I haven't talked to you about toothpaste in ages and don't think you were so fortunate that this would remain true forever. After the sudden appearance and equally sudden disappearance of that really nice toothpaste that bunny_hugger noted was targeted at female tooth-owners which I loved I've been adrift for a favorite toothpaste. Last year Crest Or Someone Else started selling one with lemon flavor, which I absolutely loved. This was fantastic. It was the perfect toothpaste, in that it tasted like icing eaten right out of the can. This became my toothpaste of all resorts until, of course, that was also discontinued and stocks sort of dwindled out. It had one last gasp in the Super Discount aisle at K-Mart, with something like three boxes for five dollars and this the Special Bonus of including a cheap toothbrush, but that was it.
While looking forlorn in the toothpaste aisle, as sorry as it's possible to get, I saw a new toothpaste with the flavor of cinnamon. I like cinnamon in what I regard as its proper context, which is on top of oatmeal, which I've eaten as recently as during the Iran-Contra Scandal. Cinnamon seemed like too tangy a thing for toothpaste, but I figured, how bad can it be? The answer: Horrid. This is a perfectly awful combination of mouth sensations. I don't know what they were thinking. I swiftly returned to the store to look for any other flavor and saw one with a generic citrus base that looks promising.
And now my deep cheapness interferes with my sense: Surely I have enough in savings that I can let a US$2.49 tube of toothpaste go to waste, or to my parents, right? Surely? No, apparently, I can't: I've gone on using it, getting the tube more nearly empty. Worse, I'm starting to acclimate to this awful toothpaste flavor. I don't know what gets into my brain at times, but I'd like to ask whoever is responsible for toothpaste out there to bring back the lemon icing flavor. Soon.
Trivia: Kikkoman opened a factory in Denver, Colorado, to make soy sauce for Japanese emigrants to the United States in 1892. Source: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge.
Currently Reading: Autumn Angels, Arthur Byron Cover. From 1975: it's number two in The Harlan Ellison Discovery Series. And Ellison points out, Cover has a story to appear in Last Dangerous Visions, due out around Christmastime. I can't wait!