I've been sitting in a Starbucks in West Seattle for much of the past hour, and I'm kinda stunned by the number of parents bringing their kids to Starbucks for breakfast before school. I'd noticed this before at a Starbucks on Mercer Island, and presumed it just an I'm-a-busy-wealthy-time-crunched Mercer Island thing. But no... Starbucks appears to be America's new breakfast nook.

On the one hand, there's something social and vaguely Parisian about the cafe breakfast thing. On the other hand, how hard is it to toast your kid a fucking bagel?