Song: Stand By Me
Artist: Ben E. King
Album: Don’t Play That Song
Today’s Quote: “This country’s obsession with not uttering naughty words and not talking about s-e-x is borderline psychotic. Strike that, it is psychotic.” ~ Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture and television at Syracuse University in a commentary about why the major networks are having trouble competing against cable and satellite.
I’m not sure what the occasion was but they gave free access to the soda machines at work during lunch so I went to see what offerings were available. The only sugar-free beverages were Diet Pepsi and Diet Mountain Dew. I had tried Diet Mountain Dew about 20 years ago and my initial assessment of it was that it tasted like something akin to toxic waste. Well, I gave it a try today (since it was free) and my opinion of it has improved substantially. It really didn’t taste that bad. Now I have one more sugar-free option at my disposal. I can’t stand the taste of Diet Coke and I find Diet Pepsi to be somewhat tolerable. Diet MD, on the other hand, actually tasted rather pleasant. The ads say Diet Dr. Pepper tastes more like regular Dr. Pepper but they don’t say what they’re comparing it with. I suppose Diet Dr. Pepper does taste more like Dr. Pepper than, say, urine or even Diet Coke. Hmm, a taste test between Diet Coke and urine. That would be a tough one to call. Of course, when I first tasted Diet MD, twenty-some years ago, I would have declined it in favor of urine. Tastes change, I guess.