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Eons ago, when I was but a tourist in New Babbage, I was always drawn towards Eggberta Echegaray's Willow Tea Room. (not my pic, but a nice one!)

Sadly, the Willow Tea Room is no more, but my memories are strong. This vibrant, pretty building was always so easy to find, and quickly became my comfort-place. I knew where I was in town if I found the Tea Room. I based all my explorations on walking a little further out from the Tea Room each visit.

Recently, I received an email from my new friend Miss Penelope Strathearn that left me with a happy smile stuck on my face for hours. With her permission, I'll quote her. I know exactly how she feels finding her own 'anchor'... and honored that it is my own cafe. As far as I'm concerned, it's hers just as much as it's mine. I'm just building the place - Penelope, and others, are giving it warmth, and life.

As an utter newbie, one of the things I love about the Cocoajava Cafe (aside from the fact that there are often people there) is that it's a very recognizable building, even before all the surroundings have rezzed properly. Before I learned how to read the map and recognize some of the other buildings, there was a sense of comfort in coming across that familiar patio setting and thinking "Oh, I've been *here* before!" It helped me feel not quite so lost in my wanderings, so once I learned how to create landmarks in my inventory, that was one of the first landmarks I created. That way, if I got completely turned around, at least I'd have someplace familiar to return to that was more comfortable than a train station. :-)

Have I mentioned before that I love New Babbage? Because.... I love New Babbage, and those who choose to live, work or play in this sooty, sweet town.

December 2011

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