This here is the front porch of Elliot's Fair Grounds Coffee, a little second-floor, overstuffed-chair, mismatched-furniture, creaky-floor kind of place. A very nice ambience, very different from Starbucks, which I would prefer over all but the downtown Starbucks, where I know all the people. That makes a difference.

New feature! Over there on the right-hand column is a new link to downloads of fabulous Sparky music selections.

Oh, and here's a contest! What fun! Be the first to name the song from which these lyrics have been nabbed, and I'll send you two shiny quarters!

"I said hello to the grief bird
Hello, grief bird
What's happening?"

Okay, put on your thinking briefs!