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Starbucks Coffee Shop on Canal Drive in Kennewick, Washington

Updated on May 18, 2013
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hey, Brad! Nice to hear from you again! I like your new profile look with the glasses...looks like you're about to do some serious writing there or a round of fantasy football. : ) About Starbucks--I love the ambience of writing from within the coffee shop, but, frankly, in my honest opinion, some of the better tasting coffee can be found in the independent shops. I will always be spending some of my ducats on the Caramel Frappucinos and the occasional SBUX mug, but mainly it's for the atmosphere that I frequent the place with the green, black, and white mermaid logo.

    Well, my friend, you know the welcome mat is always out there for you regarding Karen's Hub Challenges. I'm just going to have to buckle down and do it, Brad! The one good thing I hope will come of this...other than the hubs...is the discipline to set a schedule and stick to it. I live my life like I write--rambling all over the place--but sometimes, I just need to sit still long enough to get 'er done. Like our friend billybuc in Olympia, WA...now he's got the kind of writing discipline I eventually want to nail down. See how it goes? We all help each other out...just like the way partners will jog together in a fun run to ensure that they finish it. It's you and me and the rest of the gang 'til the wheels fall off! Aloha, my friend, and have a good night's rest and a productive day tomorrow!

    Joe

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    Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

    Hello there Mr. Joe, aka Mr. hawaiianodysseus. Another wonderful hub, written by a wonderful person. I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I've never in my life been to a Starbucks. There isn't one where I live, but I've had plenty of opportunities to go during many trips out of town. However, I never took that step towards going there. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I do have a few cups at home throughout the week.

    Anyway, you've once again sir razzled and dazzled with your great writing. The Starbucks that you wrote about is captured well through your words, and the images look very inviting for a writer. The next time I'm in another city and I see a Starbucks, I'll visit it based solely on this article; even though it most likely won't be this particular one you wrote. Great job once again sir. Voted up, rated awesome, useful, and shared.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Alex! What a nice treat! I got a 2-for-1 special tonight! Ha-ha! I totally understand....have run into this very glitch myself a couple times before. No worries, my friend.. Always nice to hear from you!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @mercuryservices

    Hey, Alex! Been tied up with my eBay work...I go back and forth all day long between eBay and HubPages, as well as other projects I'm working on, so mahalo for being patient. This next month, Karen Hellier is hosting a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, so I'll be writing a lot about eBay-related topics. I like the mugs specific to each major city, state, or country, so when you mentioned that Starbucks is one of your favorite places to write, too, I instantly thought of the cool mugs that are sitting just a few feet from you. I'd be scoping those shelves out. : ) I'm currently working on a Hub about unique traits of other Hubbers and hope to have it done sometime tomorrow. I think you'll find it amusing, brah! Mahalo for stopping by and for your great support! Have a great weekend!

    Joe

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    Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Kicked back at the coffee shop! Starbucks is one of my favorite places to write too. Interesting little half musing, half informational piece here. Cool way to write for Google passers-by while at the same time keeping it entertaining.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, KoffeeKlatch Gals!

    My family and I plan to be in your beautiful state in mid-September. I look forward to writing from one or more of the coffee shops in Orlando. Then, I can truly state that I've written from both coasts as well as from the islands. : ) Thank you for stopping by, Sue, and adding some Florida sunshine to a cloudy SE Washington day. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Joe,

    How lucky you are to have a Starbuck's that is large enough to sit in and write. Our's in this area are all tiny. But I do so love their coffee. Beautiful pictures, by the way.

    Sue

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Nancy C Moores

    Hi, Nancy! I hope you don't mind the @Nancy C Moores bit...I try to make it easy for my readers/commenters to identify where my specific responses to their messages can be found. I've been on the other end at times where I couldn't figure out which message from the Hub writer belonged to me. : ) Seems like a trivial matter, but I truly respect and appreciated those who take the time to comment on my work. I know that you as an artist of images as well as of words know exactly how I feel.

    You are so right on about the need to get out of the house. That's why I love my walks and the occasional writing spree at a coffee shop. I would love to write a script someday about writing from a coffee shop.

    Well, I have tall grass, so I have to get ready to give my lawn a haircut this morning. It was nice chatting with you, Nancy. Lots of aloha and best wishes for continued success here on HubPages and beyond!

    Joe

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    Nancy C Moores 4 years ago

    Good Morning Joe,

    Wow I already wrote a comment here, but maybe I forgot to post it. hahahaa Sometimes I hit the enter button and think I have posted it old habits sometimes kick in. I have never written in a coffee shop, but I am really going to do this. I need to get out away from the house, and I can just smell the coffee too. This was great and inspirational to me. I love you called your wife you queen. The man that loves me calls me his queen too so that really meant something to me. Well, you have certainly given me a surge of energy with this hub, thank you again. Have a great and wonderful day my new friend.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Rajan, for taking time out of your busy morning to have a cup of green tea with me at the Starbucks shop. You are indeed a prolific writer as it is without the Starbucks experience, and I imagine you are already working diligently on another one as I type these words. Your most recent Hub about Mumbai and the street vendors and their delicious meals was most captivating. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself, your beautiful country, and your talent with us here on HubPages. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    A very interesting read of your musings while sipping that starbucks coffee or just looking out of the glass window of the world passing by. I'm sure I would delight in this pastime,Joe and would feel invigorated to pen down hubs faster. Alas, in my part of the world and the Starbuks shop, space is always at a premium.

    Happy for you though and glad this gives your creative juices a good flow.

    Aloha and have a great week ahead.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Mommymay

    You got it, Heather! Ha-ha! Barista, bring us a double order of that!

    Yes, I have worked twice before from a Panera shop...in Redmond, a suburb of Seattle and home to Microsoft, and then in Lakewood, a suburb of Tacoma. Great atmosphere, for sure.

    But this Caribou? I've never heard of it. and perhaps there's no chain in WA. Is it a restaurant, and--if so--does its title reflect what's on the menu?

    Don't know if you've been able to watch the new series, Hannibal. From a creative writer's perspective, there's some absolutely brilliant writing going on here. The concept for the series is off the wall, which only serves to underscore the "outside the box" innovation behind the scenes. Definitely not a G-rated series but a well of creativity nonetheless. An argument could be made that this show is tamer than most of the reality TV shows being puked out by the different networks.

    Have a wonderful and creatively inspirational week, Heather! Thanks for stopping by. Seconds on that chai tea latte?

    Joe

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    Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

    Your starbucks is bigger than mine! All of my nearby ones are way to small to work in! BUT....I do frequent Panera and Caribou for work. It is amazing to see how much I get done. I work from a home office and sometimes I think its the quiet energy from everything going on in a coffee sop that leads to inspiration and reflection! Glad the fam is doing well and to hear how proud they make you! now...i want a chai tea latte!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Every time I look at your avatar photo, I am trying to determine if you were a brunette on that special picture-taking day. Or was your blonde hair hidden by the cowl of the costume? : ) I still smile as I think about the joy and enthusiasm with which I wrote that tribute to you several months ago. I'm almost certain I was sitting in some coffee shop in downtown Walla Walla at the time.Sometimes, I'll go back to review and proofread my older Hubs, and what I encounter are the memories associated with the writing of those articles. These are the secret private moments of musing, and I often find myself smiling over my silent reunions...much like I'm doing right now as I think of you and how you gave and continue to give me such wonderful motivation to keep doing what we are compelled to do...the wonderful craft of writing. Aloha to you, dear friend, and thank you again so very much for making last week a very special highlight and treasured memory.

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @livingsta

    Hi, Dahlia! (What a sweet name!) I never cease to be amazed, not unlike a big kid in a candy shop, at the wonders of technology...like being able to record my thoughts with the tactile tapping of my fingers on the keyboard with the occasional bump of my right thumb on the space bar. When I lived in Seattle, separated geographically from my family out of circumstantial necessity, I couldn't stand being "home" alone. En route to and from my job, I would frequent the many different Starbucks shops in the Seattle area and immerse myself in the crowds. Funny thing, I felt even lonelier, but that special angst helped me do some of the best writing in my life. I sometimes remember those days as I write in the present, and I symbolically pinch myself, awakening from my daydream to the grateful reality of being home for good. Thanks for sharing in this experience, my UK friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdegiulio

    Hey, Bill! Thanks for your gracious compliments, my friend. I'm thankful for the years we had/have with our children at home (our daughter is with us for a few more months before heading off for her last two years of undergraduate work in Portland), and so now the relatiive empty nest days are filled with eBay work and writing (along with the indoor and outdoor chores, of course). I'm really digging it, and now that my wife--who won't be retired for another few years--is working part-time herself with eBay, we have one more major thing, and all the other affiliated activities (thrift store & yard sale shopping, for example), in common. Along the way, it's great to have our individual activities to keep us busy and grounded, as well, and I'm sure that you can relate with me when I say that marriage continues to amaze me with its various seasons of love. In addition, the brotherly love portion is really blossoming for me as a result of being here on HubPages. You are as much a mentor to me, my friend! Aloha, and have a grand new week!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Congratulations on this major milestone of 1000 comments! I'm honored to be the recipient of record. : ) You certainly have been a prolific Hubber in the 15 short months you've been a member/writer, Joelle. I am so proud of you. We are in the same graduating class. LOL! Actually, the shop was pretty busy. I just happened to be there long enough where I could take photos during the few idle moments. That took some careful jockeying and patience. Unless my venue happens to be a place like Disneyland, I try my best NOT to infringe on other people's privacy. No need for any unpleasant exhanges or altercations. Because I'm truly an impressionist writer, not gifted in the art of SEO writing but more of a throwback to the old school style of writing, the ambience of the specific writing arena I happen to find myself in inadvertently becomes part of what I write about. SBUX hums at a special energy level that helps fuel the motor that runs my Hub. Thanks so much for stopping by, Joelle, and for being so faithful with your support and uplifting comments. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kathryn Stratford

    In reviewing the messages I've received in the comments section and my acknowledgment of those messages, I see that the one I sent to you hours ago is not included. I don't understand what happened, Kathryn. I remember specifically that I kidded with you about the photo at the end, saying something like, "I wonder where I got that from?" In any event, I am so sorry. Maybe I inadvertently forgot to hit the Post Comment button. Anyway, I'm glad I found the error. I want you to know how very much I appreciate your loyal support and faithful consistency in acknowledging those that you follow. What I also remember writing to you is that a fellow Hubber, Karen Hellier, has been to a SBUX in a certain CT Barnes & Noble. Wouldn't it be something if the two of you ran into each other sometime? What are the odds? Certainly a Hub-worthy topic! : ) Have a wonderful Sunday evening, Kathryn, and I'll see you soon at the next Hub! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Only you could take a short stay at Starbucks and turn it into a delightful and appealing hub. It is always wonderful to read about your two wonderful children and feel your pride I every word. Your wife and your relationship with her is what every BB strives for. Oh, and I can't forget to mention how lucky that Starbucks and its employees are to have you as a customer. Great pictures too! Looking forward to your next creative hub!

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and imteresting.

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    livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Joe, this sounds too interesting. I have not sat and written anything in a coffee shop. I have written down ideas that come to my mind, during my journey by bus to and from work. I type them as notes on my mobile. That is all I have done when it comes to writing outside of home. Thank you for sharing this lovely experience of yours with us.

    Have a great week ahead my friend.

    Dahlia :-)

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe. Your words always seem to capture me and take me on your journey's whether it's to Hawaii, on a long walk, or to the local Starbucks. You really do have a gift when it comes to writing and I strive to get to this level someday.

    It sounds as though your kids are doing great and that is a testament to you and your wife, so job well done. I certainly understand what you mean when you say " the years flew by, where did they go.

    Thanks for making my afternoon. Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

    i voted this up and shared it around. Great job. Bill

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    With your hub today, I am writing my 1000th commentary! I can't believe I wrote so many!

    Great article Joe! You are lucky that the Starbucks Coffee Shop where you go is so empty! When I go to the one connected with a book store near my place, it's almost impossible to find a seat! When it so packed, I don't even bother to drink anything.... I continue my shopping. My dream of hot chocolate with wipping cream on top will have to wait a little longer ;-)

    My husband and I can work in the same space without a problem. About twice a week, my husband works from home from his computer and I work at my computer. In facts, he says that he even works better from home. We love to be together.

    Thanks for sharing your day! By the way... your drink seems delicious :-)

    Joelle

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @chrisinhawaii

    Thanks, Chris! Have a good one!

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    chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

    Yes! That sounds like one of the ones we had here. But that was a while ago when I took the pics, so I will double-check this week and get back to you.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Hi! Thank you for your kind comments, my friend. The distractions at Starbucks definitely impact my writing but in a positive way. I translate them into energy that then spills over into whatever I'm writing. That's why there are times when I get stuck in my writing at home, and then I have to go for a walk or do some yard work outside to get the literary flow going again. I'm really shy in public but am able to absorb other people's vibes. Without meaning to, I'm also a pretty good profiler, and I use that skill to develop characters in the stories and plays I've written but so far would never dare reveal to the public.

    One of these days...but I'm running short on time the longer I procrastinate...so I have to develop and stick to some definite affirmations about writing that book! Thank you for your encouragement, WND!

    Have a great Sunday and a wonderful new week with the furry friends! Hope you're having nice weather over there!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    I recently wrote a Hub about Scrabble anagrams, and thus one version of your pen name might be tax tics, appropriate for a voice-over artist who might be conscientious about facial muscles as part of a comprehensive preparation for his craft. It's a stretch, but it works! : ) Oh, my friend, so good to hear from you. You are so fortunate to have been able to attend that benefit concert--great cause, by the way!--and listen to Cynthia Valentine croon to the bluesy jazz renditions of her musician peers. Did they perform "Summertime," "Stardust," "Moondance," or "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" Thus far, I've only been able to follow them on YouTube. When they come out with their original stuff, I may just purchase their album on iTunes. One of these days, I hope they come up our way and do a concert at Pioneer Park or some other local venue. Thanks for stopping by, my friend, to read my latest Hub and, as always, leaving such uplifting comments. Aloha, Jim, and have a wonderful Sunday!

    Joe

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Great one as always.

    I know you are fatherly proud of your children and I love the title you gave your wife. You have a great family and happy to hear about them.

    I have never hubbed at Starbucks. Is it at all distracting? I get distracted at home with the dogs. But with people coming and going at Starbucks, that doesn't divert your attention? Must be a me thing, since I can't just sit to read or type a hub or comment. One of those dogs is going to want something. Bless 'em.

    And you mentioned your personal blog, here and I believe your interview. We are learning more each time your hubs. And did Yelp pay you for your reviews?

    Always enjoy what you write. Better get busy on your chapter one cause your kids may be developing their own book behind your back!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    A really interesting tour of your area contrasted with the Seattle area, and insight too, into that distance between mates that can bring them even closer together. Reading this on a rainy Sunday morning in Eugene, after a busy Saturday shopping at the Farmer's Market, and attending a benefit concert called Give Me Sight and hearing a wonderful local band called Concrete Love Seat.

    Joe, your hubs always are positive and thought provoking as well.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @chrisinhawaii

    Hi, Chris! Good to hear from another local boy! No worries about the SBUX mugs pix. I look forward to seeing what they look like. When I was at the Hilton Waikoloa recently, I stopped in at this SBUX in the Queen's Marketplace. There were shelves upon shelves of these Hawai'i mugs. Thinking I could find them in Hilo, I didn't pick one up. They were about $6.95 each. On eBay, they were selling for $29.95 or thereabouts. Anyway, when I went to Hilo, I couldn't find them anywhere. Apparently, one had to get them in Kona. Fortunately, later that week, when my mom was en route to Kaua'i and had a layover in Honolulu, she found one at the airport gift shop for $8.95. She sent it to me, and so of course, that cost a pretty penny. Anyway, long story short, I've got it listed on eBay. Been about 3 weeks, and I have one watcher, so I hope to sell it before too long. It's the one with the surfboards on the beach; there's a toy turtle and a shark. If you ever get a chance, you should pick a couple of Hawai'i mugs and list 'em for a nice profit. At some point in time, someone from somewhere in the world will buy it from you!

    Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments, Chris! See you at the next Hub! Aloha!

    Joe

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    chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

    Hey Joe!

    That was fun. I too spend many hours with my laptop at the local Starbucks, so I felt right at home from the very first sentence.

    As I was reading, it dawned on me that I never did send you those pics I took (several weeks/months ago?) of the mugs at our local SBUX. Dang it! And now I cannot because my son and I just switched phones and they all got deleted =(

    I will have to shoot you some more when I go this week.

    Anyways, I gotta say, this was the most interesting "review" I've ever read.

    Aloha

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    The camera I used for this Hub is a Fuji FinePix S3200 model, a gift from my dad and step-mom a couple of years ago when we had a reunion in Forest Grove, OR.

    Thank you for stopping by. You're up very late, I see. Don't worry! Your Sunday will go well, my friend! See you at the next Hub! June 1, here we come!

    Joe

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Fantastic pictures in this hub. What kind of camera are you using? I thought from the title that this was going to be a Starbuck's Coffee shop review but I see it morphed into more as you went along. Thanks for taking us along with you for the ride! Voted up and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ologsinquito

    Thank you for being perceptive of my spiritual gratitude for His blessings. I'm especially grateful to have an opportunity of a lifetime to write alongside a great community of pen peers. I'm glad you stopped by and were able to share in this Hub experience, getting to know more about one of the places I've written from. Aloha and blessings from SE Washington!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Liz!

    Java Rejuvenation! Ah, yes! We could be lead singers and tour every single SBUX (in Seattle, there's one every couple of blocks, it seems, so we'd make a mint! Ha-ha!)

    No, I didn't pick up any mugs there, but I did pick up a pair of identical SBUX mugs in Hermiston, OR, in January and sold them last week for a nice profit. I hope to soon write a Hub about that particular transaction and dedicate the article to a certain Hub friend of mine who lives in Pinellas County, FL...in a town that happens to bear a name derived from the Scottish Gaelic form of Edinburgh. A place called Dunedin...ever hear of it? If I don't fit it into my writing schedule for May, it will definitely be one of my 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge set to commence on June 1st. You are most welcome to join a handful of us who are going to try this wild and crazy feat! (Still don't know how that amazing billybuc does it, day in and day out! He's a wizard, that's for sure!)

    Check your email for an eBay Tip of the Day, Liz! Aloha and mahalo for stopping by! I always love and appreciate hearing from you.

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Martie Coetser!

    Glad you liked this hub! Wow! That's an eye opener about those Dutch coffee shops. I'd be innocently Hubbing away, only to discover at some point that I'm writing about the craziest things as I end up being the recipient of someone else's second hand "smoke," or--worse yet--consuming a latte with something funny in it. LOL! The coffee shop that day actually had a lot of customers in it. I had to wait for optimal moments to take each shot so that I wouldn't invade anyone's personal space. The Starbucks shops in Seattle are jam-packed, understandably so, given the much larger population. I swear, there's a different Starbucks every two blocks in that city. Can't wait to visit Seattle again just to pick up a few mugs to sell on eBay. : ) Thanks for stopping by, Martie! Blessings and aloha to you, dear friend!

    Joe

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I think coffee shops are such a comfortable and creative place to write! I have never written a hub there, but I always bring my journal to jot down my thoughts and musings. The place I have gone the most in the past, while I was in Connecticut, was a Starbucks that was inside a Barnes and Noble. Often I would pass some of my time browsing through interesting magazines, and enjoy my coffee. Andy is usually with me, although I have enjoyed a peaceful outing alone, as well. I think it is important for couples to have time alone, as well as together.

    I really enjoyed your review and photos of the Starbucks, as well as your musings.

    I wanted to drop by and check out the article I missed. I just read the "HubPages Weekly" edition from 2 days ago, and saw Tillsontitan's interview of you :) It was nice to hear your story.

    By the way, I like the photo and link to your profile at the bottom!

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    ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

    It looks as if you are thoroughly grateful for all God has blessed you with. The Starbucks looks inviting and larger than a lot of the others in the same chain. If we're ever in the Tri-Cities area of Washington we'll be sure to visit.

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    I don't know how you do it, my friend. You write about your visit to a coffee shop and end up taking us on a fantastic journey through your life. It all fits together without rambling or going off-topic. Amazing! You have such a gift.

    Since I have a toddler, I haven't entered a Starbucks in years. That's ok, though, because their coffee gives me the sleeping patterns and jitters of a meth addict.

    Did you pick up any mugs while you were there?

    Aloha,

    Liz

    P.S. Java Rejuvenation would make a great name for a band.

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    Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

    So wonderful to hear a man calling his wife 'Queen'.

    I don't know of any Starbucks coffee shops in South Africa, but we do have many lovely coffee shops. I was so surprise during my visit in Holland, where coffee shops are actually meant for buying and 'consuming' soft drugs.

    Reading this hub of yours, hawaiinodysseus, was like enjoying a cup of coffee right there with you in Starbucks on Canal Drive. Beautiful and classy!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, faythef!

    You crack me up! LOL! Cleverly written, my friend! Yes, I love coffee! And I really don't know why! It had the most awful taste, especially for a kid who just loved coffee candy. But coffee? Yuk! However, over time, the delicious aroma, the anticipation, and the caffeinated indoctrination finally got absorbed by my olefactory cells, and I was hooked for life. Thanks for stopping by, my friend, and having fun with me over a cup of coffee! Aloha, and have a wonderful weekend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, billybuc!

    Wow, you're amazing, brother! I just published this Hub a few minutes ago, and BAM! You're right on it! Good for you! Thanks for making my day with such a prompt response. I'm late on getting my walk in this morning...very windy over here, but the sun's out, so that's good. Honestly, I like the indie shops better, flavor-wise, but in my restlessness and out of habit for my more nomadic lifestyle during the Seattle days, I love the WiFi privileges of SBUX. Tully's is a very close second. Finally, it just really is a personal space thing. I love my wife dearly, but the distractions of home life affect my already ADD-handicapped brain. LOL! Enjoy the vanilla mocha, my friend! I will be commenting on your beautiful Hub this morning later in the afternoon. You know I like to savor your Hubs, bro! Like swishing vintage wine and taking in the vapors before swallowing...except I'll have the next couple hours of walking to figuratively do just that with your latest one about submitting articles to magazines. Congratulations, by the way, on recently having another one of your fine articles accepted for publication! I am very happy to receive that great news! You rock, Bill! Another victory for us Baby Boomers! Okay, so I'll be back later to send you my comments. Aloha! Joe

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    Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

    Its gotta be the coffee, and watching the interesting characters coming in an out, for sure the coffee, getting out after being cooped up in the house/office, then there is the aroma of coffee, once wired on the coffee all kinds of thoughts racing through your mind at a mile a minute. There has got to be some good articles in those thoughts. And of course the coffee.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Good morning my friend!

    Oddly enough I have never written in a coffee shop. I'm a drive-through kind of guy. I also will not shop at Starbucks because I still hold a grudge because the owner sold the Sonics to Oklahoma City. I know, a childish reaction on my part, but I never claimed to be an adult in mind or actions.

    Having said all that, I love your musings on this rainy Saturday morning. Your children sound like they are determined and driven, and I do believe you and your lovely wife might have had something to do with that. :)

    Thanks for the visit while I sip my vanilla mocha. Have a great day my brother of words.

    Aloha

    bill

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