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I'm in Chicago. At a Starbucks. Trying hard not to feel dirty about that.

Trip was great. I saw the sunrise over a lake near Glacier National Park. So many fascinating people on the train. I overpacked, pretty severely, and will need to seek out new luggage because I split the seam of my carry-on. Sometimes I just need to be stopped.

I'd hoped to write more from the train, but my assumption that there would be power outlets at the seats (based on a statement from the Amtrak website) was "wrongo bongo, O tiny one." I did get a start on Atlas Shrugged and devoted most of my iBook's battery power to a viewing of Sideways. Sadly, knowing this in advance would have reduced some of my excess baggage. I do, however, have a workaround scheme to try on the way back. I do so hate being thwarted.

Chicago is beautiful so far. It takes me a while to get oriented and comfortable in a new city, so three days doesn't quite cut it. Even so, it's a great getaway.

And the best is yet to come. I haven't seen barlow_girl yet, which just seems wrong. That will be remedied in a few short hours. Festivity ensues.
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Tell your friend there that it's wrong to patronize a Starbucks because it's a bunch of kids (aka college students like me) who are all taught the same thing and most likely lack a sincere passion for the art of the coffee bean in general, present company excepted. They know only what they're told, no more, no less. And right now the Big Man is pushing whole bean sales, so don't think that sweet little innocent "Have you had your beans today?" inquiry comes from a deep well of sincere concern.

But I'm just sayin'.

Re: sbx

hahaha! thus far, i've sold the most beans . . . without trying. people just bring them to my register.
frankly, i dislike most of the coffees we sell.