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Today is Sunday, August 13, 2017. I am enjoying a Sunday morning tall iced coffee with vanilla and cream at my favorite coffee house as I resume morning writing after a four-day break due to a cardiac catheterization.

Cardiac Catheterization

Amazing how you can’t type or use a computer when they access your heart through the artery/vein in your right wrist. They run a little tub up through the wrist, arm, through the shoulder and down to the heart. Then they run a second long thin tube called a catheter through the first straw like tube. In my case, it was inserted into an artery/vein in my wrist threaded through my blood vessels to my heart.  My test included a coronary angiogram, which checks the coronary arteries, though they are not part of every cardiac catheterization. The purpose of the cardiac catheterization was to check blood flow in the coronary arteries. It looked for blockages. This is pretty cool stuff.

Stretch Run

I’m writing for an hour this morning before going to church and Bible fellowship class. I return to the day job tomorrow morning.

I am on the stretch run with my retirement from the day job just two weeks from this Thursday. Then I transition to writing full-time. I’ll be writing about the transition in the days ahead. Why not join me in my adventure?

Photo source: Original photo taken by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Estes Park, Colorado

Today’s coffee-house photos are of the Starbucks in Estes Park, Colorado. It has two entrances. One is off the main highway that goes through town. The other is off the Big Thompson River and the river walk. It is one of my favorite Starbucks location. I’ve had coffee there at least a dozen times. I visit each time I attend the writer’s conference in Estes Park. They have great WiFi with tremendous bandwidth.

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Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a military brat. In his youth, he worked in a grocery store, warehouse, sold soft drinks at a major league baseball stadium, and as a folk-rock band as a rhythm guitar player. He has enough college degrees to cover a wall and even served his country in the US Army. Working in IT has paid the bills the last two decades. He’s been freelancing since Ronald Reagan was president. He’s even won an award for short story writing. Google his name. You’ll find his work and can buy a few novels with his name on the book’s spine. He lives with his cat and cancer-battling wife in north Texas.

Black Eye Cap Hill, Denver, Colorado

denver-black-eye-coffee-shop-01Black Eye Cap Hill is one of my favorite shops in Denver and the USA. You take one part of just plain cool add inviting and then a seriousness about coffee, and you have the Black Eye Cap Hill. It is unique.

The furnishings, character, and atmosphere were enough to make me glad I was there. It has a dreamlike air about it. I could imagine it used as a movie set or backdrop. It just felt cool to pull up to a table, take out my laptop, and write. It has the feel of a world-class coffee shop that changes into a gorgeous bar at night.

A strange twist about the coffee house is the bathrooms have audio books playing in them. In a weird kind of way, that’s rather cool.

The coffee was great. If your hungry or just need a snack The Black Eye offers a delight menu that is moderately priced.

The next time I’m in Denver, I’ll be back. The coffee was great, the service above average, and the atmosphere world-class.


Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a novelist, poet, book reviewer, award-winning short story writer, and coffee house aficionado. His work has appeared in over twenty venues, including Bewildering Stories, Beyond Imagination, The Dead Mule School for Southern Literature, Poetry & Prose Magazine, and vox poetica. When not writing each morning at his favorite coffee house, he supports his literary habit working as an IT application support engineer. He is a former Captain in the US Army. Kepler’s Military History Book Reviews was named a 100 best blogs for history buffs.


Starbucks, 356 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California

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The picture is of the Starbucks at 1356 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 9040. It is one of my all-time favorite locations. I was easily two to three times as old as the core group of local patrons.

Starbucks Santa Monica CAI used to hang out there after work and write when I worked for a Los Angeles based software company. They opened at 5 AM and stayed open to midnight during the week and to 1 AM on weekends.

Their WiFi is the fastest I have ever encountered. I think everyone in the coffee house could stream Netflix at the same time and have perfect picture and sound quality.

o-3The patrons were young, diverse, eclectic, and by the time I visited a third time, very accepting of me.

The management at this location allowed street musicians outside. This location was always crazy busy and wonderful. The Pacific Ocean was a short five-minute walk from this Starbucks, even in the never-ending crowd of tourists. If ever in Santa Monica, California this is a must location for coffee.

If you click on the photos, you can see the full-sized picture.


Jimmie Aaron Kepler 8/2016Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a novelist, poet, book reviewer, and award-winning short story writer. His work has appeared in over twenty venues, including Bewildering Stories, Beyond Imagination, Poetry & Prose Magazine, and vox poetica. When not writing each morning at his favorite coffee house, he supports his writing, reading, and book reviewing habit working as an IT application support engineer. He is a former Captain in the US Army. His blog Kepler’s Book Reviews was named a 100 best blogs for history buffs. You can learn more about him at Kepler’s Coffee House.

Starbucks at Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans

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Today’s pictures show there’s a little magic brewing at the corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Starbucks recently opened a new store in the historic French Quarter.

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It is inspired by the city’s rich history as a coffee trading port and its unique artistic spirit. The store is the latest example of Starbucks ongoing approach to creating locally relevant designs that honor the culture of the neighborhoods they serve.

 

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This location looks like a writer’s paradise.

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Jimmie Aaron KeplerJimmie Aaron Kepler is a novelist, poet, book reviewer, and award-winning short story writer. His work has appeared in over twenty venues, including Bewildering Stories and Beyond Imagination. When not writing each morning at his favorite coffee house, he supports his writing, reading, and book reviewing habit working as an IT application support engineer. He is a former Captain in the US Army. He holds BA, MA, MRE and EdD degrees. His blog Kepler’s Book Reviews was named a 100 best blogs for history buffs. He is the author of seven books and collections available on Amazon. You can visit him at http://www.jimmiekepler.com.

Bolsa Mercado, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas

bolsa-mercado-2Today’s Coffee House is the Bolsa Mercado. Located in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas at 634 W. Davis Street, it is one of the best coffee houses in the Dallas and the USA. If you like economical, casual, and want to bring your dog, it’s the place for you. It also offers some amazing breakfast tacos if you get there before 11:00 AM.

If you carry your laptop with you for writing or work as I do, the Bolsa Mercado offers plenty of workspaces, couches, tables, and patio seating. This is the Oak Cliff community coffee shop. If you live in this part of Dallas you will likely meet friends and acquaintances at The Bolsa Mercado. If you know someone from Oak Cliff, you may very well run into them here.

bolsa-mercado-1The menu includes gigantic macaroons, wonderful salads to go, outstanding sandwiches for lunch and even carry out meals ready. If you want a cup of black coffee, a shot of espresso or a cappuccino they have it. The Bolsa Mercado has no weaknesses. The prices are fair, the employees caring and upbeat, and the service world-class.

 

Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles

The photo is of the Starbucks at The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles. I used to work across the street from it. I at my evening meal there almost every day. It was across the street from my day job and a five-minute walk from where I lived when working in Los Angeles. Living a five-minute walk from work was good in LA.

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Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a novelist, poet, book reviewer, and award-winning short story writer. His work has appeared in over twenty venues, including Bewildering Stories and Beyond Imagination. When not writing each morning at his favorite coffeehouse, he supports his writing, reading, and book reviewing habit working as an IT application support analyst. He is a former Captain in the US Army. His blog Kepler’s Book Reviews was named a 100 best blogs for history buffs. Kepler has a Bachelor of Arts in history with English and military science minors. He also earned Master of Religious Education, Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees. You can also visit him at Kepler’s Book Reviews.

Estes Park, Colorado

Today’s coffee-house photo is of the Starbucks in Estes Park, Colorado. It has two entrances. One is off the main highway that goes through town. The other is off the Big Thompson River and the river walk. It is one of my favorite Starbucks location. I’ve had coffee there at least a dozen times. I visit each time I attend the writer’s conference in Estes Park. They have great Wi-fi with tremendous bandwidth.

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Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a novelist, poet, book reviewer, and award-winning short story writer. His work has appeared in over twenty venues, including Bewildering Stories and Beyond Imagination. When not writing each morning at his favorite coffeehouse, he supports his writing, reading, and book reviewing habit working as an IT application support analyst. He is a former Captain in the US Army. His blog Kepler’s Book Reviews was named a 100 best blogs for history buffs. Kepler has a Bachelor of Arts in history with English and military science minors. He also earned Master of Religious Education, Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees. You can also visit him at Kepler’s Book Reviews.

Hollywood and Vine

Over the years I have visited hundreds of Starbucks in many states. Today’s Starbucks is located at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California. It is one of the most famous intersections in Los Angeles. I worked for a software development company Los Angles the summer of 2012.

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Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a novelist, poet, book reviewer, and award-winning short story writer. His work has appeared in over twenty venues, including Bewildering Stories and Beyond Imagination. When not writing each morning at his favorite coffeehouse, he supports his writing, reading, and book reviewing habit working as an IT application support analyst. He is a former Captain in the US Army. His blog Kepler’s Book Reviews was named a 100 best blogs for history buffs. Kepler has a Bachelor of Arts in history with English and military science minors. He also earned Master of Religious Education, Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees. You can also visit him at Kepler’s Book Reviews.

Wash Perk in Denver, Colorado

The photo is of Wash Perk located in Denver, Colorado. It is a bicycle-friendly coffee house/cafe that serves up tasty snacks in an idiosyncratic atmosphere. It’s cozy. Its location near Washington Park has made it a favorite stop for locals. I asked for a specialty drink of theirs. They recommended their honey-cinnamon latte. It is a treat you won’ t soon forget. Thank you to my friend Karen Garrison (known as Nancy Karen Vandiver to my high school friends) for the recommendation. I find it a fantastic place to rest, relax, read, and write whenever I am in Denver, Colorado. I am a repeat patron of Wash Perk. It is one of my all time favorite coffee houses.
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Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a novelist, poet, book reviewer, and award-winning short story writer. His work has appeared in over twenty venues, including Bewildering Stories and Beyond Imagination. When not writing each morning at his favorite coffeehouse, he supports his writing, reading, and book reviewing habit working as an IT application support analyst. He is a former Captain in the US Army. His blog Kepler’s Book Reviews was named a 100 best blogs for history buffs. Kepler has a Bachelor of Arts in history with minors in English and military science. He also earned a Master of Religious Education, Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees. You can also visit him at Kepler’s Book Reviews.

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