Life — however you define it — got you down?  Has your trusty shield suddenly become Saran Wrap?  Has existential dread got you by the windpipe?  Are you walking in the shade?  Who filled your suitcase with bricks?

Come with us to the Optimistic Cafe.

“Hi! welcome to the Optimistic Cafe, where we brighten your day as we fill your plate.  My name is Cleo, and I’ll be your server for tonight.  Can I start you off with a burst of possibilities?”

“Hi, Cleo!  The lady would like the Waller Platter — dressing on the side, and no arugula in the salad.  Is that something the kitchen can do?”

“Can do.”

“And for you, sir?”

“I’ll take the Strong Bowl.  Rare, please, with extra sunshine, and Chittison dressing.”

“Certainly, sir.  I’ll put those orders right in.  And everything will be OK.”

May your happiness increase!


  1. Does the Waller Platter include shrimpers & rice? They’re very nice. Fish, fish – a ladies favorite dish. Or meat – such as rump steak with no potatoes? Don’t forget the cocktails for two….

  2. Thank you Michael. There couldn’t be a more wonderful pairing of some joyful jazz. Fats with his irrepressible spirit and Pops with his ability to make every tune sound inviting, warm, energetic, fun and ‘just right’. “I’ll have what they are having thank you.”

  3. Don "Zoot"Conner

    Loved those appetizers,sir,now bring please bring me me my just desserts.

  4. A well-deserved rimshot, Zoot!

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