Love From A Distance
My best friend and I grew up in Niagara Falls, NY. While I have stayed in the greater Buffalo area, just after college, John made the Boston area his home. He found his amazing soulmate there, they settled in Somerville near Davis Square. As we visited, we watched the transformation of the area, including the opening, and later the expansion, of Diesel.
Once Diesel opened, you became our go-to spot every morning during our visits. My husband and I are early risers by nature, so we often quietly slipped out of the house to have coffee and breakfast at Diesel, and when our friends finally roused, we would bring them back Diesel coffee drinks and baked goods. Our friends’ friends became our friends, and we would meet at Diesel over espresso drinks.
John had a scientific mind and the soul of an artist. He created some amazing series of photographs that were shown in galleries nationwide, exhibited around the world, and purchased for publication. Tragically, several years ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given 7 months to live by one practitioner. He defied that prediction by more than double. As always, every time we visited, Diesel was part of our visit, part of our comfort zone.
We still go to Diesel whenever we are in town, and our friends often send us pics of cortados and lattes from Diesel when we haven’t visited in awhile to let us know they are thinking of us.
I hope Diesel continues to thrive so that we will always be able to drop in when we visit. You are truly our favorite coffee shop. We have two different style Diesel mugs, two different Diesel tees, a reusable travel cup, and both carry your bottle openers on our keychains.
Congratulations on your successes — you’ve earned them. And here’s wishing you many more wonderful years.