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                    Wednesday, June 23 2004

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Are you worth it?

I hear over the grapevine that greater Johnstown is on the way to getting its first Starbucks. Those who've been reading these ramblings for a while know me as the world's premier unpaid advocate for Starbucks, and that might even cover the paid ones. Those who didn't know me that well might also not know that Starbucks is a Seattle-based chain of 7,800 coffee boutiques or bars similar to the one frequented by Frasier and Niles Crane and other characters from the late Seattle-set sitcom.

I'm also told that someone—a faculty member at the county's northernmost college campus, maybe—wrote to the Reader's Forum along the lines that Johnstown doesn't have enough class, or enough classy people (like Frazier and Niles?) to support a Starbucks. What coal miner, deer hunter, or former steel worker is going to pay four bucks for a cup of coffee?

Actually, in this country the most expensive cup of Starbucks coffee (a 20-ounce "venti") is $1.65. Get a refill for 50 cents and your day's ration of caffeine is $2.15. Half and half or milk is included in the price. In England, a venti (which means "20" in Italian) is £1.65, which is considerably more than $1.65—the equivalent of $3 more or less—and there are no 50-pence refills. Any freshly brewed beverage that costs more is beyond coffee, a mixed drink or "coffee cocktail," like a latte or cappuccino, which, being a diabetic and not sure of the ingredients, I never order.

My guess is that greater Johnstown will take to Starbucks. Even $4 is cheap, I hear, for an alcoholic cocktail, even in one of the nation's most economically depressed regions. The ambience at Starbucks is an improvement over the typical cocktail lounge. And there will be lots of people willing to pay a little more for a quick outing to another realm.

And when picture shows at the Capitol were 50 cents, a six-ounce cup of coffee at K&B was a dime. The ratio between the two commodities hasn't changed that much compared with other adjustments made for inflation.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

Warning signs of Insanity...

  • When the waiter asks for your order, you ask to go into another room to tell him because "the napkins have ears."
  • You tend to agree with everything your mother's dead uncle tells you.
  • You argue with yourself about which is better: to be eaten by a koala or to be loved by an infectious disease.

Sent by Mary Ann Losiewicz 

Thought for today about growing older

Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it..

Sent by Karl Essex 

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