Patience wore thin this morning at 7th and Montana as the line of folks waiting to get into Our Favorite Starbucks reached record proportions. Indeed, a Motley Crew of Jittery Nutcases, Babbling Bubbleheads and Caffeine Addicts snaked beyond the Pastry Case, outside the door and down 7th Street. The line was so long that at one point I wondered whether a Government Bailout might be necessary. Local Officials were quick to respond. "What's going on here?" asked Our Favorite City Councilman, suspiciously, "Why is the line so much longer than usual?!?" As if on cue, Barista Nada -- the Fastest Espresso Slinger in the West -- poked her head out the door and said, "The line is so long because I'm not on duty right now!" I guess that clinches it: The line at Starbucks might be long, but Nada's Ego stretches even further ...!