Depending on what part of the country you live in, it could be called “pop”, “soda” or even generically, “Coke”. Whatever word you want to call a soft drink, most Americans have guzzled at least one in their lifetimes—usually multiple times a day. Growing up in California, I always heard it called “soda”. When I moved to Utah, I thought it bizarre for someone to call it a “pop”. In the Deep South, they call all sodas “Coke” generically.

Some people prefer Pepsi, others Coca-Cola. In Utah, a favorite of many people, especially amongst the ones of the predominant religion, is root beer. Probably because root beer usually doesn’t have caffeine. Something about the Mormons’ “Word of Wisdom” supposedly prohibiting coffee and tea, which contain caffeine, so they extrapolate that to mean sodas with caffeine🤷‍♂️.

I used to drink just about anything cola and carbonated. Side note: I can’t stand root beer, as I think it tastes like carbonated cough syrup. Anyway, I have always preferred Dr. Pepper. Because I have a serious problem with acid reflux, Coke and Pepsi are way too acidic for me; I even have to be careful with Dr. Pepper. I rely on Nexium (the “purple pill”) to help control my acid reflux, so that it doesn’t keep me up all night, choking me and burning my throat and esophagus. Sometimes I even take two a day if I know things are going to be brutal. I also can’t eat shortly before bed, or within an hour I’m up coughing and choking on stomach acid.

Have you ever noticed how Coke and Sprite seem to be different when you get them from McDonald’s? What’s up with that? I haven’t had their Coke in a long time, but their Sprite seems to always be slightly more carbonated and have a bit more “bite” than from other places. I’ve heard it described as being “really crispy”🤔. I’m sure you’ve seen one of those Coke Freestyle machines around. Many fast food places are installing them. Between the different soda flavors and the fruity flavored add-ins, there are literally hundreds of combinations to me made. I believe there’s even an app, where you scan a barcode on the machine, and it dispenses the saved soda concoction from the app, up to three flavors, in any ratio. Want something bizarre like 25% Vanilla Coke Zero + 40% Grape Powerade + 35% Strawberry Dr. Pepper? Save it in the app and get it at the soda machine. I don’t know anyone that would get that particular combination I mentioned, but hey, to each their own.

Here is today’s motivational quote:

“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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