I'm back from vacation, and here's one thing I learned: teaching your kids to drive is a little easier, but a lot more stressful, than potty training ever was.
I also spent time at various Starbucks , where I noticed the help was decidedly more talkative. This is part of the company's new strategy to get its java mojo back. Tim Bueneman of McAdams Wright Ragen in SBUX's hometown of Seattle has actually checked out some of the new coffee makers the company is installing. He even took a few pictures on his cell phone (by the way, the days of highly-paid reporters are waning...everyone with a picture-taking cellphone is a journalist...).