Monthly Archives: October 2013

Cup 197

coffee cupToday’s Cup 197 was transacted under a beautiful fall sky at Starbucks, zip code 97071. The barista quickly handed over my soy latte and the $7.10 order for the blue sedan queued up in my rear-view. It wasn’t complicated, nor extravagant, but just another day down in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time.

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Cup 196

coffee cupToday’s Cup 196 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. I was promptly greeted by the barista, whom I’ll now refer to a Mama_Bear Barista, as she is the parent of a very sweet youngster as referenced in Cup 195. As I fumbled my iPhone and somehow wedged it tightly between my car seat and the little seat adjuster doodad, she jokingly yelled out: “Hey lady, you’re making a scene!” I laughed, because I was making a scene having to get out of the car (in the drive-thru!) while trying not to get stuck between the drive-thru window and my car door, all while reaching my (way too short) arms under the car seat to get my Starbucks money (aka: the iPhone). It was a scene.

As I retrieved the phone and then happily grabbed my coffee, I reminded Mama_Bear Barista that I was paying for the unsuspecting patron behind me. She paused and said: “Hmmm, I’m not sure how you want to do this.” I guess it was one of those big orders, about $15 and change. I reassured her that it’s what I do. It’s part of the daily project. It’s my blog thing, I explained.  She thanked me and asked how to find my blog. It was just another day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time, and until that next shot of kindness.

 

Cup 195

coffee cupToday’s Cup 195 was transacted under glorious fall skies, at Starbucks, zip code 97071. I find fewer things more beautiful than a drive amongst the gorgeous October colors of the changing season. As I pulled into the drive-thru, I recognized the truck in front of me, the unmistakable “Buck-O” license plate on a familiar farm truck–(See Cup 124 for reference). As I pulled up to the window, the barista happily rang up the $2.40 cup of kindness for the grey Acura queued up in my rear-view. The barista then gave a sideways glance and said: “I think I know who you are.” I smiled, feeling quite proud that she must have recognized me as the coffee blogger, but then she asked: “Aren’t you my son’s school principal?” Of course I was.

We enjoyed that quick drive-thru chat and both smiled over a shared moment talking about her precious first grader. It was just that simple. And sweet. I hope the moment was just as satisfying for the day’s recipient of that Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time. And until that next shot of espresso and an opportunity to share a love of children. Cheers.

 

Cup 194

coffee cupToday’s Cup 194 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. It was a quick trip as the barista quickly double-swiped my iPhone, clearly familiar with the daily routine. I drove off with a soy latte and the driver of the red Kia behind me enjoyed a $4.40 cup of kindness. So here’s to another day and another round of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

Cup 193

coffee cupToday’s Cup 193 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. Amidst a leisurely morning trip to the coffee shop, on the way to my college campus, I bought the $4.10 iced Caramel Macchiato for the driver of a BMW queued up in my rear-view. The barista was a bit new to (my) paying for unsuspecting patrons process, so he attempted to hand me the extra drink. I smiled and said: “Yeah, but no. That driver will be so bummed to drive-thru empty-handed.” The barista quickly laughed, and agreed, while holding back that drink. I drove off hoping that everything behind me worked out as it should. It was another day down in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time.

Cup 192

coffee cupToday’s Cup 192 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. The barista happily double-swiped my card saying: “Yep, you’re paying for the car behind you, right?” I smiled and paid the $5.20 for the unsuspecting patron in the truck behind me. It was yet another day in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time.

Cup 191

coffee cupToday’s Cup 191 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. It was a busy morning in the drive-thru, and proved too much for the two vehicles that pulled out of line. Instead of shouting out to the Suzuki behind me, insisting she return for free cup of kindness, I just proceeded as usual. I ordered my regular soy latte and paid for the new unsuspecting patron in my rear-view.

I made my way on to my next stop, prepared for a busy day on campus, away from my daily workplace. As I checked messages, voicemail and emails quickly before the start of my class, I received a great email from a colleague. She happened to be three cars behind me, and said that she too got caught up in the daily chain reaction as today’s Cup of Kindness caught on–and made it’s way into the universe. At least for a snippet of time, anyway. So here’s to another day, and another shot, of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Kindness.

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