A mysterious new tenant is in advanced stages of negotiation to rent the commercial space above our favorite Blockbuster. Sources close to the discussions say a deal to rent the popular space could be finalized in the coming week. The tenant, a purveyor of golf equipment, is described simply as "a man with a black dog." The space is said to include five offices and a sitting room. Stay tuned for further developments.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Friends, it was a slow news day today at Starbucks. Not much to report other than the creative "mad scientist" method of cooling a hot cup of coffee that seems to be catching on in certain circles. The process is simple: Ask Starbucks for an extra, empty cup and continuously pour coffee from one cup to the other, as though you're mixing a secret formula. The result? Your coffee gets cooler faster and you raise a lot of eyebrows.
Monday, November 28, 2005
It was nice to see our favorite building manager back on the scene at 7th and Montana today, flush with his surprising success at the casinos near Palm Springs. He and his cousin evidently hit the jackpot in more ways than one. While the rest of us were carving up turkeys, he was carving up the dance floor at the Ramada Inn in Palm Springs.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Call it the Starbucks Wind Ensemble. Spectators at our favorite intersection were treated today to an impromptu Opera performance as a would-be virtuoso (pictured here) made his way across 7th Street and into Starbucks, belting out Opera tunes all the way. Whether he was waiting for his wind ensemble or just three sheets to the wind remains to be seen.
In related news, a wind advisory remains in effect along the Santa Monica coastline until noon today. Watch out for falling Palm fronds!
Saturday, November 26, 2005
In local news this morning, a scary looking Rottweiler made an appearance at Santa Monica's favorite construction project. Sources say that the ferocious beast is standing guard over valuable building materials ranging from lead pipes to cinderblocks and cement. Most area residents, however, agree that this project went to the dogs long ago.
Elsewhere in town, puppy love was in full bloom as Starbuck's regular Zoey fell paws over heels for a stylish newcomer in a hand-knit sweater.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Today at Starbucks we discussed the connection between success and health. Research in the U.K. suggests that even when health care is the same for everyone, "successful" people are healthier than "unsuccessful" people. So, what comes first, the success or the health? Are some people more successful because they're healthy or healthy because they're more successful? The mind reels. Maybe the Japanese have it right ... successful businessmen there wear surgical masks to the office.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
The Turkey of the Year award this Thanksgiving goes to none other than frequent Starbucks gadfly "Mr. Slumlord." To many of us, Mr. Slumlord -- exposed today in the Los Angeles Times as "one of Los Angeles' most notorious (slum)lords" -- is perhaps better known as a petty umbrella thief. However, today's news -- Lawyer Alleges City Atty. Donor Deal - Los Angeles Times -- suggests something far more sinister might be at play. According to previous local reports, Mr. Slumlord, who once played guard on the University High School football team, describes himself as "tough but scrupulous, a man whose life work is saving old buildings from decay." You can read more about Mr. Slumlord here: State Moves to Pull Real Estate License of L.A. Landlord - Los Angeles Times and here: KTLA The WB | Where Los Angeles Lives | Alleged Slumlords Donated to Delgadillo. Promotional literature depicting Mr. Slumlord as a hero can be found here: Success in Bricks - from Zero to 27 Buildings in 16 Years. Happy Turkey Day, Mr. Slumlord. Next time bring your own umbrella!
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
At precisely 8:37 a.m. this morning, onlookers at 7th and Montana were treated to that now familiar sound -- Crunch ... Beep ... $%$#@ -- as a white SUV (pictured here) pulled into our favorite parking lot. Witnesses, as usual, seemed filled with glee as the driver inspected her car for damage.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Shortly after leaving Starbuck's this morning, I was very nearly sideswiped on Sunset Blvd. by a nimrod driving a Comfort Control van. There I was, heading due East at 35 m.p.h., when Mr. Comfort Control started working his way into my lane without so much as a look, a gesture or indicator light. Naturally, I blew my horn -- not to mention a gasket -- and whipped out my camera for photographic evidence. If you enlarge the photo, right below the cute puppy dog logo, you'll find the Comfort Control Corporation brand promise: "Cozy at your Door." A little too cozy for my taste and much too close to my door!!
Sunday, November 20, 2005
While everyone else at Starbucks today was buzzing about the heat, Noah surprised us all with his nose for news. His headline of choice? German sources reveal that President Bush and Colin Powell knew full well that their primary source of information about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction was less than reliable. Doggone it!!
Saturday, November 19, 2005
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Monday, November 14, 2005
It was coffee to go today and a meager assortment of pastry in the office instead of the usual half caff and food for thought at 7th and Montana. So, no neighborhood news bulletins for today. The forecast for tomorrow calls for a crack-of-dawn jaunt to Irvine followed by intermittent meetings. If anyone else has a Starbucks update, feel free to reply!
Sunday, November 13, 2005
It was a leisurely Sunday morning at Starbucks, the perfect day for a coffee break. Evidence suggests that even Santa Monica's busiest bee took a break from her massive home renovation project to grab a quick cup of coffee, bringing construction on her 7th Street property to a screeching halt. While her construction manager couldn't be reached for comment (See Photo #3), sources say the crew is taking its own sweet time.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Despite appearances to the contrary, research suggests that New Jersey Superior Court Judge Carol E. Higby is actually quite open-minded. "Every time I've been in front of her, I felt she's been fair," said Joseph Garvey, a defense lawyer in Toms River. "Some judges will look at a case and throw it out, or take positions. But she's down the middle." Of her current assignment, overseeing 3,500 Vioxx lawsuits filed in New Jersey, Higby noted, "A mass tort is a mountain of work." Whether tackling a mass tort or a massive torte, I for one think Higby is more than up to the challenge. Higby was the subject of much speculation this morning at Starbucks based on her photo in the business section of today's Los Angeles Times. Learn more about Higby here: Everything You Wanted to Know About Carol Higbee.
Spectators were abuzz this morning as the long-awaited reconstruction of the house across from Starbucks kicked into high gear. We all held our breaths as a lone construction worker went for a morning stroll across a rooftop support beam moments after a crane had lowered it into place. Later, when asked the purpose of this death-defying walk (see photo #2), one source on the construction team commented, "I don't know."
Friday, November 11, 2005
So sue me ... I went somewhere other than Starbucks this morning. In any case, the buzz at Patrick's Roadhouse suggests that those greedy, good-for-nothing owners of the gas station in front of Patrick's are in no rush to complete what seems to be a year-long renovation project. Rumor has it that "Chevron corporate" is footing the bill and we all know what deep pockets they have. Meanwhile, good luck finding a parking space ...
Thursday, November 10, 2005
This just in ... the long-awaited repair job on the roof of our favorite Blockbuster has been delayed due to inclement weather. In an exclusive interview this morning, our friendly neighborhood building manager speculated that his entire roofing crew went fishing. Knowing how the flood waters tend to accumulate in that building when it rains, I for one will be avoiding Blockbuster for a while.
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
It was a rare moment at Starbucks this morning ... tables and chairs to be found everywhere during today's "early" shift. Even the "Sex and the City" crowd migrated inside. And let's not forget, one of the weathermen said we wouldn't get any rain (was it Channel 7?).