It is a very rare occasion that a 30 mile commute on Interstate 4 can be enjoyable. Today was one of those occasions. And here now is the formula for making such an occasion possible.
STEP ONE: Get out of work early! I am very blessed to work for a company that offers half day Fridays during part of the summer. I have made it my mission to take full advantage of these special Fridays. After reading much buzz about Starbucks’ free refresher promotion today (pun intended), I decided that partaking in said offer would be a great way to get off the weekend.
STEP TWO: Visit nearest Starbucks location for free refresher promotion. Since the nearest location to my workplace is smack dab in the middle of tourist town, I decided to call to make sure they were participating in the offer. Thank goodness the answer was “yes”. After a mild traffic jam I pulled into the parking lot and nearly skipped inside. Then came the choose: very berry hibiscus or island lime (very Florida choices, right?). I have always been partial to limes and so island lime was mine.
STEP THREE: Get back on I-4 and experience a moment of pure genius. As traffic around the attractions area became heavy, I sipped and sipped and sipped my island lime goodness. Jimmy Buffett played on Radio Margaritaville and then it hit me. There’s two more Starbucks on the way home! I could try the very berry hibiscus flavor next!
STEP FOUR: Stop into second Starbucks. The next location on my commute was off of Kirkman, right across from Universal Orlando. As I jammed to Radio Margaritaville, JD Spradlin broadcasted live from Margaritaville Cafe Orlando (which is at Universal City Walk). Terrific! There I was listening to the broadcast, just across the street.
STEP FIVE: Enjoy the view. As I got back into Blue Jean Baby and headed back onto I-4, I drove over a familiar overpass and enjoyed the view. Attractions on one side, Downtown Orlando on the other. There was one downside: the very berry hibiscus refresher tasted really bad (in my opinion). But, fighting through traffic made me thankful for something to enjoy.
STEP SIX: Hit up the neighborhood Starbucks for one final free refresher. After 40 minutes of dealing with the typical I-4 Friday afternoon nonsense I pulled into the drive thru of my local Starbucks. It.took.forever. But to enjoy one last free island lime refresher was worth it. I soon pulled into my driveway and headed to the pool area, took a few sips, and enjoyed thisfloridalife.
- Try Starbucks Refreshers for free on Friday (mnn.com)
- Starbucks Review: Refreshers (mylifeofcards.wordpress.com)
- Blame it on Buffett (mrbibbshouseoflove.com)