A ‘must have’ besides my computer?
I have a few…
Internet access. How else can I communicate to my friends? I’ve lived all over the world and that’s where my friends are. None here since…well… Marines deploy and change duty station. Besides, I’m old, most people I know are retired. (Generals included!)
My tweezers. Stupid, I know, but I use them more than I ever thought. It’s a distraction but at least a productive one. I never have to have eye brow wax. Again. (as a kid, I had a unibrow, it’s the Sicilian in me)
My books. Not the ones I’ve written, but my research books. Writers get ideas in the strangest places. I used to have more ideas the moments to write. Maturity, tons more skill and yes, age has mellowed that to not every idea should be a story. Even now I’ll look back through my idea file and what I thought was a book idea was really just an opening, or interesting twist. Like my colleagues, we know what will work with just a few mental questions so when someone says, “I’ve got an idea for a book,” (ahh, hello? We don’t need them) what you have is a piece of a story.
Another Must Have…
COFFEE! Do I need to say it again? I used to drink it black, with the Marines. That stopped when flavored creamers came out. But it was the moment I tasted the best cup of coffee in my life to date that I understood how should taste. (Jamaican coffee in Japan) Nothing like the Hard Corps Tar of USMC. I learned how to make a good pot and I like mine just so, but in a pinch, any cup will do. I don’t drink Starbucks unless I’m in a store, but Seattle’s Best and my favorite since 1988, Gevalia. Guatemalan Antigua to be precise. When I can find it. Gevalia buys small crops that have been rotated with sugar cane fields and other sweet or fruity crops. It changes the flavor of the coffee. I didn’t believe it either and I’ve tried a lot. I had it shipped to me when we lived in Okinawa.
While I love different roasts and blends, I stay away from French Roast, tastes burnt. I don’t care for flavored coffees and or creamers. Except on occasion chocolate.
It’s like my cappuccino. I want the real thing, not a frapped up, caramelized foo foo with whipped cream. Just an espresso or and cappuccino. Not a latte. If I wanted milk, I’d drink it. Decaf does not do it for me, at all. Even in coffee, so if someone knows a good tasting decaf. I’m game, send me the name.
So what can you NOT live without?
Have a great day.