AM

I'm with Poe @ 30.

Also, Egotistical, vain, content-free, hastily written without proofing, nervous, freaked-out about nothing, etc. etc.

Is this your first time reading Dan? We love him for those very reasons...

Posted by Mike in MO | September 17, 2008 12:03 PM

The bathroom at Herkimer is always spotless.

Posted by Fnarf | September 17, 2008 12:05 PM

Well, I just used it, Fnarf, so it isn't at the momentódamn. Should've taken a picture.

Posted by Dan Savage | September 17, 2008 12:14 PM

Posts like this intensify my crush on you so hard. You are the cutest man ever to live.

Posted by SippinALatte | September 17, 2008 12:14 PM

If you're a Rufus fan, then clearly you have the superior music taste in the relationship. ;)

Posted by Elizabeth | September 17, 2008 12:31 PM


Before commenting, ask yourself, "does anyone care?" If the answer is "I don't know", then don't comment on it.

Posted by COMTE | September 17, 2008 12:32 PM

Um...Dan...have you looked into accupuncture or therapy or something? Inasmuch as I appreciate the looking out for our lack of souls and the lack of souls of our politicians, you seem to take everything personally, so much so that you feel the need to blog about it.

I agree, a black mug makes one think that they're skimping on the tea leaves, but people in neighborhoods ought to be allowed to bring their dogs into cafes if the health codes allow for it, and, like children, as long as the owner can keep the dog quiet.

Posted by Kat | September 17, 2008 1:02 PM

Sure, Kat. As long as that dog weighs less than ten pounds. And as long as the very first woof or snuffle gets that dog AND OWNER permanently 86ed.

Posted by Fnarf | September 17, 2008 1:26 PM

I think Dan was a yappy little dog in a past life. One of the ones that gets nervous and pees in weird places when airplanes fly overhead.

Posted by Greg | September 17, 2008 2:46 PM

Who generates that many crumbs?


Posted by Jim | September 17, 2008 3:01 PM

Jesus, only Savage could post about nothing and get 40 comments. He's like the Slog version of Seinfeld.

Posted by Mahtli69 in Taiwan | September 17, 2008 4:22 PM

Fascinating. Now how about a thrilling philosophical post about poo, like that brilliant 'vanishing turd mystery' one?

Posted by banjoboy | September 17, 2008 4:25 PM

Dan, this is one of the many reasons why I love you. You artfully complain of matters big and small, call yourself out on your own bullshit and make it all okay and meaninful in a meaningless "I know I'm this way, but" sort of way. You're thoughtful about thoughtlessness. You make what does not matter, matter. It's all very Lennonesque in a style that is not very Lennonesque.

Posted by Deacon Seattle | September 17, 2008 5:00 PM

I, too, listen to that album during times of stress but luckily it never seems to lose its calming effect. MAGIC!

Posted by meatwhichdreams | September 17, 2008 6:18 PM
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