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I've come to the conclusion that I've got coffee on the brain. Lately, nearly everything I see makes me think about coffee. Witness the photo above -- it's a page from my favorite mail order clothing catalog. When I first flipped to this page, I thought -- "Oh! Gotta have the jammies with the "Latte" and coffee cups!" It was only on second glance that I realized the "coffee cups" are actually hearts surrounded by roses and the "Latte" on the shirt actually reads "Love". I'm torn between getting my eyeglass prescription checked and designing a pair of Latte jammies.

The thing is, this happens to me a lot lately. At the supermarket, I read signs for the "Express Checkout" as "Espresso Checkout" and think that really, every store should have at least one of those. Watching a crime show, I find myself wondering how in the world you hit someone hard enough to decaffeinate them only to realize that the victim has lost his head, not his java boost. News about political unrest leaves me concerned about the coffee chain and my first thought when I hear about typhoons and dry spells is "Ack! That can't be good for the coffee beans!"

To be fair, this isn't a new problem. Back when I was working as admin assistant in a homeless shelter, my boss often got fresh coffee instead of the copies of the contract that he'd asked for. That was ten years ago, and the problem hasn't really gotten any better. If anything, the more I satisfy my craving for good coffee, the more I find myself thinking about it. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, since I make part of my living writing about coffee for various clients. And it does lead me to interesting experiments -- soap made with coffee grounds, coffee dye for gray hair and all those delicious and delightful coffee recipes that I love sharing with other coffee lovers.

What do you think? Do I need coffee intervention or do you have similar experiences with seeing coffee in unusual places?

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