Monday, May 22, 2006

Things that make you go HUMMmm!!


I decided late yesterday that I needed to take a day off. Maybe more, but I have some meetings scheduled during the next few days and therefore, need to prepare. There were some 'domestic' things I needed to tend to also, that seem to vanish from my mind when I'm wrapped up in work (like scheduling an appointment for my car to be serviced). So I took a vacation day today, slept in (Sunday nights are my worst sleeping nights) and treated myself to Starbucks this morning.

Besides an airport, there might not be a better place to watch people than at a Starbucks. I have a pound of their Verona coffee beans at home, but its nice to relax at their place, with my newspaper, sipping, watching, and having a nice orange-cranberry muffin. It provides a nice environment to absorb a lot of things that make you go HUMMmm..!

First of all, is it really the coffee that makes us go there? You should see the line forming at times. For Christ sake, its $1.40 for a cup of regular coffee. Allow me to quote 'Joe Fox'; " The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall! Decaf! Cappuccino". He might have a point.

While I sipped and enjoyed my relaxation state, I noticed a man in his late 40's who walked in, and sat down in one of the retro looking couches. Time goes by and nothing happens; he has picked up one of the sections of a left over paper and is looking throught it, but at the same time his eyes were darting around. FBI, CIA, Terrorist?? - I wondered. HUMMmm.. Nah!; none of the above. I decided he is a member of one of the many dating sites in cyber space. I know this because a woman walked in looked around without recognizing anyone, when all of the sudden the man said her name in a question form. They sat down, they ran through the gamut of nicetries, but later on I saw no connection and their body language spoke of 'I want go, but I don't want to be rude'. I enjoyed watching the exchange. It made me also wonder, HUMMmm, are they both completely single?

A very young looking girl walks in, mid 20's but not older, with what it seems to be her daughter. She is outstandingly good looking! White - see through sort of capris, that revealed her very small (Victoria Secret) lavender - thong underwear. A spaghetti strap blouse contoured to her definitely enhanced breast, which makes her a D cup in what otherwise would be a small 34 inch frame (if at that). Her clothes spoke of someone just getting out of bed, but you could tell they were not inexpensive. Her arms were a very feminine testament to a membership in some gym. The 'baristas' said hello to her by her name, and this reminded me of when I used to be a regular at this place and all the workers would welcomed me by name. As I observed her interaction with her daughter, who seemed to be around 6 years old, I noticed no ring on her finger. I wondered, HUMMmm, what does she do for a living? whats the story of her life? That is it, no other thought. And not that I wanted to think bad, just a real curiosity of that.

Finally, I see this lady in line; she seems a little bit edgy, impatient. She goes grab a bag of coffee and asked the cashier, out loud, how much it cost. The cashier, stunned for a second or two, stops charging the person in front of him, looks at the coffee, then at the board and answered her question, "$9.99". She starts pulling out money from her pocket, and she says 'here is $11.00' and starts leaving in on top of the glass counter that houses the pastries, and turns around and walks out. Of course, the cashier stops whatever he was doing, and so did the person assisting the cashier, and they took care of logging transaction in another register. In the meantime, everyone in line had to wait; including the person standing in front of the cash register with money at hand. And this makes me wonder, HUMMmm.. what in the world makes people think they are ENTITLED to do things like that? Am I entitled to voluntarily take her out of her misery? HUMMmm..how many years would I get for doing it? Would the jury side with me?

And as I started writing this post, I started getting hungry. And while thinking that I have only had sort of a continental breakfast today, I started thinking if an Egg McMuffin would have satisfied me more this morning. Maybe I could stop by and get one tomorrow. But then I wondered, HUMMmm, how healthy could an Egg McMuffin be. And thought that maybe the 'hot cakes' would be a better choice. Well, I am afraid not. Here is a link to the Nutritional Facts from McDonalds; Egg McMuffin, 300 calories, Hotcakes with syrup 520, with no protein value whatsoever.

Things that make you go HUMMmm!

PS..Please stop by "Hale McKay"s blog "It Occurred To Me" and wish him a quick recovery (see his comment at the end of my last post).

8 Comments:

Blogger Lori said...

I think you better just eat a banana...LOL....Didn't you see that movie about McDonalds??

Things that make you go hmmmm....I had this girl one time at the gym ask me to get off the machine so she could use it...because she didn't have alot of time...Like her time was more important....Hell No I didn't get off that machine....LOL

Have a great day!!!

12:34 AM  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

Hmmmm ... interesting post.
...Thanks for pointing me at the post about the phone calls with dead people. I enjoyed it.
...I left a comment there too.
...The neck is better, still sore, but tolerable most of the time right now.

1:00 AM  
Blogger erika said...

I love people watching. To bad I don't drink coffee.

5:36 PM  
Blogger TMelendez said...

Lori; that is precious!! Are you sure she was a girl... what balls!!

hale.. I need to stop reading your blogs.. sometimes I write mine thinking about yours.

Erika.. I know You love watching people.. especially from showers.. but either way.. bars make for good people watching too... if you can remember the next day!!! :-D

9:43 PM  
Blogger Southern Sweetheart said...

Dude - I love to people watch too. I like the way you canvased it here too -- too funny. And how dare that chick walking up and plopping $$ down for the coffee in front of everyone else in line! Arg!!! People like that annoy me!

11:49 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

T....You know...come to think of it...these days...it's hard to tell sometimes...LOL

6:19 PM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Well, if you are in Miami they have the most delicious of all coffees: cafe cubano. Magnifico!

When in Miami, I drink a double cafe cubano all the time, and it is less money too.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

I'm suddenly very hungry...

11:15 AM  

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