October 22nd, 2005

krazy koati

Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?

A 1.5 Liter bottle of Coke Light with Lemon that I bought from the apartment complex's convenience store -- this is the one with the kid who laid some poetry on me with that comment about not enough money to spend growing older -- turned out to be flat. Really, horribly, absolutely flat. Not a bubble in the drink, and I gave it a fair try, including refrigerating it to the point small ice crystals formed, which you must agree is pretty cool. But, alas, it's flat. Probably somewhere in the process of being bought by the convenience store, shipped, held, and waiting around for the shelves it spent enough time in the heat and sun to lose whatever fizz it might have had.

Now, to show what an irrational cheapskate I am, I tried to not waste the S$1.85 that this cost by actually drinking the stuff. I like the taste when it's fresh, but when it's flat -- when it's as completely flat as this is -- it's like drinking paint compounds. The only thing worse than one sip is a longer sip. And it's getting worse each day. It makes Coke Light with Vanilla taste appealing. (Alas, Coke Light with Lime hasn't made it to Singapore yet.)

I did give in and buy a new bottle, fresh and crisp, but as I started pouring the flat one into the sink I realized -- there has got to be some kind of kitchen chemistry that I can do with about a liter of black, acidic liquid. I'm giving it a bit of a try in getting out some ancient pizza stains in the metal tray that goes into the toaster oven, but that's a pretty unimaginative use, and I don't think it's going to work anyway.

Trivia: In 1762 Britain's Board of Longitude awarded £300 to mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler for his studies of the movements of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. Source: Longitude, Dava Sobel.

Currently Reading: Castlereagh, C J Bartlett.