Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Well, I’ve done it. I came out here to accomplish what I set out to accomplish. It took a lot of work, but it paid off. Indeed, I have set a new personal record for the amount of time spent in a Starbucks in one day. Today, I was at the Starbucks near my house on Melrose for nine and a half hours. Not many people can endure that and live to tell it, let alone blog it.
When I moved to Springfield to be with Michelle once upon a time, I spent a lot of time at the local coffee shop, the Mudhouse, but that was child’s play. Today, it was all so I could work on my reel. An actor’s reel is essentially their video resume, and I was told I needed to revamp what I had. I’m okay at editing video, but it takes me longer and I get really picky when I get into something.
I doubt that many people have gone through the epic saga of surviving a Starbucks for that long and told their story, so I will enlighten you.
Here are my observations of spending most of my day in a Starbucks:
-In a Hollywood Starbucks you need to be concerned with people stealing your things if you leave the table, so I limited my bathroom breaks to two by not eating, not drinking and determined denial.
-I was ecstatic to see that I had outlasted the homeless guy, but it turns out he just disappeared for awhile. He was there when I left.
-I’ve touched on this before, but the number of good looking people in that Starbucks is out of this world. I felt like I was at a bank teller convention.
-No matter what coffee shop you go to there will be a group of teenagers who have no understanding of coffee shop volume etiquette. I don’t care what Taylor was wearing to the Sadie Hawkins dance…yes, they were teenagers from the ’50s.
-If you’re going to be in Starbucks for nine plus hours, take a couple of “phone calls” so as to tell the baristas, “Yes, I have relationships.”
-You know that person you keep accidentally making eye contact with when you both stare into space thinking? To spice up your day you might try making a face, or flipping them the bird.