In the past six years I've put that mug through the paces. Between ships the mug would keep me company on my morning commutes. I love how the handle is up high enough to clear the cup holder walls. I love how the shape of the mug curves ever so slightly in the middle to accommodate your hand. I love how the lid could be spun on in just the right way to enable me to drink from the mug with one hand while driving with the other. We had a great working relationship.
Though I love my mug dearly, I admit to kicking around the idea of upgrading to a nice new one. After all, the peppermint striped lining had begun to slip down and the Starbucks logo had practically been worn off by repeated use.
But I just couldn't bear to part with it! That is, until this happened:
Yeah, that was kind of the clincher. One can only do so much with a gimpy broken travel mug. So, I started shopping around for a new one. I went back to Starbucks to see if they had any in the same style that I love so dearly. Nope. They only had handle-less mugs! What's up with that? Finally, I found a nice little Aladdin travel mug at Wal-Mart. Yes, Wal-Mart and I only paid $5.88 for it.
Oooo, shiny! After taking these pictures I put my old travel mug in the trash. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to throw away. I know it's only a little travel mug but it has been a fixture in my life for six years. I'll always remember it as my Navy Mug.