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And Then My Coffee Exploded

It’s been a rough day, and it’s only just started.

Admittedly, the roughness started last night; I was already cruising toward a fatigue crash last night when I discovered a non-me person getting a paid gig with work annoyingly close to mine, but that just sealed the deal. Unfortunately, I made what appears to have been a critical error last night by switching back to Zyrtec, hoping it would help clear up the nastiness in my throat and lungs.

Not much luck there, but it has left me feeling like a doped-up yak stumbling around in a stupor this morning, as I return back to the office after a two-week absence. I thought having the moose-like stagger was bad… it’s nothing like the doped-up yak stupor-stumble. On the way in to the office (oh, hey, I get kitchen duty today!) I stopped at Starbucks for breakfast, figuring a white mocha and coffee cake would at least take some of the sting out of it all.

And then my coffee exploded. All over my left hand.

They apparently got in a shipment of defective cups which, in the presence of hot liquid and pressure from the outside (in the form of a hand holding them) collapse suddenly in upon themselves. This causes the lid to go “POP!” and fly off, as well as the top half of the drink to come bursting out in a fountain of delicious scalding near-steam. All over, as I say, my left hand.


So now as well as stumbling around like a doped-up yak in a stupor, my left hand has melted off and I have no more breakfast. At least I’m getting a blog post out of it.

-The Gneech

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 19th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
Ouch, ouch, ouch.

And I take it that the coffee cup didn't have the decency to explode while you were in Starbucks?

Jun. 19th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
It did, actually. They replaced it and gave me a "get out of jail free" card for my next drink. And in the interest of clarity I should add that there's no real damage to my hand, it just stung when it happened. Hyperbole makes for a more entertaining story. :)

Jun. 19th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
But that cup of coffee didn't wake you up?
Jun. 19th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Heh. No, it just made me tired and burnt. ;)

Jun. 19th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Woke his hand up!

Hope you feel better Gneech :)
Jun. 19th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) Me too! ;)

Jun. 19th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
That is just fucked up, pardon my language. Hope your hand gets better soon. If you can get a hold of some fresh aloe vera, I would use that for your hand.
Jun. 19th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, there was no real damage. It was just a nasty and painful surprise on a rough morning.

Jun. 19th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your breakfast. I liked the comic, but I think you're right about the logo. It's just too close.
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