Café society was the collective description for the so-called "Beautiful People" and "Bright Young Things" who gathered in fashionable cafes and restaurants in New York, Paris, London, Vienna, or Istanbul, beginning in the late 19th century. Lucius Beebe, noted American author, journalist, gourmand, and railroad enthusiast is generally credited with creating the term "café society," Although members of café society were not necessarily members of The Establishment or other ruling class groups, they were people who attended each other's private dinners and balls, took holidays in exotic locations or at elegant resorts .
As one wanders down main on a summer evening , enjoying the crowds do you wonder what these people sipping their wine at side walk tables are thinking ? Are they debating the latest episode in our economic slide ? The latest war in the middle east ( isn't there always a war in the Middle East ?) Or is it all about, the Best Fishing, Hiking, food and Band ?
These beautiful people earnestly looking into each others eyes and savoring the elixirs of life at the moment . Romance and passion mixed with an equal amount of jealousy and envy, lurks here and there.
If you try , you can see the same mix of people as were found in Paris in 1920, War vets back from the Ghan or Iraq, trust fund liberals spending Dad's allowance unaware of Wall streets teetering collapse.
The natives feeling both honored and Inadequate sitting at the same table with some east coast debutante and her ( Work in Progress ) boy toy .The software engineer, the not quite a writer ( Me 20 yrs ago ) want to be. The girl escaping the last relationship and her friend always looking for the next relationship.
"It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing."
— Gertrude Stein
— Gertrude Stein
In a few short city blocks two hundred different soap operas, stories of Love and one or two stories of success and horror. All to be resolved as the drinks add up and the lights are turned own.Just in time to provide bleary eyed conversation at Saturday morning's coffee.
How About you ?