Thursday, August 25, 2005

Good Triumphs Over Evil at Rock Center

"Where are all the Dunkin' Donuts?" Catherine asked when she was visiting. It's a good question. Being a Rhode Islander who doesn't know where the five closest Dunkin' Donuts locations are at all times is akin to being a claustrophobe who hasn't taken note of the emergency exits upon entering a crowded nightlub. Without this knowledge, you're just not ever going to be able to truly let go and relax.

Before I moved apartments, I used to take the subway to Rockefeller Center frequently for my morning commute. One day I spied the tell tale orange and maroon detailing and I knew they were putting in a Dunkie's. Joy! But then I switched train lines and I haven't been back to see it open.

This morning I came through Rock Center on a whim and there was the DD in all her glory. I had to stop! Screw my self-imposed budget and sugar limitations. As I approached, my heart lept with joy. There were lines. Three long lines at each register. Next door, yes, next door, at Krispy Kreme*, one lone man waited for service. We are not even going to waste time discussing this fool.

Kitty-corner to the new Dunkie's was a Starbucks featuring two shorter lines. Now, just days before I myself had stood in a Starbucks line. But today, proudly standind in the DD line, I developed a keen hatred for the people in that other line. I began to see the two set of customers as opposite sides of the socio-economic divide, and I was firmly convinced I was on the right side. It was regional, it was classist, and dare I say religious? Yes, I was sure we at Dunkie's were firmly Catholic while the people across the way were Episcopal/Lutheran. Or does it break down as Believers and Atheists? Will the atheists please write in and tell me where they buy their donuts?

Anyway, the point is that business at DD was lapping Starbucks, my small iced coffee and a donut was much cheaper than my usual Starbucks morning grab, and this morning I felt that much closer to my fellow New Yorkers.

*I do enjoy an orignial Krispy Kreme donut, hot off the conveyer belt only, but you pretty much have to accept said donut as a grease bullet about to shoot directly through your system. Coupling one of these delicious laxatives with coffee would actually prove fatal, I believe. Not ideal commuter fare. All other Krispy Kreme donuts, including flavor of the month, which seem so promising, suck hardcore.



5 comments:

Lexa said...

I am an atheist and the only donut I will eat is from Dunkie's. I don't often pine for Rhody, but every time I am forced to eat a Krispy Kreme, I curse the day I left.

jesse said...

Boston has a Dunks on every street corner and the streets are paved with gold. More to come...

Cupcake said...

Lexa, you shot holes in my theory (tasty delicious donut holes), but you have to agree, "Where do atheists buy donuts?" sounds like a great set-up for a joke. PS I looked at your Friendster page and it looks like you found love. Rock on, girl!

Jesse, you can bring it and I will try to battle you on NYC vs. Boston: the Donut Wars, but you know my heart will just not be in it.

A said...

hey didja know that Dunkies donates huge amounts of $ annually to the Republican party? Also they roast their coffee beans with sugar. THese are things I just thought you might want to know. Link containing facts to back up these statements to follow...

Cupcake said...

EdVed, you are a very thoughtful and considerate person so I know you thought long and hard before posting that comment. "Hmm, this is true, but it will ruin Cupcake's morning and possibly her life. Must shine light of truth... I'll post it!"

I hate you for it anyway.