Thursday, March 11, 2010

World of Coca-Cola

One of my many, MANY vices is drinking a lot of soda. My soda of preference is a diet coke or diet pepsi. And Atlanta is home of Coca-Cola and in 2007 they opened a 60,000 square foot exhibition-attraction of all things Coca-Cola. It was both fantastically and grossly entertaining. Fantastic because the exhibits and movies - a 3D show and a cute animation, were well done, funny, colorful and carefree. But it was slightly gross, too because of how easily we (I) can be drawn to the sugary caffeinated addiction found in a 12oz can or 20oz bottle.

Admittedly, I really enjoyed my tour at the World of Coca-Cola. Not only do I drink Diet Coke, I also love pop culture. Throw in lots of colors and a couple of cute shows and I'll certainly consider it $15 well spent. But I felt guilty, too. Because I believe it's a problem how much we drink processed, sugared, caffeinated drinks. And I am so very much a part of the problem. So I may ask myself, 'what am I doing to address my guilt?' Um. Unfortunately, very little. I drink soda 3-5x a week, almost always over 12oz each time. I've tried only drinking it at home and not ordering it when we go out to eat. I succeeded for about 4 months, but once I fell off the wagon, well. You know that lack of fortitude I've talked about before? Yea, sticktoitiveness is not my strong suit. The only thing I can say I consistently do and have for a couple of years is that I never buy soda in plastic bottles. But that's another issue not to be discussed at this time. :)

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4 comments:

Shammickite said...

I bought a 6 pack of Coke in bottles (sorry, plastic) last summer when it was on special at the grocery store. OlderSon drank one, and there are still 3 left in the fridge! So you're welcome to them if you come up this way some time in the next 10 years, cos they'll probably still be there! As you can guess, I hardly ever drink Coke. Not sure why, I think it's too sweet. And I NEVER drink diet pop (you call it soda), as it has such a weird aftertaste.

Vagabonde said...

I have not been to the “New” World of Coca-Cola yet. It looks quite big and full of interesting things. In 1990 Coca-Cola built the original World of Coca-Cola downtown Atlanta. I took some trainees down there in 1992. It costs $2.50 and we paid less for the students. It was very nice and instructive and you could get as much coke or other drinks distributed by Coca Cola as you wished. When one of the original owners of Home Depot decided to built an aquarium downtown, Coca Cola decided to improve their museum. They increased the size of the site and even moved it. I understand it has new exhibits and staff with new uniforms and admission is higher. Before it was more like a non-profit museum, now it may be profitable. I’ll have to go and take a look. I bet their prices are no longer $2.50 and less for students and seniors!

rosemary said...

When i was my heaviest i was drinking leaded coke.....then switched to un-leaded and now drink the caffeine free unleaded. Pretty much like drinking brown fizzy water. Steve re-cycles.....bless his heart.

Ginnie said...

I just learned a lot from both you and Vagabonde! I went to the World of Coca Cola many years ago and remember hardly anything of it. I am not a soda drinker of any kind but my son used to drink Classic Coke all the time. He couldn't stand Diet Coke because of the taste, he said. However, I think there's a new sugar-free Coke (Coke Zero??) that he DOES like and that seems to help on the weight side of things. I'll have to ask him what it is.