Wednesday, December 12, 2007

JTP hits the coffee

I am buried under another eStack, and still feeling a little sick, so for today I've asked JTP to share his recent conversion to coffee drinker status. - MB
Hi, everyone. My name is Josh, and I'm a coffee drinker. Twenty years ago I swore to myself I would never touch the stuff, but now I have a big-boy job with rotating shifts, and I simply can't take the constant switching between day and night shifts without a little help from the bean. I have been chugging energy sodas, but those are getting expensive, and I don't like the thought of what all that carbonation is doing to me.

I've become a regular visitor to the coffepot in the controllers' union break room. I still can't stand the smell or taste of black coffee, so I thoroughly pollute it with creamer and sugar. I basically turn it into sweet ice tea, except it's hot, not cold, and coffee, not tea. I even have my favorite mug, a Jeff Gordon insulated travel cup I got from my parents a little while ago. I had been using it to keep ice tea cold, but now it keeps my coffee warm.

I'm trying to limit myself to one cup a day, usually in the morning to get me going. However, yesterday I had two cups 'cause I was bored at work and needed something to keep from falling asleep. Don't worry, I wasn't controlling airplanes while almost falling asleep. I was bored precisely because I was sitting around not working because there were no senior controllers available to supervise me. That's a whole other story on its own.


Aub-Margret said...

Weclome to the club, cuz! Today I am drinking my coffee black w/ sugar. Usually I have creamer, but I think more dairy products are causing my migrains, so I am cutting back.

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Starnarcosis said...

Now that you've taken that first step towards the Dark Side, you'll find out about flavours and Jamaican Blue Mountain and Kona and biscotti and... well, you get the idea.

Beware the Starbucks.

willow3x3 said...

Don't feel bad JTP. I'm a diet coke addict. Caffeine plus aspartame PLUS carbonation (which isn't bad for me, right? RIGHT?) I'm currently up to about 5 cans per day on a good day. 2 cups of coffee is child's play my friend. ;-)

Red Pill Junkie said...

Hey Josh, nice to see you on the wheel, dude!

I LOOVE coffee, but I stick to tea (black, chai, green) at work because a)we don't have a coffee machine, and b)I foolishly think that with tea you get less caffeine.

Just one cup in the morning? For me, it is at least 4-5. You can imagine the numerous occasions I have to visit the restroom, which I think wouldn't be such a good thing if your job was controlling planes! ;-)

Kayla said...

Good for you Josh! "Thoroughly polluted" is the best way to drink coffee, so it sounds like you're on the right track!

Kayla :-)

PS) Don't worry, the "one-cup-a-day" thing probably is just a phase and will pass quickly for you...

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