November 23, 2010

Can You Believe?

I rarely read the newspaper.  As a matter of fact, when our home subscription expired this fall, we didn't renew it.  Allen is too busy and I don't have the stomach for the blood and guts of it all.  I quickly become discouraged and overwhelmed by the headlines and struggle to stay focused on what really matters.  Allen listens to the news and reads Yahoo news daily and keeps me informed of things that interest me, such as politics.  When there is something specific I'd like to read about, I pick up a paper at the market.

Yesterday, I was standing in Starbucks with Allen, waiting on our coffee order, looking around and taking in the people, the Christmas display and the wonderful smell of the holiday coffees.  My eyes settled on the stand holding newspapers.  As I scanned the headlines of the New York Times imagine my shock when I realized, what we used to pay fifty cents for now cost $6.00!  That is not a typo.  For anyone who is not informed, the New York Times now cost $6.00 on Sunday!  Allen pulled out his blackberry and went to their website, where you can read the paper for free.

While I am at it.  The beautiful bags of Christmas coffee were stacked up in a tower.  Which reminded me of a discovery I made this time last year.  There was Christmas coffee and holiday coffee on display in our local Starbucks.  Trying to decide which one I wanted to bring home, I approached a barista.  "What's the difference between the Christmas blend and the holiday blend?"  I asked her.

She lowered her voice and said, "There is no difference.  We have to offer both types of packaging so no one will be offended."

There you have it folks.  $6.00 for a newspaper to line the bird cage and even our coffee is politically correct.


  1. Wow! I can't believe that paper is $6.00 on a Sunday. I was in a Starbucks in Michigan the other day and didn't notice the two types of coffee offered. I did enjoy seeing the pretty, red packaging, and you know which one I would pick, right? It'll be Christmas every time, thankyouverymuch! :)

    BTW, the creme brulee latte was divine!

  2. Wow, $6 is a little steep, thanks for sharing.

  3. dear Paper and Packaging,

    Unbelievable! But i do hear you about not reading the paper much. I let our subscription drop awhile back too, and honestly do not miss it. Except, that there is not so much around here that helps start fires as well as them.

    The Good News isn't in the papers