Starbucks Gold Metal
Is this an annual trend? Is gold the new black for the year 2013? Why else is Starbucks introducing a new gold-colored metal card?
There was the Starbucks steel card nearly one year ago, and shortly, a more limited golden hued metal card will be available for $450 (which includes $400 in Starbucks credit).
5000 steel? Imagine only 1000 gold cards for sale.
Let’s go down the golden checklist for 2013:
Did you see Starbucks one-day Cyber Monday special of $25 off of a $60 purchase? This includes free shipping as well, but alas, the Verismo systems are exempt from this offer. The Verismo models have recently come down in price, available at $99 for the 580 model. Imagine if you got an additional $25 off of the reduced price – a no brainer buy.
Maybe instead, it’s time to load up on Verismo pods?
This one is for the Hawaii locals. You know the catchphrase, “You only live once” abbreviated as YOLO and said before doing something usually disastrous? You can now voice your opinion of YOLO antics using Hawaiian pidgin (slang) on this Hawaiian Style tee.
YOLO LOLO Shirt
Lolo can range in meaning from dumb to stupid to downright idiotic. So yeah, YOLO could also mean lolo. Currently available at Macy’s in Hawaii and on sale too.
Black Friday is around the corner, and if you’re going to do some shopping (virtually or in real life), it’s time to start planning. Crazy Shirts is offering 50% off of select items along with free shipping on orders over $75.
Black Friday Event! 50% Off Hoodies, Jackets & More!
Free Shipping on Orders $75 and more! Use code AFF75NOV!
Boogie Woogie Santa anyone?
So I already gave you one tip while staying at the Disney Aulani, the infinity pool is slightly warmer, and as a surprise bonus, you can occasionally hear dolphins and whales while submerged.
Here are a few more tips for your Aulani stay.
Bring a GoPro Hero
Since you’ll be spending a lot of time at the pools or at the neighboring ocean lagoon, you’ll need to get yourself a GoPro Hero action camera. While the activities at the Aulani are not actively intense, there are many picturesque views and opportunities to video or snap pictures below and above water. Maybe you can record the sounds of the whales and dolphins in the infinity pool. Oh, and work on that underwater selfie.
Don’t Fret the Weather
Our stay at the Aulani was marred by state-wide flash flood watches and warnings. The Windward side looked like this.
Thirty minutes later, the weather in Kapolei looked like this.
As the clouds poured on most of the island, an occasional sprinkle made you look up at the skies above Aulani for a moment before rejoining the fun.
Great (and Not So Great) Wifi
While in the main public areas or even by the pools, the free Wifi network is screaming fast. Signal strength is solid even on the outskirts, but the signal may not reach your room. There is no complimentary network access in your room.
For Disney fans, be sure to check out the KĀLEPA store for unique gifts. I mentioned the Crazy Shirts-made Mele Kalikimaka Aulani shirt, but there were many more collectibles to be found. Some were generic Disney items, but most featured the Aulani namesake.
Want to know the inner thoughts of others? Try playing a game like Apples to Apples. It’s an innocent way to see how others think with their responses and answers, and it is a fun game.
If you want to bump this up a notch then go for Cards Against Humanity. Same concept but more mature themed. Just a warning, you may need to reference the Urban Dictionary to understand some of the off-color terms.
Technically, Cards Against Humanity is an open sourced game and you can make your own set, but at $25 for a nicely printed, boxed set, it’s probably worth the cost.
Maybe, sorta, it depends. Some Starbucks locations have been selling the new tumbler that gets you free espresso-based drinks in January 2014. Yes, although they’re supposed to be available on Black Friday (November 29, 2013) at a $10 discount, a few stores are now selling them at the regular $75 price tag. Expensive, right?
Starbucks January 2014 Tumbler
Let’s think about this. The tumbler is a grande size, and let’s conservatively assume a $4 price for an espresso/latte drink. After 19 drinks, you’ve paid for the tumbler. Supposedly it’s one free drink per day, but I’m not sure how that’s enforced, so you could get the 19 drinks in less than 19 days. Assume a higher priced grande drink, and you’ll recoup your investment faster. Yes, you won’t be earning Rewards stars while using the tumbler, but at a free drink after 12 stars, you’ll miss out on one, maybe two freebies.
Anyways, if you’re a caffeine addict and want something more than brewed coffee, you’ll rationalize the price of this tumbler. Good luck finding one!
Black Friday shopping craziness is at an all time high with stores opening before Black Friday. But just know this. Before, after, or even both, this 24-hour Starbucks drive thru in Kaneohe is your Black Friday ally. You know you’ll need that coffee to get in gear or to stay in gear to push through all that shopping.
Starbucks Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
Zappos’ response to Kanye’s claim is all wins, and therefore rightfully deserves a place in the 2013 Pulpconnection Holiday Gift Guide. But oh hey, this sh-t will cost you – $100,000!
Of course, you need to watch the informative Zappos video to understand the features of this sh-t product.
Naughty, naughty Starbucks. The popular coffee brand knows how to create caffeine addicted customers. While Starbucks has had its Star Dashes since 2012, they’ve gotten to be experts at tailoring the dashes. For the past few dashes, the goals have differed, assumedly based on your visits and buying habits.
Don’t go very often? Starbucks knows and gives you the creampuff dashes like buying four drinks to receive $5 in credit. Easy right? But once the coffee from those four drinks infuses in your system, you’re on your way to caffeine addiction. All to get back $5, and you know that $5 is just going to feed your addiction. For us already addicted, Starbucks throws us a pittance with $5 after 10 transactions or $10 after 16 stars.
For this 2013 holiday season, what kind of dash offers have you received? I’ve heard of:
- 4 for $5, 6 for $10
- 5 for $5, 8 for $10
- 7 for $5, 10 for $10
- 10 for $5, 16 for $10
The power and influence of the Internet is grand. Learning is a Google away, entertainment anywhere is possible with a smartphone, and even the English language continues to evolve (despite Urban Dictionary). And now there’s “because.”
The word “because,” in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, “because” has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I’m reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I’m reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which “because” lends itself.
So next time, when you chuckle, learn something interesting, or find out happenings in Hawaii, you can think “because Pulpconnection.”
Clear skies, warm sun rays, a cool, idyllic pool. Is that how you define serenity now?
Or maybe the pool is serenely vacated since a kid puked in it, and the lifeguards are keeping guests out until a full pool shock can cycle through. Serenity now!