Category Archives: General Blather


I love a good local coffee shop as much as the next guy. Probably even more than the next guy. I can rattle off a good dozen or so that I’m happy to frequent when I’m in the area. Around home in Chandler, Peixoto Coffee is my jam. Julia brings a passion for her family’s coffee and flavors inspired by her Brazilian heritage, and Spencer is a badass barista-ninja. I’ve enjoyed many a sunny or rainy day drinking the latest iced or hot beverages Peixoto’s pumped out.

Around Phoenix, I’ve got a laundry list of joints I frequent. Lola has the delicious Mexican-inspired Matador and some ridiculously low prices for the area. Street Coffee has badass art and a genuinely friendly staff serving up solid standards. (And pie!) Lux is your definitive hipster coffee paradise, with chunky-spectacled Gen Y women serving up lattes in giant mugs that you drink at picnic tables full of typewriters. (Also the in-house baker is a total pastry badass and if you don’t eat one of her creations you’re missing out.)

But as a working creative, there is no more vital part of my workday than Starbucks. It’s everywhere. It’s consistent. Wherever I go, the menu is the same, the beverages are consistent, the bathrooms are clean, and Starbucks is open. Up at 4:30 in the morning for an early call time? Starbucks is there, the café is empty, and the staff are unnaturally perky and happy to see you. Crew coffee run during a break? There are probably a half-dozen Starbuckses within a mile. Coming home after putting in your 15 hours, and every other coffee shop has shuttered for the night? The green maiden invites you in with her welcoming glow and the aroma of a fresh-brewed caffeine injection.

And when you’re barely awake at the beginning of your day or barely awake at the end, that welcoming glow and the knowledge I’m getting something generally palatable are exactly what I need. Solid community involvement and support of causes I believe in are just the whipped cream on top of my latte.

One month down…

With the first month nearly wrapped up now, I’ve had plenty of time to appreciate the beginning of the new year. In the spirit in one of my good friends (an absolute blog list maven), here’s what I’ve learned in January:

  1. On winter road trips, there are few things better than a Jeep heater core.
  2. No matter what your insurance alleges, your ER coverage sucks.
  3. You will seriously reconsider your definition of “emergency” (even though it was an actual emergency) when the hospital bills arrive.
  4. “Deductible” is a truly malleable term favoring the insurance company.
  5. Being able to share holidays and birthdays with your nonagenarian grandfather is amazing.
  6. Sonicare toothbrushes are fantastic (but will ruin you on every other toothbrush forever).
  7. The first rule of Sonicare Club is close your damn mouth.
  8. If you forget the first rule of Sonicare Club, those tiny droplets of toothpaste dry instantly and stubbornly everywhere they land. But they look great spread across the top of a t-shirt. People will compliment you and want to know where you bought your shirt.
  9. Obamacare: Fuck yeah. Free physical? Free labs? Even on my grandfathered plan? What a world.
  10. Now and forever, I will always bruise uglily after a blood draw.
  11. Uglily is, in fact, the adverb form of ugly.
  12. If you have a self-deprecating sense of humor, you should probably dial it back about 100% when dating. (The things that came out of my mouth. My God.)
  13. Meditating is not as difficult as making the time to meditate.
  14. A good walk is a great way to start the day.
  15. Multiple-computer imaging workflows are still a pain.
  16. When AirPlay, Handoff, and Continuity work, they’re magic. When they don’t, they’re an evil curse.
  17. Modern pop music is satisfying in the same slightly-filthy way that junk food is.
  18. While driving with the right person, I can sing along to far, far more pop songs than I’d ever willingly admit.