Joined: Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:26 pm Posts: 943 Location: Phoenix
Growing up in Atlanta, it was considered a sin to buy Pepsi. In fact, if you order a soft drink, you automatically order a Coke. Then you specify which "flavor". For example: Two guys stop at a gas station. One guy runs in to pay for the gas. He asks his buddy "het, wanna Coke?" Buddy says yes. "What kind?" That's when you say Coke Classic, Diet Coke, Sprite, Pepsi, etc. 90% of restaraunts, except for fast food joints that have contracts with Pepsi, serve Coke products. All gas stations/convienence stores all have specials on Coke, never Pepsi. Hell, there's the World of Coca Cola museum downtown. So from day one of moving here as a child, I've been a Coke man.
Coke for me. Pepsi just tastes 'funny' to me. However, my family from NY only drinks Pepsi, so when they visit we have to have it in the house, and when I'm up there, that's all they have. I don't drink much soda, so it's not big deal to me. However, if I do get the taste for a soda, it's easily Coke. And, like Mello just mentioned, I call all sodas 'Coke'.
Joined: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:50 pm Posts: 1989 Location: Chicago
I was originally a Pepsi man. My parents are so strongly in the Pepsi camp that they will drink Sprite if they are at a Coke supplied establishment. However, I have since become a Coke man, when drinking cola. My wife drinks it and it wasn't worth the effor to try to change her. Now she's changed me.
An interesting thing has happened in the past few years, though. Any non-diet soda is super-high in calories (~250 cal/12 oz) so I try to avoid soda if possible. But light beers are only about 90-100 calories per 12 oz. So I have used this logic to reduce my soda consumption to nearly zero but my beer consumption is higher than it was. Maybe I'm just deluding myself.
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:16 am Posts: 394 Location: Chatsworth, CA
I've drank so much soda over the last couple decades that I've got carbonated blood. I go to the lab to have blood drawn, they stick the needle in my arm and it makes that 'pssssst' noise you get when you pop open a can.
My drink of choice for the last 15 years or so has been Diet Coke, as Diet Pepsi is blander than bland and usually tastes flat. However I've recently switched over to Coke Zero. It's still a diet soda but it tastes so much more like the real thing than Diet Coke ever has. Pepsi One was pretty good until they reformulated it and switched over to Splenda, now it has a nasty aftertaste, which is odd because it's usually Nutrasweet that leaves an aftertaste.