Sunday Afternoon Jazz

Coffee Mystery with Lady Blue

on a Sunday Afternoon

Monumental things do happen on Sundays. Back in the day, I was the first woman allowed in the local pool hall before I learned to type on a manual typewriter. I’ve had my eyes peeled for a portable typewriter for a few years. On the lookout at  garage sales or when I meandered through a thrift store or an occasional look on ebay.  

This morning Lorraine and I went to Mid-town.  We had a nice breakfast at Creme Cafe and rambled through the neighborhood and ended up at Lorraine’s favorite thrift store the SPCA.  Guess what?  That’s right.  I walked out with a 1966 Royal Aristocrat, a manual, portable typewriter.  She is clean as a whistle, every key works, and she is baby blue. The case is in good shape, all of the original paperwork is inside, the manual and everything. 

Here I am a few hours later, typing away.  I’m surprised at how much I remember about a typewriter.  Not exactly a soft touch keypad for sure. Talk about using muscles you haven’t used in awhile.  There are certain keys that aren’t in the same place as a computer keyboard.  The apostrophe takes a shift key above the 8, an explanation mark means, you push down the period, backspace, then hit the apostrophe! Oh and there is no number 1 and I remembered of course, we would use the lowercase L. There is a bit of difference, not much, between the keyboard number 1 and the lowercase l.  Whatever works.

I made a few mistakes typing a page or two.  I decided to use the x or to strike over the letters I missed, until I pick up some white-out. All in all I’m rambling along at a steady pace.  Not the 120 words per minute I once typed, I’m getting the hang of it, though.

This very clean blue Royal Aristocrat is at home right next to my Mac on my cluttered workspace.  Her new name is “Lady Blue.” Not to be confused with Billie Holiday, who was called “Lady Day” and well known for her autobiography “Lady Sings the Blues”.

We recently saw the documentary “California Typewriter” very well done, maybe even a must see.

Lady Blue and Me will get better acquainted and you will hear from us in days to come.  We have joined the typewriter revolution! 

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CoffeeMystery with Roberta Sa’ & Gilberto Gil – Afogamento on a Sunday Afternoon


A combo sound in Afogamento with:  Gilberto Gil & Roberta Sá Baixo – Alberto Continentino Bateria / MPC – Domenico Lancellotti Clarinete – Joana Queiroz Violão – Gilberto Gil Sintetizador – Bruno Di Lullo Percussão – Bem Gil

Sunday Afternoon Jazz

It is a pretty hot Sunday afternoon in Reno.  My creative mind is rolling with it.  I made an iced Pachamama espresso roast with frothed milk for an afternoon delight.  It is a day to be in a creative musing of collectable words traveling across a page.


A few weeks ago, I signed up for Mike Croft’s Writer’s Workshop, we have had two sessions so far and I’m climbing the walls with full live characters.  Painting pictures with words, so they say.  The story is in first person, the narrator is an enigma roaming around in a 1935, bootlegger’s bluesy drama.  There is something to say about a writer’s workshops that untangles the edges of a wordsmith’s mind and juggles the loose parts of story.

It is a great day of dry, hot wind, Gilberto Gil & Roberta Sa’ and an iced coffee charming dramatic stories to flow from the most sensual, sultry places hidden in clever, indecent ramblings.  What is more enticing than drama, fire, and raging love affairs.  Need I say more.

Mike is planning to start another 4 week workshop soon – if you are a writer just waiting to start a short story or that big novel, jump in with both feet.  Get in touch.