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Wednesday, January 12th 2011

12:13 PM

Starbucks and Writing




I think we are out of topics for the year so I am going to talk about writing and working at Starbucks, and why I think it’s the perfect part time job.

First and foremost, I get to feed my caffeine addiction free of charge J  After ten years,  if you retire, you still get a free pound of coffee a week.  It’s better than crack – and it’s legal.

Second : it’s busy, so I get my cardio in.  We all know writing requires a lot of sitting, which causes ass spread if left unattended

Third : I meet people.  Not all of them are nice, some are down right douche bags, but I’ve met some really great people too.  A few have become good friends!

Fourth on the list: Things are never the same, despite the routine.  Which keeps my ADD side happy.  Squirrel??

Fifth: Being with people forces me to be in the moment instead of safe behind my keyboard.   I am part of my community.

Sixth: My job description states I am to make the customer happy, so no matter what, the customer gets to be right.  Starbucks has nailed customer service with this – as a barista, I can remake your drink as many times as it takes until you are happy.   I can offer you a free drink if you’ve been forgotten in line, or give you a certificate if you have been mistreated in any way. My job is to make the customer happy.  Which in turn makes me happy, lol

Seventh: I am able to provide very affordable health insurance for my family, working only part time

Eighth: Starbucks is very flexible with my travel schedule – accommodating as well as supportive

Ninth reason would be the 401 K and stock options

And reason number ten is: who doesn’t like a little extra jingle in their pocket?


Just thought of another reason too – an important one.  I have NO control over the publishing industry.  I work hard and write the best books I can, and then what?  I wait.  I have a very active imagination and I can come up with all kinds of misery as to why my stuff isn’t selling or moving faster – whatever.  I can write.  And I can work at Starbucks and accomplish all of the above and have some sort of control over a tiny bit of my life, keeping me out of a straight jacket  in a nice white padded room <g>

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