Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cup 155

Today’s Cup 155 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was a simple matter, an easy-peasy coffee slam dunk. When all was said and done, it added up to a buck ninety-eight for the driver of a black Ford SUV. I hope the simple gift of goodwill made her day. It definitely didn’t hurt mine. For sure. So here’s to another day, and another shot of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time. Cheers!


Cup 154


Today’s Cup 154 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. It was a quick pass of the drive-thru and a swift $4.83 coffee for the driver of a white Toyota sedan. There wasn’t anything noteworthy about the day, other than the fact the early summer rain brought out the coffee drinkers–all queued up in the drive-thru. I was in good company, for sure.

It was just the one hundred and fifty-fourth hand off in a 365 day effort to bring Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope to my community, one day at a time. Thanks for reading, and thanks for sharing in the fun. Until next time.

Cup 153

coffee cupToday’s Cup 153 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. The drive-thru was busy, no surprise, with a gray and rainy summer morning. Not a complete surprise in the Pacific Northwest, but just one of many excuses for a latte.

As I paid for my espresso, I made note of a Honda SUV in my rear-view. I noticed a passenger and others. I wasn’t sure how many others, but there was movement in the car–a sure sign that the tab can run up quickly.  When this happens I always try to mentally guesstimate the tab. Quite simply, after one hundred and fifty-three days, there are still surprises, sometimes.  It’s not a problem, but rather, a 365 Cups of Kindness blogging by-product. I affectionately refer to it as by-product only because I’ve engaged in such a quirky and unpredictable project, for a year!  In this case, today’s total  was just $4.83. Not as much as it could have been, for sure.

It made me wonder if I could have gotten a laugh from the driver had I jumped out of the car and shouted: “You should have thrown in a sandwich or two for the kids,  since it was free!” But nonetheless, it’s another day down, and another gift in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time.

Cup 152

Cup 152Today’s Cup 152 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. As I waited for my free latte, thanks to some electronically stashed bonus points, I noticed a blue Ford Mustang queue up behind me. I noticed the temperature read 72°, and the day was still young. I looked to that Mustang with the soft top and hoped that driver was off to enjoy some sunshine and a joyride under a glorious summer sky. A joyride made better by a $6.80 cup of goodwill, for sure.

The friendly barista greeted me and apologized for the backlog as the store was short-handed for the day. I smiled and reassured her I had nowhere to go. It was the start to a blissful Saturday summer morning in my world. As she handed over my latte, she thanked me and called me hon. I love being called hon by those whippersnappers young enough for me to call them hon. It’s a nice little twist of generational irony.

So here’s to another day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time, or until I pass that Mustang on my next go round. With the top down and under summer skies. With a double espresso in hand. Ride, Sally ride.

Cup 151

Cup 151Today’s Cup 151 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was late in the evening, and the drive-thru was vacant, but the barista was happy to hold the standard $5 for the next patron. The friendly barista, whom I’ve named Mr. Loose Change Barista, ensured that me that more traffic was to follow as the drive-thru is  now running on a late summer-hours schedule.

As I waited for my small latte, and simultaneously dug through my purse, searching for loose change, Mr. Loose Change Barista entertained me by sharing stories about patrons who’ve paid in nickels. And dimes. And other tedious combinations, all for a quick latte in the drive-thru.

It was a simple day. Nothing too out-of-the-ordinary, but another day down in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.  Maybe next time I will pay in nickels. Or pennies. You think I’m joking, but I just might.

Cup 150

Today’s Cup 150 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. As I ordered my usual soy latte, I was reminded that today is the sequicentennial, or one hundred and fiftieth cup of my project. Yes, I still have another one hundred and sixty-five days left to go, but it’s a landmark.

I’m not sure what the driver of the red Acura ordered, but it was a simple five bucks and then some. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any ticker tape or confetti announcing that she was the recipient of this landmark cup, but it was a landmark in my heart. As I move forward with this project of kindness, I hope that you might be motivated or inspired to do your part. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. Kindness makes our world a better place, for sure. And no act of kindness or generosity is ever too small. So here’s to another day, and another round of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time.

Cup 149

Today’s Cup 149 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was a comical transaction, unbeknownst to the driver of the vehicle behind me. As the barista rang up my order, I handed over a gift card, with instructions to give it to the next patron behind me. In her frenzied coffee-prepping-cashiering-and-being-friendly-while-talking-in-the-headset mode,  she mistakenly voided the $5.00 off the gift card and then politely waited for me to pay–an additional $5.00 for the gift.

As I happily sipped my soy latte, she tried to reconcile her confusion as I explained that card had money, before she accidentally swiped it clean. We worked it out, and it was a good laugh, all the way around. I explained that although I love being generous, I didn’t really want to pay $10 for a $5.00 cup. We smiled. And in the end, that unsuspecting driver, that finally showed up, got her free cup of goodwill. All in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

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