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An Informal Poll

I was just talking to a friend of mine (bigmeanie, to be precise) about this and I was wondering if we're just weird1 or if others have this same hang-up.

When I'm at home, I drink pretty much nothing but water, whether from the tap or filtered through my refrigerator's filter. Usually at least one fairly large (~25 oz) glass every night, if not two of them.2

But the minute I get to work, I have to have something flavored. I try to drink water, here, but it just doesn't "take." I take a few sips, but then I'm downstairs getting tea or soda. And I've tried both the stuff straight from the tap and from the water coolers, which is bottled. Same thing. I drink a few sips, then I want something with flavor. It has nothing to do with caffeine, or at least I'm fairly sure it doesn't. Orange juice, Sprite, lemonade, or V-8 works just fine. As long as it has flavor.

When I'm at my mother's house in Eutaw, I drink record-breaking amounts of soda (Coke Zero), but I don't count that because I've seen what's in the water in Eutaw. Seriously, you do not want to know. I wish to hell I didn't. <shudder> Anyway, that shouldn't be a problem once she's moved to Wetumpka.

So, I was just wondering: Do any of the rest of you have this same "hang-up"? If so, do you have any idea why?

  1. Speaking solely for myself (I take no responsibility for bigmeanie's weirdness factor, one way or the other), I may be weird for other reasons, but for the purposes of this post, I'm referring in specific to the topic outlined below. Keep reading. :)
  2. Not counting the one(s) Matt simply must taste and/or turn over.

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Aug. 12th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
You're weird.

I'm pretty much a water guy, whether it's at home, at work, or at my parents' house. The only time my surroundings affect my drink preferences is when I am surrounded by a bar, then I tend to drink beer or whiskey. :)
Aug. 12th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I don't know why, but "surrounded by a bar" made me laugh out loud, and I'm still chortling as I type this. :)
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Aug. 12th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I gave up my daily intake of 4+ Dr. Pepper's (after having switched to Diet Dr. Pepper) last year and in order to satiate my need for flavor while still keeping the base liquid as close to water as possible have returned to my roots: Sweet Tea. I've even found a number of places out here that serve sweet tea and I patronize them in support of their decision to offer heaven's own nectar instead of Yankee "Tea".

You Mom's moving to Wetumpka?
Aug. 12th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, now that my grandparents are both gone, there is nothing to keep her in Eutaw, so she's moving to Wetumpka to be near her best friend with whom she shares dogs (the dogs don't know who they belong to because either my mother or her friend always has all four of them).

She's already bought a house down there, and is currently trying to sell the one in Eutaw. If you know of anyone in the market for a 4BR 2.5BA split-level with furnished basement in beautiful, scenic Eutaw, Alabama, let me know. :)
Aug. 12th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Drink of choice
Water is good mostly at work or at home. Except if I'm eating something strong like tuna, with which water is nasty. I want something flavored with those foods. I am not very picky about which drink. I sorta like non-alcoholic beer with spicy foods--I don't drink alcohol.

When I eat our it's sometimes coke with lemon. But often water is good there, too.
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