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Tuesday
Dec132011

Seattle's Best: Brandon Roy

One of WestSide Culture's favorite athletes has retired from the NBA. Seattle's own, Brandon Roy, has left the Portland Trailblazers after a 5 year career filled with memories and sadly, injuries.

Roy reps the WestSide in every way possible. An endorser of Nike, he was born in Seattle, Washington, where he attended Garfield High School and later the University of Washington. B-Roy starred as a teen at Nate McMillian's basketball camp in the 1990's when Nate was a player with the Seattle Supersonics. McMillian would later coach Roy with the Portland Trailblazers. 

A repeated torcher of my favorite team, the Phoenix Suns, I developed incredible respect for B-Roy who was often hurt and played through the pain. Roy had knee trouble throughout his professional and collegiate career, starting with issues at the University of Washington. 

As mentioned earlier, B-Roy used to destroy Phoenix every time he played the Suns, evidenced below in his career highlights.

Points: 52 on December 18, 2008, against the Phoenix Suns

Rebounds: 14 on February 21, 2008, against the now defunct Seattle SuperSonics (sorry Seatown).

Assists: 12 on February 29, 2008, and April 4, 2009, against the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 2006-2007, Roy won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 Roy represented the Western Conference in the All-Star game. 

Wednesday
Dec072011

Seattle Coffee: Excuse me Miss, What size cups do you have?

I know that I'm probably not reinventing the wheel here (one of my favorite corporate maxims from a previous life) and this has been posted on and talked about several thousand times. I will make it several thousand and one times. Why? It's my site. Actually, that's not entirely true. It's your site. I am just the one who runs it.

Recently Howard Schultz was named Fortune Magazine's Business Person of the Year. Schultz is the CEO of Starbucks, a Seattle based company, which has led a revival over the last couple years, despite the economy being broken like a 1990's Mr Coffee machine. Starbucks stock is up 4x from what I bought it at in 2009. (I recently sold).

Image courtesy of Cowgirl Espresso and CBS.The real trend in Seattle though is not taking place at the Starbucks on Pike Place.

It's occurring at many of the independent coffee shops and drive-thrus. The ones that are not corporate giants like Peet's, Starbucks, Seattle's Best, Coffee Bean and Tully's.

It's the bikini counter culture, a name I just made up, because get it, they serve at a counter? No? Ok, I'll keep working on it. Please tip your waitress. And yes, they are well tipped.

It's sprung up (maybe wrong choice of words) all over Seattle. With names like "Peek A-Brew", "Grab n' Go", "Cowgirls Espresso", "Smokin' Hot Espresso", "Espresso Gone Wild" and "Java Girls", the owners of these establishments are creative and fun. Some of the owners are women, still of course, there are nay sayers out there. Always with the haters. 

Who cares if the girls wear bikinis or stockings or lingerie or garter belts? Who cares if they dress like school girls and librarians and secretaries? I seem to remember a few places like Hooters and The Library where girls work and are scantily clad. Not to mention nightclubs and lounges where cocktail waitresses and bartenders wear practicaly nothing.

Let's face it sex sells. As discussed in Napoleon Hill's classic book, Think and Grow Rich, many of the most creative, successful people in the history of the United States have high sex drives and often came up with their best ideas when inspired and thinking about sex. What do you think Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, was thinking about when he came up with the idea for Facebook? Well, you don't have to guess because we know from Accidental Billionaries/Social Network, it was sex. He wanted to meet girls.

I have never been to one of these "bikini barista" coffee houses, although it is on my list. Something tells me when I go I'll feel inspired and creative and leave not only with a cup of coffee, but also a smile.

Image courtesy of Smokin Hot Espresso and CBS.