STUCK IN LIMBO THAT WE CALL AN AIRPORT TERMINAL, FACED WITH AN EPIC JOURNEY, WHERE DO YOU TURN? DRUMMER AND VOCALIST FROM PSYCHEDELIC ROCK DUO PRINCE RAMA TAKES SOLACE IN THE GREEN A BLACK SYMBOL OF COMMERCIALISM. A DARK CONFESSION, INDEED.
I’m at the airport. It’s 7:45 AM and I’m about to get on a 24-hour flight to Australia. I’m so tired. I haven’t had any coffee. The lady at the American Airlines desk made me pay $100 extra to check my drum gear because it was “over-weight.” Over weight? Yeah right, she’s the one who’s over weight! Okay Nimai, chill out. You have an hour and a half to kill before your flight. Indulge yourself. Indulge in Starbucks and trashy magazines. Then you will feel better.
Starbucks represents a whole span of “guilty pleasures” for me. It represents stability, consistency, and too many options. Kind of like Guitar Center. “Do I need this cool egg-shaker shaped like a palm tree?” The answer is no, but I get it anyway because it’s there in front of me. Guitar Center and Starbucks both conveniently provide too many options and I get excited about ALL of them.
At 8 AM, I have found the Starbucks in Terminal 4. The line is outrageous. Luckily, I have my US Weekly about Demi Moore to keep me occupied. When I get closer to the front of the line, I start to squint and stare at the menu. Mocha-Coconut Cookie Crumble Frapuccino? Damn, I think it’s too early for that. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher Tea? Yeah right, I need caffeine. Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte. Getting closer...I think....wait what does “Dolce” even mean?? S-bucks is getting exotic!
Caramel macchiato. This drink menu is so extensive! I want to try them all! Does “macchiato” mean milk?!! Latte. Okay, so not a fancy drink but I know they will make it exactly the way I want.
I order a grande iced latte with soy milk instead of regular milk and an extra shot of espresso. I didn’t need that extra shot, but that option was there for $0.60...how could I pass it up?? I walked away with my drink feeling like a BOSS. Twenty-four plane ride? No problem. I love Starbucks.
Prince Rama are currently on tour jumping between Starbucks and wowing audiences across the globe. Their brand new post-apocalyptic concept album Top-Ten Hits of the End of the World will be available in November on Paw Tracks.