(I remove my headphones and place my order, BARISTA pours coffee, hands it to me, rings me up.)
BARISTA: What are you listening to?
ME: Oh. This American Life.
BARISTA: I don’t know what that is.
ME: It’s a public radio show.
BARISTA: Oh, like MPR? I love MPR.
ME: So do I. I actually work there.
BARISTA: I don’t sleep very much, I just can’t fall asleep easily, so listen to the BBC a lot late at night. It’s fantastic.
ME: It certainly is. I love the BBC.
BARISTA: Well, I’ll let you get to work. Thank you for all you do. Thanks for making all that wonderful radio.
ME: You’re welcome. Thanks for listening to it.
(and I leave with more of a spring in my step than coffee could ever provide.)