Coffee Brewed at The Touch of an App: The GranBaristo Avanti Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

I'm just sipping an iced coffee and clicking around the internet as I found myself with some free time and a quiet house. Click-click-click and before I knew it, I was looking at a coffee maker that you can operate from your smartphone.  As in... lay in bed, decide through 18 different beverages, in the style you wish and brew it by choosing your options on your phone through a bluetooth connection.

"Craft a coffee to your taste via an app on your phone; and operate the connected coffee machine via Bluetooth."

From the Philips website:

  • Enjoy high-tech brewing by enlisting the Avanti app to save and brew your preferred drinks, complete with flavor strength, Coffee volume, temperature and amount of froth
  • Profile management system on the machine can also be customized for up to six Coffee drinkers
  • Easy-to-use bean switcher and included Extra bean hopper make it a cinch to change to decaf or a different Coffee blend
  • VariPresso Chamber automatically adjusts extraction pressure for custom brewing, adapting to suit your beans
  • Adjustable ceramic grinders ensure a cool, consistent grind to preserve the delicate essential oils in Coffee beans

$2799.  Whoa.
That's almost as much as we paid for our son's first car when he turned 16.  It's as much as we have to cough up for the dorm our college-daughter lives in per semester.   And people pay this for a coffee maker?
So... we obviously live different lives.  I can't imagine a life where I have an extra $3,000 for a coffee maker.  But I was still intrigued.

Obviously I clicked over to Amazon to see what they were selling them for.

And I did find it cheaper.  As of today when I researched this post, you could get the exact model (The Gran Baristo Avanti) for $2539.   Perhaps even those who want to spend $2800 on a coffeemaker can appreciate the savings of a couple hundred dollars. 

Here is the Amazon affiliate link to the 'smart' espresso machine....

Saeco HD8967/47 Smart espresso Machine


Saeco HD8967/47 Smart espresso Machine, Silver


Did a little hiking today....

For the first time in a week it was beautiful!  Sunny and perfect weather so we took advantage of it and I did some hiking with my son.

Ironically, my new hiking boots and day pack were delivered to my house while we were hiking...   had they been delivered about 1 1/2 hours earlier we would have been home to get them and I could have broke them in today!  Aw, too bad, I'll have to do another hiking trip soon to break them in....

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Timberland Men's Chocorua Trail Mid Hiking Boot
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Rambling over Coffee: Girls Road Trip 2018 - Power Sources

The second item on the planning board this week is continuing to make my decision about POWER on the trip.  As in electricity back up for a couple items.

I've been researching this for awhile and I need to make some decisions.

We will rarely have any power sources on this 2 week trip.  We won't have bathrooms or water sources for a shower either but that's a whole other post!

Today's rambling over coffee is about my power backup. Primarily for our cell phones, for safety reasons, obviously. But I'd also like enough power to charge my laptop battery.  Since we are not backpacking everything and have access to a car, we have more options than if we had to carry everything with us.

There are so many options for portable power when tent camping - some of which are;
  • Generators
  • Power Inverters (from 12V to 110 V) to use in the car while driving
  • Solar battery packs/banks with solar panel charging, wall charging and car chargers
  • Power Pack with jump starter, USB, AC power, etc.
  • Car or boat batteries with cables to a power inverter

There are more but there is no need to go further.   And the fact that I even typed the word 'generator' on the list above makes me cringe because if you are a recreational camper who runs a noisy, gas guzzling generator in a quiet, recreational camping area, you're just a jerk.  (And if you are dragging along TV's, small refrigerators and gaming stations and a slew of things like that, why in the heck are you 'camping' anyway?  Go home to your basement or go hole up in a hotel room.) 

If you only need to power your cellphones or other tiny devices for safety reasons, I love the solar backpacks with the built in chargers.   However, I want just a bit more for this long trip.

What do we need power for?
  • Charging our cellphones
  • Charging my ereader 
  • Charging the laptop
We are going to be in areas that do not allow any ground fires (so no sitting around a fire in the evenings), have no internet service, are remote and are an hour from the nearest town or any available services and it gets dark early enough that having something to do in the evenings will be necessary.  I am a voracious reader.  I devour them quickly, so having my ereader with hundreds of books at my fingers tips is a God-send.  We also found last year while in a similar remote location with long evenings ahead of us before retiring to bed, that it was nice to have a laptop and DVD's to watch when we had a couple hours between being finished with dinner and bedtime.

Personally I threw out the idea of the car charging a large battery pack or power inverter that plugs into the cigarette adapter because there are times when we won't have access to the car or it will be parked in one spot for 2-3 days.  I don't want to have to start the car and let it run for an hour to power anything.  I don't want to put any extra pull on my vehicle battery and I don't want to waste any gas as we will be an hour away from the nearest gas services on parts of this trip.

I have it down to two choices that will work best for our needs.

I'm leaning towards the Yeti 400 if I can justify the cost verses how many times I'll use it over the next few years and other uses besides camping trips.  First, I'm going to link to the product description on Amazon as they list it all out for me:

  • Yeti 400 portable power station with wall plug, and one Boulder 50 Solar panel with 8mm cord and kickstand. No noise, no fumes, big power
  • 396Wh lead acid battery portable power station can power up to 7 devices at once (33Ah @ 12V)
  • Continuous 300W, 600W surge pure-sine wave inverter, 2.1A USB ports, 120W 12V ports
  • Recharges from AC, 12V or solar panels (sold separately). Gas-free generator alternative with no noise, no fumes, no maintenance
  • The 50-watt Boulder 50 Solar panel is built with strong tempered glass and an aluminum frame, and equipped with an integrated kickstand to help get optimal angle to the sun
  • Charge phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, and most small devices. Backup power for small appliances, lights, and more
  • Designed and engineered by power station experts with a US-based customer service center
  • Chainable with other 33Ah lead acid batteries for longer runtimes
Expensive? YES.  But with a 400 watt power station (it holds power and you plug your items into it just like you would the wall plug in, unlike the inverters/converters in your car that only power while it's plugged in and do not store power).

I can get
  • 3-5 recharges on my laptop
  • 20+ charges on our cellphones
  • 10+ charges on a tablet/ereader
  • 130 hours out of my light-a-life lamp (which I already own) 
  • For those of you who camp with your LCD TV's and mini-fridges you can power your fridge for about 7 hours and your tv for about 3 hours.

The reason I am considering the Yeti 400 even though the set up is expensive, is that I already own solar panels that will work with the Goal Zero Yeti 400.  I wouldn't have to buy panels - just the power pack.  I originally bought my panels a few years ago to work with the Escape Power Pack which they no longer make. If I find a good price on the Yeti 400 I have silent back up power for our needs that would only have to be recharged every 2-3 days and I already own the Goal Zero solar panels to do so.  It also comes with the adapters to recharge the power pack by AC (wall) plug ins IF we do end up in a place with electrical power we can plug in for 2 hours, or with the 12V adapter.

The smaller, Goal Zero Yeti 150 is another choice that works to power our cellphones, laptop and ereader at a more affordable price ($199), it would just need to be charged every day or two, as it only holds enough power to charge the laptop 1-2 times, 6 charges to the ereader/table and about 15 to our cellphones.

While I am tempted to go the route of the deep cycle battery and power inverter option, I would have to buy all the components as I don't already own any parts, like I do the solar set up.  I also would HAVE to have a power source to recharge the battery after use, verses having the solar option on the Yeti.  My laptop averages 32 watts and 2.1 amps so while there is a slight chance the battery could last us up to a full week of power if we are careful, it's doubtful and I don't want to count on that.  Plus, we absolutely would have to find a source of electrical power somewhere that we could let it sit and plug in at for at least 2-3 hours to  recharge at a quick charge.  With the solar options, I've got free solar energy as long as it's at least partially sunny, but I also have the option of wall charging and car charging should I need it. 

I keep going back to the solar options and although there are various brands and styles out there, the fact that I own Goal Zero already and would only need to purchase the power pack (which also be useful during power outages at home during storms and other inclimate weather,  get togethers in the back yard, small day trips in which we would want/need power, etc) it seems the best choice for me.


Girls Road Trip 2018 - Currently need to decide on hiking boots or trail shoes

Hiking Boots: This week the plans include hopefully picking out new hiking boots or trail shoes as well as our power source(s).

I've been researching online and reading reviews but it's crazy; you get two reviewers in a row and one says 5/5 stars and loves them, great out of the box, fits perfectly and they hiked 5 miles with no issues.  The very next review gives 2/5 stars and complains they run extremely small so order a full size larger than you usually wear, they needed 2-3 hikes to wear in and they'd never order them again.

Originally I gave up online, decided I'd have to find the time to drive to some brick and mortar stores to try on a bajillion pairs and find them that way; but honestly that "time" never materialized... and the thought of driving all over God's green earth to search for styles, brands, colors, fit, function AND the best price (because I have to rob Peter to pay Paul to budget for the Girls Road Trip items) I can do that MUCH EASIER FROM HOME, barefoot, in pajamas with a hot cup of coffee by my side.

And that is why I'm continuing my research on shoes/boots.  I have about 5 picked out and sitting in my Amazon Wish List so I've got it narrowed down a little bit.


I intended this post to be longer, with some details and a second topic of our power source options but I'm running behind and need to get started on some 'real' work that doesn't include rambling away at the keyboard on my blog while sipping coffee.  A second post will come soon for that whole power topic.

If you have some trail shoes and hiking boots (low) advice to offer, I'd love to hear it. 

Here are the trail shoes I have bookmarked at Amazon that I'm currently considering:


Gun Control? What about a Minimum Age Requirement?

Obviously the latest mass shooting is all over the news and everyone is upset and angry and frustrated and in feeling so, conversations are all over the place with blame.  Mostly and usually misplaced.

It seems in the past decade, immediately the blame is NOT put on the perpetrator, but on anyone and anything else depending on the political leanings of the person or the news station.  (Because honestly, we don't have unbiased news anymore, it isn't about facts - it's all editorials, conjecture and in the case of CNN, just completely made up in order to try to get ratings)

But I'm already rambling over coffee... (yes, I've got my fourth cup of the morning in front of me now).

Age mandate.

How about it?

Science tells us the young brain is not fully mature until approximately age 25/26.

And today's little college snowflakes that need 'safe places' to bubble wrap themselves (and insist on snapping fingers instead of clapping because loud noises might be a trigger for someone, and yada yada) and a plethora of other issues show us today's young adults age 18-24 are no where near as mature and responsible as any time in American history. 

So back to my idea.


A minimum age to purchase guns.  Twenty-five.

Yes, I know a LOT of responsible, law abiding, mature young people age 15-25... but I'm not talking about my circle of friends, family and people who live in my geographical demographic or follow my political views.  I'm looking at the USA as a whole.  That includes the half of the country that is pretty much full of bat-shit crazy liberals with poor parenting skills who believe socialism and communism are great ideals among a thousand other things I need to just not get sidetracked discussing.

Stepping back and looking at our country as it is today - with all things being relevant - I would fully support a minimum age requirement of 25 to legally purchase guns.  Now, this won't help in most cases because guns are gotten illegally (BECAUSE CRIMINALS DON'T FOLLOW LAWS - INCLUDING GUN LAWS) but this last shooting in Florida, I'm reading he (the screwed up young Democrat with years of mental issues, anger and discipline) bought his gun legally.  He's 19 and the news said he bought it last year; at 18.

There is no way we should be letting 18 year old hot heads buy guns.
Or vote in presidential elections.

Their brains just aren't physically mature enough and they don't have the ability to use critical thinking skills.
Not until the approximate age of 25/26.


Sources for brain maturity studies are numerous and show 25/26 and even 30.  You can look it up for yourself but here are a couple to get you started.

  • https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141164708
  • http://hrweb.mit.edu/worklife/youngadult/brain.html



Thanksgiving: The harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hard-working or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

Read this over coffee tonight... thought I'd post here to ponder over coffee at another date too.

Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-24/great-thanksgiving-hoax-or-how-pilgrims-ended-socialism-400-years-ago

Submitted by Richard J.Maybury via The Mises Institute
Meet the author:  More of his writings

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax - Or, How Pilgrims Ended Socialism 400 Years Ago

Each year at this time, schoolchildren all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.

It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving's real meaning.

The official story has the Pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America, and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620–21. This first winter is hard, and half the colonists die. But the survivors are hard working and tenacious, and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians. The harvest of 1621 is bountiful. The pilgrims hold a celebration, and give thanks to God. They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land He has given them.

The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or less happily ever after, each year repeating the first Thanksgiving. Other early colonies also have hard times at first, but they soon prosper and adopt the annual tradition of giving thanks for this prosperous new land called America.

The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hard-working or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years because they refused to work in the field. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with "corruption," and with "confusion and discontent." The crops were small because "much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable."

In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, "all had their hungry bellies filled," but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first "Thanksgiving" was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.

But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, "instead of famine now God gave them plenty," Bradford wrote, "and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God." Thereafter, he wrote, "any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day." In fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn.

What happened? After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop." They began to question their form of economic organization.

This had required that "all profits and benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means" were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, "all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock." A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take only what he needed.

This "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that "young men that were most able and fit for labor and service" complained about being forced to "spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children." Also, "the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak." So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a markets, and that was the end of the famines.

Many early groups of colonists set up socialist states, all with the same terrible results. At Jamestown, established in 1607, out of every shipload of settlers that arrived, less than half would survive their first twelve months in America. Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men, the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites. In the winter of 1609–10, called "The Starving Time," the population fell from five-hundred to sixty. Then the Jamestown colony was converted to a relatively free market, and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth.

Of Plymouth Plantation was written over a period of years by William Bradford, the leader of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. It is regarded as the most authoritative account of the Pilgrims and the early years of the colony which they founded. Wikipedia

 You can read Of Plymouth Plantation for free as it's a Project Gutenberg ebook.

It's also available in text form here:  The Project Gutenberg eBook, Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation', by William Bradford


Rambling over coffee: You know what phrase I hate? "Am I the only one who....."

"Am I the only one who...."

SCREECH.  That was the sound in my head when I hear that or read it online on a blog, Twitter, etc.  Like fingernails on a chalkboard, that phrase will instantly make me cringe and get me seeing red.

I instantly stiffen and in my head (well, sometimes out loud, depending on what kind of mood I'm in and where I'm at) I say, "YES. Out of 7.6 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, you, my little fucking snowflake are the ONLY ONE who feels that way...."

Not quite as strong, but still just as stupid is after an earthquake on the West Coast the twitter feeds will be filled with people saying "Did anyone else just feel that!?"  NO.  You have roughly 1 million people in your general area and you are the ONLY ONE who felt that 5.7 quake."  Aren't you so special? Do you feel better now?


The Eddie Bauer HOME packable down travel throw - 700 fill (*the one selling on Amazon, at Sam's Club & a bunch of other places)

I spent about two weeks totally immersed in camping 'stuff'.
From the travel planning to reservations, studying different locations, ordering some camping gear I felt we were lacking in, some freeze dried food... but this week?  This week was NO MORE CAMPING PLANNING.  My brain was fried and I needed a break.

So what did I do?
Bought another camping item!
Ok - I bought two of them actually.

I MEANT to just go grocery shopping today.  But hello?  I spied these down an aisle, from the corner of my eye and like a beacon, I was drawn to them.  It's the Eddie Bauer Packable Down Throw Blanket.

Here is an image from Amazon - but I found 2 more colors available at Sam's Club (a lighter bronze and a turquoise blue).

  • Lightweight, portable throw packs into a small case
  • 700-fill power premium white down fill for ultimate warmth
  • Soft polyester/nylon fabric exterior
  • Includes a carrying case 

These are PERFECT for traveling.

They are 50 X 60 inches long and you know those popular 'puffy' vests that are as light as air, roll up tiny enough to fit in your pocket but when put on as a vest they are super comfortable and warm?  THAT is what this is - only in a travel sized throw.

Super light weight with that puffy shiny fabric, they have a light down fill (700) that is just enough to trap some heat and keep you comfy without being heavy.

This is exactly what I wanted as an extra layer for night time in the tent.  We will be experiencing temperatures from 30's to 80's.  Our sleeping bags are geared for about 50 being the lowest (although we did 29 (?) degrees in them on the last girls road trip - it was so f-ing cold... I have a snapchat photo I took when I woke that morning with that phrase to remind me just how f-ing cold it was that night)  but this is just what we need.

A light down filled traveled throw.  No extra bulk or weight as it jams into a tiny little bag.

I bought two of these throws today at Sam's Club as they were down to $15 bucks each!  The second one did not even make it into our house.  I took the cardboard round off it and tossed it into the backseat of my car; where it's going to live as a travel blanket until May when we take off for our road trip.

You might also be interested in some related products available through Amazon;

Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel Blanket & Case - Doubles as Lumbar Pillow and Neck Support Pillow - Charcoal
Double Black Diamond Ultra Light Indoor/Outdoor ALL SEASON Packable Down Throw Blanket with Stuff Sack -60" X 70"
Eddie Bauer Packable Down Throw (Cameo Blue)



From the News: An unused United Airlines Ticket - supposedly good forever... is it? I got them to honor ours from 1993!

I haven't updated CoffeeTalking too much lately as I've just not been in the mood to talk about coffee or history and I've been busy making the camping and hiking plans for our Girls Road Trip 2018 but even that was 'blah' to chat over morning coffee on the blog so I've admittedly been lax in posts.

Tonight I'm just hanging out online, reading some news and I come across a story that made me chuckle.  Since when does an old, unused airline ticket become news?  Apparently in 2018.  When most of the airline workers and young news blog writers haven't a clue as to what an 'old fashioned' paper ticket looked like or what to do with one. 

Here is the Source of the article - and to tell my story, I'll reference the original article in bold while my thoughts are not in bold.

Sixteen years ago, John Walker's family moved from Tennessee to North Carolina. He slid a box like the ones we're talking about under the bed in the master bedroom.  There it stayed for the better part of two decades, until recently. Buried inside: a United Airways $378 printed ticket voucher, dated December 31, 1998. 

"Printed," as in, "on paper," and "existing in the physical world." 

Walker checked the fine print, which said it could, "forever be applied toward the purchase of another domestic non-refundable ticket, for the customer named on the ticket."

"forever be applied toward the purchase of another domestic non-refundable ticket, for the customer named on the ticket."

That is actually what got my attention when I read the story.  That exact phrase is what was on my ticket!  The tickets I found in the Fall of 2004.

Our ticket(s) were issued in 1993.  Yes, back when you used a travel agent, on a land line telephone, to book tickets.  At the time my husband and I had been married for a few years but had never gone on a vacation since we were married.  We had two children just 20 months apart and after a friend was telling me about a trip they were taking in which they were leaving their baby son with her parents for a week, we got the idea that maybe we should plan a vacation too. 

We decided we would fly back to where we lived pre-children, in Southern California.  We chose an October date, booked the United Airline tickets, got a rental car lined up and prepared to have my parents watch our two little ones.  And then?  Neither of us talked about it.  We didn't mention it, didn't discuss it at all.  We weren't excited about it, weren't making plans.  I finally asked my husband if he noticed that neither of us was bringing up the topic of our upcoming trip.

It ends up, neither of us wanted to go.  Neither of us were the least bit excited about leaving our two little ones.  We were dreading this 'vacation' instead of looking forward to it.  At that point I called United and talked to them about canceling the trip and refunding the tickets.

I was told I could keep the paper tickets and they would be good forever towards the purchase of another flight.

I explained to them we had two children under the age of two and probably wouldn't be flying for years.  They assured me the paper tickets were good forever.

Fast Forward:  It was 1998 and we now had 3 children, had relocated half way across the country and once again, while going through old files to shred, I found the tickets.

Once again I called United to ask if I could get a refund on these unused tickets.  It had been 5 years and we had STILL never flown.  With 3 small children, we couldn't afford for the family of 5 to fly anywhere.  We drove cross country and probably wouldn't be able to afford airfare for years.

Again, they told me they were sorry, no refund but keep those tickets and they were good forever towards the purchase of a future flight.  I wrote them explaining the situation but got a letter from them stating the same; "your tickets are good forever..."  blah blah blah.

Back in a box they went.

Fast forward to 2004.

We had moved to another state, and still had never booked a flight as there was no way we could afford to fly a family of five anywhere.  We were preparing to relocate yet again with my husbands job.  Packing up boxes from storage, I came across the tickets and called AGAIN to see what they would say.

This time I stumped them.  They had no idea what to do.
The woman on the phone with me said all tickets are now issued by computer and since I wasn't in the computer, they couldn't honor it.

"No one knew what to do with a paper ticket," when he called, Walker told a reporter at WFMY television. "They hadn't been issued for 10 or 12 years."

Last ditch effort: He reached out to the company via Twitter. And he learned that the voucher, as you might expect, was no longer valid
[A] customer care associate explained that the "forever" referenced in his letter was no longer under a binding agreement because United went bankrupt in 2010, which meant all debts, including airline tickets such as his, were discharged by the airline.
Then came the unexpected. The stunning decision. 
United decided to honor the voucher anyway.

It took a couple phone calls and a letter I sent them but I finally must have bugged them enough that out of exasperation I'm sure, a customer service person finally told me they would honor them IF I would not only send in the original tickets, but I had to send in proof of payment. From 1993.

Oh, how they underestimated my organization skills.

Although I shred old files, I keep some things I have a 'feeling' about and when they told me this, I went to the storage closet, got out a box that had random kept files from 1988 - 1995 and there, tucked away in my 1993 file was my credit card statement showing the purchase of the United Airline tickets! WHY I had this particular credit card statement eleven years after the fact, I have no idea.  But I did.

And maybe somebody at the airline just wanted to see what one of these old paper vouchers actually looked like.
The "vintage" voucher is nostalgic for him now, Walker said, but United wants him to mail in the physical ticket in order to convert it to an electronic one.

I did indeed mail in my 2 paper tickets and a copy of the credit card statement showing the purchase.

They did so begrudgingly but I was told I had 30 days to find a flight or flights to put the the ticket voucher amount of $512 towards and it had to be used within 90 days.

Considering we were in the middle of moving to another state, it was not easy but I was adamant we were not going to lose $500+ so I booked 2 tickets within the 30 days I was given.

My husband and I flew for a 3 day 'vacation' to Florida with those tickets in February of 2005. It wasn't 'easy' to get United to honor their tickets, but they did it.  Even if it was just to get me to stop bugging them about them!  Ha.

.... it's just the coffee talking again.