WiFi and Coffee
Starbucks Corp. today announced that it’s dumping longtime partner T-Mobile, and switching to AT&T. Best of all, Starbucks announced that WiFi will now be free in many stores for the first two hours (as I predicted).
Not that I even drink Starbucks anymore. I’ve moved on to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (or, when i have the time– independent spots like The Talking Stick in Santa Monica, or The Cows End in Venice). Oh, the snob I am. LOLerrrz.
But I like this trend. And I couldn’t help but think to myself: I hope that the available signal will be enough to let me play Pirates of the Caribbean Online, any time, any place. That would wicked.
Gives those of us social networkers more time to share…. for free. WOOT!
So, this weekend I went into Pacific Palisades to check out some dogs up for adoption at the Farmers Market. Kids & families EVERYWHERE. And as I was walking back to the car (dog-less, which is a relief to my precious, spoiled lab, Willamena Fredericka), I hear the 6 year old next to me PLEADING with his mother to take him to Starbucks. Let me repeat that…. PLEADING. Like verge of tears. He couldn’t even say STARBUCKS without that precious young lisp.
And as I pass Starbucks (yes, the mother took her son inside)– four babysitter-club-esque girls come skipping out of the joint– in bright colors and bright auras and bright friendships… with mocha lattes. The girls couldn’t have been older than 11… and they’re talking about mocha lattes and flavors.
So, lightning struck twice, making me actually start paying better attention. Nearly everyone within eyesight of the farmer’s market & Starbucks… children included, were carrying Starbucks cups.
I always get confused when I see consistent trends of behavior from youth that I was strictly forbidden from due to some health threat (you won’t grow, it affects your brain, etc).
I dunno… does anyone else get confused when they see various types of old school “no no” behavior? And please, do share the your examples!
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