A girl should always look her best. You never know when and where your Prince Charming is going to show up.
â€œMorning! Coffee for you?â€ asks the Starbucks barista. I have to give it to him. He’s a handsome dude alright.
â€œNo, tea pleaseâ€, my friend Suzy, who has come from LA to visit me, answers whilst demanding his undivided attention. She has her ways. And that’s okay. This has been our dynamic since we were teenagers. She’s excused.
â€œWhat kind of tea?â€ The barista is affected by her charms. What man is ever not?
â€œGreen tea. Non of that herbal stuff that you guys carry. Iâ€™m trying to cut down on the coffee. But I need the caffiene to wake up. So herbalâ€™s no option.â€
â€œI get it. Hot?â€
â€œNo, Iâ€™ll have it cold. Looks like itâ€™s gonna be a hot day today.â€ Suzy removes a layer of her clothes to illustrate her statement. Clumsy but oh so charming, almost knocking over a counter display with Barry White CD’s. Bearing a lot of flesh.
â€œI think youâ€™re right on the money there. Pretty humid too. Tall?â€
â€œNo, a grande. Or let me have a venti…why not, right?!
â€œWhy not indeed. Whipped cream with that?â€
â€œNo, thanks â€“ I need to fit in a bikini in two weeks. Going to the Hamptons with this guy I met. I have no idea if itâ€™s gonna go anywhere….â€
â€ Sounds exciting. Let me know if it doesnâ€™t work out.â€ The barista winks at Suzy. “Infusion today?â€
â€œNo infusion. You know what, letâ€™s make that a frappucino actually.”
â€œSo weâ€™re talking a tall iced skimmed green tea frappuccino - hold the whip.â€
â€œHold the whip?!! Isnâ€™t it a little early for that kind of talk?â€
At this point it is like I have vaporised. I no longer exist. This is between Suzy and the Starbucks Hunk. He seems completely oblivious of the huge line that has formed. Maybe there are just a few too many choices at Starbucks, I think to myself. This way no matter how many branches they open, it’ll never be a real quick fix.
â€œNo, seriouslyâ€, Suzy smiles at her object of desire, â€œthat sounds about right.â€
â€œAnything to eat with that?â€
â€œDo you still carry those low fat sugarless double mocha chocolate brownies?â€
â€œNo, but we just got in this new all natural rasberry almond muffin. Checked it out myself this morning. I highly recommand that,â€ the barista says passionately.
â€œBut that has sugar, right?â€ Suzy frowns.
â€œI guess so.â€ De barista smiles. â€œI know, the bikini.â€
â€œSo thatâ€™ll be it then.â€ I can see that he is dreading Suzy’s departure. And lost for the words that are needed to prolongue their present encounter. There had to be a very strict policy that prohibited Starbucks employees from asking out their customers. Either that, or he was married. Suzy, fortunately for him, always had a creative solution ready when it came to men.
â€œNo, wait a minute, let me just grab a bottle of water.â€ She picked up some water and a bottled ice tea.
â€œOr what do you think, maybe ice tea?”
â€œA much better choice.” The barista hunk no longer looks cheerful. “Looks like youâ€™re all set. Your total is $ 8.49. Care to donate to the Starbucks Coffee Drive this morning?â€
I can see how the poor guy had to ask, but boy, did that take the romance out of it. For me that is. Obviously not for Suzy, who is frantically searching her bag. For a businesscard?
â€œNot today thanks. Hold on, it looks like I forgot my Starbucks Card. Thatâ€™s a problem. I never carry any cash. Let me go get some at the ATM. Whereâ€™s the closest ATM around here?â€
â€œThereâ€™s a CHASE two blocks away,â€ the barista volenteers - obviously already eagerly awaiting Suzy’s return. Then suddenly, she remembers. I’m there with her! She turns to me.
“Dree! You don’t happen to have…” I order a Zen tea and pay for our drinks. Suzy throws her long blond hair over her shoulder.
“Have a great day!â€ she coos.
We walk towards the subway.
“When it comes to relationships”, Suzy says, “Starbucks really is the place to be. There’s nothing like a potential lover ordering a venti soy light vanilla double expresso over ice without a hint of hesitation. You just know you found yourself a real man.”
“It’s great therapy for those of us who can’t make decissions too”, I say, thinking of the three men Suzy is currently dating. Where else can you go and make at least four major decissions before you even start your day?”
“You’re so right”, Suzy says. “Therapy, eye candy to flirt with and a caffiene fix - all for under five bucks. Who ever said living in New York is expensive?”
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