Yesterday, I did manage to acquire a few Starbucks espresso pods for my Nespresso Expert machine from Target. A very nice store associate grabbed them from the back of the store for me. They had not been put out on the coffee aisle at the store I visited. About 40 pods came home with me for some scientific research on the effectiveness of caffeine on my day. (Spoiler Alert!) The Starbucks espresso pods were familiar, but not exactly like the Verismo machine version. Keep in mind that I drank the Verismo machine pods on a daily basis for over a year. That flavor profile was a very important part of my day. Imagine every day as the world started to come into focus the first thing that really caught your attention was a fantastic shot of espresso. Ok — you are right it was two shots of espresso. Both were fantastic, but a little bit different. My Nespresso Expert machine is filled with water from a Brita water filter and I clean the machine fairly often. Maybe my expectations of the pure joy of Starbucks espresso got in the way. It was very good, but maybe 70% of what I expected it to be. That remaining 30% of lost joy could easily be a deal breaker. I’m going to keep running this taste test and see what happens after the 40 pods are gone.
Earlier today I watched a video about Lofoten, Norway. It seems like a really nice place. Flights from Denver to Norway are not as expensive as I thought, but the 10+ hour flight time does remind me that it is pretty far away. A quick search of Google Maps indicated that the distance was over 4,500 miles. All of that research happened after two shots of espresso from my Nespresso Expert machine. It appears that a quick trip to Target might allow me to buy some espresso roast Starbucks Nespresso pods to use in that Nespresso Expert machine. For those of you who have been reading this functional journal for some time you might remember that for some reason Starbucks espresso pods are my favorite. I used a Starbucks Verismo machine for years to kick off my mornings. Now it seems that with a different machine I will be able to return to the ways of the past and enjoy some Starbucks espresso pods. I’m sure you will get to hear more about that this journey soon.
Today feels like it is starting a little slower than it should. We had a light dusting of snow last night in Denver. That is just enough snow to remind you that it is cold, but enough that it requires any real action. The titles for the blog seem to be getting longer every day. That seems to be something that is happening for no real reason. Maybe it is just one of those things that happens. Today I spent some time looking around at guitar pedals on eBay. I’m not entirely sure why that happened, but it sure did happen. Apparently, the eBay algorithm thinks that I want to purchase either an Earthquaker Devices Sea Machine V3 Chorus pedal or a Mr. Black dark echo effects pedal. I mean it is entirely possible the algorithm thinks that I am going to buy both of those guitar pedals. The sea machine pedal I looked at this morning did look pretty amazing. Part of this afternoon will probably be spent listening to demo videos on YouTube to get a real sense of the pedal.
Sometimes that Folger’s commercial about the best part of waking up bounces back into my thoughts. I’m not sure if this morning’s cup of coffee from the ballroom carafe might be Folger’s or something else conjured up that memory. It would be easy to say they don’t make commercials like they used to without being trite or cliche. Advertising has changed over the years. Targeting has changed the dynamics.
Today is one of those rare days that will be spent thinking about thinking. That is a rare gift these days. A whole day spent doing only one thing. A day with a single minded purpose. We live in a complex world. Information is everywhere. We have access to tons of information. It can help us make decisions. It can be overwhelming or underwhelming. However, today is not about taking in new information. For better or worse today will be about thinking. That is going to be ok.