Last Friday I had lunch with my buddy (and ex-boss), Mike, at the Elephant Bar.
Mike and I (and our late friend, RB) worked together during my insurance days. I was 25 and recently engaged when Mike came on-board as our claims manager. Over the next seven years we became good friends. I'm happy that our friendship still holds strong today, and so long as he continues to pay for lunch it will remain so.
During Friday's lunch we determined that Mike was only 41 when we met, younger than I am now. His daughter, now a 20-yr old college student in Massachusetts, was maybe two or three? (I'm too tired to do the math). In any event, many years have passed, and I'm amazed by that. It seems like just a few years ago that we were hanging out together in Oakland.
Anyway, Mike was laid off in 1996 or 97, (which turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him) and I wanted to give him a little going away present; something to remind him of the good times and our friendship, hence Cup-O-Joe was born. I still think it's brilliant, though I fear I'm in the minority.
I had this made at one of those kiosks at the mall in Antioch. For more than a decade, Cup-O-Joe has resided in Mike's kitchen cabinet. He claims to have never actually used it, not wanting to sully its magnificence. I think it more likely that he was grossed out about putting his lips on my face. No matter. Cup-O-Joe has retained its classic, good looks. Too bad we can't say the same for the original.