So today is another fantastically specific holiday that can cover very few options, so I elected to go with a Coca-Cola classic. Though I rarely drink these kinds of beverages anymore, if I do, this is my drink of choice. My grandma always had the glass bottles, so these remind me of being a kid again.
I love carbonation and think it’s a brilliant invention. I’m not sure what being a bubble lover says about me, but I’ve always been a fan. Nowadays, I’m more likely to get my bubble fix from plain water or champagne, the latter being my favorite kind of bubbly treat.
Since he’s cool like that, Philippe bought me the best Christmas present last year – A SodaStream. This handy little invention allows you to add bubbles to water anytime you like. Of course, it’s primarily meant to make your own carbonated beverage with caffeine, but that requires the addition of a weird syrup with lots of sugar. Strangely, having to take it upon myself to turn perfectly great bubbly water into something with questionable health characteristics made me opt out entirely. So I just drink the bubble water.
When Philippe arrived from Paris, he was appalled that Americans always seemed to have a drink in their hands. “WTF?” he said, though it was actually the French equivalent, “they’re seriously so thirsty, they can’t wait until they get home?” as someones passed by us holding a Big Gulp with both hands. As is often the case with these questions, I had no suitable reply. Because it is stupid. But it’s just what people do here.
Trying to explain American cultural habits is always a lost cause. For example, there was also no answer to give him as to why people wear flip-flops all the time when they are not even close to a beach. So, trying to explain a Big Gulp was impossible because I didn’t understand it myself. Why put yourself in the position of desperately having to pee while stuck in traffic? If these folks were at home and had to empty 6 cans of soda into their giant cups, would it seem weird to them?
These questions have no logical answers if any answers at all. But if carbonated beverages with caffeine are your favorite, then pour yourself a glass and enjoy! Or dump a six-pack in a Big Gulp if you like, it’s really up to you, because this is your lucky day!
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