Into everyone's life a little rain must fall, and it did into mine yesterday. I had a plan for my morning. Get out early and take some photographs of the city waking up and then meet Paulie for breakfast at one of his new 'finds'. The Speckled Axe was our destination, but he called soon into my drive to relate that parking there was going to be a huge problem, so we settled on an 'old friend', Arabica, on Middle Street. The coffee was great and that was important, because my search and mood for photos was dampened by the torrential rain. I do not exaggerate here. I like taking shots in the rain but this was just too much, even for me. So we grabbed our usual stools at the counter and proceeded to get caught up. Oh, and he passed along a couple of belated birthday treats, 2 classic CDs for my listening pleasure. "LIVE at Leeds" by The Who and "One for the Road" by my favorite band, The Kinks. That little bit of pouring rain didn't bother me much on the drive home. Breakfast was complete and my speakers were pounding out two of my all time favorite live CDs. A beautiful, musical start to my day... in the midst of a summer rain.