Coffeehouse observation No. 247

It seems a bit early, but college students are meandering back to Stockton … and the coffeehouse. (For those of you who do not know, Stockton not only is home to vast home foreclosures, high rates of poverty, crime, and other things not good for you, and the annual Asparagus Festival, but also home to the University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta College, a California State University, Stanislaus satellite campus, a private law school, and several business and vocational schools. So there are quite a few college students to go around.)

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Coffeehouse observation No. 246

OK, should I be freaked out? Two — one, two — Seussian Christmas hats in the coffeehouse. And they are between me and the door. I’m dooooooomed! … I wonder if it’s some sort of lodge hat. And if they’ll slip and do the secret handshake in public.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 245

Smoldering jazz inside the coffeehouse and a man standing outside in a fedora and trench coat. … I think I just sat down into a pulp detective novel. And that’s OK with me as long as no one starts shooting up the place with a gat.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 244

Watching the Patriots stomp the Chicago Bears. I would not have thought the first half would have gone quite like this.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 243

OK, it appears as if the coffeehouse staff is going through Pandora’s entire disco collection. And it’s rather large. Rather large. “… Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight …”

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Coffeehouse observation No. 242

There’s an eclectic music selection at the coffeehouse today.  “Peaches” by the Presidents of the U.S.A. was followed by Johnny Cash’s “Will the Circle be Unbroken.” Now some disco song is playing. See, eclectic.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 241

Decided to hang out at the library today instead of the coffeehouse and now I’m really missing the caffeine and the peace and quiet. Yes, missing the peace and quiet – two kids plopped down at the desk next to me and have been noisy every since. And a guy at another nearby table is talking loudly in his cell phone. The guard is now cutting him off. I had to turn up Green Day’s “Nimrod” just so I can think.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 240

The guy with the Seussian Christmas hat is back!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 239

Crap! Just spilled coffee on myself. That’s like — like — well, it’s like spilling beer. It’s just not done!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 238

I just submitted two applications online during the halftime of the Monday Night Football game. That’s multitasking! … By the way, GO PATS!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 237

I’m doing a little something different tonight. I’m at the coffeehouse watching the Patriots play the Jets on Monday Night Football. Funny, many of the same faces here tonight that are here during the day.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 236

OK, so they’re playing disco music at the coffeehouse today and the two people jamming to it the most are probably the youngest people in the joint. Go figure! Does this mean disco is making a comeback?

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Coffeehouse observation No. 235

They just lighted the propane heater on the coffeehouse patio. That wouldn’t be much of a problem, except the guy who torched it is wearing a Seussian Christmas hat. Something HAS to go wrong.

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How Starbucks saves millions per year in energy from LED lighting | blog

How Starbucks saves millions per year in energy from LED lighting | blog

Starbucks recently finished replacing nearly all of its incandescent and halogen lighting with LEDs during a two-year roll-out to over 7,000 company-owned stores, most in the United States and Canada, but with some in Europe and Asia. This is the largest deployment yet of LED technology in an application that is very sensitive to the quality of light; Starbucks’ success proves that the new digital lighting is ready for mass install.

Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Impact for Starbucks confirmed that the LED lighting program is on target to slash consumption by more than 80 percent compared to existing lighting. My back-of-the envelope calculations [see notes below] found that

• Each LED light bulb saves approximately $30 annually in energy costs and eliminates the equivalent CO2 as half a barrel of oil;

• Each 1,000 square foot store on average would save nearly $600 annually and eliminate the equivalent CO2 as 10 barrels of oil

To capture these impressive benefits, for both the bottom-line and the environment, it took more than replacing a light bulb. When Starbucks was examining which energy efficiency projects to deploy in its stores, lighting was an obvious choice, since retailers consume a large amount of energy on lighting to provide ambiance and to showcase products.

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