I ratted out the Angry Old Man today. He’s in his mid-80s, and his wife a few years older. He comes into the Starbucks on Allot and Ventura and leans over his cane as he glowers at anyone sitting at the table reserved for elderly and disabled people. Once when I was sitting at that […]
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Sports Illustrated photographer John Iacono hangs around Starbucks fresh from covering his 47th consecutive Superbowl. He holds a photograph he took at last year’s event of New England’s five offensive linemen surrounding quarterback Tom Brady, each engaged in a block with a defender. The “perfect pocket” shot is regarded as one of the best photos […]
I am surrounded by lunatics today. Behind me is the guy who (loudly) records sermons about the coming apocalypse that he posts online. In-between he leaves never-returned phone messages for his former wife who left him 10 years ago telling her he misses her and will pray for her. He even has advertisers on his […]
What Writers Do: This screenwriter is a procrastination perfectionist — instead of working on his screenplay, he is simultaneously (1) reading a book; (2) playing chess on his phone; (3) listening to music. He is an inspiration for all of us who want to put off the page as long as possible.
Celebrity sighting in Los Angeles is such an elaborate ritual. A bunch of teenagers were oohing and ahhing without wanting to be seen oohing and ahhing because they thought the actress who played a character named Mona on a TV show called “Pretty Little Liars” was sitting in the same Starbucks as them. When I […]
This is a sign I know too many people: This morning at Starbucks some woman says, “Hi, Joe! How are you doing?” I hugged her, told her it was good to see her, chatted a couple of minutes, and am still wondering who the hell she is.
An old man, probably pushing 80, was loudly saying he couldn’t understand how a black had been elected president. “Make Obama president of Africa, not president of the United States,” he said. “Africa is the worst continent, and it’s filled with blacks, so why would you put a black here.” He also couldn’t understand how […]
“I lost a husband and gained a business.” The thirty-something woman is telling this to an elderly gentleman, who comes into the Starbucks in his wheelchair. He looks like a withered gremlin, but he is charming and all the women dote on him like an old lion. She tells him she just started a photography […]
A forty-something actor was on a first date at Starbucks, explaining to the woman he had just met that he wanted to produce a short film and a friend offered to raise a small amount of money that was totally inadequate for the project. The woman said: “Well at least he’s trying.” The actor responded: […]
This is the type of argument you only hear in a Starbucks in Los Angeles. A couple was sitting on the tables outside screaming at each other loud enough to rattle glass. People on either side of them, and those walking on the sidewalk past them, averted their eyes as the woman yelled: “All right, […]