Starbucks Coffee Shop on Canal Drive in Kennewick, Washington
Starbucks on Canal Drive
Personal Space at a Favorite Oasis
I don't know about you, but in my marital relationship, it's equally vital to my wife and me--both of us firstborn children in our respective families of origin--to have our personal space.
Having experienced the pure pleasure of mingling unimpeded writing with java rejuvenation, one of my favorite personal spaces is the quiet suburban environment of a Starbucks coffee shop.
On this particular day, I was blessed with a few hours--while my better half indulged in her passionate pleasure of shopping at the nearby thrift shops--perched at a window seat at a pleasant shop located in Kennewick, Washington. Kennewick is one-third of the burgeoning Tri-Cities in southeast Washington. Its siblings are Pasco and Richland. Close neighbors roughly forty miles away are Walla Walla and College Place. The latter is my hometown, Hawaiian Odysseus' proverbial Ithaca, so to speak.
My queen and I decided to come over to the Tri-Cities today to purchase a membership at the local Costco store. After a short drive, we had a nice Veggie's Delight sandwich at a Subway shop.
Conveniently, the Starbucks I'm writing about today is located just a few yards away in the same shopping area. It sits in close proximity to department stores, restaurants (including a pancake house; an all-you-can-eat buffet gathering; an eatery alluding to a place Down Under; a vendor with a girl's name, the same female who hangs with a certain friendly ghost; and other fave spots); a pet shop; an office supplies store; and a host of other places you'd expect to find along any strip mall in suburban America.
Your Choice of Drive-In or Walk-In
Some Starbucks coffee shops are primarily sit-down stores while others are primarily drive-through storefronts. This particular site is a wonderful balance of both. It provides easy thru-traffic for the various commuter rush hours throughout the day. For those who wish to come in and relax for a while, there are an ample amount of tables and seats, including a couple of comfy lounge chairs in the near left hand corner as you enter the shop.
To Write or Not to Write
Have you ever written a Hub in a coffee shop?
A Sampling of Coffee Shop Musings
I have an excellent view of Canal Drive as I write these words. Sipping my delicious venti Caramel Frappucino while musing about my current events--not the least of which are the interesting dynamics that my wife and I experience as we adjust to what millions of middle-seasoned Americans encounter: the empty nest syndrome--I can take honest and generous inventory of the unique and wonderful marital blessings of this period in our lives.
The principal thought taking center stage at the forefront of my brain just now is how very much I'm enjoying the freedom of this autumnal season of my life. As a young man, I couldn't bear the thought of being separated for too long from my bride. Today, we revel in the invisible umbilical cord that keeps us emotionally and spiritually connected even and especially when we're miles away from each other. There is a greater peace within knowing that we each can use these moments apart to become reacquainted with our own selves.
I also do a bit of reminiscing as well as a current heart-check inventory of our children. They grew up in a humble, unassuming lower middle-class home in a quiet bedroom community with a population that hovered near the 8,000 mark. Our son and daughter attended a quaint parochial country school, and our early years as parents found my wife and me busily invested in the attendance of school functions ranging from kindergarten graduations to PTA conferences to music concerts to school socials and picnics to sporting events. If I'd known better at the time, I would've done something about that incredible fast forward button. It's in the looking back that I realize my oversight, and now only heaven knows what happened to make the time zip on by like a runaway Enterprise at Warp 5 speed.
Our children are well, blessed by a very loving mom and a dad who, in spite of himself, did the best he could with the deficient tool belt of parental skills that he had. Our son graduated from a local university, parlayed his degree as admissions to a prestigious graduate school in San Luis Obispo, and successfully received dual masters' degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management. He now is a corporate executive for a very successful company in California. Our daughter, six years younger than her sibling, is in her second year of Nursing at the same local university with aspirations to become a nurse practitioner. In addition, both are excellent writers, and I'd lay odds in Vegas that either or both of them will have a book published long before I draft Chapter One of my own. Still, I'm game to engage in stiff competition with them, just like I always was when they were little.
I finish my venti Caramel Frappucino in the time it takes for me to chronicle these musings and take a few photographs of this Starbucks shop. Its writer-friendly ambience is noteworthy, and I marvel at the liquid flow of my creative juices.
As I'm also in the habit of doing whenever I have the privilege of patronizing coffee shops in eastern Washington, I can't help but reminisce about favorite java holes in the Seattle area. In the past, I have written about other coffee shops in a personal blog as well as written several reviews for Yelp, but this is my first attempt at featuring a coffee shop east of the majestic Cascade mountain range that separates the strongly Democratic region of the west from the staunch Republican faction of the east.
The female employees on the two shifts that I observed today are just as excellently trained and adept in their customer service presentation as their western counterparts. My transition from the former geographical site to the latter has thus been professionally facilitated by these young women sporting the iconic green aprons.
It is more the meteorological differences between the two regions that I notice.
If God were to take the sky over Seattle and use heavenly Proactiv to clear away the spotty cloud blemishes, the result would be this azure palette over the Tri-Cities today. The deep blue directly overhead fades to a slightly hazy bird's egg blue near the horizon.
A Free Shot of Espresso
Rendezvous time with my lovely wife is quickly approaching. I must say, I've thoroughly enjoyed this quality personal time in this personable and comfortable shop.
If you are ever in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state, I highly recommend that you indulge in some quality time of getting reacquainted with yourself. You might even consider the possibility of engaging in some soul-healing journaling of your own.
The Starbucks Coffee Shop on Canal Drive in Kennewick provides you with an excellent atmosphere in which to kick back, enjoy an invigorating beverage, and revel in a free shot of espresso--your personal musing.
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