Friday, August 15, 2008

The Outdoor Office

So, I was driving by Starbucks the other day and noticed it was looking more like a beach club than a coffee shop. I wasn't sure what to make of it, but I parked the Tacoma (Yep, Plume, a Tacoma!), got myself a drink, plopped down in the orange cushion, opened up my laptop and proceeded to get some work done. I have to admit, I'm taking quite a liking to this new Starbucks vibe. It's got a mod summer feeling going on. Is this just a So Cal look? Has Starbucks taken a last ditch effort at squeezing every last drop of summer out of the season? Or are they color coordinating with their new Orange Mango Banana Vivanno? Whatever it is, my computer and I love it. It's relaxing and energizing all at the same time. My Mac and I can get a lot of work done this way, yes we can. And so while the couple across from me continued to speak of important business matters and real estate dealings, I discreetly pulled my point & shoot out of my adorable little bag and took a pic of my surroundings to share with you all.
And yes, I do realize I am opening myself up for much scrutiny and nay-saying for even mentioning the "S" word, but as you've probably learned by now, the Lorenzens don't hide much. It'll make for some interesting comments at least.


Blogger The Noisy Plume: said...

Screw that. It's your money. You worked for it. You should be able to spend it however you want to without being persecuted for it. I go to Starbucks if I'm going to spend $3 on a coffee. Why? Because they make it the same way every single time AND because I value my dollars so if I'm going to blow $3 on a ridiculous cup of coffee I want to make sure it tastes good...there's no shame in that. Today I had a latte from the coffee shop down the street and I gagged a bit when I took my first sip. Starbucks gets my money (from time to time) because they do coffee right.

Guess what else. I buy my cotton balls and dog food (bird dog high protein) at WalMart. There. I've said it. At least if we get shunned, we'll be shunned together (and our dogs can play and we can do doughnuts in our trucks).


4:57 PM  
Blogger NixonsMamma said...

I'll have my people call your people to schedule a "meeting." :) Love your new office! :)

Believe it or not, Yo recently gave up Starbucks and caffeine, period. I think he freaked out when he had SEVERE withdrawals.

Better for me, those few extra bucks add up! Maybe we'll be a little closer to buying a house b/c of it. HAHAHAAA!!!


8:57 PM  
Blogger Sean said...


Chick donuts in the Starbucks parking lot, blowing perfectly good $5 premium gas out the tail pipes, with Me and Rw hanging our white hairy man ass' out the passenger side window yellling "hunt 'm up". Cry about that carbon foot print Al Gore....

I'm going to spend the night in the Walmart parking lot tonight to christen the new RV. Cory and Tom... you guys up for another round of a red neck vacations with the Lorenzens'? It sound liike the Plume is game, and she's getn' me all riled up! Ooooh Raaaah, gonna get me some...(Starbucks that is)

11:42 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

T: Would you get mad if I introduced Yo to a new love of cigars?

Ooooh Raaaah... I'm goin to get me another cup.

11:47 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I like your office! Thanks 4 stopping by my place.

8:30 AM  
Blogger The Noisy Plume: said...

"Chick donuts in the Starbucks parking lot, blowing perfectly good $5 premium gas out the tail pipes, with Me and Rw hanging our white hairy man ass' out the passenger side window yellling "hunt 'm up". Cry about that carbon foot print Al Gore.... "

I'm laughing so hard I'm crying:)

11:35 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

I'm shooting for:

"I'm laughing so hard I peed my pants"

Get back to us when this occurs, I'm shooting for Olympic gold in this event.

11:40 AM  
Blogger NixonsMamma said...


butt lick.


(that means NO CIGARS FOR MY HUSBAND, in Chinese.) he's already addicted to mountain biking parts, in place of coffee.

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Noisy Plume: said...

Ooh olympic gold......should I call you Mister Phelps from now on????? If yes, you will need to shave.


Now I'm laughing so hard I'm wetting my pants.

2:04 PM  
Blogger UmberDove said...

Hey, at least you were doing it on a mac! ;)

And as much as I (especially as a Seattlite) bitch and moan about "the man" I still drink my morning cuppa out of my very favorite Starbucks mug.

The shame.

Not really.

And Sean, watch out, Al Gore might go all "man, bear, pig" on your ass for comments like that!

6:54 PM  
Blogger NixonsMamma said...

Al could only wish his gas was $5 a gallon. Jet Fuel is steep these days.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Bring on the hippocrite, "man, bear, pig" lovn' sissy man named Al.

12:23 PM  
Blogger lorenzstudio said...

Corrie, where'd you go???

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Noisy Plume: said...




Owes my butt a kiss.

Um...I was just pondering on how much I wish you two lived here in Pokey. Suzy. You and I could lift things together. Sean could drink beer and watch us lift things. And the dogs could mate and we'd always have puppies.

Why aren't you Idahoen?
I'm an official you da hoar now with my drivers license and truck plates....I'm even eating potato salad for dinner tonight.


Why oh why can't you relocate here instead of down the hill???????

1:37 PM  
Blogger The Noisy Plume: said...

And Suzy, your bag is adorable.
In every way.

1:37 PM  
Blogger The Noisy Plume: said...

Post Scipt: I do feel a need to clarify that I do indeed believe in saving the earth...I just don't feel that Al is the best fellow to take lessons from.

3:23 PM  
Blogger lorenzstudio said...

uh oh

3:28 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Global warming is a great over reaction to help those who don't have something better to believe in, a way to feel great about themselves.

MME Bookling... were over here.

5:40 PM  
Blogger The Noisy Plume: said...

I'm not talking about global warming donkey. I'm talking about recycling pop cans.

6:24 PM  
Blogger lorenzstudio said...

Donkey...pop I'm about ready to pee in my pants!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

I would've liked you more if you were talking about the great global warming swindle.

7:21 PM  
Blogger The Noisy Plume: said...

I'm an independent thinker.
You'll have to find yourself a different sucker.

8:15 PM  
Blogger mme. bookling said...

I am FINALLY caught up here. Wow.

Lemme sum up:
1. Starbucks, RW's white ass, and $5 gas is contributiong to Al Gore's donkey.

2. Sean's denial of scientifically proven atmospheric change (why can't people separate science from politics?) and sitting on his ass while plume and mrs. lorenz lift potatoe salad and eat puppies.

You people are very strange. :)

12:14 PM  
Blogger BC said...

Starbucks? Wal-Mart? Oh man, just when I thought we could be e-friends....

12:43 PM  
Blogger BC said...

The next thing I know you will be talking about the great new pair of Crocs you just got.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Young sacrificed child blood Red Crocs.

8:43 PM  
Blogger lorenzstudio said...

I really feel sorry for "Kimberly" the unassuming newcomer who stopped by as poster #5 of this thread.

9:01 PM  
Blogger BC said...

Kimberly will be fine. Trial by fire... ;)

11:44 PM  
Blogger Corrie said...

Love the new bag! I went to her site and saw her little dolls too - so cute! I'm ordering one for a friend.

Would have to disagree about the quality and consistency of Starbucks (or at least the ones near us). I've never had my coffee made the same way twice (the machine does it for you - how is it so hard to make it well?!). Plus I'd rather spend the same $3 at a local place where it is made the same and well each time. But that's just me :)

We are always up for a redneck (or non-redneck) vacation with you guys - where are we going this time?...summer's flying by!

10:07 AM  

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