I have joked for some time that I’ve been trying to become a coffee drinker but just can’t seem to get addicted. What if there is a hole in my life, that I don’t know about, that can only be filled by a caffeine addiction?
It would be fair to say that in 2013 I have had a cup most mornings, but whenever I fail to have a morning cup I usually also fail to notice. I can’t recall making it just for myself, typically for at least one other person and then pour myself a cup too.
Yesterday was one of those days where I didn’t have one. I didn’t notice its absence explicitly but late in the afternoon, when I commented that I was feeling a bit more lethargic than usual, it was pointed out I hadn’t had a coffee. Even if I am not “addicted”, this must at least mean my body has become “accustomed” to starting the day a particular way.
Is this how it starts? Will I soon be jonesing for my morning cup? Grumpy until I smell the grounds? Irritable before it’s poured? Antisocial until it hits my lips?
And then what, a cup before bed just to tie me over until morning? This is uncharted territory for me…
Thoroughly addicted, you are. So much so, that I’m surprised you haven’t already transitioned to other addictions- chocolate, feng shuei, heroin…
I really enjoyed this post. Like, I normally don’t even like the stuff you write. But this one was great.
I’m kidding, of course. I’m a huge fan of everything you produce on this well-curated blog of curiosities, oddities and daily life. Keep up the gnar.
It’s all about associations; you haven’t had the right ones. For me it was the BC Forest Service (Tess might confirm this one)- if an army marches on its stomach, the BCFS marches on its bladder. Day 1 of my orientation course, 10:00 am and the instructor says “coffee time” and leads the 7 class members to a 50-cup urn. I later learned that the BCFS doesn’t own any coffee maker smaller than 50 cups.
If you need to know more about coffee in the morning, ask Brendan.
But definitely don’t ask before he’s had his coffee.
I think I’m on a similar journey. I resisted making coffee a daily habit for years, until recently I noticed I feel out of it on weekends. So now I’m holding steady at one a day. The big trap with a desk job though is drinking coffee all day just to keep occupied. I find hot water suffices, and it covers the 8 cups a day, and I get exercise walking to the washroom a half dozen times a day, and I stop to talk to people on the way (but not in the washroom – that throws me off my game). I also get clean hands out of the deal. That’s a lot of win-wins.