Saturday, March 24, 2007

Tripping the Light Fantastic

Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
Jest, and youthful Jollity,
Quips and cranks and wanton wiles,
Nods and becks and wreathed smiles
Such as hang on Hebe’s cheek,
And love to live in dimple sleek;
Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
And Laughter holding both his sides.
- Come, and trip it, as you go,
- On the light fantastic toe;
And in thy right hand lead with thee
The mountain-nymph, sweet Liberty;
And, if I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy crew,
To live with her, and live with thee,
In unreproved pleasures free ...

-L’Allegro (The Cheerful Man) John Milton 1645

In Milton's day, trip had the meaning to move lightly and nimbly. Fantastic meant extravagant fancy - capricious or impulsive. So it has to do with dancing, probably a whimsical dance.

Of course that has nothing to do with coffee, though you may expect to see some whimsy, capriciousness, and mirth at Insomnia Coffee Company. At times the baristi may have to be nimble to keep up with the patrons.

At any rate, here's a shot of one of the new light fixtures. This one is just inside the front door. There are more, and several different designs. As you can see in the photos, the place has a high ceiling. That gives it an airy atmosphere and invites you to look around. No closed in little booths here.

Let the coffee dance begin.

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