I recall a recent moment when I showed up for work and made my way towards the large staircase leading to our offices. Up above me, one of my more favored coworkers was already shuffling along on the second level. I called out to Bill† and bid him good morning.
--And here I must stop in my narrative to tell you an awful truth about myself: I....am a morning person. Don't get my wrong, I love my sleep and would stay up late if I didn't work at 8:00am on the dot...but I can't help but be more on the awake and chipper side first thing in the morning, much to the chagrin of my mother.--
Back to Bill. Bill is one of my favorites for a reason. He's funny, nice, and new enough to not make me feel like I'm behind the times on the whole integrated staff thing. Bill's got the type of humor that works in my circle - sarcasm, cynicism, and complete silliness. (Example. In our last meeting, Bill had Hulk Hands from another coworker Owen† and proceeded to *smash* the wall to make the sounds go off).
I greeted him cheerily and received a well-meaning grunt in return - not the usual from one of the friendliest. With a smile, I propelled up the staircase and struck up a conversation with the now frozen Bill.
"Wow, that was quite the greeting!" I said, laughing as Bill smirked and shrugged his shoulders.
"I haven't had my coffee yet. I'm pretty much a zombie."
Now this is something I've heard more than once from coffee drinkers. No functioning until coffee is in the blood.
I could hear it in his voice. That morning fatigue. Non-Morning-People/Coffee-Drinkers tend to have gravely and deeper voices when I first speak to them, and it only improves as they pep up with Caffeine. I gave Bill his ground and remarked that this was something I'd found pretty common.
"Well, it's the only form of an acceptable drug. Society loves it, and I am an addict."
Are you like Bill? Do you find that little coffee bean's juice to be the most addictive substance in your life? Tell me about a time you've either BEEN or INTERACTED with a coffeeless zombie in the morning. Any fun stories?
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