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Just speak directly into the clown’s mouth…

September 29, 2006, 4:33 PM

Here’s a new experience for all of you coffee drinkers. I went through the drive-through window at Starbucks in Waynesboro for the first time today. And for the record, the phrase “Starbucks in Waynesboro” still sounds VERY weird. But that’s besides the point. It was weird going up to a drive-through window and ordering coffee. Usually, when I go through a drive-through window, it’s for something that I probably shouldn’t be eating in the first place. Ordering a hot cup of joe from the car just seemed so foreign to me.

But it was painless enough. Study the menu, and then order your coffee. I ordered the venti regular coffee. The next question caught me a touch off-guard: “Would you like cream of sugar with that?” Ummmmmmm… So yeah, that threw me for a loop. But we managed. I wanted my coffee straight anyway, so I just declined. Maybe one day I’ll become good at ordering coffee from the car.

Then around at the pickup window, I paid with a card, and got my coffee, complete with one of those don’t-burn-your-hands rings on it. I didn’t actually get to enjoy the coffee until I got home, though, as it was WAY too hot to even think about drinking when I got it. It sat in my cup holder all the way home. So driving home, I was thinking, for the love of God, don’t upset the coffee! You see, I can handle crumbs. But I don’t want to have to get coffee off of my leather seats.

Still, we were successful. We spoke into the clown’s mouth, and ordered coffee. It was a new experience, and it was fun.

Speaking of “speaking into the clown’s mouth”, though, has anyone ever seen any drive-through establishment where the device that you shout into is actually styled to look like a clown? For that matter, has anyone seen any drive-through ordering device that is styled with anything similar? I’ve never seen it. All of the ones I’ve seen are styled quite plainly, with a simple design for it all, a microphone and speaker, and sometimes a screen. Perhaps I’m too young to have known of any drive-through apparatus actually shaped like a clown. But I would love to see it. But if you say “speak into the clown’s mouth”, people know what you mean.

Web site: Trey's Bloglicious Blog: "Please Pull Around"

Song: The doorbell on the last episode of The Cosby Show, when Cliff finally got it to work.

Quote: "Would you like cream or sugar with that?" - The question that caught me off guard

Categories: Food and drink