Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I'm in love.

I stopped for coffee and a muffin at this little mom'n'pop shop this morning to cure my fat kid hunger. They didn't take card; I didn't have cash - so the guy behind the counter just said -

"Just pay us next time."

He gave it to me for free. He saw my brain begin eating itself for lack of caffeine and an overdose of Morning and sent me on my way.

It took me back to growing up in a small town - where a few bucks here and there were always forgotten. Where a handshake or your word were as good as a check. Where a pat on the back and a cup of coffee were a fair price for making a stranger's morning that much easier.

And it felt good to find a place that hit home.

I left that coffee shop with a warm heart and took a sip of the coffee.

It tasted like crap.

Ahhhhhh just like home.

Maybe Starbucks isn't SO bad.


Lemmonex said...

But the muffin? Was the muffin ok? I think free things always taste better.

Moooooog35 said...

I would have stormed right back in and asked to have my nothing back.

Violet said...

LOL!!! Aww, and here I thought it was a match made in heaven. You get what you pay for!

Matt said...

Maybe thats what you can tell me about that whole, fantasy football money I owe you?

pass it forward dude.

Ed Adams said...

I agree with Moooooog. You paid good nothing for that free cup of crap-flavored Joe.

In fact, they should be paying you for drinking it.

Of course, I still live in a small town.

Around here, even the hooker takes handshakes.

Ben said...

So....will you go back to settle up?

Just Fine Just Dandy said...

Well of course you're gonna go back to pay!

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

the clevelander in me NEEDS to know where this is.

Maxie said...

Still free. Still worth it.

miss. chief said...

aw nuts, I was all excited about the small towny place with the free food.