Monthly Archives: January 2013

Cup 48

Today’s Cup 48 was quickly transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. I’m not sure what the   driver ordered while perched in that Saturn SUV,  but for $4.49, I hope she got a scone with that hot cup of coffee.  It was another successful day in the coffee mission for the random stranger in my rear-view. I’d sure like to think that the daily cup of kindness brought on a smile. For all involved. Until tomorrow, and until that next cup of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

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Cup 47

Today’s Cup 47 was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was a simple in-and-out pass of the drive-thru. There wasn’t anything too interesting or noteworthy about the $4.59 coffee order for the black SUV in my rear-view. The barista, one of the drive-thru regulars, was  friendly, efficient, and more than happy to ring up the day’s caffeinated cup of goodwill. So here’s to another day. And here’s to another simple cup of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

Cup 46

coffee cupToday’s Cup 46 was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97303. The daily total was only a buck ninety-nine, but the barista’s commentary was priceless. As I paid for my latte and the daily cup of kindness, the barista asked if I knew the patron in the white sedan behind me. I replied: “No, it’s just because.” She smiled and said: “Oh that’s awesome, you know, I wish you could see the smiles on people’s faces when you do that. It just makes people so happy.”

The barista’s words were music to my ears. The transaction was only a quick couple of minutes, but filled with encouragement. It was enough of a good thing to bring a smile to my face, making me happy too. So here’s to another round of kindness, in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Smile between those sips, because it’s just all so good.

Cup 45

Today’s Cup 45 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. It was one of those two-for-one days that I was able to share with a colleague of mine. We made a much-needed coffee stop before an afternoon meeting. As we made way into the drive-thru, she thanked me for being part of the day’s cup of kindness, while I additionally paid $6.85 for the white sedan in our rear-view. As we pulled away, sipping our hot coffees, my colleague started the debate; trying to determine if she was really Cup 45, or Cup 46. To solve her query, I officially marked her as Cup 45½. So let’s raise a cup to forty plus five days and counting. How time flies when you’re on a mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until tomorrow.

Cup 44

Cup 44Today’s cup of goodwill was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. The drive-thru was busy midday, and as I pulled in, I noticed a white Volkswagen GTI in my rear-view.  I ordered my usual soy latte and asked the barista to ring up the other patron’s total. It was a measly $1.99, representative of a lightweight coffee drinker. No frappuccinos, extra shots, or fancy lattes for that driver. But all good, nonetheless.

As the barista thanked me for paying for the patron in my rear-view, I asked her to tell the driver behind me that I liked their car. She smiled, gave me a funny look, and I quickly replied: “They’re sort-of my car twin, except mine’s black.” She chuckled a bit and then thanked me again. She may not have fully understood my intent, but for fellow Volkswagen aficionados, it’s clear. We love our Volkswagens, especially our GTIs. These zippy little cars have a loyal following. Those turbo engines combined with brilliant Direkt-Schalt-Getriebe transmissions are almost as good as one’s daily shot of espresso, for sure. So here’s to another day of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until tomorrow, and until another cup of coffee in the perfect car cup holder, worthy of that caffeinated goodness.

Cup 43

coffee cupToday’s cup of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97071. As the barista rang up the $3.18 order for the car behind me, she asked if I wanted to take part in the customer satisfaction survey; reminding me that positive feedback is really valued by employees. I quickly responded: “Well, you don’t know it, but you get feedback every day on my blog! I write about how you baristas are part of my project, as I give away cups of kindness, for the entire year.”

As she handed over my receipts,  I described my project in more detail. I  told her to be sure to read today’s blog post, as she would be the star of Cup 43. I told her she would be described as the cute (blonde) barista with great glasses.  Upon hearing this, she quickly laughed, turned around, and then said: “Oh wait, is there another cute barista with glasses?” She clearly did not want someone else to get credit for her starring barista role today, for sure. As I drove off, sipping my soy latte, I imagined the fun I’d have writing today’s post. So here’s to another successful day, and a great barista who made it all the more joyful.  Until tomorrow, fully caffeinated, for sure.

Cup 42

Cup 42Today’s Cup 42 was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97303. The $7.50 transaction went to the driver of a black Ford Escape. As one barista rang up the total, the cheerful snowman barista from Cup 32 popped up from behind the counter and yelled out: “I finally read your blog!” We  started laughing over a quick recap the from the Cup 32 blog post, recalling the silly snowman cookie transaction. I told both baristas to keep reading, as we all still have three hundred and twenty-three days left to go. So here’s to another mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until tomorrow, and until that next pulled shot of kindness.

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