Another Soggy Year?

The headline on today’s Metro & State section of the Austin American Statesman* reads “Farewell To A Soggy Year.” Apparently, last year was “the third-wettest year since records began in 1856…” Wow! Having lived in California during drought years, I guess “wettest” beats the alternative. (How I yearned for deep baths once upon a California drought…)

I don’t know that we should be so quick to say “farewell” to our soggy situation, however. Today it poured and poured; at least it did in central Austin. I was happily stuck in a velvet chair at the 45th and Lamar Starbucks, rocking out, listening to one of those burn-your-own-CD-thingies. (The great thing is that you don’t HAVE to burn a CD. You can just sit there for hours and listen for free and merely THINK about burning your own CD.)

We in Austin are very lucky to be a test market for these little armchair music-computer-thingies. (Yes, I confess; I am a Luddite.)

The only other place in the U.S. that you could be at Starbucks and listen to the music of your choice, on snug, excellent-sounding headphones, on a rainy Sunday, would be Seattle (the other Starbucks test market).

The only problem with that, however, is that then you wouldn’t be in Austin.

Sog on, y’all!

* Known among some of us as The Austin American Fishwrapper. Take no offense, AAS; some of us just LOVE our fish.

1 Comment so far

  1. Joseph (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 9:57 pm

    Hi Alexis, I’m an author writing a book about Starbucks. I’m interested in your music experience at Starbucks. I’d like to find out more and possibly use your experience in the book. If your story is included, we’d give you credit in the book (with your permission), a copy of the book, and a token of appreciation. You can find info about me, Dr. Joseph Michelli, on my website and info about the book at Email me at Hope to hear from you. Thanks

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