My Opposition to a Unionized Starbucks

  I recognize that unions are critical to our overall economy and the financial well-being of many Americans. Tens of millions of families have lived better lives because unions have lifted their wages and benefits and have in turn done so for families who were not union members. I have personally benefited from union membership throughout my life. Disappointingly,  Starbucks Workers United has proffered little, if any, useful benefits for Starbucks employees. Their "economic proposals" make it difficult to take the organization seriously. The demands of SBWU may very well turn out to be detrimental to the interests of Starbucks partners if any of them are to become reality. Starbucks provides above and beyond for its employees and rather than be vilified for that they should be held up as the example every other company in the industry should live up to.  If I thought SBWU could improve what Starbucks currently provides and that unionization could solve the issues the organi

This is what Starbucks means by "Customer Connections"

I've been at Starbucks for 3 1/2 years. I didn't think I would do it for nearly this long. After the twists, turns, and travels of my life, however, I have stumbled into something that for 20 years I used to only joke about as my next career. I get so much out of it personally that it makes me a little sad when I remember that the day will come that I will step away from it. Yesterday was another of those unexpected days when a customer reminded me that I am not the only one who leaves our window with a smile and a good memory. I am grateful everyday for my time at Starbucks and for the collection of beautiful cards I will have when I am done. Thank you, Jeff, wherever you are.

Montour Church Starbucks has a new Instagram

The Starbucks at Montour Church Place has a new Instagram page. Stop by to get a Pup Cup for your dog (or cat) and we might get your pet onto our Instagram. Visit MontourChurchStarbucks on Instagram to see what we're up to today.

Post Las Vegas Rebound

  I'm not going to get too excited here about losing 3 pounds in a week. At last weeks weigh-in I was still stuffed from over-eating in Las Vegas. I did exercise more this week and I walked a lot to keep my step count up in line with all of the steps I walked in Vegas. High step counts come easily on the Strip. I ate very well in the past week in spite of a Saturday pizza and McDonalds binge that I thought for sure was going to blow it. Can I lose three more in the next week? I am inspired.

What Happens in Vegas....

...doesn't always stay in Vegas. Like buffets, burgers, and beverages.... I weighed myself on the morning of my flight to Las Vegas and thought maybe, just maybe, if I watched what I ate and did a lot of walking I might be able to even lose a little weight on the trip.  I mean, why not? A trip to Vegas could be part of anyone's weight loss plan, right? I added 2.2 pounds on my trip to Vegas to reach 179.8. As my scale measures in 2 tenths of a pound I am one digit away from a 180 handle. I hit my low of 169 the week of Thanksgiving and have been creeping up ever since. I continue to negotiate with myself about all the little things I'm going to do "this week" to start dropping weight again. Instead, I procrastinate daily the kind of commitment I made last year that allowed me to effortlessly drop 25 pounds. Today, March 14, I will get on the exercise bike again. I will cut off my food intake no later than 6pm. I will drop the coffee that I have let again become a

February 7 Weigh-In


Cookie Monster Is Out Of Control

      I am really struggling to give up carbs this time. My holiday binge has taken me up 8 pounds since Thanksgiving. Everyday I tell myself this is the last day I will freely eat cookies, pastries, candy, and ice cream. Yesterday's weigh-in was demoralizing. From the moment I stepped off the scale I have tried to strengthen my commitment to the steps that got me down 25 pounds. It's tough this time but I have to do it.  Cookie Monster eat better today.