"Quick, call the National Guard ... we're under attack!" That was my first reaction after arriving at Our Favorite Starbucks last night to check on the status of the Big Renovation. It looked like a bomb had gone off. Rubble and trash were everywhere, the counters were askew and equipment was piled all over the place. The door was open, so I poked my head in and tried to act nonchalant. "I'll have a Grande Half Caff and the Los Angeles Times," I said to one of the Construction Workers, who merely laughed and gave me an update regarding work-in-progress. They're adding new countertops, seating, wall panels, electrical outlets and additional lighting. At the same time, they're also repainting the exterior and installing new doors. The Jury is still out, however, regarding whether they can re-open on Thursday, as planned. In related news, the Jury is also out for me, personally: I was "dismissed" from Jury Duty yesterday after waiting all day at the L.A. County Superior Court ...!