Starbucks. SOHO. New York City. Saturday afternoon. Always a zoo, whether it's a Thursday morning or a rainy Saturday afternoon like today. When typically busy, the average wait just to go to the restroom is 20 minutes, sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. The more efficient line to get your drink is 5-15 minutes. Although large with perhaps 25 tables, it can take 15 minutes of waiting like a bird of prey to get a seat. Need a power outlet for the laptop? Double that wait. At least. Aren't we in a recession? Perhaps the worst since the Great Depression? It doesn't matter. For $2.29, you can have enough of a caffeine fix to get you through... more if you like yours from the coffee bar (upwards of $5.00). Even when times are tight, an exorbitant number of the faithful can find that next bit of change to get their fix and perhaps have a place to roost... if they don't mind waiting.