Have you experienced the "valley of fatigue" in the afternoon after you've fed your piece, but before you are goodnighted?
After several hours on assignment I crave a four-dollar cup of caffeine; after several days of big-time television, I get a real Jones for a hi-test Joe. I like a nice strong coffee that will keep me up until October.
Next time you consider a career change,
please think about operating a "Latte Fly-Away Pak." It's a portable espresso
kit that you will bring to major news events.
You have to work the same long hours as the newspukes, but as a "SpressoPuke" you don't hurt your back, you don't have to rewrite your script, you don't have to make a million decisions every day. Your customers can make the decisions: Mochacino or Frappucino? Latte or macciato? Single espresso, or double?
I'd appreciate it if you serve only one size. I hate not knowing what a "Vente" is.
As for the power source, I really think the way to go is with a petite plutonium cell. A really small one powers the Galileo space probe all the way to Mars. So I figure a tiny speck of plutonium could keep the latte machine purring a really long time. I've heard that the physicists at Los Alamos Lab drop a 238PuO2 pellet right into their coffee mugs. Now that's a strong brew.
Once this thing catches on, we'll all sip lattes while we set up for live shots.
But if your assignment is an exclusive, and nobody shows up with a Latte Fly-Away Pak, you might want to look into jump-starting your day with a jolt of Black Gold off your Powerbook.
If you brew it, they will come.
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