Monday, July 2, 2007

The Tao of Starbucks

I now go to Starbucks because my daily commute no longer takes me past Swings, which serves up the best flavored coffee in the city. When one takes coffee black like one's soul, one needs to have some French vanilla or hazelnut in the coffee to make oneself slightly more human. Anyway, Starbucks has been doing the "The Way I See It" campaign. Although I have wholeheartedly been sucked into the fray, I don't think my discussions about those quotes on the cups is exactly what the company contemplated when it sought to "get people talking and encourage discourse." My conversations arising from a Starbucks cup tend to go in this direction:


Angela:
"Wild animals often do a much better job of caring for their offspring than we civilized and educated humans do. If we cannot keep children safe in their homes, how can we hope to make ourselves safe in the world?"
The Way I See It, #265

I don't agree with this, either. Hyenas do not have to pay a mortgage

me: scavengers

Angela: Well, bears, squirrels, whatever


My apologies to the author of #265. I didn't mean to poke fun. Angela may have; I can't speak for her, but I'm sure the author didn't have us in mind when writing his or her pithy pearl of wisdom.

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