Drug of Choice

It all starts innocently enough.  You are at a party the music is blaring through minute speakers, laughter can be heard over it all; everyone is having a good enough time. In due time, the hostess approaches you with a look of question.

“You want some coke?”    

“Uh, ya sure, sounds great.”

You wait awkwardly at the point where she left you. One wrong step and you could become so lost in the mess that you are never to be found. After an entire minute of staring nervously about, pretending to know those around you, she reappears carrying… a Pepsi? Ah yes, one of the great language barriers of North America: the namesake of carbonated beverages. Every region has their own opinion. In the extreme northeast, the fizzy title is “tonic water.” In the midwest, “pop” is a popular choice. In the south, “soda” is common, but “coke” appears to be the main moniker. Many debates have been started over this topic; “Pop is a sound, not a drink,” or “You bake with soda” are two clever arguments. Why is it so important to individually label our refreshments? Culture is key. In this age of dying traditions, even the most simplistic form of cultural cataclysm helps to keep us away from a total loss of individuality. Okay, so maybe that is a little extreme for the subject, but just remember: Next time you are at a party and the moment becomes tense and drenched in silence, forget that “awkward turtle” nonsense and go with a simple “so would anyone like a pop?”

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31 January 2008. Social Commentary.

One Comment

  1. Katelin replied:

    This was pretty funny. At first I was confused with how this went with your theme of what makes America great, but it all came together in the end. You are a really good writer and painted a good visual picture.

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