Yes, I have a coffee addiction and, no, I don’t plan to do anything about it. My drink of choice Iced Venti Half Caf Americano. No milk. No sugar. In the morning, those are for wimps. The Half Caf is a concession to my doctor because of my high blood pressure although that has resolved itself with the weight loss but that is a different story for another time. I have always felt that the more adjectives someone puts in front of their order, the more of a control freak they are. Sadly, that applies to me as well when it comes to coffee. The right way to make my drink is to fill the cup with ice and then add the shots over the ice. Then, depending on how much ice has melted, a second shot of ice is required and then fill the gaps with water. This creates an iced drink that is actually COLD which is my prerequisite for drinking it but also leaves some ice for later. The Starbucks manual calls for adding water first (which is always room temperature), then the shots and then ice. But, they use too much water and often the ice melts which leaves you with a room temperature watered down barely drinkable mess. It ruins my whole morning when I go into my local Starbucks and see someone new behind the counter because then they have to be trained in the correct way to make my drink.
I am an early riser so I get to work by 6 AM meaning that I arrive at my local Starbucks just after it opens. (Yes, I know that is crazy but I am what I am) We have kind of a little sub culture of early morning risers because you see many of the same people over and over again. Sometimes, someone just disappears and you wonder what happened to them but you’ll never know. Being a regular is a little like the “Norm” moment in old episodes of Cheers since the opening crew tends to be relatively stable over time so they know you by name and I’ve had situations where they’ve started working on my drink when I pull up into the parking lot. So, yes, I go there every day. I already told you I’m an addict so deal with it.
I used to limit myself to just the morning visit but, unfortunately, there is a Starbucks just down the road from the studio and right on the way. At first, it was just because they were doing some kind of promotion where you could bring in a morning receipt and get a deal on a cold drink after 2PM which was perfect for me. But, I was just kidding myself and, now, even though the promotion is over, I still stop in. I can rationalize it because after sitting in the car for 20 minutes, I feel the need for something to jump start me before the lesson but that’s just a silly excuse. It is so bad now that some of the crew that works at that location know me by name which makes me feel like I’m cheating on my morning location but they aren’t near the studio so how can they expect me to be faithful?
There, I feel better getting that out in the open. Sorry, this one was a little silly but I can’t talk about dancing ALL the time.