Mamacita says: This is a caffeine molecule. We hang out far too much. I had thought about writing a humorous essay about how I’ve been known to drive to WalMart at 3 a.m. for Diet Coke because we were out and I couldn’t wait for morning to go get some.
But that isn’t really funny – it’s just sad. Besides, ever since I discovered the “People of WalMart” website, I’ve been afraid I’d end up on there with keywords like “dowdy” and “hoarder” under my not-even-lucky-enough-to-be-blurry picture.
So I thought I’d talk about how even my students know I’m happier when there’s a Diet Coke on my desk, and when the professor is happy, everybody in the room is happy. And how sometimes, a student will even bring me a Diet Coke.
Diet Coke is the new apple for the teacher.
But that’s not really humorous, either.
Then I thought about mentioning how people who know me make a point of having Diet Coke in their refrigerators when they invite me over or know I’ll be there. People who wouldn’t touch a Diet Coke with a ten foot pole will make sure they’re a few for me, even in, among, and around their own wholesome, nutritious spring waters and fruit juices.
Again, not funny.
Well, how about a piece about how flavored colas are Satan Juice, especially the lime ones?
Naw. Silly isn’t humorous; it’s just silly.
Finally, I thought about turning my original idea from humor to a serious talk about health and well-being, figuring that it might help a few people battle their own obsessions.
“My poor personal example might inspire someone to take charge of his/her own nutritional requirements and make wiser choices, ” thought I.
Like that’s going to happen.
So I’m showing you all what a caffeine molecule looks like because I think it’s all cute and stuff, and it makes me snicker to imagine an ice-cold bottle full of these little wiggly jobbers being sucked down someone’s throat on a hot day science is important.
In fact, science is one of my favorite things. That’s because science is ALL things, a wonder at a time.
Oh, and the melted Mentos and Diet Coke dregs left in the bottle after the Geyser goes off are delicious.
And, I’m sure, quite good for us. No, I’m not sharing. Back off.