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Monday, January 26, 2009

Much too young

Magnet #339 - Coffee

Remember back in 1997, when Garth Brooks played that free concert in Central Park? At the time, I'd been in NYC for only two years - I could count on one hand the number of country music fans I'd met, and they had just shut down one of the city's only country music radio stations.

So when they announced the concert, I was absolutely convinced that I'd be the only one in Central Park. In fact, I was worried that it'd be a huge snafu for Garth, that no one was gonna show up.

Glad to say that I was wrong - I saw somewhere that a quarter of a million people were there, including me and this friend of mine who had just moved up from NC.

The next week at work, I was raving about the concert, and the only other Asian girl at work heard about it and says, wait - you went to the Garth concert? Why didn't you say anything? I wanted to see Garth!

And a fast friendship was born.

Turns out, she was a big fan, but couldn't find anyone else who wanted to go. We'd been working at the same company for at least a few months, but didn't even know the other liked country music. Proof that you just never know who's around the next corner. Little did I know back then that the chick who went to the concert with me and this Asian chick who grew up in the big city but was still a country fan, would become my steadfast roadtrip buddies.

So why the coffee mug?

Because before she met me, she didn't like coffee. But she'd wait patiently while I waited in line for my mocha frappes at Starbucks or whatever coffee shop was nearest.

Now, she has a coffeemaker, and the last time I was at her place, I found out she hoards flavored Coffeemate in her fridge.

Happy birthday, Erika!
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Kevinpars said...

I'm not big on social graces
Think I'll slip on down to the oasis
...for a Grande Pike Place Roast
with room for milk

Happy Birthday Erika!

G said...

Happy Birthday, Erika! Flavored coffees all around! I'll have an English Toffee.

jen said...

Happy, happy, Erika!

Erika said...

SWEET! A post just for least that's how I'm reading it.

joy said... denial on the coffee. IJS.

Happy birthday again, Erika!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday E!!! Glad to see it was a good man like Garth that brought you two together :+)!!!

joy said...

Hah! He brought the three of us together, truth be told!

Erika said...

Three of us together, though not at the concert. Nope. No bitterness there : )

Also? No denials. Actually, I've got TWO coffee makers.