Nobody told me there’d be days like this.
- John Lennon, 1984
Are there strange things afoot at a Yass cafe?
On a flying road trip to Melbourne to see the paternal factor, Bald Man and I paused for an early morning coffee hit at Cafe Dolcetto in Comur St.
The coffee was, well, warm and brown, and there was bookshelf with an remarkable selection of second-hand agricultural titles for sale, but that’s not the point. The point is that I left my handbag hanging on the back of my chair when we left.
And didn’t realise until I went to pay for petrol at Albury, three hours down the road.
Thankfully a quick call established the cafe staff had the bag, and would hold it until we drove back through on Monday. So apart from the minor inconvenience of being separated for four days from my purse with all cards and two phones, and the humiliation of having been so stupid (I’ve only ever left a bag behind once before, more than 20 years ago) all was well. A happy ending in the making.
Now here’s the odd postscript.
We pulled into Yass late this afternoon, I introduced myself to the cafe staff, and asked for my handbag.
The girl reached into a draw beneath the counter and, smiling, produced a very ugly brown vinyl clutch. My heart sank.
“Um, that’s not my bag,” I said.
She reached up to a shelf above her head and drew out a small, nasty gold-cloth handbag.
“Is it this one?” she asked.
“Er, no…” I began.
The lady making the coffee said, “No, no, it’s not that one…” while a man from the kitchen came out, rummaged on another shelf and pulled out a third handbag and handed it to me – which I refused, because it wasn’t mine, either. What the?
“Exactly how many handbags do people leave at this cafe?” I asked.
The man shook his head, and the coffee-lady said, “Don’t ask. You’ve no idea.”
A bit more shuffling, and they eventually produced mine. Phew.
So what’s with the handbags at Cafe Dolcetto? Bald Man reckons it’s a ghost who hides handbags. Well, it’s no less likely than a minor wormhole in the space-time continuum.
Whatever the cause – stop at Cafe Dolcetto and enjoy their coffee with impunity, but make sure you take all your things when you leave.