The Mixtape

THE MIXTAPE by Bob Bartlett

 

courtship in the time of quarantine: a series of Facebook posts

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A state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency was proclaimed on March 5, 2020, and renewed on March 17, 2020, April 10, 2020, and May 6, 2020, to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the state of Maryland.

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April 18, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: hey, there - nice mask
me: thanks - yours, too
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: what’dya listening to?
me: the new-ish Ray LaMontagne
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: nice
me: yeah, it is
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I’ll give it a listen this afternoon
me: cool
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: sounds kinda romantic - and lonesome
me: yeah - I guess
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: so what are you doin’ later?
me: oh, you know - hanging out at the house - writing, and reading essays
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: sounds fun
me: yep - I’m a writer - and teacher
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: that‘s about what I woulda guessed
me: right
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: here ya’ go - grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: sure thing - stay healthy
me: you, too

 

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April 19, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: hey half-caff
me: hey
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I listened to that Ray LaMontagne - it’s hot
me: yeah, it is
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: so what are you up to today?
me: piddling around the yard, probably
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: cool - it’s gonna be a nice day
me: yeah
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: what’d ya listening to this morning?
me: oh, Patty Griffin
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: who?
me: hey, you know - my zip code has only four positive cases of ... you know ...
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: really? around here?
me: well, I’m the next zip code over
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: oh, the farms
me: right
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: and McMansions
me: yeah, but I don’t live in one of those
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: because ... teacher
me: and I’m kind of a socialist
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: me, too!
me: so if you ever wanna ...
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: stay healthy
me: you, too

 

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April 22, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: mornin’, de-caff
me: half-caff - morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: who’s that?!
me: Gary Clark Jr
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: that. is. nasty!
me: yeah
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: turn it up
me: sure
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: hot
me: yeah, he’s great
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: you doin’ that teaching thing today?
me: yeah, today’s a long day - hey, you ever watched The Waltons?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks - catch ya’ later
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: yeah, man - stay safe
me: you, too

 

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April 27, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: morning - oh, hey, half-caff
me: morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: Johnny Cash - doin’ Glen Campbell - that’s a great way to start a day
me: yeah, it is
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: do anything fun over the weekend?
me: eh - did some writing and watched Sondheim’s 90th on YouTube last night - you?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: hung out with my dog
me: and I walked in the rain - down by the river
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I did that, too - with my dog
me: cool hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: happy teaching
me: yeah, thanks - see ya’

 

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May 3, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: morning - oh, hey
me: morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: who ya’ listening to today?
me: Whitney Houston
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: that does not sound like Whitney Houston
me: it’s this dude Matt Alber covering her
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: nice - that’s nice - Sunday-mornin’ nice
me: yeah
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: or Saturday-night nice - it’s gonna be a great day - get out there and do something safe
me: oh, I plan on it
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks - later
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: wait
me: yeah?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: mmm - I like that part
me: me, too
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I’ll be singing it all day
me: good for you - see ya’
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: yep

 

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May 6, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: hey half-caff
me: morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: this is getting regular
me: yeah, well, I wasn’t here yesterday - I only try to come on the mornings when you’re working
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: you do not
me: I don’t - I don’t know when you’re working
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: is that ...?
me: James
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: oh, wow - my dad was seriously into them
me: your dad?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: (singing a bit with the radio) “I’m gonna hold her in my arms, just like Fred Astaire ...”
me: nice voice
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte - have a good one
me: you, too
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: see you tomorrow?
me: sure

 

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May 10, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: happy Mother’s Day
me: right - you, too
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: turn it up - Aimee Mann
me: covering?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: got me
me: Badfinger
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: ah, sweet [whoever/whatever that is]
me: yeah, it’s fun
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: so what are you writing today?
me: a seduction
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: ooh - really?
me: yeah, but I’m not sure it’ll going anywhere
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: but you’re not sure it won’t
me: right - my friend Jason says I should make you a mix tape
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: your friend, Jason, is right - you so should - grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: anytime
me: see ya’
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: with a mix tape - that’s not really a tape
me: you got it - later

 

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May 13, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: morning
me: morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: mixtape?!
me: still working on it - trying to find a song to fit onto what’s left of Side A
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: right - funny - so what are you up to today?
me: not a lot - a couple meetings - classes ended yesterday
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: sweet - get outside
me: oh, I’m gonna
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: [singing with the radio] subdivisions - in the basement bars - in the backs of cars - be cool or be cast out - hey, that mixtape?
me: yeah?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: you take requests?
me: sure
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: that 🙂
me: you got it 🙂 later
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: have a good one
me: yeah - you, too

 

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May 17, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: morning, mixtape
me: morning - here ya' go
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: mixtape!! that does not look like a mixtape
me: just pull its head off
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: ah - I see me: do you know who that is?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I do not
me: it's a cartoon thing
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: Spongebob!
me: before that
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: oh, no - it's on me
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: can't wait to get this into the old tape deck
me: it's kind of the equivalent of two Maxell UR 90 minute cassettes
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: fun - alright - have a good one
me: you, too
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: get outside!
me: yep

 

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SIDE A

Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
Patty Griffin - Rider of Days
Maria McKee - My Girlhood Among the Outlaws
Ray LaMontagne - Such a Simple Thing
Bruce Springsteen - Prove It All Night
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - The Tracks of My Tears
Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer
Alabama Shakes - Heartbreaker
Gary Clark, Jr. - When My Train Pulls In
Fleetwood Mac - Over My Head
Marshall Crenshaw - Whenever You’re On My Mind

 

SIDE B

Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
Martin Sexton - In The Journey
U2 - Please
Paul Simon - Hearts and Bones
Radiohead - How to Disappear Completely
Bruce Cockburn - Live On My Mind
Stevie Wonder - Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing
Blue Rodeo - Venus Rising

 

SIDE C

Shawn Colvin - This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
The Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again
Sam Cooke - Nothing Can Change This Love
Patty Smith - Dancing Barefoot
John Hiatt - Lipstick Sunset
Kate Bush - How To Be Invisible
REM - So. Central Rain
Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone
James - Just Like Fred Astaire
Jefferson Airplane - Miracles

 

SIDE D

Jackson Brown - These Days
Van Morrison - Ancient Highway
Everything But The Girl - I Don’t Understand Anything
Cher - The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
Ellis Paul - Sometime, Someplace
Annie Lennox - Something So Right
The Supremes - Someday We’ll Be Together
Calexico - Follow the River

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[by request]

Rush – Subdivisions

May 20, 2020

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: hey half-caff
me: morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: here ya’ go
me: oh, no - you can keep that
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I replied - with a mixtape of my own
me: really? [wow!!!] thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I liked your mix - it’s actually great - I limited mine to twenty songs - it was fun
me: cool - thanks - I’m gonna go sit down by the river and check it out
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte - hope you like it
me: I’m sure I will - see ya’
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: see ya’
me: oh, hey - my name’s Bob
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: [xxxxxx] - nice to meet you, Bob
me: likewise

 

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His mixtape ...

 

Harry Styles - Sign of the Times
Morrissey - Speedway
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Sonic Youth - Superstar
Johnny Cash - One
The Smiths - Handsome Devil
Rufus Wainwright - Go or Go Ahead
The Killers - Read My Mind
Jeff Buckley - So Real
Erasure - When Will I See You Again
Elton John - Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Donna Summer - Dim All The Lights
David Bowie - Let’s Dance
The Cure - Love Song
Pet Shop Boys - Go West
Paul Buchanan - Mid Air
Nina Simone - If I Should Lose You
Nick Cave - I Let Love In
The National - Lucky You
Janet Jackson - Together Again

 

May 24, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: morning, half-caff
me: morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: what ya’ listening to?
me: your mixtape
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: nice
me: nicely done
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: thanks - glad you like - big plans for the holiday weekend?
me: cleaning out the gutters maybe - might take out the kayak tomorrow
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: that sounds fun
me: and I bought a couple Adirondack chairs
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte
me: you know, um ...
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: yeah?
me: well - if this wasn’t the end times, I’d probably ask you to coffee - or a play - or a baseball game
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: we could do coffee - I know your drink - I know your ride [writing on the cup] text me
me: sounds good - later [!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: later - stay safe
me: you, too [!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

 

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May 27, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: morning
me: morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: sleep well?
me: not really - you?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: you know, up early - like always
me: right
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: [leaning out] see you this afternoon?
me: yep [!!!!!!!!!] I’ll be the guy wearing a mask - sitting in a beat up Silver Mazda
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: and I’ll be the guy in the piece of shit pickup looking like a tired “partner” ending a shift at a chain coffee sweatshop - I’ll bring the coffee
me: I’ll bring the Werther’s Caramels, as requested
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: be safe
me: you, too
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: oh, check out your latte art [a starburst!!] and turn up that radio [Bettye LaVette’s badass cover of Lucinda Williams’ JOY]

 

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May 28, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: morning, half-caff
me: morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: get some sleep?
me: yeah - on the couch on the front porch - it rained all night
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: nice
me: it was
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: what are you up to today?
me: working on a script
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: the one you told me about yesterday?
me: a different one
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: a happy one?
me: yeah - it’s a romantic comedy of sorts - not my go-to genre
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: blame it on the isolation 🙂 grande half-caff skim latte
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: who’s that?
me: Abigail Washburn [Last Train]
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I like it
me: so do I - call you later?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: sure - have a good one
me: you, too

 

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June 2, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: morning
me: morning
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: iced?
me: it’s getting warmer
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: some summer we’re gonna have
me: yeah - we’re not doing so good, are we? I mean, we, you know, we - the country
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: no, we’re not
me:
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: here, wait - pull up there
me: why?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: just do it
[he brings my coffee to my car]
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande iced half-caff skim latte
me: thanks
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: writing today?
me: not today - the play I was working on is wrapping up
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: is it any good?
me: I hope so
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: what’s it about?
me: now - life right now
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: sleep okay?
me: no - you?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: nope - tonight’ll be better
me: yeah
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: well, I gotta get back
me: okay - thanks for the coffee
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: sure - hey
me: yeah?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: gimme your phone
me: why?
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: just gimme your phone
[he takes my phone - after a moment, Robert Plant’s A WAY WITH WORDS plays]
[he returns my phone, and rushes off, running backwards for a bit]
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: talk to you later
me: yep - hey
hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: yeah?

 

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June 4, 2020

 

Artists persist: Playwright Bob Bartlett writes Starbucks romance MIXTAPE for Facebook audiences

June 7, 2020

 

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: morning half caff

me: morning

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: sleep okay?

me: yeah, better - you?

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: yeah - my friends - they’re back here giving me a hard time

me: about?

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: you ever worked in a coffee shop?

me: no - a bar - I was a bartender for a few years

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: coffee shop, bar? there are no secrets

me: my friends know about you too

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: really? what do they think?

me: they’re hopeful, more hopeful, I hope - some are pissed I didn’t tell them about you sooner

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: grande iced half-caff skim latte

me: thanks

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: headed to the river?

me: kayak give me away?

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: it’s as big as your car

me: yeah, it is

[a light honk from the car behind me]

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: turn that up

[he sings a bit]

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I read your letters, when you're not here, but they can’t move me, they don't groove me like you ... [Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING plays from my car radio]

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: what are you up to this afternoon?

me: you know - hanging out with you

[another light honk]

me: I better go

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: wait - kiss me

me: what?

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: kiss me

me: here?

[we lean out our windows]

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: lift your mask

[playful honks from a car or two - he smiles and waves to them - and replaces his mask]

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: alright, go

me: see ya’ later - hey

[I hand him a twenty dollar bill]

me: I got the next couple cars 🙂 have a good Sunday morning

hot-guy-at-Starbucks-drive-thru-who-looks-like-johnboywaltoninhis40s: I will
me: I will too

 

❤️
 

[end of play]

 

 

____________

 

Soundtrack ;)

(in order of appearance)

Ray LaMontagne’s Such a Simple Thing
Patty Griffin’s Faithful Son
Gary Clark Jr’s When My Train Pulls In
Johnny Cash’s cover of Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman
Matt Alber’s cover of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody
James’ Just Like Fred Astair
Aimee Mann’s cover of Badfinger’s Baby Blue
Bettye LaVette’s cover of Lucinda Williams’ Joy
Abigail Washburn’s Last Train
Robert Plant’s A Way With Words
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

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“Affecting and inventive” - The Washington Post

“Dripping with sexual tension” - Huffington Post

“Gritty, poetic and opaque” - The Baltimore Sun

“Joyful, funny, and surprising” - Broadway World

"Funny and provacative" - DC Theatre Scene