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Date: 03 Mar 2007 10:50:15
From: notbob
Subject: notbob dismounts his starbucks high horse
I just drove across four Western states through 2 Winter storms and in
one case was stopped dead and turned back at a major Sierra Nevada
pass. Starbucks saved my ass!

When one is driving in harsh conditions and needs to stay awake and
focused, one needs good strong coffee. When one is trying to make
time, one has no time to be tiddling about town looking for that one
good cafe that knows its stuff. These days, Starbucks has enough
horsepower and name recognition to get onto those interstate services
signs posted prior to upcoming offramps. Boy, did I ever get good at
spotting that round green circle. Get off interstate, find the
Starbucks drive-thru, order a plain double doppio, and back on the
road. No muss, no fuss, caffeine aplenty. Surprisingly, I
encountered not a single bad shot. Sure, no god or even great shots,
but all qualified as adequately good. Consistently good enough that I
gained a new respect for the company. Those superautos were a good
choice. I still won't go to one for my coffee pleasure, but they are
more than good enough for medicinal use.

nb




 
Date: 12 Mar 2007 13:58:09
From: jim schulman
Subject: Re: notbob dismounts his starbucks high horse
On Sat, 03 2007 10:50:15 -0600, notbob <notbob@nothome.com > wrote:

>I just drove across four Western states through 2 Winter storms and in
>one case was stopped dead and turned back at a major Sierra Nevada
>pass. Starbucks saved my ass!

On I-70's Vail pass, which had turned into a tilted skating ring
minutes before we arrived, it was electronic traction control, not
coffee, that saved our arses; or at least the ignominious sideways
slide off the road that happened to most of the other cars and trucks.

On the other hand, the starbucks cappa afterwards, even though it had
the mouthfeel of a cup of shaving foam, was great in combatting the
shock-like after effects of that "we're all gonna die" adrenaline
rush.


  
Date: 13 Mar 2007 01:06:08
From: Lavarock
Subject: Re: notbob dismounts his starbucks high horse
jim schulman wrote:
> On Sat, 03 2007 10:50:15 -0600, notbob <notbob@nothome.com> wrote:
>
>> I just drove across four Western states through 2 Winter storms and in
>> one case was stopped dead and turned back at a major Sierra Nevada
>> pass. Starbucks saved my ass!
>
> On I-70's Vail pass, which had turned into a tilted skating ring
> minutes before we arrived, it was electronic traction control, not
> coffee, that saved our arses; or at least the ignominious sideways
> slide off the road that happened to most of the other cars and trucks.
>
Only once did I drive through the California mountains. It was snowing
and the roads, although clear, were starting to ice up. I was tired as I
neared Donner Pass and saw a sign advertising an all-you-can-eat buffet.

No amount of coffee was required for me to keep pushing on to
civilization! I skipped dinner that night.

> On the other hand, the starbucks cappa afterwards, even though it had
> the mouthfeel of a cup of shaving foam, was great in combatting the
> shock-like after effects of that "we're all gonna die" adrenaline
> rush.


--

They said that someone has to live in Hawaii and I raised my hand first!


  
Date: 12 Mar 2007 15:19:18
From: notbob
Subject: Re: notbob dismounts his starbucks high horse
On 2007-03-12, jim schulman <jim_schulman@ameritech.net > wrote:

>
> On I-70's Vail pass, which had turned into a tilted skating ring
> minutes before we arrived, it was electronic traction control, not
> coffee, that saved our arses; or at least the ignominious sideways
> slide off the road that happened to most of the other cars and trucks.

I can relate, Jim. We went over Tennessee Pass (hwy 91 from Leadville
down to I-70) in the same condition. Vail was just starting to sock
in and it was touch and go all across UT and NV. We finally got
turned back on 80 over Truckee summit late in the evening after
waiting in line for 6 hrs. They opened it up next morning and it was a
downhill ice skating rink for the next 40 miles. What saved our ass
was the Michelin LTX M/S tires. Mounted on our Toyota T100 4WD, I never
lost traction for a second, the whole trip. The most amazing tires
I've ever driven on. The tire chains I bought just in case are still
new in the box.

nb

nb


   
Date: 20 Mar 2007 18:08:42
From: Barry Jarrett
Subject: Re: notbob dismounts his starbucks high horse
On Mon, 12 2007 15:19:18 -0500, notbob <notbob@nothome.com > wrote:

>was the Michelin LTX M/S tires. Mounted on our Toyota T100 4WD, I never
>lost traction for a second, the whole trip. The most amazing tires
>I've ever driven on.

they *are* great. i put a new set on the cruiser a few years back
when i suddenly realized i'd driven the cruiser for 140,000 miles w/o
ever buying new tires. a couple of nights ago, i was going through
paperwork and found the latest tire receipt: this set has 60,000 on
'em already, and they still look almost new.

--barry "not so good in the mud, though"


 
Date: 04 Mar 2007 16:27:25
From:
Subject: Re: notbob dismounts his starbucks high horse
On Sat, 03 2007 10:50:15 -0600, notbob <notbob@nothome.com > wrote:

>I just drove across four Western states through 2 Winter storms and in
>one case was stopped dead and turned back at a major Sierra Nevada
>pass. Starbucks saved my ass!
<snip >>nb

I agree.

Whenever I'm somewhere where I don't know the local terrain, I do not
hesitate to stop at a starbucks for a double espresso (I must admit
that I refuse, absofuckinglutely refuse, to call it a doppio unless
I'm in Italia). More often than not (much more often than not, in
fact), I am not disappointed. My experience with the typical
LocalIndependentCoffeeShopInWhereverIAmUSA espresso has been (again,
more often than not, much more often than not) disappointing bordering
on the disgusting.

If you stay away from the SugarAndMilkCrappocinos (or is that
Crappocini?) at starbucks it is possible to get a decent coffee -- not
a great coffee, but decent -- every time.

OTHOH, if a Peets is across the street, I'm there.








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Date: 03 Mar 2007 19:40:15
From: daveb
Subject: Re: notbob dismounts his starbucks high horse
On 3, 4:44 pm, "I- >Ian" <some...@nowhere.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 03 2007 10:50:15 -0600, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
> >I just drove across four Western states through 2 Winter storms and in
> >one case was stopped dead and turned back at a major Sierra Nevada
> >pass. Starbucks saved my ass!
>
> >When one is driving in harsh conditions and needs to stay awake and
> >focused, one needs good strong coffee. When one is trying to make
> >time, one has no time to be tiddling about town looking for that one
> >good cafe that knows its stuff. These days, Starbucks has enough
> >horsepower and name recognition to get onto those interstate services
> >signs posted prior to upcoming offramps. Boy, did I ever get good at
> >spotting that round green circle. Get off interstate, find the
> >Starbucks drive-thru, order a plain double doppio, and back on the
> >road. No muss, no fuss, caffeine aplenty. Surprisingly, I
> >encountered not a single bad shot. Sure, no god or even great shots,
> >but all qualified as adequately good. Consistently good enough that I
> >gained a new respect for the company. Those superautos were a good
> >choice. I still won't go to one for my coffee pleasure, but they are
> >more than good enough for medicinal use.
>
> >nb
>
> Recently had a tolerable double at the American Airlines terminal in
> LAX. First ever at *$, not for lack of trying while flying.
>


It was bound to happen!

dave



 
Date: 03 Mar 2007 13:44:33
From: I->Ian
Subject: Re: notbob dismounts his starbucks high horse
On Sat, 03 2007 10:50:15 -0600, notbob <notbob@nothome.com > wrote:

>I just drove across four Western states through 2 Winter storms and in
>one case was stopped dead and turned back at a major Sierra Nevada
>pass. Starbucks saved my ass!
>
>When one is driving in harsh conditions and needs to stay awake and
>focused, one needs good strong coffee. When one is trying to make
>time, one has no time to be tiddling about town looking for that one
>good cafe that knows its stuff. These days, Starbucks has enough
>horsepower and name recognition to get onto those interstate services
>signs posted prior to upcoming offramps. Boy, did I ever get good at
>spotting that round green circle. Get off interstate, find the
>Starbucks drive-thru, order a plain double doppio, and back on the
>road. No muss, no fuss, caffeine aplenty. Surprisingly, I
>encountered not a single bad shot. Sure, no god or even great shots,
>but all qualified as adequately good. Consistently good enough that I
>gained a new respect for the company. Those superautos were a good
>choice. I still won't go to one for my coffee pleasure, but they are
>more than good enough for medicinal use.
>
>nb

Recently had a tolerable double at the American Airlines terminal in
LAX. First ever at *$, not for lack of trying while flying.

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