A morning habit I’m having trouble kicking. Dunno if you heard of Starbucks new open shithouse policy. No longer have to be a customer to use the rest rooms and the combo locks have come off the shithouse doors. It’s visibly hurt the few locations I go to. Plus they now stink and are in a continuous state of needing attention. A few Zombies here in the early AM lurking at the edge of the lit area. Only takes one person to screw it all up. The early AM and evening younger school girls sitting in the dining area using the WiFi and doing their schoolwork has evaporated. It’s scary, can’t blame them. The girls that work there unlock and open in the morning are not so safe either IMHO. I do a drive by and look in to see how big a circus it is and might have roll to a different location. Sometime employees sit in their cars until someone they recognize rolls up then they’ll walk up and open. The bums sit at your table and unload a wet gurgling sneeze across the room. They lean against the drive up speaker asking for money and that’s scared off the moms and kids too. I’ll get back to Starbucks. My friend surfer Steve has a room at his moms far away but lives in his van when on the road working. Steve’s kicked out of most bars in Simi and NPB. He’s won at least 100+ bar fights and I’ve been present at least 25 of them. Bad ass dude. An opponent never fully recovers. Hard working guy does masonry and fixes peoples motorcycles. I sit and drink with Steve at the few bars where I've convinced the managers to let him back in. People won’t get near us. If you’re surfing off a “locals only” beach and get hassled all you have to say is “surfer Steve says it’s ok.” There's one Starbucks he can park overnight at and plug in. Then he’ll accompany the girls when they unlock and he gets a free coffee and the girls fix him a breakfast sandwich. The bums scatter back into the darkness. Steves been known to collect money from dudes that owe the Starbucks girls who loaned it to them as a favor. Occasionally it goes to blows. So,, after a morning coffee there’s a big, curbed grassy knoll that surrounds the Starbucks parking lot and I like to 4WD over it. It’s become a tradition I started for many others too. Saves driving through the maze getting outta the mall. It's hell on the sprinklers.