Sunday, August 03, 2008

Coffee and paint

I headed in to the old house today to do some packing, cleaning, paint touch up, etc. and stopped by the Starbucks drive-through for a latte to power me through my chores. When I got up to the window the barista said, "Guess what! The guy in the car ahead of you paid for your drink." I was so amazed and delighted it seemed only right to make someone else's day, so I paid for the guy in the car behind me. I kinda hoped it would continue. It was a double whammy—made me feel good that someone bought my drink and made me feel extra good to pass it on. I drove away with my latte thinking this was a portent of a good day to come.

Then, a bit later, still basking in the glow of that pay-it-forward moment, I somehow managed to flip my paint-laden paintbrush right out of my hand into the air, where it did a somersault and landed on my sleeve, bounced down my pant leg, splattered my shoe and went splat onto the wood floor.


  1. sometimes the universe is all about turning your life into a sitcom, hey. I can't help but laugh - laugh away a year's worth of stress and disappointments, sometimes - when I get brought back down to earth like that.

  2. It could have been worse!! When I saw your title, I was sure coffee had ended up in the paint or vice versa!! A couple of days ago, Mr C had taken his cup and I poured mine and in an instant, I tipped my cupand the coffee was gone. Argh! I had to make a new pot.

  3. Ahhhh! and then Arrrg!

    What a funny little real-life post.

    I suspect you lifted that picture out of your files. It's not the right season for red Starbuck's cups.

  4. Aw, the coffee thing made me smile! I wonder how long the chain went like that? Karma and all...

    Bummer about the paint - oops!

  5. I guess it's true: No good deed goes unpunished!

  6. I had that experience going through the tolls on the Garden State Parkway years ago. Somebody paid my 25 cent toll - LOL. Today, with EZ-Pass, it's over. And we don't have drive-in Starbucks here. Drive-in banks: now there's a thought - maybe somebody in the car ahead of me can make a deposit in my account.

    As for the paint - Jettstream has it right. BTW your house looks warm and welcoming, just like you!

  7. At least the paint landed on a wipe-able floor and not carpet!

    Pay it forward coffee is great! Our newest neighbor at our old house gave me a surprise check for all the euro appliances I passed on to her when we moved so when the kids' new school was looking for donations to the PTA I wrote them a check for the same amount. It felt like the right thing to do.