Every afternoon, I take a mini-break from work and walk to the Tim Horton’s next door for a medium1 decaf tea, triple sugar. Every afternoon, pretty much without fail. And a few mornings too. Always medium. Always decaf tea. Always triple sugar. So what if I’m predictable and they get to know my order? It’s kind of nice to walk in and have someone just say “Your tea?”. It makes you feel all cosy and warm inside (much like the tea does).

Or at least it makes you feel all cosy and warm when they actually get it right. When they get it wrong, it’s a slightly different story.

Large? Milk?? No sugar?!? Well, at least she got the tea part right …

But twice in recent trips, one of the servers has taken some “liberties” with my order, causing me to break out of my nice MDTTS pattern. I’m still not convinced as to whether she genuinely has me confused with someone else (I do occasionally get mistaken for one or two other people at work-the blonde thing strikes again) or if it is some weird passive-aggressive move on her part. And how is it that she has gotten my tea order wrong both times, but she never fails to remember the other order perfectly (large black coffee)? The two orders always go together, sometimes the tea is rhymed off first, sometimes the coffee, but the end result is always a tea that is sweetened just right and a naked cuppa joe.

I obviously have to start wearing my sugarfiend t-shirt a little more often.

1In the beginning I used to get a large, because it was a all-sizes-one-price dealy, but then they decided to start charging2 for water and since I can get water for free at work, I now get a medium and then just add more hot water when I get to work. Or not, if I am lazy.

2Okay, so maybe it’s not the additional water that bumps up the price, but you can’t honestly tell me that the extra square inch of paper required for the larger cup can cost that much money. So I choose to believe that water is at a premium these days. It *must* have something special in it. After all, what else would explain the frequent appearance of kittens with extra toes in this area?

3Okay, so it’s also not the tea I really make the trip for, it’s the company. But can you blame me?


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