Outside, a man in dark glasses with a baseball cap hands out a political newspaper. Periodically, he holds the door for someone or comes in to straighten tables and chairs. I assume that's his ticket for getting warm without loitering since he's not a paying customer. A vagrant-looking woman -- disheveled clothes, uncombed hair, shopping bag of belongings -- bums a cigarette from the man in dark glasses and they exchange some words of knowing I can't hear. A black man in a florescent colored safety vest pushing a trash can, saunters up and they clap-tap hands in a good shake.
Hace Williams is a Seattle area author and journalist.