The Wine and Green Mushroom Caper

Written by Kathleen Jerauld-Brack

(a day inrepparttar life of a vintner)

We were really looking forward to our visit with Andy and Gwen. Old college buddies, while I choserepparttar 135346 medical profession, Andy chose sales. After a few years, Andy joined a wine distributor and eventually evolved into a master vintner. He is semi retired now, but as we reached his villa on a high hill in Napa, California, all we could see were grape vines twisting gracefully along rows fading off intorepparttar 135347 horizon. He certainly still had his hand in it.

We visited all morning while downing several glasses of a variety of wines that Andy had produced and tinkered with.

Finally I excused myself to findrepparttar 135348 bathroom. Jill directed me downrepparttar 135349 hall, torepparttar 135350 right, third door onrepparttar 135351 right. Light switch onrepparttar 135352 left. Being a bit tipsy, I did manage to findrepparttar 135353 bathroom, but onrepparttar 135354 way out, turnedrepparttar 135355 wrong way into another hall.

There before me wasrepparttar 135356 master suite. As I peeked in, I noticed what appeared to be a giant green mushroom growing right inrepparttar 135357 middle ofrepparttar 135358 bedroom. Backing away, I weighed whether should mention it, citing my error in directions; or not, for fear of being thought a snoop. But my find was just too strange and my semi inebriated brain had no control over my mouth. As I reachedrepparttar 135359 doorway ofrepparttar 135360 sitting room I spontaneously blurted “why are you growing a giant green mushroom in your bedroom?”

Andy and Jill exchanged puzzled glances, and then glanced back at me. Their faces both changed to horror at aboutrepparttar 135361 same time. They leapt from their chairs and dashed downrepparttar 135362 hall. We followed close behind wondering if I had just stumbled into an alien nation or something.

It wasrepparttar 135363 waterbed. Andy had attached a garden hose to fill it sometime just before we arrived, and had completely forgotten about it.

By this timerepparttar 135364 bed had swollen torepparttar 135365 size of a giant blimp. The wooden stays onrepparttar 135366 bed separated and pulled apart. The sheetrock was cracking underrepparttar 135367 sideways expansion intorepparttar 135368 wall. The nails inrepparttar 135369 bed must have been finally exposed, becauserepparttar 135370 bed material suddenly gave way to a huge popping sound and water began to run everywhere. It quickly saturatedrepparttar 135371 carpets and flowed downrepparttar 135372 hall. Water began to leak torepparttar 135373 lower floors. There wasn’t much we could do but watch in dismay. Andy raced downstairs and we were quick to follow. Sure enough,repparttar 135374 water continued its downward path clear torepparttar 135375 basement.

Starbucks Coffee Company

Written by Gary Gresham

Starbucks Coffee Company was founded in 1971 by three businessmen in Seattle, Washington who had a love for coffee and tea. It was important to them thatrepparttar city of Seattle to have access their coffee.

The Starbucks Coffee Company grew slowly but by 1981 had 4 retail stores and a roasting plant that sold whole bean coffee in Seattle only.

By 1983repparttar 134930 marketing manager had a vision of re-creatingrepparttar 134931 magic and romance behindrepparttar 134932 Italian coffee bar and wanted to test outrepparttar 134933 concept of selling espresso byrepparttar 134934 cup. When Starbucks Coffee opened its 6th store in downtown Seattle,repparttar 134935 idea had become a hit. Within 2 monthsrepparttar 134936 new store was serving over 700 customers a day and it was selling 3 times more thanrepparttar 134937 whole bean locations.

In 1987,repparttar 134938 owners of Starbucks Coffee Company decided to sell their coffee business along withrepparttar 134939 name to a group of local investors for $3.7 million.

The new investors were told that they would open 125 Starbucks coffee stores inrepparttar 134940 next five years. Starting from a base of 17 stores in 1987,repparttar 134941 company expanded rapidly to Vancouver, Portland and Chicago.

By 1991 Starbucks had expanded intorepparttar 134942 mail-order catalogue business, licensed airport stores and expanded further intorepparttar 134943 state of California.

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