what were they thinking?

Saturday, August 5, 2006

Jon and I took a little road trip last night to the Raven Coffee House in Port Huron. It’s filled with loads of charm and has a great atmosphere. The walls are lined with old books and it has comfortable and worn-in furniture. We were actually hoping to redeem the place because the first time we had been there, we had had a pretty bad fight (can’t remember what it was about, but I remember the awkwardness) and it kind of ruined the appeal of the place.

Well, the evening started out perfectly. We found it with no problem and even landed the perfect spot on a big comfy couch along the wall. We ordered our drinks and started reading our magazines.

And then…

The family reunion began.

Apparently, some people feel that a quiet coffee house is the perfect place to meet up with family and friends of all ages, including little toddlers.

That’s right, my friends. In less than 20 minutes we were surrounded by a party of about 25 people including grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, small children, and probably a few family friends. They smashed all of these people onto the three loveseats and bar along the wall that surrounded our couch.

Our couch was right behind a little coffee table – the perfect playground, you say? Well, apparently the little kids (all six of them) thought it was. They were running back and forth through our little area between the table and our couch. They were yelling over us to their parents, cousins and grandparents on the other side. They kept telling us to move our legs so that they could get through. And they kept falling and tripping over our feet.

We finished our drinks as fast as we could and got the heck out of there. I’m sure they were glad to have our couch free to fit in another group of people.

Jon and I were so irate over the whole experience. Who in the world would bring children to a coffee house at 9:00 PM? It is a completely inappropriate place for young children to be. Kids don’t drink coffee. Kids do not like to sit around and talk. Kids don’t know how to be quiet for extended periods of time. Kids don’t know how to read. And kids should be in bed when it’s 9:00 PM. Am I right?

Needless to say, our little adventure at the Raven was pretty much ruined again. We’re not sure if we’re ready to go back again and face a possible disaster number three. Lucky for us, on our way back to the highway we spotted this cool warehouse along the road that was glowing inside and looked spectacular all lit up. We stopped so that I could take some pictures and then we headed down the road to turn around. We ended up getting stopped because a train was passing through and I was able to get some more good pictures. I’m glad that something positive came out of our frustrating evening!



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