Sunday, April 22, 2012
Juan Valdez never had this problem!
I drive 25 kms to work each morning, five days a week. You would think that somewhere along this route which includes city streets and highways in Canada's largest city, that I would pass by at least ONE Starbucks or ONE Second Cup (my second choice) but alas, no, I do not. I pass by one "non-drive-thru" Tim Hortons one Timothy's (yuck). This is a problem.
Why? Because the coffee at work sucks. I only drink one or two cups a day and I need them to be GOOD cups, not mediocre cups, or weak-ass cups or tasteless cups - GOOD cups. There is a Starbucks about 4 blocks from where I live, but it is in the wrong direction opposite the route I take and that would require me leaving at least 10 minutes earlier and that is entirely out of the question because I can barely get out the door in time to get to work when I have to, never mind trying to add an out of the way coffee stop onto my closely shaven morning routine.
I have to come up with a solution. Today I actually left extra early so I could make the stop at the less than desired Timothy's along the way, and bloody hell, if there wasn't a police barricade on the block it sits. I kid you not. I had to detour around the road block for several blocks, now putting getting to work on time at risk and so I thought I remembered a Tim Hortons one block north of my new work that might have a drive-thru that might work but when I got there, it was backed up with at least 15 cars, so I had to skip that plan and just head to work COFFEE-LESS!
Ugh! Left with no choice but the in-house cafe version of joe, I opted for tea. There is caffeine in tea, right? It would have to do. I would need to main-line the coffee they serve there if I had any hope of even a slight jolt and even then, it was doubtful. By now, I have started to think, I have spent way too much time and energy thinking about the much desired java I was craving and maybe it was time to just give up drinking the damn stuff anyway.
So, now I am thinking it is time to invest in one of those travel coffee thingies but I have gone down that road before and they always end up getting left somewhere, or I forget to bring it in from the car, or I buy one that is too big for my holder in the car or I end up drinking it all before I get to work and then I feel I did not really enjoy sipping it while I commenced my day in front of my computer screen, checking emails, phone messages and settling in. You see, it is part of the settling in routine - the coffee.
My daughter in her infinite wisdom would refer to this dilemma as a "first world" problem. So now I feel guilty even complaining about this in the first place. It is like people who complain when their plane takes off 15 minutes late and it will take ALL that extra time to get to Paris now, godammit. We are soooooo spoiled. Air travel, being relatively new in the big scheme of things, our ancestors had to sit on a ship for 2 weeks to get to Paris, how would this generation ever cope with that inconvenience. Pfffft! Like I said, spoiled rotten - every last one of us.
Still, this coffee situation must be dealt with and dealt with soon. Maybe I need to map quest some different routes. Surely one will pass by a Starbucks or Second Cup.
Hey! What about delivery? Now there is a concept. The Starbucks guy shows up at your workplace with a big tray of coffee strapped on like the dudes at baseball games who sell soft drinks and peanuts in the stands. It costs a little extra, but the employees are so grateful to have it show up they don't mind. No fancy coffee drinks, just basic bold grande coffees.
Listen up Starbucks and Second Cup - it could work. There are a lot of bad bad coffees being consumed out there at offices and workplaces all over the city. It does not have to be this way.
Does it? My quest will continue. It may be a "first world" problem, but that is my reality.