Robert Iger loves Mitch Albom, in that way that Tacoma men love their pitbulls.
Mark sent me some thoughts on the Starbuck’s article in the Times (sorry about registration), and also a horrible confession — he likes Starbucks, too! Dammit, we all do. Yeah, I know, the bathrooms are nice, and I like the dumb music. I was pretty okay with everything, actually, I really was. Plus Christmas just isn’t Christmas without their Gingerbread Lattes, but Mitch Albom? Don’t do it Mark, not Mitch Albom! Buy out the rest of the whole darn store, but not Mitch! They’re not the boss of you!
… I also like the music they play at Starbucks. More than I like the coffee, actually. I take breaks at the Starbucks near the library because the coffee, though overpriced and mediocre, is at least fresh. They have about two dozen exotic-sounding roasts, all of which taste pretty much the same. At most other places around town you have to wait 20 minutes for the coffee to cool down to a tolerable temperature. only to find that it tastes like burned sludge, which in fact it is. Also, the bathroom at Starbucks is clean, and the one at the library is disgusting, which is a bit of a shock because the rest of the “Science, Industry, and Business Library” is high-tech, sleek, clean, and modern. Kind of like having to use the restroom aboard the Starship Enterprise, only to discover it hadn’t been cleaned since the days of Project Mercury.
I have never actually read anything by Mitch Albom, and now I’m really afraid that if I ever do, I might like it. Now there’s a thought for Halloween.
Here are two particularly disturbing excerpts: … Thomas Hay, a 48-year-old contractor from Hartsdale, N.Y., said Starbucks helped him by editing down his cultural choices.Â and … Even the keyboardist Herbie Hancock, whose recent album â€œPossibilitiesâ€ has been a strong seller at Starbucks, buys the idea. â€œGoing to Starbucks,â€ he said, â€œyou feel kind of hip. I feel kind of hip when I go to Starbucks; thatâ€™s how I know!â€
Did I actually read that? HERBIE HANCOCK needs Starbucks in order to feel hip??
Sigh. Yes, you did Mark. Wait. Is it, “Yes you did, Mark.” or, “Yes, you did, Mark.” or my first one, “Yes, you did Mark.”? Who cares, last one to Starbuck’s a rotten egg!
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