I’m on my second cup of coffee now and will soon be able to face the day. Second Cup is also a chain of coffee shops here in Canada. While we lived in Quebec, I saw them in all the shopping malls, and they were able to keep their name in English too. Some businesses have had to change name into French. Now we have a Second Cup in Saint John too, but I’ve only been there once. For two reasons: The location — it’s on King Street downtown, and we don’t go there often. We’re more likely to go out to the commercial district, where the mall and Costco are. Secondly; I’m a Starbucks person, and we have four Starbucks here. Compare that to 19 Tim Hortons [last time I counted them].
This coffee post leads me to think about Gordon Lightfoot! When I was a little kid, back home in Sweden, each Christmas my brother, who’s ten years older than I, gave me a record, an LP. In hindsight, I think he must have bought the ones he liked himself … the first one I can remember was Burl Ives and I was maybe eight or nine! I didn’t have all that many records, so I listened to those he gave me, all the time, figuratively speaking … I learned them by heart. After Burl Ives came Gordon Lightfoot, and here’s the reason he came to mind right now: