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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Free for Me

A very random thing happened to me this afternoon and totally made my day. As many of you may know, I am in a lunch-time rut and when I don't have plans I usually end up taking a book to Starbucks and relaxing with some much needed caffeine. (Funny how you can relax with a stimulant.)

Today, I took my current book, The Pilot's Wife, on over to the usual spot. The weather was great - a bit hot, but with a refreshing breeze - in stark contrast to the customary chill of the office. I headed inside and decided that it would be a nice day to read outside with an iced chai (yum!).

I get inside and there are a few people ahead of me. No biggie. One of the other Baristas comes around and opens the other register, looks at me and says, "Come on down, you're the next contestant on the price is...Starbucks!" No, I didn't make it up. Yes, it was dorky, but I played along, stepping up to the counter and asking, "What do I get if I win?" (I was happy to be away from my desk, can you tell?)

So, he actually asked me what I wanted, and had me guess the price (though he told me not to look at the board). I was a whole dollar off (I usually get the hot vs iced chai, when I get it), but he said I was a good sport, so it was on the house. I was actually a little stunned and thought he was kidding. I even offered to still pay, but he said no. Totally not the norm for me. I never get free stuff!!

Anyway, that's the extent of that excitement. But, like I said, it made my day. (And it was a dreary workday - except for a co-worker's birthday celebration, which also livened things up.)


Jill said...

Was he cute?
I read The Pilot's Wife about 4 years ago ... Anita Shreve, right? Mom has read many of her books.

Dagny said...

That sounds like a great little break.

Fluffycat said...

Free stuff is always good. Or discounted stuff. It's good to get out of the cold office during the day. I have the same freezing office too, and I spend my lunch time defrosting outside.

Christyn said...

You should have asked if he was practicing to take Bob Barkers place on the Price Is Right!! =)

That's cool you got a free chai. Which guy was it?

Kristin said...

Free stuff is always nice.

Tami said...

Jill - funny, that was the first thing my co-worker asked me. And to answer the question, he's not bad looking. But he is one of the baristas that looks like he's over 20.

Christyn - If you want, I'll describe him to you. He's a newer one.