Monthly Archives: May 2013

Cup 138

Today’s Cup 138 was transacted under gorgeous sunny skies at Starbucks, zip code 97303. A $2.69 coffee went out to the driver of a snazzy grey Nissan. It was a simple gift, but one I hope made that driver’s day. Here’s to another day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

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Cup 137

Today’s Cup 137 was transacted under rainy spring skies at Starbucks, zip code 97071. I was a bit bummed as no one pulled up behind me in the drive-thru. As the barista rang up my soy latte, I left a $5.00 bill with her to ensure a gift of good will for the next patron. As I pulled away, I saw the grey SUV pull into the drive-thru and I couldn’t help but notice a very special passenger in the back seat. Through the rolled down window, I saw the curly-haired face of a standard-sized poodle. I chuckled to myself because he was so darned cute. I’ve always wanted a big poodle. I think they are just awesome. I wondered how he takes his coffee. So until next time, and until that next cup of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope, whether for the canine or human variety.

Cup 136

coffee cupToday’s Cup 136 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97602. It was a quick pass of the drive-thru while wrapping up holiday festivities with family. The free cup of goodwill went out to the driver of a white sedan with Washington plates. The barista happily rang up the $4.50 order and handed over the chocolate cookie for my trusty co-pilot. I guess technically, I purchased two cups of kindness today. One for a stranger, and the other for my trusty co-pilot and husband of almost nineteen years. So here’s to another day and another great weekend with loved ones. Until next time, and as always in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

Cup 135

coffee cupToday’s Cup 135 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. After enjoying a leisurely morning (off from work), I hit the drive thru. I noticed a beautiful car, a jet black sport coupé on my tail. I couldn’t help but notice because the really cool LED driving lights quickly popped up in my rear-view. What made this day noteworthy was that the car was really one of those wow-wee cars that makes your head snap. Even to this average Starbucks-swilling-VW-driving ordinary girl, I know that people swipe hood ornaments off those cars; as they alone are worth more than my monthly coffee budget.

As I ogled the car behind me, and considered its price, I did contemplated whether the driver really needed a free cup of goodwill. But then I came to. I stopped the ridiculous thought and quickly reminded myself it’s not about money. It’s about kindness. It’s also not my job to judge nor place labels or assumptions on others, especially those based on superficial appearance alone. We’re all on the same path, all trying to make a go of it the best way we know how. So here’s to the real worth. The real meaning of kindness. Kindness for the sake of joy. One random act at a time.

So, Mr. Fancy-Really-Expensive-Car-Afficionado, I hope you enjoyed that Skim-One-Equal-Tall-Latte. You really are a cheap date, at only a buck eighty-nine. Perhaps that’s how you were able to save up for that car, who knows? Until tomorrow and until that next cup of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

 

 

Cup 134

coffee cupToday’s Cup 134 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. The barista was new to the process (blog project), but happily rang up the order behind me. She was a bit hesitant at first and asked: “Are you sure you want to pay for the order? It’s $10.80.” I assured her it was all good, all part of the project. She then excitedly asked about the blog. In addition to sharing blog details, I mentioned that she needed her barista name, since she was new to the mission. I decided to name her A+Barista, as homage to the first initial of her name.

As I drove off, I attempted to do the quick math to determine how many days are left in this project. I decided there’s still a long journey ahead so it would be best not to start the countdown. Not yet anyway. Not until I’m a tad closer to three hundred and sixty-five than not. Here’s to another day. Once again, I raise my paper cup to another shot of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

Cup 133

Today’s Cup 133 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. I was greeted by the effervescent Snowman Cookie Barista and she shouted out a big hello while ringing up the couple bucks and change for the driver behind me. Through her bubbly chatter I learned that I purchased a drink for a Starbucks regular named Brian. I don’t know Brian, but I hope the cup of free goodwill made his day. Cheers to another round of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

Cup 132

Today’s cup 132 was transacted under sunny skies at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was a quick swipe of the iPhone, and quicker than a blink, the driver of the Subaru behind me got her shot of kindness. It was just a buck eighty-nine. Here’s to another day down in the mission toward Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until tomorrow.

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