They have recently renovated the Starbucks that is up the block from my building. Along with the renovations came an increase in price (22 cents to be exact but who is counting?) and the fact that they now ask you your name when you place your order. This is to ensure there are no mix-ups with the drinks and also to personalize the service. If you go in there often enough, they will remember your name. And sure enough it is working.
There are now two baristas in Starbucks who actually remember my name when I walk in. So now when I say Tall Skim Latte, they say- sure, R. Rather than finding this cute, I find this rather embarressing.
I confess that I do go in there way too often. Probably 4-5 times a week, if I am honest. The temptation of caffeine plus steamed milk that someone else prepares for you (no clean-up!) is hard to turn down, especially because I walk by there several times a day on my way to and from school, PT, OT, speech and all the other fun places we go.
I always thought I was just another anonymous crazy New Yorker who pays too much for her coffee when she can make her own for about 25 cents. But now that my anonymity is shot, so I may have to rethink this whole Starbucks thing. Or not...did I mention the foamy milk ;)