Coffee break

Today I learned this word "elevenses," which is British for "tea and cakes at 11 a.m." (Winnie the Pooh has honey with bread and condensed milk). We the Americans call it the humble "coffee break," which as you can tell was invented in Wisconsin by bored Norwegian housewives. "Smoking break" sounds no better, although manual laborers in the Antipodals call it "smoko," which does. I guess it's that word "break" that's throwing me off; it makes the whole affair sound like an afterthought that could be foregone without ill consequence, whereas assigning it a dedicated nomenclature turns it into the main event around which the rest of the work day is structured. As it should be. The Swedish have "fika," for which there is now a specially designated shop on 58th between 5th and 6th. Incidentally this is a favored route if you need to go horizontal in midtown but want to avoid the horses and bellboys on Central Park South. Keep it in mind.

While performing my research for this Important Piece, I found this charmingly specific synopsis of "Winnie the Pooh" ("Pooh has also made up a little hum which he is humming, and he is walking around humming away when he happens upon a hole in a bank"), as well as the mostly unappreciated Elevenses Appreciation Society on Facebook. I feel like it's my job to get the word out there, so please Like it. And here are some horrifying sculptures of chocolate.