Romantic Conversation of the Day Dept

Started to settle into Starbucks for another long session of coding. The only other people here were a teenage couple obviously deeply in love, sitting in two chairs pulled face to face, leaning toward each other, all four hands clasped in the girl’s lap. I wasn’t particularly interested in what they might have to say to each other (they were infatuated and teenaged, neither of which characteristic tends to produce profundity of thought), and besides the boy was talking in that low near-whisper that teenage boys use when they are finding it tactically necessary to say sweet things to their young ladies that they would be humiliated for their dude friends to find out about. But I had to walk right past their table to get to the barista’s post, and as I walked past I overheard this one fragment of the young man’s monologue, reassuring me that Romance Is Not Yet Dead:

“…but then I had some broccoli and it got stuck in the back my throat and I almost threw up…”



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