July 08, 2007
Kevin, the selfish hippie
In the last few years, I've made an effort to be a bit more Earth-friendly. I own a hybrid (have I mentioned that?), I carpool, I raise baby polar bears, etc. Just yesterday, I walked 2 miles (well, roundtrip anyway) to get some food at the local farmer's market. On the way, I stopped to get some coffee at the local fairtrade coffee shop, to fuel my righteous journey. I ordered a single espresso to go, as I thought about what a great Earthaterian I was becoming.
I had the following conversation with the barista:
Kevin: I'll have a single espresso to go, please.
Barista: A single, to go?
Kevin: Yes, please.
Barista: Are you so busy you can't stop to drink one ounce of coffee in a ceramic cup?
Kevin: Uh, um... yes?
Barista: Okay, tree killer, one single espresso, coming up.
Dammit, he had me. Here I was, all smug about my earth-hugging ways, and it took about 8 seconds for him to put me back in my place.
I took my Bambi-killing paper cup, and left. Out of guilt, I sipped on that espresso for the next half-mile, and then used the cup four more times before finally discarding it. Thanks for keeping me humble, Barista guy.