Coffee, Rhode Island

Dunkin Donuts coffee cup
Here I am in Pawtucket, RI. I stopped at Dunkin Donuts. “I’d like a small cup of coffee, regular, please.” The cashier stared at me for a minute, and then gestured to the bagged coffee. “No,” I said, “a cup.” She stared at me again, then picked up a cup from the stack and held it up. I nodded. In a heavy accent, Portuguese, I think, she asked how many. “One, please.” She picked up a to go lid with a questioning gesture. I nodded. She rang up $0.20 and pushed the empty cup across to me. I looked around. Maybe I was supposed to fill it myself. But twenty cents? “I want a cup of coffee,” I said. Another woman came over. “She wants a cup of coffee,” she told the other woman. “Cream and sugar?” I nodded. “Two dollars. “ Good thing I had exact change. I kinda wanted a donut, but I was exhausted.


plate with wall of china and text: University of Science and Technology Beijing 1952
I am determined never to buy paper plates again. I went to the Salvation Army and bought every plastic plate they had, 31 in all. This was the most expensive, at $2.99. Worth every penny! The legend reads "University of Science and Technology Beijing 1952". I might not use it for cookouts. The little ribbon on the back indicates that it is suitable for hanging on the wall.