For coffee pals, past and present
Good morning. Welcome to America. This is my country.
I moved my family to Greensboro in 1981. As a carpenter I would stop for a coffee break at 10 a.m. Recently, Lyn Rachell (92 years old) and I were talking about when we first met each other.
We believe it was at the original Krispy Kreme on Battleground and Mill Street around 1982. One of our other coffee shop buddies at the time was Victor Holehauser, 93 years old. The reason I remember is that one is short and one is tall, and before I met them I thought of them as Mutt and Jeff. Victor was in the Air Cadets in 1938, and Lyn was in US Army in the Battle of the Bulge. The two of them are still the best of friends. Thirty years have come and gone, and many have sat in the "coffee shop" with us.
Therefore, I am asking you to please print our Christmas greeting so that we may reach as many friends and family as possible.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all our friends at The Rhino Times.
There is a big round table at the Micky Dee.
There is no one left but you and me.
A tradition that started a long time ago,
from Krispy Kreme to Dunkin Donuts we did go.
Strangers at first, and then through the years,
close friends who have learned to share their tears.
In the corner of Battleground and Cone we have settled down,
the coffee at McDonald's is now our "preferred ground."
Through the years there were many a friend who sat at that table.
Today many are gone and some are not able.
There's one thing we know, and we know for sure,
when we reach that "big coffee cup in the sky,"
the fellowship we have shared will never die.
Alexander Kohanowich and coffee shop buddies
December 27, 2012