The Starbucks Chronicles #1


Here we go. When you’re a work at home mom, you look for inspiration wherever it lands :). With my kids both in school full-time, I have a little time in the morning after they get onto the bus, so I take my butt to Starbucks. I know it’s not the most budget-conscience decision, but I truly look forward to my peppermint mocha or iced-coffee every morning. Plus, I get the enjoyment of taking in my surroundings for a bit.

While everyone else is working on their laptops or focusing on their work, I’m watching, which makes me sound like a massive creep, but I’m putting the act under the category of “people watching.”

For the sake of privacy, I won’t post which Starbucks I frequent, and if you know me personally, let’s protect the people I happen to see in the mornings haha.

I’ll jump right in and say I’ve seen the most bizarre things now that I’ve been feeding this obsession for almost a year.

Each day, I attempt to take the same table which is at the far end of the cafe, and gives me the perfect view of the entire shop. The days my table, I mean “the” table is taken, I’m truly thrown off and spin in circles for a minute before I can find a new seat even though there are always at least 50% available. I realize I’m making this sound more like a problem than a solution to going stir crazy, but I know for a fact that people do way worse things to solve their issues.

Today, I was a little too close to my subject.

The man who kind of looked like Clark Kent, was less than three feet away. He was typing away, so I glanced over, not to see what he was writing (I’m not that bad), but when I hear a noise, I’m like a dog, and have to look. I looked away as soon as my gaze landed on his screen though because he must have sensed I was looking as he lowered the screen of his laptop and looked over his shoulders.

So now, instead of thinking “oh shit,” I’m like … “Oh he’s up to something,” and I have to pretend like I’m not the one giving him the creeps.

He was having a private conversation over some instant message program and my mind started racing. I was sure he was having an affair which is a terrible thing to assume, but the one time he caught me looking, I began to think I might end up on some kind of blacklist for possibly knowing something I shouldn’t know. I didn’t really care for that storyline though, so I continued with my original assumption.

Then, his phone rang, he picked it up and cupped his hand over the receiver. I couldn’t hear anything, not that I wanted to (really … I mean maybe, I would have gotten some questions answered, but it wasn’t my business to eves-dropping even if he was sitting in the middle of a public place). Anyway, in my head, I heard what I needed to ;).

I think the guy was trying to outlast my visit, so I didn’t really get a good ending to this story since I had to leave, but if I was speculating correctly, let’s hope his spouse, if he/she exists, is aware of a reason for his erratic movements. If he is having an affair, I’d say it’s his first offense and has no clue what he’s getting himself into.

So that’s that for today. Stay tuned for what happens next at Starbucks :).