grande mint mocha chip frappuccino blended coffee with whipped cream topped with caramel

“grande mint mocha chip frappuccino blended coffee with whipped cream topped with caramel”

say it. say it again. say it quickly. say it in one breath. listen to the starbucks workers yell it out in a rapidfire to each other as they tick the boxes on the paper cups with a black sharpie.

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emila and i were sitting on the tall stools facing a busy nyc street with the lights of the times square visible out of the right corner of our eyes -sipping our glasses of mocha frappuccino and getting brain freeze. suits were walking home with their laptop cases over their shoulders, fatigued, stooped. a homeless man in a black cap was inching closer to the corner of the opposite building. a blonde girl was typing away furiously at her laptop keyboard behind us on one of the couches, connected to the t-mobile wifi. emila and i were discussing politics and professor nagengast.

grande mint mocha chip frappuccino blended coffee with whipped cream topped with caramel

“grande mint mocha chip frappuccino blended coffee with whipped cream topped with caramel”

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our favorite drink. our inside joke. we used to blurt this out to the bewildered starbucks workers who never thought they would encounter customers so well versed in their industry jargon. they would usually ask something like: which size? with cream? to which one of us would retort: yes, it was a grande, please (or venti, if it was a particularly hot day).

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today i stopped by a starbucks here and blurted that line out:
“grande mint mocha chip frappuccino blended coffee with whipped cream topped with caramel”
and realized that i can still get it out in a rapidfire, and that the drink, with those same details, is still on the starbucks menu, many years and many thousands of miles away in the middle of the indian ocean.

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hope emila is well -wherever she might be.

and may she preserve the idealism of our undergraduate school years as fellow students of politics from grief-stricken countries better than i have been able to hold on to mine.

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~ by safrang on March 25, 2009.

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