Today I was running a quart low on coffee, so I made my way to Starbucks late in the day.
I usually have my second, and last, cup around lunchtime. But today was a bit hectic and I wasn’t able to escape the office for lunch. So I figured I’d walk on the wild side and get a dark, rich cup at 4:00. I wanted this coffee badly enough to risk being awake tonight.
As I waited in line to order, I scoped out the room, to see if there might be a free seat and table, to rest a while with my cup. No luck, this coffee was destined to be “to go”.
As I looked, I noticed a very attractive and fashionable young woman across the room. We made eye contact, and I didn’t dwell on it. I continued observing the activity in the room, as I waited my turn in line.
Again, I noticed the pretty young lady looking at me. I figured it was my imagination. I watched a frustrated dad drag his tantrum tossing kid out the back door. I watched a mom with a well behaved kid, whose hair stuck straight up with static electricity as she moved near mom’s nylon parka. I told you I observe things going on around me.
As I moved to the counter to place my order, I glanced over and noticed that twenty-something girl was still looking at me. Now my mind is running, do I know this person? Maybe she’s from the gym, and I don’t recognize her because she’s all dressed up. I was really curious, because by now I knew it wasn’t my imagination.
I placed my order and stepped aside while my coffee was being brewed. The pretty young woman was now about six feet to my left. She smiled at me and said, “Excuse me. May I ask you a question?”
I was stunned, this hadn’t been my imagination. She had been looking at me all that time.
I said, “Sure, what do you want to know?”
She looked straight into my eyes and smiled warmly as she asked “Has anyone ever told you that you look like that guy in Breaking Bad?”
I broke out laughing, and I confirmed that I have heard that several times.
Then she redeemed herself when she said, “…but you look very fit and healthy.”
That was a good save Sweetheart!
She then reached for her coffee on the counter, smiled and bid me a good day, as she walked out of my life forever.