As of noon today, my employment at Espresso Royale is a thing of the past. It was a strange shift, half the time spent waiting on customers I’d never waited on and will never wait on again, the other half spent telling regulars who didn’t already know that someone else would be serving their coffee from now on. I even passed off my key to a newcomer. I was given more tips today than I’ve ever made in any single day—even when I pulled double shifts waiting tables at Denny’s or IHOP. I just hope that maybe I can keep getting free coffee when I come back to town, for a couple years at least!