Progressive Revelations
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By Greg Gagliardi
Progressive Revelations
Donut Disturb
November 9, 2010
People who read my columns know that I make a lot of references to Dunkin' Donuts -- and that's because I live in South Jersey, where Dunkin' Donuts are often located across the street from other Dunkin' Donuts. After all, how can anyone be expected to cross a street -- or even get out of the car -- to get a doughnut?  As I was passing numerous Dunkin' Donuts today, I knew that if I stopped inside one, I would be inspired.  Well, either that or misunderstood, and I was right about the latter...

This is exactly how my conversation just went with a Dunkin' Donuts employee...

Employee: Is there a computer in that bag?

Me: Yep.

Employee: A laptop?

Me: Yes.  It would be hard to fit a desktop.

Employee: In that bag?

Me: Yes.  Or inside any bag.  Desktops are big.

Employee: Laptops.

Me: Yeah.  True...  Do you have wireless Internet here?

Employee: No.

Me: I know some of the Dunkin' Donuts do.

Employee: You can plug into that socket.

Me: That's okay, I have battery left.  I don't need an outlet.

Employee: You can plug it in.

Me: Thanks, I'm good.

Employee: Into that wall.

The funny thing is, this is one of the best conversations I have ever had in a Dunkin' Donuts.  It was topped only by the conversation that took place between this same employee and another customer immediately after my conversation ended.  I won't share the details, but it involved whether the bathroom had running water.  I assume that the bathroom does, indeed, have running water.  After all, it needs to get away from that electrical socket.  But as I type this, I am interrupted  by another conversation with the same employee...

Employee: No coffee today?

Me: No, I'm good, thanks.

Employee: If you have time, you should go to YouTube.  Check out my song.

Me: I would, but I don't have Internet access here.

Employee: No coffee?

Me: No, or Internet.

Employee: Don't break sleep.

I am glad to say this is the easiest column I have ever written, mainly because I didn't have to write anything at all.  I just relied on Dunkin' Donuts, the lack of Internet and an employee who has a song on YouTube.  And I'll admit, I am about to ask her to write down the name of her YouTube channel.  I will listen to the song while I am breaking sleep...

But I digress.

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