Dave Garcia

How I made $3,400 at Starbucks in Four-Hours Working for the Miami Mafia

Posted by in COFFEE SHOPS, FLASH FICTION, FOOD & DRINK, ON THE ROAD, PLACES, STORIES, STORIES & POEMS

MIAMI, FLORIDA – The mundane-looking Starbucks on 10690 NW 19th Street, in the City of Doral, Florida served more than coffee, sandwiches and desserts. It served as a den of dollars for many who came to do business here (legal, or otherwise). It was rumored to be “the luckiest Starbucks in Miami.” Students who studied here all passed their courses. Online marketers made a killing in sales while connected to the coffee shop’s Wi-Fi. And many received mysterious refunds in their bank statements when paying for their coffee with their…read more

The Father’s Day Weekend I Wouldn’t Miss For the World

Posted by in FLASH FICTION, ON THE ROAD, STORIES, STORIES & POEMS

QUITO, ECUADOR: I was behind on my rent and down to the last five dollars and eighty cents in my pocket, paying for my Café Con Leche at the concession stand on Pichincha Volcano – where Quito’s Teleférico cable car takes you 13,400 feet above sea level. Just then, I saw a little boy being picked up by his dad and carried along on his shoulders. Immediately I thought: Father’s Day. It was one week away and my dad was even further away – still working as a cab driver,…read more

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