Now, I've got to ask: is there a more awkward relationship than the one between you and your barista?
I mean, it's not like your hairdresser or dentist. It's someone you see on a regular basis - once, twice a week, maybe more. You know some personal information, but not enough to call them a friend, or even an acquaintance. Wait - what do you call them?
My regular barista-guy used to work with my sister-in-law, so I've seen him a handful of times outside the coffeeshop. When I worked as a sever, he came to my restaurant once and we hung out after my shift; he drove me home because I rode my bike and it was raining. What do you call your relationship with someone like that? A friend of a friend, but less of an friend and more of an acquaintance?
Part of my awkwardness around this subject is my lack of interest in small talk. I'm not good at it, and I don't really care to be. But it's required in situations like this, so I'm left just feeling silly.
Am I over-thinking this, or do you think it's all kind of weird too?