The Best Coffee in Marietta!

The column today is not one singular story about life’s truths but about a journey that takes place right here in Marietta, Georgia on Whitlock Avenue at Winnwood Retirement Community every Friday morning. Is it a club meeting? Maybe the genealogy society is studying up on our beloved councilman Johnny Walker? Or maybe the food committee at Winnwood is starting a coup de ta? I see fog and people with rakes held high in the air.  Wait! No, it is dark and I see um! I see two residents, Charles and Wes, and they are carrying lit candles! They are pushing a cart with a shiny metal object in it, down the night-covered hallways of Winnwood.

Wait, those aren’t candles (duh) they’re sternos! The shiny thing is a stainless steel pan of sausage biscuits! In fact, they were homemade straight from Winnwood’s amazing culinary team. Our chefs make me want to invent an air freshener and call it “sausage biscuit”! Lol. Think of the possibilities??(I see a copyright coming, Paige)

Every Friday since my (John P. Rauls employment at Winnwood Retirement from Assistant Director to currently Vice-President) almost sixteen years straight at Winnwood, the resident men have gathered in the Winn coffee area to share in “Breaking Bread”. The great event I have been writing about is the “Men’s Coffee”. And yes, we do have a marvelous Women’s coffee every Tuesday!

Through the years I have heard EVERY topic imaginable debated and discussed! The topics blossom based on what’s going on at Winnwood, the city, the state, the USA and the World. Also, the chemistry of the gentlemen from one week to the next can change the discussion topics.  Most stories are funny but there are a few every now and again that remind you that you are only human and your teary eyes show it.  I will tell you there are stories everyone reading my column today should hear. Occasionally, the story telling has gotten so loud the air traffic controllers and pilots at Dobbins Air Force Base and Lockheed Martin have asked Winnwood to lower the decibels so they would not interfere with the F-22 Raptor and the F 35’s complex Stealthy Radar System.

I am sworn by my loyalty to Juan Baldez (guy on TV years ago holding coffee bean sack and wearing a straw hat.)  I gave an oath to my fellow Winnwood Men’s Coffee drinkers not to speak of specifics of the laughter or meetings. Only Wes and Charles can OK such an inquisition.

Let’s just say I take the 5th (The 5th rule in the resident/employee handbook) I cannot tell you all the members names but I do know they are just like you! The Winnwood Coffee Drinkers are: Masons, Shriners, Veterans, Professors, Business Owners, Bankers, Astronauts, Sailors, Managers, Doctors, Administrators, Nurses, Dentists, Engineers, Firemen, Police Officers, EMS, Teachers, Car Makers, Textile workers, Jewelers, Religious Clergy, Carpenters, Photographers, Electricians, Homebuilders, Newspaper Owners, Rocking Chair Companies, Real Estate Agents, Farmers, Dog Walkers etc. etc. Any and Every person that becomes a Winnwood Resident gets a free membership. Their friends are allowed to join in as well just give us a little notice. Thank you to all the staff and residents that put on daily events and activities. A special shout out to Laura and Melissa! Thank You very much!

I would like to dedicate today’s column to Robert “Bob” Larson who went to Heaven. Bob was a good man, father and husband. I would like to say on behalf of all the Winnwood residents and staff our prayers go out to all the families whom have a departed loved one.

God Bless

John