“Can I call?”


File this one under “stupid regional differences.” As many of you[*] know, I’m a coffee aficionado[**]. As a result, I spend a lot of time in coffee shops. But since I’m not really familiar with the coffee landscape in the ‘burgh, I’ve mostly been haunting the many Starbucks that pepper the streets.  Here’s the weird part: at all of the Starbucks out here, the order takers have to ask “Can I call” before they place a coffee bar order. This doesn’t happen in Colorado, but it’s pervasive out here — believe me, I’ve been to a lot of Starbucks since I arrived.

[*] By you, I mean the approximately zero people that read this blog.

[**] By “coffee aficionado,” I mean that I drink near-lethal doses, daily.


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