Bumping and Grinding: A Grande Affair

In my scene in Fast Friends, my work day is interrupted by a drifter (played by Mack Manus) banging around in the dumpster outside. I offer to bring him inside and get him cleaned up, one thing leads to another… and I end up hiring him because of the great “job” he did on me. 😉

There’s a little tag tacked onto the end of scene that shows us working in the office together; you may notice I’m holding a cup of coffee. That’s a bit of an inside joke: Mack created his drifter’s costume himself, and dirtied it up by smearing coffee grinds from the Titan office coffeemaker all over it. I thought it would be cool to somehow include the coffee itself in the scene too, and director Brian Mills was kind enough to indulge me.

While we’re on the subject… I have an almost unhealthy love affair with coffee. I’ve been drinking the stuff ever since my high school Latin teacher allowed us to have it in class (“If you’re old enough to speak Latin, you’re old enough to drink coffee,” she’d say). I have at least two cups a day, usually more. In fact, I’m sitting in my usual Starbucks writing this post right now. Once you register your Starbucks card, you get free in-house refills… which, I swear, will be the death of me. You also get a coupon got a free drink for every 15 you buy, and as you can see (in the picture to the right) I have more free drink certificates than I know what to do with.

Needless to say, coffee’s a big part of my life. So imagine my delight when I discovered that Dirk is just as much a coffeeholic as I am. Our first priority every morning (after untangling our sweaty naked bodies, of course) is making – or finding – coffee. I’m not much of a morning person, though; we often seek out a coffee shop because this is what happens when I try to open a container of creamer at home before I have my all-important first cup of the day:

I swear that’s what it is… the damn bottle exploded! Really!

When Dirk and I do seek out a coffee shop, Starbucks is fine, but when we’re in SF we always make a point of stopping by Philz. You can’t beat the Tesora there. And in NYC there’s Grumpy. Yum.

If you look closely, you’ll see that Dirk’s travel mug has a picture of… well… us on it. I gave it to him. With us living in different cities, I thought it would be nice if he could see us together every morning, even if we can’t be together. Yeah… I’m a total sap. He seems to like it, though, and it’s fun to hear him tell me how people’s faces light up when they see our mugs on his mug. 😀

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