Mr. T Likes The Double-Shot Espresso

It was a day that will live in infamy, forever.

I was literally three minutes from my house when I decided that the best possible course of action for me and my creative lunchtime curse of MSG-fatigue (without eating any MSG of course) would be a trip to the local Starbucks Coffee where I could grab a drink that was as far from the original invention of coffee as it could ever be. You know, something with foam and sugar and chocolate covered coffee beans and fruit sorbet and the whole kitchen sink. I would walk right in there and sidle up to the counter and order my candy-coated coffee drink with enthusiasm.

That is, of course, until I saw him.

If you’re a child of the 80′s, you are probably extremely familiar with Mr. T. From his role as Clubber Lang in the hit boxing flick Rocky III or his role as the curmudgeony B. A. Baracus from TV’s The A-Team — this is the guy who made the mohawk famous along with his trademark phrase, “I Pity The Fool!”

Well… Mr. T was standing right in front of me in line.

It was then that I tuned my eavesdropping ears into the conversation in front of me, in which Mr. T picked out two chocolate covered graham crackers (for dipping) and ordered a double-shot espresso. Yes, that’s right — Mr. T, a guy with more energy and moxie than the entire city of Los Angeles, was ordering up additional adrenaline in the form of a dark, thick liquid. It was awesome.

And I had to say something or else I’d regret it.

I waited long enough for him and I to clear the counter and the ordering scenario before I placed myself right in front of him:

Me: “Hi, Mr. T.”

Mr. T looked at me and you could see it in his face. Anyone who calls him Mr. T and not by his real name must have questions about his career, his relationship with Sly Stallone, his time on The A-Team… He was cautious, and for good reason.

Mr. T: “Hey.”

He turned back away from me, waiting for his double-shot espresso.

Me: “Uh, Mr. T? Can I ask you a question?”

He turned back towards me, cautious.

Mr. T: “Yeah, yeah. What is your question?”

It was a question that I had wanted to ask since, well…forever.

Me: “Do you still pity the fool? I mean, or was that just an 80′s thing or something?”

[A beat.]

Mr. T: “Do I still…what?”

Me: “You know…do you still pity the fool? Like you used to pity those fools in the 80′s? I mean, you went around all over the place and on the TV pitying the fools but then suddenly you just stopped saying it…but people sometimes stop saying trademark phrases they’re known for but still…you know…still think it, or hold those kind of ideas close to them…”

Mr. T: “You’re kidding me…right?”

I wasn’t.

Me: “No, well… No.”

By that point, Mr. T’s double-shot espresso was ready and they called him but not by the Mr. T name but by another name altogether. It was a startling, weird moment as he glared at me, then picked up his energy elixir. It was then, coffee in hand, that he swung back around — face to face.

Mr. T: “I pity the fool who has to ask me if I still pity the fool.”

It was the coolest thing Mr. T could have ever said to me. And it convinced me, that yes, even though someone stops pitying a fool in public doesn’t mean they’ve stopped pitying fools altogether. Mr. T proved that to me along with one very important detail…

Mr. T likes the double-shot espresso.

68 comments on “Mr. T Likes The Double-Shot Espresso

  1. Sheep Guarding Llama - July 7, 2006 at 1:58 pm -

    July 7, 2006: Returning to Geneseo

    Another travel day. Wouldn’t it be nice to just spend a nice, relaxing weekend at home? I wouldn’t really know.
    The plan is to leave this evening as soon as I am able to get out of the office and head for Geneseo (getting dinner at the …

  2. Pierce - July 8, 2006 at 7:25 am -

    http://imdb.com/title/tt0494722/

    Crazy. What’ll that be like?

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  4. Re-Up on the videos - July 18, 2006 at 10:44 am -

    Classic! What a moment! This alone is adding so much to his image and perceived coolness, dude should be greatful you approached him!

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  6. Dan - July 19, 2006 at 12:12 pm -

    T was sidelined from his vocation of fool-pitying for a while by cancer (T cell lymphoma, actually).

    Since laying a Rocky III-level hurt on his neoplasm, though, he’s been quietly recompiling his pity list. Later this year, as Pierce points out above, he’ll even premier his own series on TV Land, I Pity the Fool, which promises to proffer a kinder, gentler brand of pity for the new millennium.

    T’s not limiting the pity to fools either. He’s extended his pity to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as well, in something approaching the ultimate good will gesture—hanging up his trademark gold chains for good.

  7. DAVID MALLIPUDI - August 3, 2006 at 8:25 am -

    I WOULD LIKE MEET WITH MR. T SEE IF YOU CAN GIVE ME SOME INFO HOW TO CONTACT HIM .. HE IS VERY INSPIRATION TO ME

    THANK YOU
    DAVID

  8. A Nitrous Crouton - October 7, 2006 at 4:47 pm -

    Yes, yes he does….

    Not terribly long ago there was a classic blog entry regarding whether or not Mr T. still pities the fool. Yahoo has apparently decided to show us that …

  9. Pamela Smith/Burnett - October 9, 2006 at 10:54 am -

    Hi, I have always liked Mr. T because he stood up for the Lord. He always has a great message to bring on TBN. He has kept himself in great shape all these years. However, I’m not sure where he is going with this Pitty the Fool thing.. It comes across like somebody wanting to pick fights. I am not so sure somebody won’t deck him for walking up to them and taking over their stuff then calling them a fool. I know he is up beat street and all of that…but I just always thought MR. T was for the Lord. It’s sending a different image. God bless you Mr. T. I know you have reached a lot of people and made a big difference in this ol world. I know the world is full of dummies. I hope you understand what I am trying to say. GBU, PSB

  10. Ray McNally - October 27, 2006 at 12:48 am -

    You know, Mr.T JUST came out with anew TV show on one of the cable stations and guess what it’s called…

    …”I Pity The Fool”!

    And NO! I’m not kidding. He goes around getting people to open their eyes and see what’s going on around them and what not.

    Maybe you had something to do with this. You know, a small spark in his brain that lead to his new show now.

  11. Alex - April 29, 2007 at 1:16 am -

    That’s pretty much the greatest thing I’ve ever read. Thanks for making my day, or, dare I say, week!

  12. espresso - September 8, 2007 at 5:59 pm -

    espresso…

    Good to know ……

  13. DCB - November 21, 2007 at 10:22 am -

    Heheheh. I had a Mr. T weight set when I was a kid. I’m glad he still pities fools.

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  17. Mr. Understanding - November 24, 2007 at 8:36 pm -

    Did he call it a doppio?

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