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Wed 11 Aug 2004, 03:11 PM

Those who know me well know that I don't like coffee much (I much prefer chocolate milkshakes), but even beyond my avoidance of coffee is my absolute loathing of Starbucks.  I am sure it isn't rational, so I won't bore anyone with the details.  The sad fact is, though, I spent a good part of yesterday looking for a Starbucks.  No, I did not develop a sudden yearning for a double latte (or whatever they are called).  I just wanted internet access, and Starbucks usually has that.  I guess they really have found the desire lines for the geeks of today.

Unfortunately, I am not sitting in a Starbucks, but rather in the public library near here, which has a single dial up line.  It is really rather funny.  There are about twenty five computer terminals, every one filled all the time with those seeking internet access.  There is almost nobody else in the library, so this is obviously a prime driver, and yet there is still no other place in town offering access.  If I didn't already have a good job, I think I'd open an internet cafe of my own.  What do they call a cafe that only offers milkshakes, anyway?

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