Happy Friday one and all!
This is the last excerpt I will be sharing from the first Floor 17 Café book. It is also, the final blog post in the book as well. When I put this book together I did an even 50 blog entries. However, when I got to the entry before this one, I realized that I ended it in such a hokey way; a super feel-good-happy-happy kind of ending. So I decided to do one more entry to wrap things up. I think it came out well. If you haven’t seen the cover for book 2 yet, you can view it and the end of this entry. Please enjoy!
A New Day Dawns
Good Tuesday afternoon to all my friends and fans of the Floor 17 Café. Yes it’s me Chuck and as promised here’s a new blog entry. I chose this title for two reasons, one it’s the song that East of the West sang at our wedding after we were married and headed back down the aisle as husband and wife. Secondly, with all of the changes mentioned in my last post, this is truly the dawning of a New Day. Not just another day on the calendar but a new day of how the café will be handled from here on out.
For those who read the comments let me respond in regards to a couple of them. First, in regards to KittyKat98, I’m glad she’s not on here anymore. I noticed that her name was removed as a follower. I didn’t do it so I assumed she did. I left her supposed threat in the comments section as it amuses me greatly. Secondly, Candice has claimed Patty and me as her aunt and uncle as that is tradition of the dragons. During their adolescence, anyone who shows care and concern for them gets “adopted” by the dragon. One other couple got adopted as an uncle and aunt when they were present for her birth.
Clancy was maître D this morning and he had me do my entire shift as a singing cowboy. Fortunately I have a decent singing voice and so I managed to entertain my patrons with singing and my cowboy slang. Johano was working with me and Clancy had him do the entire shift as a 1930s Gangster. We had the customers rolling in the aisles when the two of us would bump into each other. We’d stay “in character” and challenge each other to a duel. I knew Clancy would be a great addition to the café and I’m glad that he hasn’t changed even though he was promoted.
Maurice is up at Windows checking on everything there. Although he is now the owner, he still serves as maître D for both locations. He told me that he’s been at it for so long he doesn’t think he knows how to give it up. I told him as long as he’s happy, just keep doing it! And he is definitely happy! He’ll be going on vacation after our big party this Saturday. Glenda will still be available to show Maurice the duties of owner and she’ll fill in when needed while Maurice goes on holiday. I saw the worry in her face regarding her daughter, Meghan. I hope she finds her soon.
When I told Zak and Hector that Patty and I officially adopted them he was overjoyed to have parents again. We went up to the Floor 68 Public Park yesterday on my day off. We enjoyed the day, our first, as official parents! Patty is still not feeling too well and we took it easy for her sake.
Speaking of Patty, now that she’s pregnant she will no longer serve as a guide but will be at the registers most of the time. She’s not happy about that as she loves to explore the entirety of the gift shop. Her boss, Jake, wants to make sure that there are no accidents concerning the child. She mentioned that she might also be allowed to serve as liaison for the gift shop and go around to businesses that don’t have souvenirs available to try and encourage them to do so. Since she handled the remodel of the café so professionally, Jake feels that she can do this job as well. And yes, it is a promotion for her!
The new elven server, Gainel Breeches, is doing a marvelous job of serving. He got some practice at Quenchers when he was serving a two week work furlough. Not sure what that is but Denbar assured us that he won’t give us any trouble. He and Gretchen have become fast friends, especially after she pulled the ice cube trick on him. Since then they have conspired in several practical jokes; mostly aimed at Clancy. Since he’s big in the filming industry, they’ve brought in a few people pretending to be making a movie and wanted him to direct. Long story short they recorded the whole incident and then played it back in the radio studio this morning. Clancy couldn’t believe his ears but then laughed as he was that easygoing. You couldn’t pull a stunt like that on Ol’ Whatshisname.
Speaking of the radio studio I’m finally going to get my chance to be a guest D.J. this coming Friday afternoon! I’ll be spinning some records and taking requests from noon until four, and then a match will be heard from five until eight. Maurice will send someone down from Windows to fill in for me while I’m up in the studio. A couple of times I’ve gone up there and watched Wally do it and know I should be able to handle it myself.
Maurice got in contact with Evander, the dwarf tavern owner. He’s the one who got us Vincent Singer for the Diadios celebration last year. Maurice is making arrangements, through Evander, to the Academy of the Seven Spires to send one Fourth Year Student per month to perform for a few shows at the café to help give them experience. I think that’s an excellent idea! It will help the students with their resumes or letters of introduction and give us some entertainment for the weekend.
“Mucky” Meyers had made his return this morning with his mule, Helene. He hadn’t been feeling too well of late which is why he hasn’t been around. I guess when you’re his age it’s harder to do even the simplest of tasks. No, he never told me his age but when you look at him you’d guess he was up there in years. I finally asked him about the atmosphere of Rellfax Minor and off he went on one of his stories. Clancy is thinking about recording him telling stories and then selling copies to keep our costs down for the café.
That will bring this entry to a close. Thanks for stopping by and giving it a read. Stop down in the Askinar Towers Gift Shop sometime and give my wife some encouragement. I have a feeling that this pregnancy of hers is going to be rough. Also stop by here in the café for a sandwich and something to drink. Remember, I’ll be on the air this Friday afternoon so they’re be plenty of music for dancing as long as you mind the puddles. My next post probably will be late Friday after my D.J. shift.
Happy to Serve,
Clancy33: Hey Chuck, can you yodel? I’ve got an idea for your next character!
SuperStud2000: Yodel? Let’s just stick to singing.
Johano1: Loved playing the gangster. Just remember I can’t sing, Clancy.
Clancy33: No problem! But do you know Shakespeare? Check it out in the library sometime.
Brenda10: I love Shakespeare! We have several of his books. Stop on up.
Gretch2112: Clancy, can I do a movie starlet? I’m good at over-the-top performances.
Johano1: Yes, she is good at that.
SuperStud2000: No argument from me!
Gains914: That ice cube trick was hilarious! Hey Clancy, Can I be a football coach doing a halftime pep talk.
Toby2150: I’m gainfully employed by a siege company. I’ll be in to eat soon, it’s been too long.
As promised, here’s the cover for book 2, A Café Mystery…
I’ll be back on Monday to talk a little about this new book!