Thursday, October 12, 2006

The call came from the UK the other day, "Do you have Scotland?"

Well, heck yes, I have Scotland. Had just left the UK, Starbucks issued the damn thing, and so I went to eBay where I could have bought a car for the same price I paid for my Starbucks Scotland mug. Ah, the Starbucks collection.

One of my favorites, really. And you'll point out to me that I say that about them all and while that's true, I do that say that about them all, I don't say it at the same time. At the moment I say it, it really is my favorite collection.

My first international acquisition was the Tokyo mug. Tiffeny Milbrett was playing in Japan and used to go around the corner from her apartment to Starbucks for tea because it was a comforting bit of home, Tiff hailing from Portland,Oregon. I don't remember how she remembered I collected Starbucks mug but she made the catch, as the athletes say, and schlepped it back and presented it to me on the sidelines one Saturday afternoon. I was speechless with thrill and joy. I shoulda had her autograph it, come to think of it. I never worried about Tiff much after that because she told me she bought two; put the other one on eBay for some walking around money. She's little, but that one has a kick. She now plays in Sweden. She will always bleed royal purple.

One of my favorite groupings in the Starbucks mug collection, now numbered at roughly 400, is the Denver collection. Yees, we have triple Denver. I picked up the first one at the Denver airport, when reloading for somewhere or another. Not a remarkable mug, but Denver just the same and an important piece commemorating the neighborhood crossroads if you fly United. Was glad to have Denver.

A year or so later, a client from Denver brought me Denver when in the office to conspire over his business affairs. I was so delighted and assured him that Double Denver was harbinger of good multiples to come. He was delighted too. Who knew? Finally, shortly after that, and this is the bad part, somebody gave me another Denver. I just don't rememer who! Because by this time, people were bringing me mugs from literally all over the world. I separated the collection between those that I acquired and those that were gifts so I could remember these poignant stories but several years ago, I had a particularly self-possessed employee who insisted on curating the Starbucks mug collection to her own liking. Forgetting that they were MINE and my pleasure, she had her own ideas on their presentation and let's just say, she's a person that will always be alone for really good reasons. Obviously, because she hasn't a clue about presentation.

So a few of the details are lost; and to the collection afflicted such as me, that's a messy detail better thought about another day. We plan to move the office soon and at that time, I will personally relocate and reposition Skagway, Honolulu, West LA, Jerusalem, United Arab Emirates and Austin to name a very, very few and reacquaint myself with the most wonderful things to play with, these coffee cups, and with the most wonderful memories of darling, darling people who liked it that I loved it.

JBelle
Bellemaison, where Blogger won't let us post pictures no more
The 'Kan EWA

18 comments:

jb3ll3 said...

Can't get the last link on Tiff to work so included it after the signature line. I loved this piece about her because it nails
Tiff. A tough, generous, expressive little sparkle of a whirl in the sun.

PDXPup said...

Tiff now plays for Linköpings FC in Sweden; they won their game Sunday 2-0, versus her old team Sunnanå SK.
You can follow all the news in the Damallsvenskan here.

MarmiteToasty said...

Useless bit of information ...... I USE to play womans football :) we use to travel all over Europe..... but thats a story for maybe another time.....

x

toadman said...

...she had her own ideas on their presentation...

You need my wife. She has a wonderful eye for decorating and display.

jb3ll3 said...

got the link to work. yay!

Mel, I knew this about you. :) You're a left footed defender right?

Toad, I've seen your wife's webpage. She has a beautiful, elegant eye and a touch to go with it. I hope I get to see her stuff in person sometime.

Phil said...

I have no idea what that post was all about, but it sure was interesting to read. I guess I gotta get out more.

jb3ll3 said...

damn. I gotta get pictures back somehow! in the meantime, be sure and goto the links.

the psycho therapist said...

Hey, bet you can't post pix 'cause you switched to Beta, right? If so, go to their help page and read al about it because it seems to be a common phenom. Why I haven't switched yet, in part.

If not, I wonder why you're having trouble. Cleaning out the cache also works, jes sayin'.

:)

'night, agin...and agin.

jb3ll3 said...

I think that's it, my file's full.

treespotter said...

what would I get for a Jakarta/Singapore/Bangkok/KL and few other Asian cities?

:D


i can see this leads to good things.

jb3ll3 said...

what?!

I will inventory in the morning and get you a purchase order! oh boy.

MarmiteToasty said...

ok how the dickens did you know that?

And I would love to read MrsToads Blob, anyone wanna share the link? pleeeeeeease......

x

toadman said...

JBelle - thanks. I built the webpage, so don't let the inferior webpage design reflect on my wife's other stuff. It needs updating. Feel free to come to our Halloween party on the 28th if you want to see some of her decorating around our house.

Marmite - my wife doesn't have a blob, really, anymore. She wrote one for a while, but just couldn't keep up with it. She does have a site where she gives free information, and that we make a tiny bit of money with.. it's here:

http://www.eleganceinbloom.com

toadman said...

Also..JBelle, I can help you with your picture posting problem I think.

jb3ll3 said...

so, Toad, I have a few other things that are bothering me; could I run those by you so you could fix them too and make my life absolutely perfect?

no! get away! he said he would help ME. stop it! I'M TALKING TO TOAD. Knock it off!

jb3ll3 said...

I love your wife's site, Toad. We should all think on how she can make a NICE little bit of money on it.

jb3ll3 said...

the site's changed! cool! it's gonna take a while to get all the way through it. Impressive.

toadman said...

JBelle - sites pretty simple right now, we've got plans to change, but no money to change, or time, or expertise (I'm not really good enough to get the site like my wife would like it to be).