Today’s Perfect Moment is coffee and donuts. I prefer to spell it doughnuts, but I checked the corporate website and that is how they have it listed. I could start ranting, but I will save that for the rest of the blog.
I pass Tim Horton’s donuts on my way to and from work. They have two outlets in the subway station, three in the neighbourhood around my work, and at least 5 in my small town…maybe it’s a city. I haven’t looked at the town sign lately.
Even though I pass these places of temptation, I generally manage to avoid them. Part of it is saving money, but part of it is saving my waistline. I eat enough food I shouldn’t and I can make coffee at home cheaper, and frankly better, in a relatively short amount of time.
However, sometime earlier this week, as I was walking through the subway concourse on my way to the bus stop after work, I asked my girlfriend if she would like a hot chocolate. She declined. She asked me, perhaps rather quizzically, perhaps just to see what I would say, if I wanted one. I replied that I wanted coffee and donuts.
Seeing as it was night, we both put the idea out of our heads and continued onward. However, as we both discovered, the idea was not so easily defeated. In fact, I would suggest that it grew. I was tempted to use the word fester, but that seems so negative for something that I regard as Today’s Perfect Moment. For the rest of our work days, and often while we were spending time together, the idea of coffee and donuts seem to blurt from either one or both of our lips. It was an idea that would not go away.
So, today, we decided to go for it.
What I loved about the experience was that they gave us our donuts on dishes. I remember when I was younger that we always got cups and dishes at the coffee shop. Things changed when giving out paper bags and paper cups with plastic lids became fashionable, or cheaper, or whatever was the justification. Today’s adventure did not come with real cups, but I suspect that will be back on the agenda again soon.
Hopefully my craving for coffee and donuts has been sated for the time being. Another way of looking at it is that I was able to write this post without feeling as tired as I normally do. I cannot guarantee fewer typos, but at least I wasn’t falling asleep at the keyboard…..again.
Oh, and yes, I fell for the marketing ploy and got some hockey cards.
A Side Note
Climate change and single use plastics have been in the news lately. While this has been going on, my students have been telling me how much more advanced their countries are at dealing with plastics and recycling. While telling me this, these same students were eating fruit packages from single use plastic containers. Forgetting their blatant hypocrisy for the moment–if you’re going to talk the talk, you’d better be able to walk the walk–it got me thinking, how could they sell this product in a more eco friendly way?
After eating off real dishes, it made me wonder if they could sell the fruit in small glass dishes. The customer would have to pay some sort of deposit and return the dish for their money back. We already do this at the beer store, and we used to do this for pop when I was a kid. Could we do it on a huge scale for products that we now sell in single use plastics?
Honestly, I am not sure. I suppose we could, but who would be brave enough to try?