Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Latte Dah!

I probably am not the first to post a picture of a Starbucks on a city blog, but this one, in northwest Bend, Oregon has special meaning to me. Practically every morning I come here, read the paper and chat with a number of good friends before starting on my day's adventure. Like so many other people, I tank up here in the winter before going up to the mountain for skiing. or in summer, it is a usual starting point for a bike ride. In this post I don't feel like discussing the merit of coffee drinking and the dangers of caffeine nor is this the time to talk of the domination of corporate America over the little guy, or the exploitation of workers in Brazil nor of the destruction of rainforests for coffee plantations. These are all worthy themes. Today I appreciate the freedom of expression that I feel there. I am excited by the numerous activities of Starbuck's numerous patrons, some sitting alone reading, some on laptops working, others visiting with friends, and a few participating in loosely organized discussion groups. Along with an assortment of kayakers, cyclists, hikers and shoppers, this gathering place, in it is own way, becomes a place where people affirm the goodness of life and figuratively and literally "smell the coffee".

9 comments:

kristina said...

i love this post..the picture of a Starbucks on a city blog is fabulous..
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tapirgal said...

It IS a nice place to relax, and I like the style of the building for the area. Beautiful commentary, there! I think I'll have a grande decaf extra wet capuccino and hmmmm . . . one of the decadent pastries?

B SQUARED said...

I couldn't agree with you more! I hate people telling me what and how I should feel;especially guilt.

Small City Scenes said...

Guilt---never!!!!!


My word verification is 'dirvil' so I will say the dirvil mad me do it. MB

Raksha said...

I can't believe that after all these years, I still catch myself laughing at your puns (the title), despite my alleged maturity and good taste(?) My daughter likes Starbuck's too, and also gets defensive about it. I still prefer independent coffeehouses when I can find them, but Starbuck's is a more than adequate substitute when I can't.

TheRandomTraveler said...

Starbucks is what it is...some have their opinion of it...

I used to go to starbucks regularly when I lived in Chicago, so I can understand what you get out of it...

cieldequimper said...

I don't like coffee! Can you imagine how unhappy I am?

Jacob said...

What you're saying is that it's not the place so much as it is the people...right?

Sounds good to me. But, it is also nice to have a place where good people can come together.

Good post, Lee!

Tash said...

I'm pleased you got good comments for this. Last time I posted a Starbucks, I replaced it cuz of 2 negative comments right away. I think it's great that it provides a comfortable place to meet and relax. I've got a couple here I frequent with my girl friends.