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Starbucks Coffee

I order. “Mocha Frappacino, venti, please. Yes, put all the unhealthy stuff on it. Oh, and I’d like a banana muffin, too!”

I casually extend my arm from the window with the Starbuck’s card held jauntily between my fingers. The kid at the window makes a grab for the card, misses it and the thing goes flying out of my hand and under my car.


I am dressed up: skirt, blouse, high-heels, and my hair is just so.

I open my car door and look down. No card.

I step out of the car and kneel down. Still I cannot see the card. Of course the heel of my shoe has caught on the hem of my skirt. I lose my balance and topple into the car, leaving a clean spot on the driver’s door.

Luckily most of the grime has landed on my hands and my arms which — thank you, God — are wash and wear. I step back into my car, put it in gear and backup about 12 inches. I might have backed up another two or three inches, but the fellow in the bright red SUV behind me was honking his horn and yelling, “Stop! Stop!” I am not sure why. There were still three or four inches between our bumpers. Maybe he thought I didn’t see him?

Anyway, I get out of my car again and there is my Starbuck’s card, just peeking from beneath the edge of my front bumper. I grab the card and turn to present it to the kid behind the drive-thru window. He says, “Keep it, Lady. This is on me.”

Darn, I think as I’m driving away. I should have ordered two muffins.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I take offense to your profile!!!

    as a follower of Jesus I don’t recognize you being born under any sign other than HIS, which is not of the seers.

  2. Caryl,

    I didn’t put the sign there — Blogger did. I wasn’t too thrilled with the zodiac thing either. While I do not believe it is evil, I also do not believe it holds any truth or value. I suppose it I remove my bithdate from my profile the sign will disappear.

  3. Terrace,

    This is Las Vegas, the city of convenience. We have a drive thru Wedding Chapel — OF COURSE Starbucks has drive-thru.

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