2.21.09

Gotta LOVE this cup! From our late night [not too late] Starbucks run last night.

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Probably the longest my bff has ever hung out in a Starbucks cafe!

As I clean house today, I’m also listening to a series of podcasts from Joseph Michelli, writer of “The Starbucks Experience”. “The Starbucks Experience” [the next book on my reading list] is not really about “Starbucks” but about good business principles. In one of the podcasts he sites a couple of paragraphs from a New York Times article that are to follow. Something we should all remember in these hard times.

We are more than our investments. We are more than the year-to-year or day-by-day changes in our net worth. We are what we do for charity. We are how we treat our family and friends. We are how we treat our dogs and cats. We are what we do for our community and our nation. If you had $100 million or $100,000 a year ago and now you have a lot less, you are still the same person. You are not a balance sheet, at least not one denominated in money, as was explained to me recently.

Losing and making money are not moral issues so long as you are being honest. You may have a lot less money as this year ends than you did two years ago. But you are just as good or bad a person as you were then. It is a myth that money determines who you are, and if you have gotten over that myth by now, then 2008 will have been a very good year.

source: New York Times columnist Ben Stein

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A little known fact: Starbucks actually has 4 cup sizes [actually 5 if you count the sample cup]. There’s the short cup [8 oz.], the tall cup [12 oz.], the grande [16 oz.] and the venti [20 oz.] . The short cup is rarely used except upon customer request [and few of them even know it exists] or for espresso or a kid’s hot chocolate. The tall is readily accepted as small, the grande – medium, and the venti – large. Now, I know that 20 oz. may sound like a lot, but many times I wish they had a larger one, maybe 24 or 28 oz.?

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1 Response to “2.21.09”


  1. 1 optimist March 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I heard that podcast, too, and agree with you that it is excellent advice in the current economic climate (and always). Dr. Michelli always offers such an optimistic perspective on everything which is so refreshing. It’s encouraging that the Dr. Michellis and Ben Steins of the world are taking the time to put a positive spin on all the gloom and doom in the media presently.

    I’m sure you will enjoy The Starbucks Experience.


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