Want to Get Some Coffee Sometime?
15 years ago I was working at Diesel Cafe and had noticed this cutie who would come in to the cafe some times. One night they came in and all night I tried to get the courage to ask them out. When they left the cafe before I made my move, my coworkers (Anne Browning and Dez Marcello), who were likely sick of me talking about this person, suggested I just run after them. Duh. So I finished the chai latte I was making and dashed out the door to the left, towards the Burren. They had already turned left at the liquor store and was almost to the Rite Aid. I paused behind them and said, um, excuse me, would you want to get coffee sometime? They said, don’t you work at a coffee shop? In my head I sighed in relief that they recognized me at least. I went back to the cafe with their phone number and name.
That night I looked them up on Friendster from my parent’s house. This was a month before I moved to Somerville. After a fun first date at Red Bones, we dated for a couple weeks, and then mutually decided we wanted to be friends. A year later we were roommates with two other women, and 15 years later we’re still friends. Meggie Woods now lives in Oakland and I live in Seattle. I’ll never forget the adrenalin I felt after running after Meggie that evening, and I’ll always be grateful for how Diesel has given back to me over and over and over again.