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Not feeling well, I stopped in at a coffee shop (you know, the one with the mermaid-looking sprite on the logo) for a hot tea a few hours ago. I just wanted to be left alone and sit in a quiet corner with a healing cup of tea. No eye contact, no worries. 

The front table is usually filled with a rotating “old codger” meeting debating politics, and today did not disappoint. On an earlier visit I had tried to explain the facts of the ACA to them, and it had not ended well. “Not going to talk about the loss of our freedom today, pal?”one of them called out as I shuffled by holding my tea. 

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