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36. Vacation at Home
The two-week vacation at the end of summer
ended yesterday. Kevin had gone nowhere during his
. He had the money, but he hated to
alone. He used to take vacations with Gary,
youngest brother, but they had a big argument
the end of their last vacation. Each of
had spent the last three years waiting for
other to apologize.
Kevin did not feel good
being on non-speaking terms with his favorite brother.
he was not going to ask for forgiveness
, in his mind, this whole misunderstanding was his
So Kevin’s summer vacation was spent in
own “back yard.” As usual, he had planned
clean up his apartment. As usual, two weeks
his apartment looked just as it had two
He did do one thing new and
during his vacation. He went to a new
shop on Foothill Street. It served 25 varieties
delicious coffee at reasonable prices, and the staff
The coffee shop had a do-it-yourself
near the entrance. On the counter were lids,
, and wooden stirrers. There were wraps to insulate
hands against the hot coffee inside the cup.
were also individual servings of sugar, sweeteners, and
. Kevin used the lids and wraps, but drank
The shop was air-conditioned at a
chilly temperature. About eight small round tables were
. Outside were four bigger tables. Each had four
metal chairs around it, and several big umbrellas
shade. Even on hot afternoons, there was usually
Kevin visited the coffee shop four
during his vacation. He always sat at a
outside by himself and read the free daily
. Each day he was there, he read most
the newspaper articles while he enjoyed two cups
Between articles, he took breaks by watching
nearby traffic and pedestrians. The coffee shop was
to a huge parking lot. The lot was
customers of a grocery store, movie rental store,
, bank, and restaurant. Kevin considered his outdoor seat
perfect place for one of his favorite activities—people
The coffee shop, with its excellent location and
, had helped make his vacation a pleasant one.
he knew in his heart, had his brother
there to join him just one day, his
would have been a perfect one.