Another cup of Joe

Sculpture at St. John's College

by cheri block sabraw

Joe and I met at our usual time and location (11:30am at the Elephant Bar) last week to catch up on our summers.

Approaching 80 years of vigorous living, Joe’s knee and hip need some oil. And after fainting at the A’s game, the doc told Joe to drink more water.

Oil and water don’t mix, Joe, I teased.

Joe doesn’t complain about his aches and pains, disappointments and heartache.

But I  see him wince, trying to slide into our usual booth, the one close to the bar and away from those annoying palm-leaf fans the Elephant Bar uses to create an African motif.

Some elderly couples, out for lunch, sit across from us.

Nice people, they look like.

So, baby, how’s the Bhagavad-Gita  coming along?Did you read that article Man vs. God in the Wall Street Journal, that rag of a newspaper? Christ, did you read about that guy who called Obama a liar?

Joe tends to clump questions.

The Bhagavad-Gita is an amazing piece of writing, but so full of heavy-duty one-liners that my progress is slow, I answer.

The waitress appears.  Joe asks her if she’s having a bad day and suggests that she looks edgy.

No, I just have too many tables and was up late, she says, without taking umbrage to Joe’s direct and unnecessary observation.

Joe is the real deal.

He is vital.

Joe is in the mix.

Still teaching, still out there—living life, despite his  pain and aloneness—Joe is my hero.

I start my graduate program next Wednesday and so will Joe.


I ordered duplicates of all the reading for him. Of course, he’s finished the first five assignments, (chores, as Joe calls them) and is ready to argue about what they  might imply.

Joe and I are going back to college.

Hey baby, I need to be out of here by 1:00 because I have a teacher observation at Mission High School.

Joe is rushing me.

Joe is the anti-geezer.

About Cheri

Writer, artist, cable television host, grandmother to four!
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15 Responses to Another cup of Joe

  1. Sir Jeremy says:

    Joe could still have at least another thirty to forty years of living ahead of him.

    Take it from me.

  2. Cindy says:

    What a guy. Aren’t many left like him. You describe him to a tee! Ss\end him my love—and good luck to both of you in college!

  3. Sara says:

    This is great. I like the emotion in this piece.

  4. Douglas says:

    I suspect that I would not get along with Joe (we see certain things a bit differently) though I can certainly admire his energy and passion.

    • Cheri says:

      I don’t agree with everything Joe thinks, (I like the WSJ) but in our diagreements about books, education, and politics, my mind is always expanded. We would enjoy your perpspective.

  5. Glorybelle says:

    I need someone like Joe in my life! I’m sure I’m just not looking hard enough, but he’s there.

    And I LOVE the word “tangentially” and now must find a way to use it today! 🙂

  6. andreaskluth says:

    This–en passant–is how I find out that you are ruminating on the Bhagavad Gita. Will you post your ruminations and struggles for us to see?

    Arjuna is one of the main characters in the last chapter of my book. I fully admit that it’s a struggle to “translate” the Gita’s message into our time, but it can be done.

  7. Brighid says:

    Joe sounds wonderfully alive.
    Looking forward to a brighter today.

  8. Jimmie says:


    Joe will always be a special guy in our lives that “marches to his own drummer” to say the least. Great piece!

  9. Jimmie says:

    ps. you know jack…

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