When it comes to hot caffeinated beverages, there are two types of people, those who drink coffee and those who prefer tea. I am a coffee drinker. While at work I typically drink roughly a liter of coffee a day. I enjoy coffee a lot, the darker the better. Oddly, I can also drop coffee without feeling the typical side-effects that most people report - headache, grumpiness, etc. This is lucky for me this week.
Where I am staying this week is a place where tea rules the day. Sad really, to see so many people so misguided. But after 5 days coffee free, I decided yesterday that I would like to find some coffee and several of my colleagues traveling with me agreed. So, I went to the hotel lobby and inquired about the nearest coffee shop.
"I believe they sell coffee at the gas station down the street" was the reply.
Struggling to contain disbelief about the recommendation, I tried to re-define what I was looking for, but only got a blank stare in return. So, to The Internet! A brief search yielded two places nearby that purported to hawk the caffeine delivery system I was searching for. But Google is apparently behind on updates for local businesses, because driving to these locations resulted in locating the local cement quarry and a neighborhood devoid of any businesses. Frustrated, I tried a bakery. Closed.
With the errand now taking far too long, what's a guy to do? The gas station cashier was very nice in helping me wrap my four cups to avoid a spill on the ride home. It was better than water dressed in brown. Barely.
That said, I don't know that I can file this under 'roughing it in the field'. More like, 'yes, I can complain even in a nice location'.