Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Proper Cup of Coffee

This morning I got 10 sections into my workout with November Project and realized I was done.  Driving home along the river, always a pleasant thing to do especially on a comfortable morning like this one, I figured I'd stop at Dunkin' Donuts for coffee.

When you live in the Boston area, you know there is a Dunkie's on pretty much every corner and there is a consistency (and comfort) in walking in and asking for a an extra large with wicked extra cream, no sugar and knowing you're going to pretty much what you want.  What I hadn't counted on this morning was someone who didn't know how to speak Boston.

In my pre-caffeinated state of mind, I didn't pick up on, "Wicked?"

"Yeah, extra large wicked extra cream, no sugar please."

Then her confusion registered with my slowly waking brain.  The guy behind her said to the kid making coffee, "Extra, extra milk."

She looked at me again.  "Milk or cream?"

"Cream please."

She called the adjustment over to the coffee kid and I paid her.  She then looked and asked, "What does 'wicked' mean?"

I had to think.  Wicked has been a modifier in my life for so long and now I had to define it.

"It's like a superlative.  That was a wicked good play... wicked extra cream..."

"Oh, I see," she laughed.  I laughed and the kid yelled out, "Extra large."

I took one sip and asked the coffee kid, "Did you put sugar in this?"

"Yeah, extra cream and extra sugar...."

"No, just wicked extra cream, no sugar."

"Oh!  OK.  Third times the charm right?"


He was right, third time was the charm and the staff was full of smiles and laughs with me.

It was a great way to start the day after walking up and down 10 sections of Harvard Stadium.

In the car I turned on my iPod (which was in shuffle mode) and Trout Fishing in America's "Proper Cup of Coffee" started.  I laughed.  My car and iPhone have a wicked sense of humor  (both evil and superlative in this case) and I drove home loudly singing:

All I want is a proper cup of coffee made in a proper copper coffee pot
I may be off my dot but I want a proper coffee in a proper copper pot
Iron coffee pots and tin coffee pots they have no use for me
If I can't get a proper cup of coffee in a proper copper coffee pot I'll have a cup of tea.....


So Ezra and Keith, thanks for the smile this morning.  It may not have been made in a copper coffee pot, but it was a proper cup of coffee.... finally.

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