Coffee Gap

One sign of a generation gap is how people of different age groups react the idea of premium coffee. Lately, my father has taken to giving me reports on what he perceives to be deep financial trouble at Starbucks. My read of the news indicates a company that needs adjustments, and is making them, but not one that's heading down the tubes. He has trouble seeing it in any light other than looming disaster.
A.C. Newman, New Pornographers frontman and solo artist, will offer up his, er, take on a-ha's "Awesome 80s Dance Mix" staple (and totes great song) "Take on Me" for a Starbucks Valentine's Day-themed compilation. No word on any more release details, though one assumes as soon as the coffee cups go all seasonal red, you can cop Carl's cover and more up by the counter.
I generally get an early morning phone call from my father each day. He checks in, just to fill me in on something he heard on Coast to Coast overnight, or some new thought on WWII acquired on the History Channel ("Todd, the mistakes that Hitler made are just astounding!"), before he goes down for breakfast at the assisted living.
My wife and I generally go out for coffee each morning (when I don't have a radio show to do.) We like the warm, friendly atmosphere at the Gull, and the comfortable chairs make it a nice place to sit for extended periods to consume the daily papers. The coffee isn't bad either. Often, my father's phone call comes as we're pulling ourselves together for our coffee sojourn. Today, dad called and asked what I was up to. "Just getting ready to go out for coffee," I advised. He paused for a moment, and then said, "What is it with you people - don't you have a coffee maker?" I don't know if he's ever had a capuccino, and enjoyed the big war mug and the cumulus clouds of foam, but I know that he can't fathom the $3.85 price tag - and a generation that takes such extraneous spending so for granted.