You’ve probably done it. You “make a deal” with yourself or some higher authority that if “x” happens, it means “y.”
It’s a silly little game we play, at least I think we all play.
I made some of those deals yesterday morning before sitting for my first comprehensive exam question. My deals went something like this:
“If I like the next song on Shuffle, it means I’ll do well on my comps.”
I liked the next song… well, sort of. If I hadn’t, I’m sure I would have just made a deal that I really meant the next song.
“If my coffee is really good, it means I’ll do well on my comps.”
It was excellent; perhaps the best cup of coffee I’ve drank.
Thank goodness I wasn’t making any such deals this morning when my favorite Panera made my coffee the wrong size.
After bringing it to their attention, they went to make me another one only to realize that there was no espresso in the machine. They replaced the espresso and made me another coffee.
I got the second coffee to my car only to discover upon my first drink that it contained no coffee. It was a glorified hot chocolate. Then the real debate occurred. I never take anything back. I don’t even send back food that I hate. I just don’t do it. But the thought of sitting through another four-hour writing session without having had my morning coffee was enough to get me moving.
I went back into Panera to return the glorified hot chocolate and get a coffee. I swear a lady in line actually rolled her eyes at me. Of course, the eye rolling is really on her since she was wearing an OSU jacket in Norman. Hello! This is Sooner country, lady!
When I returned my coffee (again), the barista noticed that the espresso machine was stuck on the cleaning cycle. Hmmm… perhaps that wasn’t hot chocolate after all.
She called over a manager who also couldn’t fix the machine.
They refunded my money and gave me a fountain drink as the manager repeatedly pushed the button (Yes, beat the button, that surely will fix the issue).
I filled my fountain drink, still not feeling good about not having my coffee.
When I returned to the counter (just to double check if they’d fixed it because I’m nothing if not persistent), the manager had just finished unplugging the espresso machine. Eureka! It was fixed.
They made me a new coffee. It is really good. That must mean I’ll do well on today’s comp question.