... it's all connected. Somehow!
Happy coincidnces and such things abound
It (whatever 'it' is) all started just under a year ago - fav.me/d5vhhne
During one of the meals we have had in the that restaurant I have, thanks to a friend, become 'addicted' to Turkish apple tea. It's great stuff! So in the past few months I have taken to swinging by the place on a Monday when I walk into town and having a cup of apple tea. In fact they have taken to calling Monday "Simon's apple tea day"!.
It was but a short mental hop, skip and jump from having apple tea in the restaurant to getting some for 'personal use'. I declined to take the easy route to begin with so did not ask the owners if I could buy some from them and went in seacrh myself. After all, how hard could it be? Months passed, a few handy, local places (in fact two shops owened by the same really nice guy, called Dana) held out hopes, but they could not seem to get the stuff I was asking for.
The easy route beckoned so I caved in and asked. And they were on their last lost and had been unable to get more. Then, they ran out! Aiiieeee, much wailing and gnashing of teeth! Almost everyone I spoke to was regaled and asked about apple tea. Nary a peep. A lot of blank looks, a lot of people looking for the number of those nice men in white suits ...
Time passed, I still popped in to the restaurant to have a chat. I popped in to the shop to see how Dana's luck had been.
Then come one day when I thought it had been too long since I'd eaten at the restaurant so nudged a friend and arranged to meet there. That Monday I was hanging around outside waiting and the owner/manager walked up the road, greeted me warmly and inquired if I was coming in for a meal. I said that I was and was waiting for my friend and was about to say, jokingly, "... even if you don't have apple tea" when he said, "oh, we have your apple tea!"
Hurrah, much rejoicing! Even better was the fact that my friend had had not the greatest of days so we managed to end the day with a great meal washed down in a sea of apple tea. And, better and better, they gave me a bag of the stuff! Can't get much better service than that, can you? Well actually you can ...
I still pursued my own source of the apple tea then it was my birthday/christmas and what do you think my brother and his family got for me? Yup,a box of Turkish apple tea! I was ... well, grateful to say the least! A bit gob-smacked in that I'd been chasing the stuff for months and months and they just casually get some for me as a present. It helps they know the city in which they live better than I (the same place as Dana has one of his shops) and they had found a 'little place' that sells it! Dana has taken a photo of the box to show his supplier! As his shop is a lot more convenient for me to get to I aim to still try and get the stuff from him.
I took the box to a friend's place to allow him to see what I'd been rabbiting on about for so long. He seemd to like it. Next week when I visited he'd got his own. Yep, took him a week. Apparently he'd remembered the name on the box and ordered some from Amazon. 25 years in IT and I still forget to use the internet for some things!
Just yesterday I was chatting with supplier ... of chocolate ths time! He's new-ish to the managerial job, the previous assistant manager having moved to another store in the nearby city. Anyway chatting away about idling about and what we did and he said he drew. I asked if he had a gallery anywhere, and he said, "yes, on deviantART ..." He hand-draws (which makes him a real talented bastard in my books) and does stuff in an Anime-style (and yes, he has been recommended Girls und Panzer). So, Chris, aka keep up the good work both art and chocolate supplying!
If that was not enough, my coffee girl #2 has joined dA to stalk me! Hello,