working in a coffee shop supplies me with the most interesting stories about people of all walks of life. here, we have my homeboy who gets about 10 ice tea refills a day, whose not all there, and carries his bird on his shoulder. there’s the guy who pushes his wheelchair, and only sits in it when he’s chillin’ on the sidewalk. there’s the lady who comes in everyday, talking on her cell phone while in line, knowing that we will politely wait for her to finish her convo before helping her. there’s the old guy who is annoying and orders and “cup-ew-chino” and treats us like the help. and don’t get me started on crazy girl. uh-huh.
the flip side is the judge who is sweet and fatherly to me. encouraging of my creative pursuits. the champion boxer who is my second boyfriend. the local band guys that are super chill and cool to chat with. the couple who i hang with on my breaks on saturday mornings who are expecting their first child. the doctor who i ask about his surgeries! and the male hairdresser who i now have a brangelina name with.
all of these people make up where i work. they are hilarious, annoying, warm, goofy, stubborn and lovely. and i couldn’t imagine my workplace without them.
the best part of my job though, are the people i work with. 13 of us make up the staff here and we are all so different, but come together to make this place work. i love coming to work knowing they are going to be here. i love it all. seeing them happy, sad, mad, elated, high on coffee, tired and wired. i love hearing their stories, their points of view, and sometimes even annoying them with my strange, cappy, control freak ways. (but seriously, there is a RIGHT way to do things.) i love laughing with them and learning about our differences and similarities.
i became employed here because i liked hanging here so much, and i still like hanging here after working here a year and some change. i’m sitting here now, with my teeccino, almond breeze latte and getting ready to start my shift, knowing that today will bring a whole different set of things to laugh at, be annoyed with and remember. thanks &al%^$o. in all of your sweet, cluttered, hilarious, no rules self, with xm radio that rarely works properly, i love you. cheers!