Tripio The Novel

How I found my mind, brewed some coffee and wrote a novel

 Tripio opens with a prologue, which was the suggestion of my editor. He felt the book needed something to grab the reader right away. My immediate reactionary, immature and arrogant thought was that Tripio is great and that its greatness demands patience! Those thoughts did not travel from my mind to my mouth and I mumbled a more agreeable and conciliatory response to my editor.

    As it happened, just before that conversation I had been looking through my notes and old journals for the want ad I responded to for the job at Starbucks. I did not find it but knew I now wanted to use the original want ad for the prologue. This is covered in fascinating detail in post #17. Today, I want to go a little further back to a time before Jay knew Starbucks existed.

     The prologue finds Jay working at the Oregon Street Coffee house in Dayton, Ohio. That coffee house was situated in the middle of a slowly gentrifying section of downtown Dayton called the Oregon District.  As such, the Oregon Street Coffee house had neighbors that were becoming upscale bars and restaurants, a comic book store with a vast selection of porn mags in the back, and a vacant but soon to be rehabbed stand-alone movie theatre. 

File:Cigarette in white ashtray.jpg
[[File:Cigarette in white ashtray.jpg|thumb|Cigarette in white ashtray]]

      If the neighborhood could be described as up and coming, that could not be said for a good deal of Oregon Street’s regulars. Oregon Street opened its doors at nine in the morning and the regulars would take their stools at the bar and spend hours there sipping their coffee, smoking cigarettes, and discussing their plans for the afternoon or evening. Those regulars were indeed sitting at a bar, because the Oregon Street coffee house was a real bar for many years. But in Jay’s time the drink they served there was warm and brown coffee supplied by Dayton’s one and only coffee roaster. The regulars and the history of the place were only a couple factors contributing to the character and unique vibe Jay found while employed at the Oregon Street coffee house.  The coffee was not what Jay liked however. Later in Tripio Jay admits that “the Cosmodemonic does the coffee right’, after he tries a cup of coffee at a coffee house in Chicago that reminds him of Oregon Street’s brew.

     The visits Jay takes to his “coffee house under the tracks” show that Jay is homesick for his artsy coffee house in Dayton. At the same time, he acknowledges that his new employer has better coffee. Tripio is set in 1992 but Jay’s choice in where he finds his coffee fix has been repeated millions and millions of times since then. In the novel, Jay is simply going about his life making day to day decisions. He wasn’t choosing sides in any debate over whether his employer was responsible for the closing of coffee house like Oregon Street. That is the subject for books to come. Jay is about to face life changing circumstances which will make him decide bigger things than where to get his coffee: his employer is growing and is offering opportunities,  he is trying to sell his first novel and his new lover is expecting a baby.

          By the way, if you are ever in Dayton, don’t bother looking for the Oregon Street Coffee House, it closed a long time ago.

                                                
NOTE: I wrote this post many months ago. In light of the tragic shooting that occurred yesterday, I hope this post will help show that the Oregon District in my hometown has been in existence for some time and will continue on. It will take effort one day at a time to recover, but it will.

One thought on “Oregon Street Coffee House

  1. tvanschaik says:

    Nice one, Jerry. What a sad, sad Oregon District event this early AM. Terry

    On Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 11:07 AM Tripio The Novel wrote:

    > jvtripioauthor posted: ” Tripio opens with a prologue, which was the > suggestion of my editor. He felt the book needed something to grab the > reader right away. My immediate reactionary, immature and arrogant thought > was that Tripio is great and that its greatness demands pa” >

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share Your Kape

"Yung Kape malamig na!"

Ampersand

Lifestyle blog for the highly caffeinated, wildly passionate, live-out-loud twenty-something's

A Time To Write

Thoughts that may take you on a journey...

The Last Refuge

Rag Tag Bunch of Conservative Misfits - Contact Info: TheLastRefuge@reagan.com

Eva Harmoni

Articles, Poems, Book Summaries & Reviews

A Thousand Mile Journey

by Aleksandra Paukszta

Cups and Comments

Coffee Shops & Caffeinated Ideas

The Coffee Odeller

Poems (odes) inspired while imbibing coffee

Coffee on the house

Have you filled your cup today?

Life via Caffeination

Coffee, coffee shops, and then some---it's really just an adventure with coffee!

Welcome to allaboutwordswa!

To thine own self be true

Bernadette Benda

{THE WRITING LIFE }

Becoming The Muse

words on paper

marine biologist takes on coffee culture

Coffee Shop Blog

Daily Musings

Jordan Noelle

Eat the Burrata. Drink the Wine. Be the Light.

Starbucks Girl

Just a girl living in a Starbucks World 🌎

Rantings Of A Third Kind

The Blog about everything and nothing and it's all done in the best possible taste!

%d bloggers like this: