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28 September 1996

Sticky Grapelike Situation

It was very hot today, so I was unusually tempted by a pop machine. (The pedant in me is obliged to add that on this side of the Rocky Mountains the device is technically a soda machine.)

A can of pop was only a quarter, so I decided to have a drink. None of the flavors looked very good, so I decided to try my childhood favorite: grape.

The grape pop tasted exactly as it always had--syrupy sweet purpleness. I suppose that's why I liked it as a kid: purple was my favorite color.

It was horrible. I suppose I was being naïve expecting it to taste like grape juice, just like when I expected Gallo alcoholic beverages to taste like wine. Or maybe it tasted awful because I don't have a favorite color.

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