It’s rare for me to share any off-topic, personal life here on this blog, but I know you’ll want to read this, if only to make you happy that it wasn’t you it happened to.
Most of you know I’m a road warrior type of sales consultant. Most days see me tick off 250-350 miles a day in my ’07 Camry.
Today I had to drive to Murray, Kentucky to meet with one prospect about his need for the products I represent.
It’s 145 miles each way. Luckily, my iPod was fully loaded with sales and marketing .mp3′s. When those run out, I’ve got Sirius Satellite Radio to fill in the time between making and taking phone calls.
After an hour or so of spittin’ and grinnin’, the prospect and I shook hands on his agreement to help line my pockets with cash and I said thanks and left. Typical day.
But, since it was almost 4 PM and it was 145 miles home, I thought I’d stop at a coffee shop I saw on the way to his office.
The traffic was so bad, I had to park on the north side of 5 lanes and hustle my 6’2″ 250 lb. frame across to the south side of the street just to get to the Murray location of Fidalgo Bay Coffee.
I ordered a White Chocolate Mocha, medium size and a sour cream scone. They quickly and cheerfully completed my order and I hustled across those 5 lanes again and started my jaunt back to the place I love, to see those who love me.
The first traffic light was half a block up and as soon as I came to a complete stop, I reached down and grabbed my heavenly little beverage and then all hell broke loose !
The rather flimsy cup, with the even flimsier lid that popped like a pre-pubescent teen’s first pimple filled my Camry’s console with several inches of steamin’ hot White Chocolate Mocha !
Even worse, that happens to be where I keep my iPod, my flash drive and my Jawbone Bluetooth earpiece !
That $3 White Chocolate Mocha had just turned into a $253 drink from Hades !
Wanna know what’s even worse ? After I used up every, single napkin in my glove compartment cleaning up the milky, brown drink of destruction, I tried the sour cream scone and it was not very good, to put it mildly.
Lesson learned. Never stop at a coffee shop that uses cheap lids that don’t have a distinctive snap when you place them on their less than stellar, somewhat flimsier cups.
The only consolation to this fiasco was when I got home and my wife told me that she had gone to a McDonald’s in our hometown this morning and the young lady who was handing her drink out the drive-thru window looked back at just the wrong time and spilled an entire Diet Dr. Pepper on her at around 8 AM. Nice way to start your day, huh ?
Good thang it wasn’t coffee
PS – I went to that other coffee place and bought a cup of tea to compare the lids and cups and the one from that other coffee place takes more effort to remove and has a more distictive snap, making me think that it would be better and have less of a chance at having this happen.
Of course, that’s a very unscientific study, but it’s my blog, so I’m right
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