Monday, April 21, 2008

Mission Impossible. Or, why can't I buy Cherry Coke in this place?

Yesterday started like any other work day for me. I came in, did my job, then when it was time for lunch I went downstairs to buy a Cherry Coke to drink with my sandwich. I'm on the third floor of a four story building, but the only level with Cherry Coke is the main level. Why? I don't know. I'm sure there is a good reason.

So, I went downstairs, yes I take the stairs,  put my money in the machine, and hit the button. I heard the bottle rumble through the machine and it pop out the chute. It's Cherry Coke Zero. I don't drink diet pop, it is supposed to taste good, but the artificial sweetener gives me a headache. I didn't try the machine again, I figured the person who loaded the machine messed it up. I could have taken my chances with another button, but I thought the odds were against me choosing the one that might have Cherry Coke. I never was lucky at slot machines, this was essentially the same.

I came back upstairs and gave the Zero to a friend who drinks it. He was nice enough to give me a dollar for it. I didn't care about the money, but he forced it on me. About 20 minutes later, the same guy asked if I wanted to walk to the cafeteria to get some food. (It's in another building). I initially said no, since I brought lunch, but I changed my mind when I remembered they had Cherry Coke there. I really had my heart set on the Cherry Coke, can you tell?  I sound like some kind of drug addict.

We took the walk, I bought the Coke, and I sat at my desk again. I had to do a few quick things before I could get drink the Cherry Coke. It was hard, but I managed to control my urges. Then, I grabbed the bottle and twisted the cap. Something wasn't right. There was no "'pist" sound. No release of built up gases. I knew that wasn't a good sign. I think it wasn't sealed properly at the factory, or it was poisoned, could go either way. Regardless of the reason I didn't drink it. I don't want a flat Coke, or poison, so I dumped it in the sink. I ended up buying a Mr. Pibb Extra. Yeah, not the same thing.

I think it's a conspiracy. Someone, somewhere didn't want me to have Cherry Coke. Maybe it's a sign? I don't know what it means either. Stop asking me silly questions.


Florinda said...

Regular Coke (not cherry) is my husband's caffeinated beverage of choice, and he won't touch the diet stuff either.

I wouldn't have taken another chance on the soda machine either. Hope you had better luck with it the next time (assuming you've tried it again by now...).

Mike said...

Florinda: No I didn't try it today. I'm trying to cut out the pop and I wouldn't use the machine anyway. They usually do the refills on Tuesdays, so I'd wait until after that.