Where can a want-to-be intellectual sit with his/her Mac-Powerbook and look relaxed yet busy, important yet approachable, smart yet stupid, all while sipping on a $6.00 cup of $1.00 coffee? Why, Starbuck’s, that’s where!
Every now and again I will tag along with my work buddies to this Mecca of left-wing deep thinkers. I admit I am impressed with the service and selection (Starbuck’s sales lots more than coffee), but I am always disappointed with the laptop toting, New York Times reading, smart-wool wearing, deep issue discussing posers that come out of the woodwork to be seen at Starbuck’s. You can always listen in on their conversations:
“Now Chloe, tell me that this Mint-Chip-Chino is not simply marvelous! Say it, say its marvelous!”
“Well Roger and I attended the most splendid round cribbage last evening, and I’m afraid the combination of watercress and Shato-Brion has run me aground.”
“Were you able to catch last nights reading of Dickens? Oh Charly, if only you were still around. Heavens knows this place could use a bit of wit and wisdom.”
“Dear me! What are we going to do with all of these starving babies? Donald, just look at these starving babies!”
On a rare occasion, you can also listen in on some of my brief conversations:
“Hey weird guy in the girl shorts, hand me the comic section and stop sitting like that.”
“$2.50 for a doughnut? Never mind.”
“Why does this bench smell like duct-tape?”“Yes, watercress and Shato-Brion also runs me aground… That and most cheeses, if you catch my drift amigo."