Even though their shareholders recently declined to vote in a recycling initiative*, BOOOOOOOOOOO!, I still do love my Starbucks coffee and very much support the shop that I visit frequently. I like the people -- it's (South) Burlington, Vermont, you know? -- it's got that small-town local-place feel, the taste of the coffee is consistent (lack of consistency is a problem for me at some of the local places), the location is convenient (when I'm at work), and all summer long I pick up bags of free coffee grounds for my garden, if I can get in there to grab them before someone else does. So I will bring in my reusable mug today, as I do most days, and get my free cup of coffee.
I forgot mine one day last week and the barista noticed. She said, "You don't have your mug today!" She then gave me a survey to fill out so that my next cup was free. Heh.
The economics of the situation with the mugs: I bought my two Starbucks mugs last summer. One of them was 50% off, and I think I paid full price for the other one. It was approximately $6 for one, and $10 for the other -- one grande size and one tall size. Each included a free first beverage at the time of purchase -- I chose a Skinny Vanilla Latte each time. About $3-something each, I think. I get 10 cents off each beverage I buy in my new mugs. I use the mugs, I think, an average of 4 times a week. You can see how easily they have paid for themselves, and more, over the last year. And today I will get another free cup of coffee for using my mug.
HOWEVER, here's a last-minute update: I'm not sure how this fits into the economics of my free cup of coffee for today. Yesterday afternoon as I was backing out of my driveway, I forgot that I had not put my bags in my trunk, but had put them behind the car before I went in the house to change my shoes. So yesterday makes two times in three years that I have backed over my equipment. That thwack sound you heard just now was me banging my head on the desk.
So. My laptop was creamed. Amazingly, though I also drove over it -- you can see the tire marks on the case here:
-- my steno machine is alive -- or at least it seems so. I can't tell for sure, because my backup laptop for some reason would not recognize the steno machine, though I am positive it has been used with that laptop before. So it might indeed not be working, but I won't know for sure until I contact the Stenograph company for the drivers. Stenograph has a history of being less than helpful in these situations, so I really don't know what the outcome will be. If it's broken, I think I will just hang up my steno-writing career and, after indulging in a brief nervous breakdown, just use that LSAT score and go back to school. I don't have it in me to fight the mighty forces of fate that much, especially not this week.
So. Shall we continue with the economics lesson? Let's see.... I don't have any work today, I can't charge for the class I tried to do (but failed) last night, and the only reason I will be going to Burlington (and getting my free cup of coffee) is to buy a new laptop under emergency circumstances.
Today is tax day, and being self-employed, that is never a good day in my house.
I'm not sure in what other ways I can feel beaten and battered this week. Anything ELSE, Universe? Or are you done with me yet?
Notice, I did not even swear once in this post? I don't have it in me, and you know that's gotta be a bad sign.
*Hypocritical or a good business plan? You decide. I think it's a little bit of both. I can only glean that their idea is to get the CONSUMER to foot the bill of recycling, that they can then take the credit for, by buying their snazzy reusable mugs (or buying their own elsewhere, or in my case I've just given a big box of them to Goodwill -- freebies from various events I've attended and tuition bills I've paid over the years, or whatever -- so they can be had for "free"). Fair enough, I guess.