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Wednesday, March 08, 2006


I'm a cokehead.

And before you inform me of how UNsurprised you are by that revelation, let me clarify: I'm talking about the beverage. Not the illegal narcotic.


I've been a hardcore Coke fan since high school. I used to inhale a 12 0z. can every day at lunch along with a small bag of plain M&M's. Well, I had to have something wholesome and satisfying while I was pounding away on the Macs in the school computer lab.

And that trend (minus the M&M's) shows no sign of fading. I'm up to an average of two cans (one regular Coke and one Coke Zero) per day. Why? Because I just LOVE the stuff!

You doubt my undying affection, do you?

This is the top tier of my fridge.

What you're seeing is the neatly arranged contents of three "Fridge Paks" of Coca-Cola products. Of course I'm not going to drink all these by myself; those Black Cherry Vanilla ones on the right are all for Eric. But the heavy drinking will be MY responsibility for the most part. Anyone still in the dark about why my ass is spreading??

But hey, I've done it! I've admitted that I have a problem and, as we all know, admission is the first step to recovery. So how ironic is it that I awoke this morning to a news story like this:

Soda Sales Fall for First Time in 20 Years
Published: March 9, 2006

The next generation may not be the Pepsi generation — or the Coke generation, for that matter.

Soda drinking is declining, partly because it is blamed for obesity.

For years, soda has been the quintessential American drink, considered the perfect thirst quencher, morning pick-me-up or accompaniment to lunch or dinner.

But that is slowly changing.

As Americans look for greater variety in their drinks and strive for healthier diets, consumption of soda — with its 250 calories and 67 grams of sugar in a 20-ounce bottle — is slipping.

Data released yesterday by Beverage Digest, the industry trade publication, shows that for the first time in 20 years, the number of cases of soda sold in the United States declined. Case volume in 2005 was down 0.7 percent, to 10.2 billion cases.

Coke's flagship brand, Coca-Cola Classic, was down 2 percent...(more)

I can ASSURE you guys that my cola consumption has nothing to do with the recent dip in sales. Hell, Eric and I are doing all we can to put these people's grandkids through college. While I am trying to curtail my behavior to some degree, it'll be a frigid day in hell before I completely kick the habit.

Hey, a girl's gotta have a vice!


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