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Top ten list of my favorite beverages

Greetings, readers. This is a top ten list suggested to me by Rebecca, which I find to be an excellent topic. I have loved food and drink as long as I can remember and have enjoyed many beverages throughout my life. So here is the list, in no particular order, hope you enjoy it.

#10. Fanta grape soda. [This product was a big part of my life in the 1970s, because every August at camp I would take my quarter to the old Coke machine and either get a Coke, a Fanta orange soda, or a Fanta grape.]

#9. Fanta orange soda. [Same as #10. This product is back in stores as of the last few years. I shall look to see if the grape soda is back as well.]

#8. Royal Crown Cola. [RC cola to me was an extraordinarily smooth soda. I enjoyed its taste very much. As memory serves it was a little more expensive than Coke or Pepsi, so my parents opted not to buy it very often.]

#7. Earl Grey Tea. [I must admit I am not a huge tea fan, but Earl Grey has a wonderful flavor, and for all you Star Trek: Next Generation lovers, it is of course the beverage of choice of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.]

#6. Green Tea. [Some green teas I have tried were a little on the strong side for my liking. The K-Cup green tea that my friend Marjorie gave me, however, is excellent. Much smoother, and with honey, a delicious evening time treat.]

#5. Cappuccino. [When I was younger, my family and I went to Italy where my dad taught for a few weeks. I was able to enjoy that rather strong coffee with the delicious chocolate flavoring, whipped cream, and small cookie wafer on the side. Strong, but oh, so good.]

#4. Generic soft drinks. [When I was living at another apartment building years ago, there was a grocery store across the street. They had their own brand of soda in the machines. As I recall, a quarter could get me a cola, ginger ale, lemon-lime, root beer, or cream soda. I will admit with a smile, for a store brand it was pretty darn good.]

#3. Hires Root Beer. [As a child during summer, I would always have a Hires Root Beer during our cook-outs. Mom loved that beverage with her hamburgers and watermelon. Oddly enough, when summer was over, she would switch back to either Coke or Pepsi. Until the age of 10 or so, I thought it was available only during the summer. Hires Root Beer is still available, but not at stores I shop at.]

#2. Budweiser Light Beer. [I’m not big on alcohol, and can’t have it very often anyway because of my meds, but every so often I have the craving for a cold beer. That beer of choice is Bud Light in a frosty mug. My father, born in Europe, drank his beer at room temperature. Oh, hell no.]

#1. Coffee. [I have enjoyed coffee since the age of ten. As far as I know it did not stunt my growth. After much trial and error, I have discovered that my favorite is what they call a light, morning blend, made by Ripafratta. I buy this brand, discovered by chance, and it is perhaps the best coffee I’ve ever had.]

Well, there is the list. Please chime in with comments or your own list. How about that, a three-entry week. On Wednesday, stay turned for entry #400! It will be a special one, I promise.

Until then, have a great weekend, enjoy the early summer, and happy reading.


I dub the Keurig experiment a partial failure

Greetings, readers. Although I love my Keurig coffee maker, I am finding that since I bought it three months back, I have failed to make my budget each month. When I would get my coffee at Panera, in the early morning, I would tend to get a muffin or souffle, which would add to the cost. I would sit there for several hours, drink cup after cup of free refills, and fight with their internet connection. I figured that the Keurig would let me stay home, have a cup or two of coffee, and save a bunch of money.

Scanning my receipts I have noticed that the K-Cups are close to $8 per box at the store next door. I will usually have three or four cups a day. This means one box will last approximately four days and then more will have to be purchased. This starts to add up quickly. The per unit price is larger than I thought it would be, I am using more K-Cups per day than I thought I would, and I still buy food at Panera (with water), just closer to lunch time.

The way I used to get my coffee was to either make a big pot in the Sunbeam coffee maker, switch it off and nuke each cup as I needed it, or I simply went to Panera, paid a couple of bucks and could enjoy as many refills as I wanted.

Sure I get more time at home now, and that is good, but yet again today I had to ask my accountant for a little extra to make it through the month. This is frustrating me to no end.

At this stage of the game, I am not ready to sell my Keurig on E-Bay or put it downstairs on the swap table. I think the answer lies in finding a store where K-Cups can be bought in bulk so that each individual one is a bargain, i.e. Sam’s Club. A friend of mine says that she is going to look into this for me, and perhaps purchase some and I will pay her back.

I have loved coffee from the age of ten years old, and have no plans to give it up. I thought for sure that the Keurig coffee maker was the answer. Yes, it has kept me at home, but as far as being the economic answer that I was looking for, the jury is still out.

We will be back to a three-day work week next week.

Until tomorrow, have a good day, take care, and happy reading.

I had a great weekend with my buddy and brother

Greetings, readers. The long-awaited weekend visit of my best friend Dave has come and gone. It was a wonderful four and a half days. We met Rebecca and Darren for lunch on Saturday afternoon and talked a little about the book project. Later that evening, Dave and I met my cousin Ed and family for dinner. We chose our local Chili’s restaurant for both meals. It had very good food and the service was excellent. Dave and I got there early in the evening and we had to wait for a table at the bar. I partook of a Bud Light in a frosty glass. It was the first beer that I had had in at least a couple of years. I enjoyed it very much. When it was time to be seated for dinner, I switched to my stand-by beverage, coffee.

Sunday and Monday were filled not with PS3 baseball as I thought, but with Disney movies on Netflix streaming. When I watch TV alone, that is not my first choice, but I will admit Dave chose some Disney flicks that were quite enjoyable. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was excellent in story and acting, and had exquisite animation as well. Another two favorites of mine were Pocahontas and Atlantis: the Lost Empire. I can’t get into the actors who did the voices, but if you are into Disney movies, I’ve given you a few good choices to check out.

Dave and I also made much use of my new Keurig coffee maker. That is coming in very handy. Dave enjoyed the Panera K-Cups as well as the Donut Shop blend. Our favorite movie snack, however, was the Tostitos Scoops with creamy onion dip. Most delicious.

I talked to David brother to brother about a few issues that I wanted to get straight. Our conversations were enlightening and I was satisfied with the outcome.

The weekend went fast and on Tuesday morning when it was time to take David to the bus in a Zipcar, the car I was supposed to have wasn’t in its parking space. Oops! I called them up, nicely chewed them out, then Dave and I hopped a cab to get him to the Wal-Mart parking lot on time. He called me from the Megabus and told me everything was fine, but with their policy he couldn’t talk very loud.

All in all I give this visit a 10 out of 10 rating. No brotherly quarrels, spats, or problems that would ruin the weekend. The fact that I had to put us in a cab was quickly overlooked. Yes it was an expense I wasn’t expecting, but no harm no foul. Zipcar did refund my money.

As far as the rest of the week, my accountant wants us to look up some information about a local ambulance subscription service, in case I ever need to use them again in the future. Regular readers will remember that I needed an ambulance a couple of weeks ago and apparently I will pay full price for it.

Rebecca and I are back to our regular three-day work week and another blog will be posted on Friday. Until then, take care, stay warm, and happy reading.