Thursday, May 21, 2009

At the coffee shop this morning

(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.)

11 comments:

OnOneCondition said...

For what it's worth, I second that Barista. Except tfor the part about not knowing what "This American Life" is.

Heather said...

Damn where are the buttons on this thing? How do I "like" this entry? Dang.

Ha ha.

Anyway, I do. Like it.

kbow said...

MPR's Mina Totenburger is my favorite. Remember on April 1st when we woke up to this story? Justice Dept. Seeks To Void Stevens' Conviction http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102589818

I knew it had to be one of their classic fake stories right away.

The funny thing is how the rest of the media fell for it too. Psych!

jane said...

Sounds like a more relevant conversation than you usually have with the barista!

"Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

Big deal-breaker here: BBC gets realllly repetitive after a few hours, (those darned news updates induce deja vu!)
N/MPR: not so much!

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