Just talking to my friend M., I went on about my tacky tourist mug I bought in Mendocino years ago. The Agate Cove Inn is in beige on the front. The rest of the mug is maroon and there is an uneven white glaze that looks a little bit like frosting. You know the kind. But the handle is the right size and the base is wider than the mouth so it tends to stand up. I love this mug. And it is next to me night and day.
However, I have this other mug---the stand in mug---I got at a trade show at Warner Brothers this past summer and I love it for its midnight blue color and how the outside feels almost silky. But it has a small base.
I was using the stand in mug tonight because the good one was in the dishwasher because you do have to do that sometimes. And there I was, working, and I don’t even know how I did it, but I knocked it off its coaster and it was a full cup of tea and it went all over the place. The keyboard, the mouse, the phone, the blotter, the books, the wallet, the keys, the Kindle, the desk, the lower part of the desk where the black plastic box from The Container Store holds all the loose plugs, the floor and the foot rest. Full disaster.
Yet---nothing got zapped. Nothing at all.
I am happy to report: If you ever spill an entire cup of tea next to all of your electronics, it is best to spread the hell around.
And---if you are going to use a stand in mug, maybe you should think twice. Or the next time you are in Mendocino buy two of the same.