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JM ate the banana bread, a donut, a vanilla milk and a chocolate milk.
Nichole ate a banana, a tall cappuccino, and a tall decaf.
The bill was $12, or $6/person, plus tips.
JM gave Starbucks a C-; Nichole gave a C+ (see our grading rubric).
We tried to be too clever by half. Our intent was to send ourselves up and pay homage to the Catalog People in Best in Show by visiting different Starbucks locations simultaneously and writing a "live" post by chatting via the internet. But you know what they say about plans.
Nichole's gadget didn't work at the first Starbucks, so we regrouped and set up in different corners of a third Starbucks, where the wifi didn't work at all. So we went home and chatted from different rooms, pasted it here, and added some links.
So this is extra ridiculous. JM put together a "name the streets of the Madison Starbucks" quiz as a token of thanks for putting up with us; your time may be better used there, or at the indefatigable Starbucks Everywhere.
Does this work?
11:51 AM So attempt #17 works
So this didn't work in Starbucks
And it didn't work on this machine I'm using
JonMichael: But, we're working now
11:52 AM So, I think it is lame that you couldn't get your device to work in Starbucks
Nichole: yes, it was
JonMichael: I mean 2/3 of the point of Starbucks is free wi-fi
Nichole: kinda like the toilet not working
JonMichael: So what did you get at your first S-bucks?
Nichole: i got a tall cap
11:53 AM you?
JonMichael: BTW, I'm really worried about typos
Nichole: leave em?
JonMichael: I got a piece of banana bread, a doughnut and vanilla milk.
At the 2nd stop i got chocolate milk.
Nichole: i got this decaf at the 2nd one
11:54 AM $4 + $3 + $what was yours?
JonMichael: I'm sure for consistency we should leave 'em in.
$5 and bit
JonMichael: (not 12.5 cents though)
JonMichael: Yeah, there a poster in the bathroom at the 2nd one
11:55 AM Nichole: wait!
"not just coffee"?
Nichole: that's so true
JonMichael: More like not Just Coffee
Nichole: inaword amiright?
JonMichael: Cap J Cap C
11:56 AM I prefer Horizons Vanilla milk to their Chocolate
though that may be a reference to how old I've become
Nichole: choc milk is for kids, or?
And I prefer vanilla flavor
11:57 AM Nichole: (the guy at Sassy Cow says he doesn't consider that UHTP milk milk anymore, and it kinda is true
there's a thing
JonMichael: Well, the Vanilla was tasty, milk or no
Nichole: via instant and horizons are shelf stable and useful for camping
and now with wifi on Everest (wonder i it works better than in Madison)...
11:58 AM i don't know where i'm going with this
JonMichael: Everest is a public commodity
Nichole: because "you don't want to talk to me before i've had my coffee!!!"
JonMichael: How is their coffee?
JonMichael: Damning with faint praise?
Nichole: i liked the cup the cappuccino was in (thin walls but too big, anyway)
11:59 AM ugh
JonMichael: Well... the things about the 'bucks
Is that the coffee market was pretty spotty before the mid-90s
Madison, I'm sure had a ton, of places to get tanked up on caff
12:00 PM But now, thanks to SB, that is true everywhere
But in Madison, it seems so cynical
Nichole: i'm grateful to see a SB when i'm traveling
12:01 PM like i said, the Via is good before-coffee-coffee while camping
but yeah, if i had to give a grade
which i do
Nichole: based on how likely i am to return and NOT ON OBJECTIVE QUALITY
i would have to say
this is hard
Nichole: it also depends who i'm with
JonMichael: let me do the food
12:02 PM Nichole: ok
JonMichael: And you can think on it
Their bakery is very dry
Nichole: i'm glad i didn't get any! it looked plastic
JonMichael: Which, I'm sure is to them a bug and not a feature
I mean, the other way around
feature not bug
12:03 PM The portions are sizeable, though the costs are two. $1.50 for a piece of dry banana bread
I'll pass next time
They do have a large quantity of non-grit based drinks
Nichole: hee hee
JonMichael: but they are the foofiest version of such things
12:04 PM Not just apple juice box
Nichole: people like juice
we read about that
JonMichael: but organic $.95 an ounce
Which gets back to why Starbucks seems lodged in the cultural wars as it is.
12:05 PM It is a place where people spend too much money to get exactly what they want
Whereas, some people prefer the simplicity of just ordering a cup of coffee that is the same from place to place that requires no decisions
Save cream and sugar
12:06 PM Nichole: huh, yeah
12:07 PM JonMichael: And of course, for me, since I neither want coffee and there is little personality to back up repeated visits
12:08 PM nor do I wish to through money at a corporate chain
I see little reason to return
Except for free wi-fi in foreign cities
For that service I am willing to give them a C-
Nichole: echt furchtbar
12:09 PM ok, i think i would probably do C+
JonMichael: As you have coffee utility, I see that clearly
Nichole: i mean, if a friend really likes it, i'd go there with them
JonMichael: Though you may recommend somewhere else first
12:10 PM but the point of coffee with friends is the latter so it's not that important
Nichole: oh, the service was friendly at both
12:11 PM fast & skilled
JonMichael: Yeah, there were costumes for Halloween at the one I went to
JonMichael: One guy was a Chilean miner
Nichole: how did you know?
JonMichael: I figured he should have taken the day off
12:12 PM that gets back to the food tho! it looked like it would survive a quarter mile down a vacuum tube
JonMichael: By publishing this, people will know the kinds of terrible jokes I put you through
Nichole: i love you
JonMichael: I love you too