"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them." - Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


This morning, after dropping my daughter off for her last day of pre-school, I was in need of something to occupy the next few hours. I couldn't go home because our cleaning lady was there, doing her usual amazing job (don't be too impressed, she only comes once every couple weeks to tackle the stuff my wife and I are too lazy to clean).

I decided to hang out at the coffee shop near the school* to pass the time. So there I sit, sipping a flavored water, having a lovely peach scone and surfing the web on my iPad. There are various types also enjoying their beverages of choice. There's the guy who sets up his small business office in one corner of the place. There's the attractive young college student, with her three books (textbook, MacBook & Facebook) and the Desperate Housewife sitting there because she has nothing better to do, but doesn't want to be stuck alone at home.

There is one coffee shop stereotype that's missing, however. One that I like to call the A.H.D. or Aging Hipster Douchebag. You know the type: Dresses too young too 'hip' for their age. Tries too hard to be cool by carrying around the latest tech. Wants to show off how eco-friendly and ethno-sensitive they are. Totally douchey, right?

Problem is, no one at this particular coffee shop seems to fit the profile. "Oh, well," I say to myself. "Maybe next time." It's at that moment, I catch a glimpse of myself in the window of the shop. Oh. My. God. No wonder I wasn't able to spot the A.H.D. in the place.

It's me...

*No, it wasn't a Starbucks. Those greedy bastards charge for Wi-Fi!


  1. While this post is funny...I wouldn't put you in the AHD category. A real AHD is also conscious of their appearance and is trying to impress the people around them with how hip they still are.

    I'd hazard to guess that you're not trying to impress anyone (I can't remember you ever...) and that you have these things/clothes/stuff cuz you still like it. It may seem to be splitting hairs, but I think it's an important distinction.

    As for the D'bag thing...well...you earn that title for other reasons. ^^

  2. Damn you Feeney, I can't figure out if I'm the AHD or the DH. bastard

  3. Well, you're older than I am, so...