It's time for me to finally own up. (clears throat)
"I'm Mike, and I have an issue."
Perhaps I should backtrack a bit. For the last 40 plus years, I've needed a bit of assistance in getting going in the morning. Now retired, it's not as much a hindrance as during my productive years, but I recognize it's still lurking.
I know what your thinking; yeah, yeah, I like coffee in the morning too. No. I am non compos mentis until the first large cup is circulating through my system. By large, I don't mean the puny 12 or 16 ounce size. At home my cup is a large old German pottery stein, probably 40 years old. And the first cup is finished in 10 minutes, when I get up and totter into the kitchen again. Two cups, that's all. Ok, it's larger than what most people down, but it is all I need for the day.
Which brings me to the point......this thing.
I found it 4 years ago here in a small coffee roasting business. It works somewhat like a french press, and can make one large cup at a time. A small round filter is put into the bottom, three heaping teaspoons of Italian or French roast ground the night before (I'm incapable of doing it in the morning first thing), 2 cups water is nuked till boiling, poured into the container, stirred for a minute then pressed into a cup. Voila! Then in the German mug 2 inches of milk is heated in said microwave, the coffee poured in, and there is a large cafe au lait. 5 minutes total time, though it seems much longer in my foggy state.
So, in keeping with the only applicable step of the 12, #9, I'd like to apologize to those colleagues and people who in hotels at conventions I've looked at blankly on my way to the coffee dispenser, wondering who in god's name they could possibly be, and why the hell they were trying to talk to me.
Who knows, I might even try to make amends, just don't expect it before the first cup.