Erling is a copywriter at a major advertising agency, but likes to sit at Moxie’s reading the paper and drink coffee much better than he likes to sit at work and strive with advertising texts. He excuse himself by saying that he thinks much better there, but in reality he’s there to chat with the other regulars. Erling is more than a little interested in Laura and she in him. This makes their conversation both friendlier and less strained than most at Moxie’s.
The rest of the regulars looks disapprovingly at Erling faded Levis and turtleneck sweater, something that does not bother him the least. A carefree childhood and youth in a wealthy and stable family has made him immune to such things. A fat salary and fatter bonuses for many years in the industry have done the same.
Sometimes Erling feel that he has gotten too little out of his life, but then he embarks on a solid pub-crawl and then that concern is forgotten for a while. His comfort in this matter is that when Mozart was Erling’s age he had been dead nearly twenty years.
Erling is divorced twice and has a son, Aslak Armand, who also belongs to the regulars at Moxie ‘s. Aslak Armand has dyslexia and constantly miss the meaning and points in texts of any kind. This worries Erling a little since his command of the language has been his livelihood for most of his adult life. But apart from that Erling sit at Moxie’s with his paper and his latte and takes life and what it has to offer with devastating calm.