飯後散步

有晚因朋友沒空,所以獨個兒外出吃飯,由屋企步行到Bloor夾Bay,那只是10、15分鐘的路程,撻拖在微風中行走時想了想,究竟有多久沒這樣做過?
吃完飯才七時多,橫豎回家又是坐一晚,不如去Indigo看看書逛逛紙品。
很少從Bay St.的正門進入Indigo,一入去是近期新書、暢銷書及店員推介,除了有關Jacqueline Kennedy生前錄音的新書,就只有Ellen Degeneres的新書吸引到我的眼球。
簡單不過的封面,慣常的看看書背的簡介,「Oh, hi. I’m so glad you decided to turn the book over. As you probably know, this is normally where authors put nice quotes from fancy people praising their book. I’m a little uncomfortable with that. It feels like a gimmick to get people to buy it and I don’t believe in cheap tricks like that. Besides, I know you’re way too smart and beautiful to fall for that kind of stuff.
Actually, I think you’re so wonderful I thought I would use this space to praise you. Yes, that’s right. You. Here are some of the nice things I have to say about you:
“This is a beautiful blouse you’re wearing. It goes so nice with this book.” – Ellen Degeneres
“I love the way you’re holding this book. It’s like you were born to buy it and hold it forever.” – Ellen Degeneres
“You know what I love the most about you? That we get each other. And also your eyes.” – Ellen Degeneres
“You’re my favourite reader. Ever, of all time. Shhh… don’t tell the other readers.” – Ellen Degeneres」
多無聊的東西,別人用這位置找來名人或傳媒來美言幾句﹐她就這樣寫﹐那刻正享受書店寧靜感及滿身書卷氣的我,邊看邊藐藐嘴笑。
好,這本書是我的。
突然想要一點點咖啡因,去了Starbucks買咖啡,前面有一對看似姊妹的女子,和收銀員說不知那個地方的咖啡店,大家吃完喝完才付錢,不像這邊要你先付錢才可以拿飲品,他們對客人的品格很有信心,絕不怕他們喝霸王咖啡。其中一個女人終於看到那排在後面,拍停還在說話的姊妹,我笑說不緊要,但這樣的咖啡店應不會在香港或中國出現。
向店員要一杯tall mocha with skim milk extra shot of espresso,他重覆一次我的order,說是否Double Tall Nonfat no whip Caffe Mocha,我點頭並說每逢叫熱飲,都是叫這個,但就總是忘記這飲品的正確叫法,他叫我下載Starbucks的iPhone app,就會找到,還笑說有了這個app,所有人都做到他們的工作。
拿著書去付錢,友善的黑人店員一眼望到我放在枱上的iPad case,說這真的很漂亮,是否在Holts買的,簡直是他鄉遇故知,立即說之前在網上見到黑色的要近百元,不捨得買,早前在Holts見到黑色及紫色的,便宜很多很多,我又很愛紫色所以就決定買下,他面露欣賞的神色,還問我可否打開讓他看看內籠,實在是my pleasure!幸好沒人排隊,這個簡單的transaction最後搞了近10分鐘,開心!
拿着咖啡手執新書沿Bay St.行回家,和Yonge St.相比我喜歡Bay的寧靜和整潔,是晚上令人精神得以鬆弛,還是什麼原因,為什麼那些店員全都這樣好傾?為什麼人人都好像不拘謹並在chatting mode?
要趁天氣還未冷,多點做些飯後漫遊呢。

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