Dear Starbucks employees …

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I am getting corrected with increasing frequency when I order my favorite breakfast item from your menu. It’s really starting to lose its luster.

It’s the Sous Vide Egg White Egg Bites with the Roasted Red Peppers. Or at least that’s what it was named when the menu item debuted. Currently, your menu dubs it the Sous Vide Egg Bites: Egg White & Red Pepper.

Now, granted, that’s a shitty product name. Too long. Too confusing. And no clear key word or phrase in the long, long, long name. But you guys picked it.

(Why not just call this product “Bites”? You could have Ham Bites, Chicken Bites, Pepper Bites and Bacon Bites. Boom! You’re done.)

Could you all just get together and decide how you want me to order it? Because you all want to hear it different ways.

One wants me to ask for the “Egg White Bites.” And if I don’t specify “egg whites” she seems to have no idea of what product I’m referencing. How confusing can this actually be?

Another acts confused if I say “Sous Vide” in the order.

A third got huffy today when I asked for the sous vide item “with the roasted red peppers” and said there are TWO that have that ingredient. (Yes, but only one of them has it in the product’s name. And if I were ordering the ham one, don’t you think “ham” would come up in the description? Here’s your Derp certificate.)

Miniwheats with almond milk and fresh strawberries at home is starting to sound a LOT more appealing.

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Truth survives — or is born from — scrutiny

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One of the YouTube channels I watch regularly is that of an atheist speaker, Seth Andrews, because he’s a calm and reasoned speaker on a topic that’s important to me, and he has a deep, mellow radio voice I could listen to for hours. Today, I found a speech of his on another channel and fell in love with this part of it: He mentioned how young people from religious families often email him to say they are having doubts about faith and they don’t know what to do. That puts him in an awkward position, he said, because he wants to be honest while also honoring their family’s boundaries. Here’s how he said he typically responds:

“You know, you are under the guardianship and authority of your mother and father, and they need to be respected. At the same time, even if you’re in church every day, use this time to get information, because good decisions come from good information. If you have to go to church, fine – learn the Bible. Learn what your church is teaching. Learn what other churches are teaching. Sponge up information as best you can. There will come a day when you are making life decisions on your own, and you will have then been able to use this time to develop the arsenal you need for battle. And then you can determine what you want to stand for, and what you accept as being based on the evidence, and what you accept as moral. And you can carve your own path. And until then, you know, you are a child under the authority of your mother and father. Respect them, be the best kid you can, and be a sponge.”

That’s a good answer and a pretty fair one, don’t you think? It’s hard as a teen to accept counsel that tells you to be patient and pay attention rather than bowing up to parents and fighting them tooth and nail. But it’s good advice. My favorite part: “Good decisions come from good information.”

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Facts first, please

I’ve been talking a lot with my therapist about being happier in my life. One main thing he keeps reminding me of is to look at people, places and things OBJECTIVELY first, before I factor in my emotions. His point is that I will be happier when I just deal with the facts before me instead of trying to guess at what I don’t know about what goes on inside another person’s head.

Apparently, I think more like Plato rather than Aristotle. (My therapist is, seriously, wicked smart. Throws around terms like that all the time.)

So I’m going to give this a go. He assures me that he is not directing me to become an emotionless automaton but rather a person who places rationality first and feelings — which are still important — second.

It *would* be nice not to feel so vulnerable to other people’s opinions, feelings, statements, etc. I’m hoping his advice will help me be more emotionally stable, as he puts it.

I thought about that when I came across these three clippings I stashed away awhile ago:

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