Are you tired of conforming to everyone else’s world? Don’t you feel it’s about time for them to conform to yours? Continue reading
Doug asked me where I would like to go for a mini vacation, and I said, “You know, I’m kind of bored of the Hamptoms” to which he responded, “Hey, how about a Hurricane shelter? I hear we’re getting a big one in a couple of days. Category five.” The idea sounded intriguing and I suggested, “We better beat the crowds, hit the facility early and get a good spot.” Doug was already way ahead of me. This was in his wheel house, his element. He spent years as a coreman in the military, and was in positions in which he was responsible for others in various crisis situations. He’s been trained for it.
I got to the cafe at my usual time. About 7:30 am. But this morning something was different.
There was a palpable tension in the air. The line up of cars at the drive-up window was unusually long, and one driver had opened her door, waving her hands and was spewing venom at the car ahead of her.
As I walked in I asked the barista “Why so busy?” and he said those three words that I had been dreading for about two months. Those three words that would make me want to re-evaluate being a regular at this, my favorite Starbucks. This Starbucks, the easiest one to get to from my house. The one I have come to know and to love. The one that I have come to rely upon to soothe my thirst for good coffee, for a nice atmosphere. And most importantly, I have cultivated just the right relationship with the baristas for civil and friendly service .
A home away from home, where I could be out in the world, yet nicely insulated from the madness of that world. And today, that world came tumbling down. But I knew that it was just a matter of time before I once again heard those words….
Just three little words. That’s all it took to ruin a perfectly nice morning. Words that I had shoved into my subconscious. But now those words careened toward my eardrums in a kind of slowed-down, deep, distorted voice you hear in sci-fi movies…. Continue reading
A new international holiday has been declared. It is called LEAVE ALL YOUR DEVICES AT HOME DAY… Continue reading