Saturday, February 23, 2008

People are Funny

I was running errands this morning and on the way home I decided to buy a coffee from a new Starbucks that was in between. I decided to use the drive through.

Immediately I noticed the car in front of me. It was one of those early Plymouth Voyager minivans. It could easily have been 20 years older or more. I can't tell the age of cars any longer but this one seemed older.

The first thing I noticed was the rear windshield wiper was kind of hanging loose at a strange angle. The second thing was that the driver opened her door to speak to the microphone to order. I figured the window on that side didn't work.

It must have been a complicated order because it took a long time. I could hear some bits and pieces of conversation from the speaker. There was something about extra syrup.

That's when I realized there were others in the vehicle. I could make out a man in the passenger seat and I think there were two children in the rear. The windows were too dirty to make out too much detail.

Finally we made it to the pickup window. Again the driver opened her door to pay for the order. I couldn't tell how much but I noticed several bills changed hands. It took several more minutes for the product to be delivered. There were two talls handed over first and I could tell they went to the back seat. Then there was a Venti followed by a Grande.

It took a while for everyone to become settled and for the driver to get her door closed. Then the car drove off.

I was listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter on the CD player. At the beginning she was singing "Down at the Twist and Shout" and she finished "When She's Gone" by the time the people left. What a great line:

She knew by the way you kissed her
When she's gone, you won't miss her
I thought it was kind of cool to hear that as they drove off.

Something about the juxtaposition of the old, broken car and the new Starbucks and the four custom drinks and Mary Chapin Carpenter just made me want to blog about it.

5 comments:

Annie said...

Mom and I ran errands this morning too, and also listened to MCC on the CD player. One of her earlier ones, though.

Annie said...

Mom and I ran errands this morning too, and also listened to MCC on the CD player. One of her earlier ones, though.

Annie said...

Sorry, how did that happen?

nancy said...

i had to laugh terry. one can tell that you frequent starbuck's as you were able to describe each drink as it came out. great description though, i felt i was trying to see into that dirty back window myself!

*(·¸*Chris*¸·)* said...

I love it when you take us along on your trips to Starbucks. I still have yet to go in person. The closest thing we have to Starbucks is buying a sack of the Starbucks coffee at Walmart and making it ourselves. Bet the experience is not even close.