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Derek built a trailer
it was gonna be his home
but he changed his mind and decided to keep living on his boat

Derek looked at that trailer
he thought it looked like a cafe
he closed his eyes and he saw it
flying through outer space
he did a lot of work
spending money and getting permits
dealing with the health department
who said, "Derek, there's no way this is ever gonna be a cafe."

But Derek was undaunted
he used the trailer for cafe storage instead
he built a stand and a couple of sinks and got it all approved
Dan told me about this
so I called up Derek
I asked if I could work for him I said "I'm tired of this salad restaurant."
We became fast friends
we both like movies and Indian food
one day we were talking about how we weren't macho men
Derek looked at me he said

I'm an estrogen man and I'm down to get sad
I fall in love and I get attached

One day I got to work
and to my dismay
some desperate soul had broken into the trailer and robbed our cafe
I broke the news to Derek
and his response was both touching and funny
he said, "don't worry about it friend, it's only money."
That's what I love about Derek
it's probably also why
we weren't a successful business
cause neither of us cared about
what successful businesses care about

Despite his priorities
Derek still got stressed
sometimes he'd show up at the cafe and say, "Andy, why are we such a mess?!"
So we went camping
to blow off steam
we had plans to cook on the fire but we bought a pizza instead
we talked about a lot of things
had a real heart to heart
it's hard being gentle and warm
when you've been taught to be stoic and cold
but Derek wasn't having any of that he said

I'm an estrogen man...


from PART 1 (sampler), released March 2, 2017



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