Monday, December 10, 2007


Tastes change.

For example, I used to eat grits with salt (just a touch) and butter. Now, I eat them plain.

Circumstances caused the change in my taste. Plain grits was all I had at one time, and I got used to eating grits that way.

But, other things cause changes, too.

In Korea, they ran out of Coke one time.

Back in 1993, I was at Camp Hovey, up near the DMZ.

We could go to the PX, or one of the AAFES stores, and buy Cokes. But they also had little stands set up where we could get snacks. Including Coca-Cola.

Only, they ran out.

PX, AAFES outlets, snack bars -- all of them were out of Coke. And they didn't know when they'd get any more.

Ajussi said, "We have Pepsi."

I didn't want Pepsi.

"Doct Pepper, then?" he asked.

"Um. Yeah, okay."

And I learned to drink Dr Pepper. Because, for several weeks, there were no Cokes at Camp Hovey. Or Camp Casey (just a short PT run away).

Now, I can drink Dr Pepper. I used to couldn't drink the stuff. But I can now. Diet Dr Pepper, too.

I've always liked RC Cola, but was never too big a fan of diet drinks.

Tab (which I can now drink) used to taste awful. Diet Rite, too. And Diet Pepsi. As well as Diet Coke.

None of that stuff did I like.

Only, I outgrew it.


You see, when I graduated high school, I was 6'2'' and weighed 120 pounds.

Really. I was skinny. Wormy-looking.

I'm still 6'2'' -- but a heckuva lot heavier than 120.

And, I've been fed diet drinks. The Ex- used to buy Diet Dr Pepper, which, when I got back from Korea -- and found out about the upcoming divorce -- I was able to drink.

The Wife also will buy Diet Dr Pepper. And Diet Rite. And Diet Coke.

I'm used to the taste of diet drinks now.

Even when I'm not dieting.

And, that causes some odd sights.

Like the other day.

We were in K-Mart, and they had drinks on sale. Diet Rite.

So, the Wife picked up 4 cases of Diet Rite.

Not so much 'cause it's a lo-cal drink, but because of the taste.

It's what she ... and I ... are used to.

Oh, remember I said we weren't on a diet?

That explains the M&Ms and Double Stuff Oreos in the shopping cart.

Yes, I realize just how silly it is.

But, gosh, I think they taste good.

Not just the M&Ms.

Not just the Double Stuff Oreos.

But the Diet Rite Cola.

I know I can't be the only whose shopping cart has such mis-matched items.

Can I?


  1. I know exactly what you mean. I switched to caffeine-free Coke because I drink like 30 a day and they were keeping me up all night. Then I started packing on the LB's because of all the soda that I was drinking, so I switched to Caffeine-Free Diet Coke, now I am addicted to something that basically has nothing in it and I like the taste of nothing better than I do something, namely real Coke.

    Also, it sounds stupid when I pull into Wendy's, get a triple hamburger meal, gianormous sized and order a Diet Coke, but then again, I am a contrarian.

  2. I was told when I was growing up that Dr. Pepper was carbonated prune juice....

  3. The Mean Sister (who is 5'6")December 11, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Hey bro, your buggy looks strangely like mine, but I prefer the peanut M&M's. They have more protein :)


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