It’s a rivalry that goes back ages… I think dinosaurs were still roaming the earth when people first started arguing about which brand was better than the other. I never have been one to take sides on this matter, even though growing up, we were a Coca Cola household. As a child, the sight of a Pepsi would conjure up an emotion similar to the emotion a semi-football fan would feel at the sight of the Oakland Raiders; they know they don’t like them but they just can’t explain why.
Oh, I could tell a slight taste difference, don’t get me wrong. Pepsi is a bit sweeter than Coke but when you are someone who will take a Cherry Coke over ice cream, well, Pepsi’s sweetness isn’t a reason to banish it from the refrigerator. Added to that, I’m a bargain shopper. That means whichever has the better sale is the lucky winner I’m bringing home.
But my last batch of Pepsi’s (bought on a killer deal of course) has changed my normal fence-straddling attitude. I discovered a Pepsi characteristic I’d never realized before.
Pepsi goes flat after being open for more than 30 minutes.
Maybe that’s not a big deal to some people. I, on the other hand, as the busy mom and wife that I am, like to nurse my soda all day long. Okay maybe not ALL day long but certainly as long as possible. I can’t let myself chug soda after soda so I just open one at like 10am (my coffee wears off about then, lol), take a few sips now and then and finish it off as a treat during naptime. Crazy, I know. Why would I care so much?
Because I’m a busy mom and wife. And busy moms and wives like to have a little soma-soma to keep ‘em going. (Something NON-ALCHOLIC I feel the need to clarify) We find joy in the little things, be it a toddler that made it to the potty, a 7 year old who does her math without complaining or a quick swig of a Cherry Coke. Just saying.
So, Pepsi. I’m sorry I have to inform you of this but I will no longer be purchasing you. You will no longer occasionally grace a spot on my refrigerator shelf. Though you may tempt me with radical deals in the grocery stores, I will resist the urge to take you home because I will still end up feeling cheated when I come back to freshly opened one of you only to find you have already gone flat. Maybe this isn’t fair. Maybe that was a bad couple batches that I consumed and it isn’t normal for you. But I’m afraid I can’t afford to chance it. Sorry, but this is good-bye.
* * Sorry Pepsi-lovers. Unlike your favorite soda, YOU can still grace a spot on my living-room couch anytime you want. * *