“Coffee isn’t just that thing that makes it easier for me to get up in the morning…I don’t know if I would get up, to be honest, if it wasn’t for coffee. I know Jon would say that’s because I drink too much or spend too much time out late with Jaden or Nick…or these days, Cass. But the truth is, I’ve always had this thing where I wake up in the middle of the night..partying is actually one of my ways to prevent that. Usually I just get up and draw, for hours sometimes.
Sometimes I draw pictures of people or things I know, but a lot of the time, I draw strangers, and mountains, other places…and that damned pyramid that I’ve been seeing since I was a kid. Then I’ll look up and it’ll be dawn and I have to work the morning shift at Lucky Cat, so I end up grinding up the most expensive roast of African beans I can find in my freezer, pulling out the crumbs sometimes like some kind of drug addict and filling my little electric grinder as best I can. And I really grind those suckers, let me tell you…I grind them down to the finest baby powder, ever since one of my barista friends told me that was the way to really up the caffeine count.
My mother tells me I drink coffee like a German…so strong it would be unbearable for anyone but a Nazi, but with enough cream and sugar in it to make it more like a meal than a beverage. My mom’s kind of weird with her sayings though. Both she and dad are kind of like this fount of weird comparisons and sayings from like the 1950s, even though I know they were born later than that. So yeah. Coffee. I think if every other food group were eradicated from the planet, I would still need that one.”