August 17, 2007

Schadenfreude Friday: Rovespawn, The Hoff and Starbucks

Let's see - miners are still trapped in Utah, a hurricane hit Hawaii, another flooded my hometown of Houston, the toy company boss accused of using lead paint in his Chinese factories on toys shipped to the US resulting in a massive recall killed himself, the stock market has fallen faster than Britney's career, and a recent report shows an increase in suicides in the Army due to war stress. Not a great week for amusing displays of schadenfreude. But there are some rays of hope out there.

Isn't the fact that Karl Rove resigned cause for celebration? Yes, the Republican puppetmaster thought to have his hand directly up George Bush's ass has left the building. In this case, the White House. Let's all shake our booties and get jiggy with our bad selves. This, my friends, is cause for shaking your groove things. Of course, Jenna Bush - first daughter who happens to be in possession of a great porn name - is getting hitched to a former White House aide who previously worked with Rove. The thought of the right-wing babies they'll produce scares the ever loving shit of me. Do you think this is, perhaps, part of some emerging Republican breeding strategy? *shudder*

My favorite schadenfreude of the week is delivered courtesy of The Hoff. See, Dave is seeking a divorce from his wife Pamela Bach but he's getting aggravated about the whole spousal support thing. I guess singing for vast dozens of Germans isn't quite as lucrative as we've been lead to believe. Anyway, he's posed an interesting question - what is Pamela Bach capable of doing to support herself. The answer? Well, he's trying to force her to take some vocational tests to see. "Hi, insult. Meet injury."

And then there's Starbucks...and this one's personal. I moved away from my regular morning Dunkin Donuts stop. Sadness. This morning, I stopped at Starbucks for a cup of coffee and a couple of scones. When they told me how much I owed their fine establishment, I felt as if a large man named Bubba had bent me over and begun sodomizing me. And I don't swing that way. Seriously, if someone's going to screw me like that - no matter how good their coffee is - they should at least buy me breakfast afterward. Not charge me for it.

Posted by Chris at August 17, 2007 6:47 AM

I saw Mrs. Ex-Hoff crying on t.v. last night. She is as big as mess as he is! She wasn't crying while drunk and trying to eat a cheeseburger but it still wasn't pretty.

Starbucks? Agreed! Try McDonald's coffee. Seriously. They changed and they have some damn good coffee for half the price of a Starbucks specialty coffee. Otherwise, do the coffee of the day at the 'buck. Its when you order lattes and frapps that the bucks climb to the stars.

Posted by: Debbie at August 17, 2007 7:53 AM

At least when you were in Starbucks some whacko didn't pour his coffee down the front of your shirt! Yep, happened to me on Monday in S-bucks in Boston. Naturally I was wearing a white shirt!

Posted by: Maribeth at August 17, 2007 8:21 AM

Hmm, I drink Starbucks but there is not much to choose from in small town USA... I think the taste of their coffee is offensive, not just the price YET I still drink it. Go figure!

Just as expensive but much better is Caribou if you have one near you. Otherwise, I would actually go for a small mom and pop place if its close and I would agree (talk about shuddering...) to the McDonalds thing... I need to go wash myself - I feel dirty for supporting Micky D's on ANYTHING!

Posted by: Christina at August 17, 2007 8:31 AM

S-bucks... I have to agree... way to expensive for what you get... and I was addicted to them for nigh on two years (which is what I get for moving my dad into a townhouse that was in the direct path of one)

Hope all is well with the new digs!

Posted by: Michelle at August 17, 2007 8:43 AM

My husband was so hooked on the cinnamon scones at S-bucks, but the price drove him crazy. Over the past few months, he has perfected the recipe at home and now makes himself a batch when he has a craving. He can make an entire batch of 12 scones for the a half the price of one at S-bucks.

Posted by: Jen at August 17, 2007 8:49 AM

Hee, vocational tests. The Hoff is harsh.

Please tell me I'm not the only one whose first thought upon learning of Jenna Bush's engagement was, Damn, those are gonna be some ugly babies.

Posted by: Fraulein N at August 17, 2007 9:35 AM

When I switched to my current job, I was so grateful that they had good coffee in the office. Definitely saves me nearly $20 a week. (I personally think Starbucks coffee is crap, so I always opted for the expensive drinks over that sludge.)

I do miss having Caribou Coffee around... now that is some coffee I was willing to pay $2 for. Although, it's better for my wallet that there isn't one anywhere near my office.

Posted by: Stephanie at August 17, 2007 9:53 AM

I would rather keep Rove in the spotlight, something about keeping our friends close and our enemies closer.
4bucks also has crappy pastries, their stale or dry. Asheville doesn't even have a DD. I have to have a Harold and Kumar moment to get to a DD.

Posted by: Arwen at August 17, 2007 10:09 AM

Ah yes, sprinklers and overpriced Starbucks (not to mention Rove-bashing). Exactly why I keep coming back to the Cactus domain!

Posted by: Heather at August 17, 2007 10:59 AM

uck, Starbucks. i dont get it. i dont think the coffee is nearly good enough for what they charge. and you have to season it yourself! the least they can do is put friggin milk in it for you! I buy dunkin donuts coffee and make it at home and its pretty good. D&D is way better. if that company ever went public it would make millions (Dr. Evil voice) of dollars. mmmm, ever have the toasted almond from there???? mmmmm

Posted by: madmomny at August 17, 2007 11:40 AM

I'm just scared of where Rove is going. Do we really know? However, Jenna Bush IS a great porn name!

Starbucks raised their prices TWICE this year. I would totally boycott them if there was any other place to actually go. It's feeling more and more like a monopoly. At least here. :(

Posted by: Trix at August 17, 2007 11:53 AM

I agree with Trix. How do we know that Karl Rove is not building some sort of underground lair out of a hollowed out volcano? It is a little scary to think of him running around loose in the world.

You stay away from Starbucks. I think they secretly put crack or something in their coffee. It's the only explanation for the price and the popularity.

Posted by: snakeepoo at August 17, 2007 12:15 PM

of course!!! We are planning a trip to Hawaii as I type!

Posted by: aimee/greeblemonkey at August 17, 2007 12:32 PM

Oh, and Bryan and I have choreographed a full "Bye Bye, Rove" dance. It has lots of ass-shakin'. Wanna see it?

Posted by: aimee/greeblemonkey at August 17, 2007 12:34 PM

Ooooo... I can see why you'd be a bit "testy" this morning!

Posted by: sue at August 17, 2007 1:14 PM

Yeah, had to take an alternate route home yesterday due to all the flooding. We're really keeping an eye on that other lovely development approaching the Gulf right now. -- Could flood us even more than yesterday. On the plus side... might get me a day or two off work.

Posted by: smoness at August 17, 2007 1:31 PM

Wow. That Pamela Bach thing just made me feel a lot better...

Posted by: Paige at August 17, 2007 2:01 PM

I hold Starbucks responsible for my credit card balance. Bastards.

Posted by: GreenCanary at August 17, 2007 5:40 PM

The one thing I wish that we had the same as Buffalo is Tim Hortons. I don't even drink coffee, but EVERYONE I know who does says how much better it is than any other coffee on the planet. Hey, if it's true, it's true!

Posted by: alektra at August 17, 2007 6:02 PM

Be careful, I hear they put cocaine in their bean.

Posted by: Johnny Smoke at August 17, 2007 7:25 PM

And Starbucks' coffee isn't even good...

Posted by: Alison at August 18, 2007 3:16 AM

Starbucks is expensive, agree! But really Schadenfreude is on me: there is no Starbucks in The Netherlands. It is close to impossible to find a good latte in this country.

Posted by: Nadine at August 18, 2007 2:08 PM

Starbucks is way too expensive, but damn I love me some Venti Caramel Macchiatto! Seriously though, I like Dunkin Donuts coffee better than anything. But I make myself a travel mug of coffee in the morning before I leave the house. Lot's more affordable and less time in the drive thru!

Posted by: coolchick at August 20, 2007 6:28 AM

Since I live in Seattle I am surrounded by Starbucks. It's a little creepy actually. It wasn't until I visited NYC and enjoyed Dunkin' Donuts my first time that I realized Starbucks is really, really expensive.

And I'm not sure you're getting you're getting what you pay for.

Posted by: Isabel at August 20, 2007 3:34 PM