Today I stop by a place where I used to work. The Starbucks at Miller Place, New York. I Worked there for about three months in 2006. It was an interesting ride. I had lots of fun. The people I worked with were great. They made me feel accepted in ways that I had not known were important. A lot has changed since I was there. It took 2 min 6 seconds do me to get a venti ice water. My time working in a NY Starbucks would go on to shape my mind about food customer service and about the appropriate speed of service. Unfortunately, there was no one at the store that I recognized-of course, it’s almost 8 years later (what should one expect?). Going back kind of makes me emotional. Not sure why. It was just a lot. I guess it was a good time in my life.
I remember some of the regulars quite well, that is their drinks of course. There was the triple venti carmel macchiato guy that would come in three times a day. And there was this guy who owned a pizza shop at the adjacent parking lot. He got an espresso sometimes, but mostly just a cup of joe.
The guy who owned a pizza shop once sold me the best pizza I have ever tasted. I thought I’d stop by and order a pie but there was a sign saying they were closed and selling the assets. Made me sad a disappointed. I know that life goes on, but maybe that shop owner died. I mean he might have been in his late 60’s at the time. I remember the love of his life was there in the shop as was his son.