I go almost every morning to the Fritts Farm Starbucks in Moore, OK.
There's a saying that "absence makes the heart grow fonder."
I proved that saying true in the case of my Fritts Farm Starbucks this last week as we took a quick trip out of town.
I had long suspected that my particular Starbucks was a special place. I just didn't know how special it really was.
Never have I entered my Starbucks without a cheery greeting from one and usually several of the baristas working there. Often there are customers who I also know. Whichever one of us sees the other first initiates the greeting which is quickly reciprocated.
In my case familiarity may not have bred contempt but I surely had succumbed to taking my Starbucks for granted.
There are some Starbucks were the baristas do not appear happy at all to be working there. Now it isn't that they were impolite or rude or discourteous. I am just used to having happy people make my coffee.
It isn't because of being busy either. My Starbucks is usually busy. I could even understand being ignored because of someone being overwhelmed with other customers.
But people that are overwhelmed by no customers makes no sense to me.
Another interesting thing I learned while gone is that the cheerfulness of my barista has a profound impact on the taste of my coffee.
I am so glad to be home!
And while I am at it hotels are not like home.