On the news this morning they had a piece about a guy who went to all 171 Starbucks in Manhattan within 24 hours, bought something (and consumed part of it). Well, he tried - actually because of disorientation he visited five Starbucks 2 times each. He doesn't normally drink coffee. He went by bicycle for the first 14 hours and then got so dehydrated, disoriented, etc., etc. switched to a car. Had originally gone with a bicycle because it is easier to navigate Manhattan by bike than by car.
I went to Basha's this morning for some fresh produce and milk (on sale for $2.50/gallon, every sixth gallon free). On my way I saw a total of 4 cars - one of which was a Posse car. At Basha's there was a total of 11 cars and two golf carts - no bicycles except the one I was on. Most of the people in Basha's were sitting in the cafe area drinking coffee (I assume it was coffee) and eating tasties. Basha's does not serve Starbucks - I think I would have had to go to Safeway for Starbucks coffee. Actually, my morning coffee is sitting in the refrigerator - made from Costco brand - $6.99 for 39 oz of ground coffee. $6.99 would get me about 4 small coffees at Starbucks. $6.99 would get me almost 14 coffees in my large but disabled Chez Nous mug.
Anyway, at 5am it is pretty nice outside here, but by my return at shortly before 6 it was already feeling warmer and less comfortable.
I just checked Google Maps and they only show 11 Starbucks in all of greater Phoenix! I don't think they show any of the ones inside other stores - like the one in Safeway here in SCW. According to the Starbucks site, there are 10 within 5 miles of here, 25 within 10 miles - and they do, of course, include the ones inside grocery stores.
Anyway, I thought it was an interesting story . . .