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At first, he sounds like a nut, albeit an ambitious one. You mayhave heard of the nomadic computer programmer who goes by the nameof Winter. According to news accounts and his website,, this 33-year-old'slife goal is to visit every single on the face of theearth. So far, he has been to more than 4,958 in North America andover 200 everywhere else. He calls himself a Starbucks enthusiast.Others might call him obsessed, even a business stalker.

There are more of these people out there than you might think.Last year, Richard Bunn, an 80-year-old Welshman, finished a15-year odyssey, traveling to all 's 265 ASDAsupermarkets (now owned by ). The Co., whichbrews Boston Lager, likes to brag about a NewHampshire man named Pete who has toured their brewery over 100times. On a smaller scale, Doug Gates, 35, reports that hisyear-old Boston store, Showroom, draws "furnituregroupies." His business not only pulls in $1.75 million ayear, it's also attracting customers who come to hang out andtalk about furniture.

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