National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day

Coca-Cola Bottle Doodlewash

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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43 Comments
  1. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Ultra Fab Doodlewash!! I feel so stupid! I buy sparkling seltzer water….I could make it myself!?! NOW I WANT A SODA STREAM!

  2. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Beautiful Coke bottle, you even have the droplets on condensation on the top of the bottle, well done! I don’t drink sodas either, but as a kid, Coca Cola was the choice.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃 This ended up being more complex than I expected…no idea what I was expecting really, but it proved challenging. 😊hehe

  3. Kari 2 years ago

    I don’t drink carbonated drinks very often. I only like it when I eat really greasy food like fried chicken which I don’t have very often. Carbonation makes me bloated so I don’t like the feeling. And also because I’m not able to burp easily so I just get really uncomfortable. TMI, probably.

    But flip flops are my life.. I wear them almost year-round. Sorry, Philippe!

    • Author

      Haha… wear those flip flops with pride! And while we’re sharing, carbonation makes me burp loudly and it’s not particularly attractive, but I still love it! 😊😊

  4. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Hah! I find it infinitely amusing when you relate stories about explaining American culture to Philippe. 😆 I have lived in North America for 43 years and I swear I don’t understand it either.

    I don’t usually drink sodas now either but I love your Coke bottle…it’s making me thirsty! There is large Coke packaging plant in town so there was a story from our local NPR station about the anniversary of the iconic Coke glass…funny enough it coincided with your drawing and the national day!

    • Author

      Oh wow!! I’m doubly topical, that’s awesome!! Glad you liked the doodlewash, Teresa! ❤️😃 And yes… It’s funny to see America through fresh eyes… and sometimes embarrassing. 😊lol

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Heehee…the U.S. has lots of great things going for it, but lots of not so great things, too. I guess all countries and cultures are the same. 🙂 You, of course, are one of the great things…or great people! xo

      • Author

        Awwww shucks!! 😊😊😊

  5. Jodi 2 years ago

    BLOWN Away again by your talent Mr. Charlie O! the depth of color you created in this simple bottle of Coke…… Wow……. Please tell me it took you FOREVER to do! 🙂

    • Author

      Is an hour forever? It felt like it…lol…I really should have waited for my layers to dry more but I just don’t have the patience. 😊😊hehe You’re so sweet!!! ❤️❤️Glad you liked it Jodi!! 😃

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        I was keeping my fingers crossed that you wouldn’t say 15 or 20 minutes. LOL! It is so HARD to wait for paint to dry – isn’t it!????!! It turned out amazing! You know I am one of your biggest fans! You know what song I just got in my head? “I’d like to teach the world to sing – in perfect harmony – I’d like to hold it in my arms – and keep it company…..” If only I could sing….. 🙂

      • Author

        Oh great….now that song is in my head!!! 😳haha!! And yeah…I just don’t have the time or patience to let paint dry properly! Lol

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        Well – whatever you are doing is working – so no worries! 🙂 Sing on!

  6. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Another AMAZING Doodlewash Charlie!!! Your coke bottle looks just like the “Real Thing!” And your lettering is perfecto! Not easy to do! 😊😃😊 YAY! Charlie!!! 💖🌟💖

    • Author

      Yeah…the lettering freaked me out a little. Not really something I can do well usually. So happy you liked it Jill!! ❤️😃hehe…”real thing”… made me smile!!

  7. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Great painting! Love the attention to detail and there seems to be a luminous quality to it, like the light is shining through from the back…will have to add to my shopping list for the ‘party with a bear’ and drinking cider…lol.

    • Author

      Haha…would be funny to have to combine all these silly days into one and celebrate it!! 😳 Thanks Haunani!! 💕I’m so happy you said that…that’s what I was going for. I layered up from a gold, but need to take more time and let my layers actually dry someday. Would look better😊hehe…I’m like a little impatient child I’m afraid! 😉

  8. memadtwo 2 years ago

    I can deal with flip flops but the wearing of bedroom slippers on the streets of New York is beyond me. Pajama pants too. What, is it too much effort to put on a pair of jeans before you go out? Yes we Americans are strange.
    The big thing here is to get those coke bottles imported from Mexico at the bodegas because they have real sugar. If you’re going for sweet, might as well make it the best! (K)

    • Author

      That’s so funny! I was outside my work and a couple guys walked by on pajama pants. I was stunned! Guess in the summer people will just switch to wearing only underwear now. Wait…I have seen people out in just their boxer shorts, so it’s already happening. 😟 Have to agree on the Mexican Coke… It is better! Hehe

  9. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Beautiful bottle Charlie! I don’t drink sodas but like you love bubbly water. I did notice in Paris no one walked around with drinks or food, I thought how civilized!

    • Author

      Thanks Cathe! ❤️😃Yeah they’re quite civilized in Paris when it comes to drinks and food. So different from here! Lol

  10. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Terrific likeness! We not much of soda drinkers here. But every once in while they be tasty.

    • Author

      Thanks Kirk!! 😃Hehe…yeah I have to admit to enjoying them every so often too. They’re better when you haven’t had them in awhile!

  11. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    Fabulous Doodle, Charlie! Happy Friday….best to you and Philippe.

  12. Tori 2 years ago

    I’m not a fan of soda but love your Coke bottle 😊 I’ve often wondered what would happen if you put wine in a soda stream…..

    • Author

      Believe me, Tori…I’ve thought about it, but Philippe told me not to. 😊lol

      • Tori 2 years ago

        I’ve just had a look on YouTube to see what happens 😮 I think Philippe may be right on this one 😄

      • Author

        Haha! I had to look it up too! That’s super dangerous!! 😳lol

  13. Oh it’s so very true – the silly things we do! I’m guilty of always needing a bottle of water with me 🙂 I do love the Coke Classic, especially the bottle. I don’t drink it anymore (when I do have soda it’s a diet) but the Coke bottle really IS a classic.

    • Author

      Yes!! It’s a crazy place here in the U.S., but always fun! 😉 And the bottle just brings back good memories so I like it better than the soda! Hehe

  14. Jacob 2 years ago

    It always makes me warm and Christmassy seeing Coca-Cola in the classic glass bottle (and it seems to always taste massively better that way) so thank you for that. Remember those other Coca-Colas that used to be around? Vanilla? Lemon? I think there were Lime and possibly Orange too – all seem to have vanished… it’s the Citrus Polos torment all over again.

    Philippe would curse us too as it’s just as bad over here, except perhaps the gulps aren’t as big.

    • Author

      Haha…luckily I never cared much for any of the strange ones, so I’m not too torn up they’re gone. Although I’m still struggling with never getting to try Citrus Polos. That will take some time to heal. 😥

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Vanilla was OK I thought, but indeed the others a bit bleh. Cherry Coke is a bit of a weakness though, must admit.

        Oh, I can imagine. I’m still thinking of you after that devastating revelation. If Polo are reading (worth a go), bring them back! Do it for Charlie!!

      • Author

        Yeah…I did like Cherry Coke for a time, but now I don’t seem to like it much. And yay!! Thanks for campaigning for me! Charlie needs his Citrus Polos people!!! Listen and obey!!

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Anytime! 😉 Haha, I read that as in people who are made of Citrus Polos, perhaps the Polo factory equivalent of the oompa-loompa. Charlie and the Citrus Polos Factory, anyone?

      • Author

        They’ll be a reopening one day replete with golden tickets!!! Yay!

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Ooh! Just watch out for the end where the guy showing you round goes mental at you:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UDnTJcjPhY (never stops being hilarious)

      • Author

        Haha! That’s disturbing!! 😳

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        It makes me laugh, but it used to scare the heck of me when I was little… that and the boat ride. Terrifying.

  15. […] celebrated this day last year, just because the specificity of it amuses me. This is a day to enjoy not just any carbonated […]

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