“You can´t hang on to something and care about it; you can´t grab something without damaging it.” (11/26/2018) - I pause; I take a sip of coffee. “You have to let go of your friendship with the penguin.  I understand that you named it. You feed it. You petted it´s head.  You have to let it be free.  You can´t bring it with us.” “Why not?”, Bilta replies as he turns his head to his new friend. “Um”, I reply as I roll my eyes, “it should be obvious...
“You´re going to have to fight to get what you want. You will have to be proactive and defensive.” (11/22/2018) - I pull the small fish back from the penguin.  He lunges at me with his mouth open. “Stop”, I say as I put my hand up. The penguin jumps at me again. I toss the fish to the side.  The penguin scuttles over to it and picks it up off the ground. “You see writer”, I say as I turn my head to Bilta, “if you just go for what...
“I´m a lover of the small things–holding hands, walking together, small gifts, intimate dinner.” I pause; I sigh. (9/28/2018) - “What happened to romance?”, the writer asks. I shift in the seat; I turn my head to look out the window; I turn back to the writer. “Now, guys, treat it more like bromance when they want something–romanticism is gone.  It´s an act; it´s a aggressive demand; respectful behavior is forbidden; instead–rush in to the relationship then plateau at partners–not lovers.” “I think that my girlfriend and I do it...
“All you can do is not contact me again”, I declare into the digitaltelephone as I hit the power button and the device shuts off. (9/20/2018) - “What was that about?”, the writer replies as he turns his head to me. “Telemarketers”, I reply as I pick up my taza at the small cafe by the beach, “they keep calling–I keep having to go through the same routine everytime.“ “You think that they would get the point?” “You would–but they are paid to be persistent.” “Anything else that you can do?” “No”, I reply as I take...
“The smart action is somewhere between yes and no; the power of bargaining to get exactly what you want.” (8/30/2018) - “I´ll say it again then”, the writer replies as he leans back in his chair, “I´m not going to pay for your biscottis if you don´t give me more work.” “That´s an interesting quid-pro-quo but consider the big picture–the ROI on your decision”, I reply as I lean back and turn my head to look out the window, “you are throwing away a lot to preserve a little.” “That´s an...
“I would like to be friends but my superficial clique, family, and that random guy in the corner don´t approve.” (8/25/2018) - “I really thought we had a connection!”, the writer remarks as he shifts in his seat at the cafe by the beach. “I enjoyed our time working on the great Emperor penguin migration–you did top notch work. But alas, writer, I don´t friend coworkers–it makes emotions, feelings… you know, just makes things awkward when I fire you.” “But”, he replies as he leans forward, “you don´t want to get a...
“I´ld kinda prefer if you don´t like me and stay away–I mean life´s hard and I got it handled so let it, me, go.” (8/21/2018) - “Where are you going?”, the writer asks as he shuffles in his seat, “are we supposed to be going on a trip?” “Oh no–it was metaphorical.  It was just to say that I´m doing well and I would prefer space.  Like keep to the writing for your work, our job, and keep to your family when you are done.  Your family needs you and loves you–leave me alone and go home.  I...
“I bet you couldn´t name 5 things about me”, I tell the writer as I recline in my chair, “yet… you keep telling people we´re friends.” (8/18/2018) - “I´ll take that bet”, he replies as he leans forward. I pause; this is going to be painful. “I´ll just save you the trouble”, I reply as I take a sip of coffee and turn my head to look out the window, “you are going to start with a conclusion and work the facts or evidence, data, around to support what you already think is true?” “What do you mean?” “I´m...
“Do you give back or donate anything to the community–do you do anything that matters with your greatness?” (8/16/2018) - “I tip 18% propina every time”, the writer replies as he shuffles in his seat. “Well that´s good, I guess”, I reply as I lean back, “but what about donating your time to help someone. We are very upstanding citizens here and if you want to be on our team, we need to know that you care–through your actions.” “Oh! I can act like I care!” “That´s a start”, I...
“When you don`t say anything; when you are complacent; when you justify, you are an accomplice.” (8/5/2018) - I turn my my head back to the writer. “So”, I reply as I turn to look out the window, “you think that the waiter is just as responsible as you for witnessing your biscotti robbery from my plate and not saying anything?” “I’m not saying that he is AS guilty, but I mean let’s look at facts.¨ “I think that the facts of this situation say that ‘you took the...

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