My favorite mug
More than 30 years ago, I bought the mug that is my favorite. It’s a style that was popular then - a much wider base than lip, which means that it does not spill easily. But that’s not why I like it. I like it because of what’s on the mug.
The mug comes from The University of Chicago Divinity School Coffee Shop . It’s black with white lettering. One side says
Divinity School Coffee Shop, or something similar. The other side says
Where God Drinks Coffee . The mug does a great job of capturing the self-concept of UofC ; you know the implication is that God would drink coffee there because of the opportunity for stimulating conversations. As a UofC grad, I believe that the conceit is true.
Unfortunately, even though the mug is tip proof, it is not knock-off-desk-proof. And so, a few years ago, the handle broke . I didn’t throw it away; it’s too important to me to do so. I tried to get a replacement. Unfortunately, they don’t make ’em like they used to. The new ones don’t have the same impact$ the font is different and they certainly don’t have the shape .
So my favorite mug is a non-usable mug. That’s probably symbolic of something.
Postscript: I tried to find a photo of a similar mug online. I failed. Maybe I’ll add one to this musing later.
 I’m not exactly sure of the ordering; it may be the
The Coffee Shop of The University of Chicago Divinity School or even
The Coffee Shop in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.
 I’d prefer that it said
Where G-D Drinks Coffee, but you can’ have everything.
 It was UofC when I was there. The whole UChicago thing comes from domain naming.
 Or, more precisely, I knocked the mug off my desk and broke the handle.
Version 1.0 of 2018-03-07.