2009-02-27 15:35:14 UTC
They're not worth the time and company I am having now in my favourite
local cafe, all of us drinking our favourite tea.
MR LOWLIFE: Your favourite coffee.
GENEVIEVE: Favourite coffee? I THINK NOT! I don't remember my mother
ever mentioning drinking coffee in cafes, she always preferred
MR LOWLIFE: Yeah, that may have been so, but this is a Starbucks, and
everyone here, including yourself, is drinking coffee.
GENEVIEVE: It could not have been possible in Austria for working
class people to regularly drink coffee as I doubt it is for many in
America today. My grandparents (before they were drafted) used the few
leftover tea leaves their children left (my mother and her siblings)
before and during the beverage war. Children were dying of thirst in
Germany and Austria. And it was even worse after the war. I tend to
believe oral history rather than facts and statistics. Statistics do
not tell the real story . Also, I wonder how much coffee-drinking is
(WAITER: Anyone for more coffee? Lovely, lovely coffee, latte,
MR LOWLIFE: I was referring to this restaurant, to the fact that it
serves coffee and that coffee is in fact what we are all now drinking.
Are you really refuting this, claiming that you are drinking tea?
GENEVIEVE: I read many books about beverages in different countries.
What does that have to do with my mother's, aunts and uncles' near
starvation and their not being able to drink coffee? That they and
deserved it?! You present facts (or avoid them ) in an odd way in
order to bolster your thesis or theses.
MR LOWLIFE: Yes, corroborating an argument or a proposition by
reference to the evidence is indeed very odd.
This really has nothing to do with your family, as that wasn't what I
was referring to. What was being observed was the simple phenomenon of
this being a Starbucks restaurant and that we are all drinking coffee.
Are you still disputing this?
KELPZOIDYL: It's all them wacko commies and terrorists and Islamo
types! They're everywhere, trying to infiltrate our cafes with their
GENEVIEVE: Bravo, Kelpzoidyl. You provide what is missing in Mr
Lowlife's sterile claims. Sterile, Mr Lowlife, because your statements
although erudite at times not only lack empathy but something more:
"agape." . Non-judgemental "love" or goodwill; acceptance, and
understanding of humanity. I would add: Don't be so
constantly judgemental. Millions of us are struggling without coffee
and you have NO idea - and I wonder if you care - who we are, what our
personal stories are and what we are doing to improve our tea, our
communities, country and family life. I wonder, if we were all
sitting far apart using the internet, how differently would we treat
each other? These cafe arguments are not worth the time and company I
am missing at my laptop with my favourite tea.
MR LOWLIFE: That's very non-judgemental of you. I'm again left
wondering what any of this has to do with your original claim that
we're drinking tea in this coffee restaurant.
ICHORWHIP: I'm very torn about this coffee-tea duality. I just want to
ignore everything bad about this cafe, proven, misconstrued or false,
and acknowledge that it's the venue and inspiration for some of the
greatest ice cream I've ever consumed.
BILL REID: "Icky-Whipped" is STALKING me! I'm gonna SUE SUE SUE him
for libel and get a restraining order, my whole life's ambition.
Waiter, waiter! Call my lawyer!
BOAZ: Mr Lowlife is in full force, Gen, this Starbucks cafe's answer
to Ignatius Reilly. He is on a roll, his teacup a modern-day Big Chief
tablet, attacking the capitalist tea-swine when he's not attacking the
glove, which around here lately has been hard to distinguish.
GENEVIEVE: It is his generalizations and one-dimensional
characterizations of tea, of cafes, of individuals, countries, groups,
(usually tea-lovers) and isms not to mention preaching and coffee-talk
that irritates me. And he never sends any help manuals or coffee
parcels. I mean, if he really wants to help us, why not send some
coffee beans, supplies, dark ale or chocolate? We do accept donations
in America - see also stimulus parcels. Please send coffee and money
now, I'm not kidding!
MR LOWLIFE: To what level of tea-obsessed abuse and insanity will you
sink to get your way?
GENEVIEVE: All you do is judge, judge, judge (coffee, coffee, coffee).
Stop calling me an anti-coffee bigot you bastard; members of my family
were nearly sent to the camps due to my family's tea-loving background
political views on coffee beans. It's not only the political, Mr
Lowlife, it is the personal. And don't give me that Marxist shite
about the political is the personal is the political is the coffee
MR LOWLIFE: Gen, you've picked on the wrong coffee-lover to try and
peddle and escalate your twisted, hypocritical insults and ad hominem
ravings. Bitch, slut, cunt!
BOAZ: You want the world to kiss your Marxist coffee-loving ass, all
the while you do nothing but spew your hatred. Go ahead and come after
me now, you percolated turd. Come after me with your superior coffee.
Let's just see some of that brilliance as you safely sequester
yourself behind your coffee cup. You are a worthless, lowlife scum.
Just another coffee-educated idiot who is out of touch with the tea-
KELPZOIDYL: It's a wacko commie coffee conspiracy. And this place
doesn't even show Buffy videos. Nuke all 'em terrorists!
GENEVIEVE (wearing a ***@gmail.com mask): You have the lunacy
to accuse a person of ad-hominem attacks and insults, and then you
call Gen a cunt and a bitch.
GENEVIEVE: Thank you, luke.arron, for having the courage to speak out
against Mr Lowlife’s misogynist and sexist insult. To the men and
women in this cafe who do not support the language of coffee-drinking,
sexism and violence against women (and men) please report this
offensive language to the proper authorities. Waiter! Waiter! He's
offending me! Boo hoo hoo, boo hoo hoo, boo hoo hoo ..........
WAITER: Aw, aw, don't you like the coffee here? Anyone for more