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Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
My friend S wanted to meet for lunch in La Mesa. But that wouldn’t be ‘til noon, and I needed a place to get some work done in the meantime. S sent me to Cosmos Coffee Café. I expected something diner-ly and full of old men playing checkers, but what I found was a hip coffee shop atmosphere where the youngsters (did I just say that?) behind the counter are cute, the art on the bathroom wall is colorful, and the Wi-Fi does not require a password.
Fun art on the bathroom wall.
I ordered coffee and a pastry from Sam. He told me their best seller is the danish but that I should try the pecan roll. So I did. It was a good choice for flavor — the pecan crunch along with the sticky goo on top and the soft, warm bread beneath went perfectly with the black coffee — but the super stickiness made it not so good for working between bites.
Though the place was fairly busy when I arrived shortly after 9:00 a.m., I did find a table, and by 10:00, it had quieted down. At noon, however, a long line formed in front of the counter once again.
The quiet hour.
Busy or not, Cosmos is the kind of place where the management is lax enough to let a girl hang out with her laptop for hours at a time. And with my own earphones, I was able to focus on my work even with that gosh-darn rock-and-roll they played overhead.
Total bill: $3.75