Madhatters Tea House and Café, San Antonio - Against my better judgment, and with all historical evidence indicating otherwise, I ended up working through most of last Friday afternoon. But not behind the desk; seeking an escape (and caffeine), I temporarily abandoned my electronical gadgetry and sought refuge from the stifling summer heat at Madhatters, a great coffee/tea/sandwich shop in King William . Nothing like knocking out the Journal Op-Eds and sucking down a steaming cup of coffee before getting back into a 130-degree car.
From a corner table I was able to focus for a couple of hours on the task at hand, which in addition to the above, and w/o Interweb distraction, quickly turned into the age-old sport of hipster gazing. After a short while though even the excessive tattoos and multiple facial piercings become ho-hum. I had just counted my 772nd pair of thick-rimmed glasses when four men emerged suddenly from the back room, each (comparatively) standing out in his own unique way, decked out in some amalgam of seersucker, white bucks, linen, poplin, penny-loafer, gingham, tortoise shell, etc. It was a refreshing scene amidst the background noise of Chuck Taylors and skinny jeans. And my hat goes off to them... because in spite of the mild look of disdain from the fellow behind the bar, judgingly serving up three-dollar cups of Fair Trade coffee, these trads illustrated the great diversity of the neighborhood: White People... dressing differently.
Shortly afterwards two cinematic coming-of-age tunes, in succession, wrapped up the week for me in fine fashion: first) "Mandy" - Barry Manilow; second) "Summer Breeze" - Seals and Crofts. They were as comforting as the madras sport coat that had just strolled out the door...
MADHATTERS TEA HOUSE AND CAFÉ
320 Beauregard Street