Sunday, June 10, 2007


I decided to treat myself to Paul McCartney's latest CD so I stopped in at Starbucks. I had heard that earlier in the week there had been a so called launch party where Starbucks played the album all day on the day it was released. A nice looking young guy with dark hair and a long ponytail graciously got me an iced coffee and rang up my CD purchase.
"So" I asked him "Did you play this thing all day here on Tuesday?" and he said "yes"
"Did it drive you nuts, did it make you go insane?"
"OH my God!" he said "I was going out of my mind. I kept something else, play anything else, even a Beatle song. PLEASE!"
I told him that yeah, it would make me crazy to listen to the same thing all day long, even if I liked it, and then I told him that when I heard about the promotion I immediately felt bad for all Starbucks employees everywhere. We laughed and I was on my way.

It reminded me of my favorite story about the Abbott and Costello routine "Who's on First?"
My brother had gone to the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown with a friend. The friend needed to use the restroom, so my brother parked himself on a bench. There was a TV endlessly playing the "who's on first?' routine. Nearby stood a security guard.
My brother turned to the security guard.
"Gee, it must drive you crazy to listen to this all day long" he said.
The security guard I'm told looked straight ahead and uttered a single word.