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Support companies which provide a ‘living wage’


And there are some who do: COSTCO, Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, >>>

AVOID the ones who don’t: Walmart, McDonalds, QFC, >>>


August 28, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Starbucks Won’t Cut Worker Hours, Benefits Ahead Of Obamacare


Starbucks Coffee Co will NOT follow the lead of other companies that are cutting health insurance benefits or reducing hours for employees in anticipation of the U.S. Affordable Care Act, the coffee shop chain’s CEO Howard Schultz told Reuters on Monday.

“Other companies have announced that they won’t provide coverage for spouses; others are lobbying for the cut-off to be at 40 hours. But Starbucks will continue maintaining benefits for partners and won’t use the new law as excuse to cut benefits or lower benefits for its workers,” Schultz said in a telephone interview.

Last week, Reuters reported that some businesses are keeping staffing numbers below 50 or cutting the work week to less than 30 hours to avoid providing employee health insurance.


personal thought:

This morning a plan to order a Venti, instead of a mere, Grande.

Tomorrow? Don’t know yet.

Chiang Mai, Thailand


August 27, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Beautiful Erotic Photography – Image Gallery

Via: Beautiful Erotic Photography


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January 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Buddha Dogs

Via: seattle99

I’m crazy about the Thai people for many reasons, not the least of which, is their often devout following of Lord Buddha’s teachings.

Well Bangkok, like all big cities, has got its share of street dogs (soi dogs), but the dogs here are so incredibly mellow. I originally thought it might be a result of the stiffing heat. But then I realized that didn’t make ANY SENSE because they act much different than say the Manila or the Jakarta dogs. I now believe it’s tied directly to how they are treated by the people; i.e. the ‘Buddha thing’.

My fav flea-riddin’ mutt hangs near a Starbucks, and since I’m a ‘Seattle guy’, I often hang near a Starbucks. I figure our meeting, had to be ‘fate’.

Anywhooo, MY dog has a wonderful goofy-ass ‘dawg-grin’ he lays on me every time he sees me. If he could talk, I think he’d say, “Sawadee krup Dude, how ya doin’?”

He VERY PATIENTLY waits for pieces of my almond croissant, and it’s quite easy to see behind the smile, and in the eyes, ‘khup khun krup’.




1. The almond croissant is his preferance, not mine.

2. sawadee krup is hello; in this case, YO

3. khup khun krup is thanks

4. the photo isn’t of MY soi dawg, but ya gotta luv the face, right?




May 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Starbucks’ War on Laptop Hobos Is Paying Off

Via: Gawker

For at least several months now, convenient caffeinated masturbatorium Starbucks has been quietly waging war against the laptop hobos who fill its seats all day to “work on that screenplay” (browse Craigslist sex ads) while nursing a single drink. Now, the evidence is in: busting laptop hobo riff-raff= big buck$$$!

Starbucks’ earnings for the third quarter are in, and looky here:

Starbucks Corp.’s fiscal fourth-quarter profit jumped 29% as the coffee giant benefited from continued loyalty among U.S. customers and its expansion overseas.

Starbucks said its U.S. stores saw more traffic and higher bills per customer [!!!]. Overall, U.S. same-store sales rose 10% in the fiscal quarter ended Oct. 2

Extra special business performance highlighting is ours, thank you. Guess how you get more traffic circulating through your stores and people spending more than $2 per visit?

By kicking out the laptop hobos, ladies and gents.

Beware, laptop hobos: kicking your ass is a moneymaker.

Learn to love it.




Here in Chaiang Mai, Thailand, Starbucks takes a different tact to the loiterers by charging 150 baht ($4.88 per hour) for WIFI.



November 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Starbucks – been there, done that

from Ben Elton’s WONDERFUL, ‘Past Mortem’

They had now arrived at the counter. ‘One small lattee’ said Newsom {5-4″ Inspector with the Metropolitan Police} to the arrogantly handsome French youth who was facing him across the counter, impatiently awaiting his order.

‘One tall latte,’ the youth replied.

‘No, a small latte,’ Newsom corrected.

‘Tall eez small,’ the boy told him. ‘Eet dozen get any smaller than tall.’

‘What do you mean, it dosen’t get any smaller than tall?’

‘Eet jus’ dozen.’

‘But that’s a contradiction in terms.’

The boy shrugged. ‘Maybe you should tell eet to somebody ‘oo geeves a ferk.’

‘Am I tall, then?’ Newsom asked.

‘Eef you wan’. One pound twenty, please.’


Past Mortem by Ben Elton – wikipedia



July 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment