Coffeeshop or Coffeehouse?

This morning Jan and I headed up to Sugarland to Sugarland Ice to watch another of Landon’s Hockey practices, with, I think only one more to go for this year.

Landon has also been taking skating lessons from a figure skating coach for the last few weeks, and it really shows. He’s so much smoother on the ice, making sharper turns, and skating backwards.

Landon Hockey 3

Landon Hockey 5

Later we had our usual lunch stop at the nearby Floyd’s Cajun Seafood, and just like last week, they were very busy, and this time we had a 20 minute wait, Last week when we asked why they  were so much busier than previous visits, I was told, with a slight hint of surprise at my ignorance, that it was ‘Crawfish Season’.

And obviously, it still is, since pretty much every table had a big bucket (or two) of Mudbugs in the center. But our service was pretty quick, since we ordered our meal when Alyssa took our drink order. She was kind of surprised though, since we didn’t even have menus yet. But we’ve all been there some many times we didn’t need them. We know what we want.

Any even as busy as they were, the food was just as delicious as usual. Never had a bad meal at a Floyd’s.

And on the subject of meals, here’s a sample menu from our upcoming cruise.

Viking Longship Menu

And this doesn’t include the onboard buffets and the eating options on the extra excursions. We may need to add a number of those ‘Demanding’ excursions to our itinerary. Sounds like we may need to ‘walk’ off some extra pounds.

While we were at lunch, our daughter Brandi was talking about what to see in Amsterdam. And she knows because she was an exchange student in Germany back in college, and visited Amsterdam with her friends.

She mentioned the Anne Frank House (already on our schedule), the world-famous Sex Museum (also scheduled, and also visited by our daughter) and the ‘CoffeeShops’, some of which actually do serve coffee.

But they’re more known for the fact that they sell legal marijuana. And as I said, some coffee. If you want coffee and not an inhalation high, you want a coffeehouse. Good to know, I guess. Strangely, although you can smoke marijuana in a coffeeshop, but you can’t smoke that dangerous tobacco there.

And concerning ‘inhalation highs’ Brandi was surprised to learn that neither Jan nor I have ever smoked marijuana. Though I said that I have inhaled deeply at a number of parties and concerts.

This fact has caused me some problems with the 20+ lie detector tests I’ve taken over the years as part of the many security clearances I’ve received over the years with both the DOD and with NASA.

The main problem was that, growing up as a teenager in the 60’s, no one would believe that I had never once smoked any weed, or Mary Jane as they pretty much called it then. Even when I passed the lie detector test, they thought I was cheating somehow. But as I said, I always told them I inhaled.

As far as my young, innocent wife, early in our marriage we attended a Beach Boys concert in Birmingham, back in the good old days when you could smoke at concerts, and when we walked in Jan took a couple of whiffs and ask, “Why are they burning incense in here?”.

And then proceeded to sleep through half the concert.

Thought for the Day: 

When people see a cat’s litter box they always say, “Oh, have you got a cat?” Just once I want to say, “No, it’s for company!


3 Responses to Coffeeshop or Coffeehouse?

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Well, there are quite a few things other people may not believe we have NOT tried. We too are among those who never tried marijuana. Never ever felt deprived in any way either!! When we had our DNA done, both of us had this advice on them: “your blood type does not have the ability to remove the toxins left behind by drinking or smoking, so it is recommended you do not smoke or drink”. I had no idea that such could be the case…and we are both so very glad we were raised to do neither and have not. (I do admit to being one who adores spring water and it is by far my favorite thing to drink!!) Unfortunately however, hubby was exposed in the Navy to a great amount of 2nd hand smoke…and if he ever has cancer, we have a pretty good idea where that may have come from.
    As to eating while on cruises…we know others who have taken lots of cruises…they all claim not to gain weight no matter how much or what they eat. I guess the subtle movements of the boats cause the body to constantly move a bit…thus using up more energy. So you may find you can “eat up”!!
    Looks like your grandson is doing well…fun to watch them isn’t it?

  2. Linda Sand says:

    Just because they serve that much food doesn’t mean you have to eat that much food. Yeah, right. At least my clothes always still fit at the end of a trip.

    • gregwhite says:


      Yeah, I know, but sometimes I think just ‘breathing deeply’ around good food puts on pounds. Kind of like the whole ‘inhaled deeply’ at parties thing.


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