BARISTA: Hi! Welcome to _____. What can we get for you today?
ME: (looking over the menus...posted on the wall over the counter, the "specials" board on the floor, and the "monthly flavor" flyer by the cash register) Um, the special flavor "Cherry Mocha" sounds good. How can I get that?
BARISTA: You can get it however you want! We can make a coffee, iced coffee, espresso, double shot espresso, cappuccino, latte, iced latte, macchiato, iced macchiato, frappe, or blended frappuccino.
ME: Oh, wow....um ok. I think I'll try the cappuccino.
BARISTA: Ok! What size would you like? We have tall, grande, or venti.
ME: I'd just like the small one.
BARISTA: Now, what kind of milk would you like? Whole milk, half-and-half, cream, skim milk, 1%, 2%, non-fat, soy...
ME: 2% is fine.
BARISTA: regular or decaf?
ME: regular. ...and you can leave off any extra cream or sprinkles.
BARISTA: Alright! Can I get your name?
ME: sure, it's Erin.
BARISTA: Ok, Erin! (writing my name on a plastic coated paper cup) We'll have that right out to you shortly!
BARISTA: (30 seconds later, calling from behind the bar) ORDER FOR ERIN! WE HAVE A TALL CHEERY MOCHA HOT REGULAR CAPPUCCINO WITH 2% AND NO WHIP!
BARISTA: Buongiorno. (good morning/day, etc)
ME: Salve. (hi)
BARISTA: Dimmi. (literally "tell me")
ME: un marrocchino per favore.
BARISTA: un marrocchino...
...(a minute later while putting the drink on the bar in front of me) Prego.
So different. They both make me smile.