One of the things that my students like to make fun of me for is my incredible addiction to caffeine free Diet Coke! I literally drink gallons of the stuff, going through about three cases a week.
On my way to school---at about 5:45 in the morning---I stop at a Kwiki Mart to buy a 32 ouncer to start my day. By the time I get to school at 6:10, I need another 12 ounces to top off my cup for the morning haul. That gets me through until the kids arrive at 7:30, when I send my first block "coke sherpa"---a student who knows where my stash is hidden---to get me another can.
By 9:50, I've used two bathroom breaks and finished the equivalent of about 5 cans of Cokey-goodness....Just the right time to grab another soda for the walk to the lunchroom. After lunch, my second block "coke sherpa" grabs me more sustenance on the way back to class. That usually tides me over until 12:45, when I need another can for the walk to the office to check my mailbox.
Pretty amazing huh?
That's why I was especially worried about whether or not Diet Coke was going to be available on my trip to Denmark! I'm really not sure that I could have made it through the week if I got to Copenhagen and found that Diet Cokes were hard to come by. They really have become an important part of my day.
So I was jazzed to find Diet Coke on day 1 in a Danish Kwiki-Mart up the street from my hotel...only they weren't called Diet Cokes. Instead, they were "Coke Lights!" Very cool, huh? Yeah....except they cost about $2.00 each! That'll put a dent in the old souvenir budget, now won't it!
I actually learned a lot about Coke while I was in Denmark. Don't believe me? Then check this out:
So here's an interesting question for you: Do you think I should have put my Diet Coke habits aside for a week and tried out some Danish sodas? Did I actually "cheapen" my trip by not experimenting with new tastes and flavors?
Bam Bam Bigelow
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