March 16, 2013

Real Life

People look a little different without a counter separating you from them. I probably look different to them as well, but it's hard to say in what ways. My perspective is mine, and it's the only one I've got.

Today I was told today that I almost looked naked without a portafilter in my hand, or an espresso machine nearby. Those things aren't just tools I use at work; they're tools I use to craft the persona that I've worn for the past few years. This, including this thing you're reading, all of this, is a product of that.

And that's something. I won't say whether it's good or bad, because it's not really either. I do have to say that I found it a little flattering, although I can't say why. We are who we are, and so long as who we are is the sum of choices we happily and consciously made, it's hard to complain too much. This is the hat I wear because it's the hat I continue to put on every morning. I think it fits well.


  1. How does it make you feel to be told that, and how do you think you would cope if you had to find another job, how would that affect your persona and yourself?

    1. I can't say for sure until that day arrives, but I'd like to think I'll adjust well. I have other interests and passions in life, and the whole of my person isn't tied up in coffee. But yet, it is how people see me. I suppose it all depends on what that other job would be. If it was something I enjoyed, I think the transition would be relatively seamless. If I hated it, though, I'd be very much like some of the runner friends I've got, who basically live for their 1-2 hours on the road/trail/treadmill.