I was driving wearing a navy blue Peter Storm smock cagoule. I stopped at a Starbucks coffee outlet at the motorway services. It was fairly quiet and I queued behind two customers. While waiting my turn a middle-aged lady came in and waited behind me. The girl serving was young, pretty with a lovely smile and when it was my turn the conversation was as follows.
“Can I have a flat white please?”
“Certainly sir. Anything else?”
“Do you write names on the cups here?”
“Yes for sure. I can write your name on the cup if you want”.
She then looked at me obviously waiting for me to say the name.
“Can you write Peter Storm please?”
She didn’t get it and looked a bit puzzled.
“Peter Storm. Like on my cagoule”. I pointed to the logo. By now her male workmate had moved next to her and was listening. I now had two of them interested. “Ha, great name for a raincoat”, he said. It was obvious that neither of them recognized the brand. “Why do you want it written on the cup?”, he added.
“Oh just for fun”, I said hoping there were no more questions.
My explanation accepted, she took a marker pen and wrote ‘Peter Storm’ on the cup. She added a smiley. She turned it towards me. “There you are - Peter Storm”. Again her lovely smile and a hint of amusement at events.
I paid, thanked her and moved along to wait for my drink. My coffee was made, by which time the lady who had been behind me was also waiting. The guy on the delivery end was handed the coffee by the barista. “Peter - Peter Storm he read”. He said it with no hint at all that it was anything strange or any connection that it was the same name on my cagoule. The lady however, did give me a slightly strange look. I am not sure how much she had heard, but she was far more likely than the youngsters to know what a Peter Storm cagoule is! I took the coffee, thanked him and left. I went outside, took a few pictures and enjoyed my coffee.