Oprah can have the colour purple, because I will happily take green

It is almost fitting that the good news came on Memorial Day, because although the true meaning behind the day is incredibly sombre - to remember and honour all of America's war casualties - the Memorial Day long weekend also marks the unofficial start of summer in the US. And that has traditionally always been a happy event.

Today my sunny autumn day here in South Africa became unexpectedly brighter when I found out that one of the American dreams I have harboured since returning to South Africa - a dream I had almost completely written off because I've come to believe (and I've been told) that it was simply too improbable to ever happen - is actually about to come true after all!

Here's a hint... it involves the colour green.

No, sadly, it's not THAT green thing. My South African immigration liar (note: the fact that she is the same nationality as I am was a mere coincidence and definitely not any prerequisite I had when I was frantically searching for someone to take my case) was not suddenly overcome with contrition for taking all my money and then allegedly (note: I said allegedly) never doing anything for me. (Me, bitter? Never!) My case files, which, according to her legal secretary, had inexplicably and mysteriously 'disappeared', were not miraculously retrieved all these years later and filed, leading me to realise my ultimate American Dream of finally obtaining that much coveted and long awaited Green Card (which is oddly not even green at all).

But even though it's not THAT green thing, THIS green thing is a very worthy consolation prize. It is also something I have been coveting for years.

It is this:




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That's right! Starbucks is finally coming to South Africa!

I would like to think that all my begging polite requests have finally paid off, and that I am therefore to thank, but it's actually due to the World Cup. So thanks, FIFA. I suppose. Also, it will only be at a few select hotels at first, and so the closest one to me will still be about 60 kilometres away. Still, even with my lacking mathematical ability, even *I* know that that's much closer than thousands of kilometres!

*Pardon the half-a-logo. Is it really a surprise to anyone that I am hopeless at operating any sort of photo editing software?!? Or that I don't even know how to properly place pictures on my blog? Well, if so, it shouldn't be. Because in case you haven't noticed, I can't do anything that requires any sort of skill!

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Po said:

Ohh nooooo!

Sorry Red, but for me Starbucks is Satan personified! Don't hate me :)

It uses bad quality coffee that tastes terrible and they only use half the amount of other coffee companies (I know because I worked in a coffee company and the stuff we used was like nectar of the gods) - they use one shot where other companies use two. And their coffee is more expensive, so if you want a decent cup of coffee you have to pay for an extra shot which makes it insanely expensive.

If it hits SA all other coffee companies will charge more for less.

But for your sake I am happy.

Redsaid Author Profile Page said:

Po: Don't worry, I don't hate you! How could I possibly hate the Seamonkey?!? Anyway, I know that many people share your sentiment. (You should see the comments that have been posted at that article on Fin24!) I know they're overpriced and yes, I even know that there are other places in the world that make far better coffee. But I will forever associate the place with the US and those sweet early days I had in that country. It's like pining for an old love, you know? Anyway, my dream-come-true might be short lived, because there is speculation that they will only be here for the duration of the World Cup.

kyknoord said:

Mr Delivery, perhaps?

Po said:

Ah yes, nothing tastes better than some sweet nostalgia and memories of a good time!

Hello My Sweetie Dahling
Finally Starbucks has made it just in time for the world cup.
I am so sorry.I have become Anti-MegaBookStore/Mega Coffeehouses,these days. I am as bitter as the coffee that you crave.
I prefer to get my coffee else where. Starbucks & KrispyKreme donuts are the work of the devil. They add an addictive chemical thta makes you crave them both fortnightly. Did you know that Starbucks burn their coffee beans to give it that horrible taste you so crave?
Remember when I used to sneak & give you free Starbucks?
That is one of the reasons I'm no longer with the company.
The Mega-Bookstore happens to frown on things like that. But if the Starbucks makes you happy. Go to their website & purchase their coffee beans and have it shipped to you. Miss you Sooooooo Much.

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