Best Story of the Week..Anything for a Donut

I tool to the coffee cart, mid morning, my latest new bad habit, to get a cup of cheap but sugary coffee from Jose.

He always gives me a large despite asking for a medium, the way a bartender would a regular customer.

This morning, he, after taking care of me says, “You in a hurry? Will you watch my cart for a minute?” giving trust a whole new spin. Imagine being in charge of all those donuts.  

I say, “Sure,” without thinking, as he prances into Petco I later learn to use their restroom.

A line has gathered with me standing protecting the Danish with my life, saying with much authority, “Jose will be right back,” while everyone waits despite two carts on two other corners. You can’t say New Yorkers aren’t loyal to their cart men.

Finally he reappears, thanking me, but before I can take flight, hands me a bag with two huge glazed donuts covered in enough sugar to shoot me to Mars.

Despite trying to tame my sweet tooth, donuts being the crack of pastries, smile happily and say, “Jose, anytime my friend, anytime,” as I start eating, the sugar junky that I am, falling off the wagon, or in this case, the cart.  🙂



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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20 Responses to Best Story of the Week..Anything for a Donut

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Love this story, Susannah. Now you can add Donut Protector to your resume, ha ha! Sure to impress every donut lover.

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    • I try so hard not to eat them, and of course, he knew he could trust me since I’ve already established credit always short a dime or two, never failing to pay my debt. I’ve learned, if you owe a penny, pay up and then you can bet on the house.

      Have a nice weekend. I’m in the throes of the Kerry Kennedy book she wrote on her dad. She was 8 when Bobby died. It’s all interviews with different people who knew him or just admired what he stood for. My latest book tip. 🙂

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  2. Steve says:

    Good work watching his cart! Your account got me thinking about how donuts got their name…wonder if it is a big city metaphor for ‘using money to buy tasty food by nuts’? 🙂

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  3. E says:

    Delightful. I just fell in love with Jose. Also you get a star for handling the front of the line pressure in New York! Very fearless.

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  4. So funny! Regulars do get treated differently (when they are nice). You deserved the donuts so I hope you ate both!

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  5. Falling off the cart! Love that!

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  6. My favorite part about this story is the lack of a pause when asked to watch the cart. Just a straight up YES!

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  7. I love this, Susannah. Something about you standing by the cart as people line up seems like the perfect set up for a comedy scene. I have a weakness for doughnuts, so I wish there was a doughnut cart in town here, although I’m kind of glad there isn’t either or I’d never lose this weight.


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