When I was a senior in college, I worked as a gopher in the engineering college. My most important job was to make coffee and keep it going until my four hour shift ended.
I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker, but because I was the one making it, I figured I should at least try it. Soon I was drinking two or three cups every morning.
One Saturday morning I slept in and woke up with an awful hangover. Except…I hadn’t been drinking. And it happened again the following Saturday. And the next. And then there was finally a weekday morning when I didn’t have to go to work, and it happened then. Yup, I’m a slow learner. I’d become hooked.
I didn’t like that at all so I cut waaaay back, almost to nothing. And over the next 20 years, I basically limited myself to coffee three times a week. But a few months ago, my coffee drinking habits changed (that’s going to be another post), and I started drinking more coffee, stronger coffee, more often.
A few weeks ago, I got that familiar headache that comes from skipping coffee. So I backed off a few days, and then I was able to go back to coffee three days a week. But last week I hit the coffee more than usual, and today I’ve had an awful headache. I’m prone to headaches, and have had a migraine headache twice in my life. But this one is different. I get body symptoms that are a lot like hangovers. The headache is nasty, and the only way I can describe it is by saying it’s kind of…3-D.
One more day off…then I’ll have coffee again. But if I have a headache tomorrow…fuck it. I’ll give up, give in, and drink it every day.