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ALWAYS A FUN PLACE TO SIT OUTSIDE AND CHAT. TODAY I MET AN OREGON COUPLE WHO HAD RIDDEN THEIR BIKES FROM VICTORIA TO SIDNEY. I WAS IMPRESSED. IT WAS KIND OF A LONG BREAK THEY WERE TAKING BEFORE THE RIDE BACK.

THEN A DEEP VOICED MAN DRESSED IN SUIT AND TIE SHOWED UP. HE SEEMED TO BE KNOWN BY MANY AND SAT DOWN AT THE TABLE TO CHAT WITH A RATHER QUIET MAN SITTING NEXT TO ME. I FOUND OUT LATER HIS NAME WAS DAVID JURE AND THE QUIET MAN JOHN DOBBS. BOTH MEN WERE STRUGGLING ARTISTS. JOHN IS A WRITER AND THE SON OF AN APPARENTLY WELL-KNOWN CANADIAN WRITER, KILDARE DOBBS. A TORONTO WRITER WHO WON THE GOVERNOR GENERALS AWARD AND OTHERS FOR “RUNNING THE RAPIDS A WRITER’S LIFE. I HAD TO LOOK HIM UP. DAVID JURE ANNOUNCED THAT HE WAS AN ACTOR …NOT SURPRISED WITH HIS VOICE. A SHAKESPEAREAN ACTOR AND ONE WHO IS STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. HE DID THAT GET UP AND MOVE AROUND DEAL AND HE SHARED THAT HE WAS ON DISABILITY. EVERYONE TREATED HIM  WITH RESPECT. HE WAS INTERESTING TO TALK WITH WHEN HE SAT. HE BROUGHT OUT A BOOK HE WROTE…SELF PUBLISHED AND HANDED IT TO ME. I SAW IT SAID $10 SO I ASKED IF I COULD GIVE HIM A TEN FOR IT. OF COURSE AND THEN HE DECIDED TO SIGN IT. HE TOLD JOHN HE’D GIVE HIM A CALL BUT, SADLY JOHN SAID HIS PHONE HAS BEEN CUT OFF. TWO STRUGGLING ARTISTS.

AFTER THEY LEFT I LOOKED INSIDE THE BOOK. HE’D LEFT HIS PHONE NUMBER  IT SAID “CALL ANYTIME”. FUNNY.

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