this isn’t the “normal” type of post i would write here, as i wanted to focus on my thoughts & possibly create topics of discussion (while drinking coffee, of course). but, it is about an experience that took place over the weekend in a coffee shop, so i wanted to share it here.
on friday, i drove for about two & a half hours, crossed the state border & arrived at my graduate school’s hometown. i headed to the local starbucks, where business was booming. i waited in line for 10 years, then once i finally got my drink, i noticed there was no place to sit. with the exception of one tall table right next to two teenage girls, & some tables outside in the direct sunlight. i opted for the outside seating. however, before i could head out, an older man approached me & asked if it would be easier for me to sit at one of the lower tables. i replied, “yes, but i was just gonna go sit outside..” but he insisted i come share a table with him. so i did.
this guy was so friendly, definitely must be a regular. He either had gotten to know some of the people that came through (other regulars) or he noticed some things about frequent customers. i learned that one guy comes in and sits for long periods of time everyday & will write stories. apparently he has written four novels so far while sitting at starbucks.
anyway, i was working on my coursework, & he was working on something, writing things down. a short time passed before he asked about my bracelet. “i love jack?” he asked. i explained to him that it was a pirates of the caribbean, jack sparrow bracelet. “oh yes! who doesn’t love jack sparrow? he’s funny as hell!” then he said he was really just a johnny depp fan. WHAAAAT. i knew this guy was pretty awesome within five minutes of meeting him.
we continued to work on our respective tasks. then he asked if i had read the harry potter books. after i told him i have (not all of them, but he didn’t need to know that), his face lit up as he told me about the butter beer that starbucks will make. he strongly encouraged me to try it, so i said i would some time.
he answered his phone, & i heard him ask “where you headed? here? or are you going to mars again?” then he explained that he was sitting at starbucks with this young lady. i found out he was talking to his wife when he stated, “yeah, i decided to trade you in for a newer model. i have a new wife now.” his wife joined us shortly after, & she was also (not surprisingly) very nice as well. she used to be an english teacher, so her reaction to my coursework was funny. but she was curious and genuinely interested in what i was learning and what i wanted to potentially do as a career someday.
anyway, this man was in line getting his wife her drink. only he came back with a “short” butterbeer for me as well! i was shocked. (it was very delicious though omg!) they were getting ready to head out, and wished me luck with my schooling. before they left, he gave me his business card & said if i ever got stuck or needed help to call.
i know i cut out a lot of the details in retelling this story, but i just can’t describe all the awesomeness. the couple was so entertaining (couple of jokesters!), we had good conversation, and obviously they were incredibly nice! it was the perfect coffeeshop experience, if you ask me. I love getting to know interesting people like that a little bit.