zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Drink)


Another blow has been dealt to HFCS sodas!
7-Up has just released 7-UP Retro, made with real sugar.
I saw the 12-packs and the glass bottles at Target last night.
Sadly, I didn't get any as my hands were full.
For pictures of the cans and a list of places to get 7-UP retro, click HERE.
For pictures and info on the glass bottles, click HERE.
For L.A. residents, 7-UP Retro can be found at Ralphs, Target and Albertsons (ptooie!!).
Oh yeah, and Walmart (double ptooie!!). And a few other places.

In other news, those hard-working Hartnoll boys (aka Orbital) have a new official website.
If you're not familiar with their musical style, you haven't been reading this LJ. :D
The website has a large amount of Orbitunes for your streaming pleasure, so give 'em a listen!

"There is the theory of the Moebius: a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop,
and from which there is no escape."


zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Drink)


So there I was (about an hour ago) at the local Ralph's supermarket (part of Kroger ComHugeCo Industries),
bent on buying some Perrier(tm), and not much else. Honest! That's all I needed! I had a coupon!
You know that thing about how no battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy?
Yeah, it was a bit like that.
I walked into the Ralphs, grabbed a handbasket and made for the soft drinks aisle.
There was a tatooed and ponytailed man there, busy putting 12-packs of Pepsi Throwback (the awesome one
with real sugar in it, not High Fructose Corn Syrup) in his cart with a slightly manic look on his face.
"Oh cool," I thought, "they still have Throwback in stock".
The Manic Man looked up at me and said those 4 magic words: "THEY'RE ON SALE!"
( - Yes, "they're" counts as two words! Shaddup! :D - )
On sale? But how much of a sale? 5 for $10? WHAT?!?!
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!
Next thing I knew, I had traded my handbasket for a shopping cart and I was grabbing the last 3 Throwbacks.
Problem was, this was a "must buy 5 to get the sale price" sale, so I needed 2 more Throwbacks.
Luckily, the stockist had just shown up, so I asked him where I could get more. I went to get more.
While waiting for him, I looked for my Perrier at discovered that it was also on sale: a buck a bottle.
Well, gee, gosh, darn, today was a good day to shop!
So I grabbed 6 bottles, which is how many I needed to take advantage of the coupon ($1.25 off on 6).
The stockist returned with a double arm-full of 12-packs (I don't know how he does it, I can only carry 5!).
I got my 2 and headed in the general direction of the cheese aisle.
"Jamais deux sans trois" goes the French proverb, roughly equivalent to "third time's the charm".
I held my breath, hoped against hope, and peered at the Tillamook display...

And there it was! After 4 months of absence, it was back in stock: Tillamook Sharp Cheddar!!!
They had kept their promise, they had said it would be back in July, and there it was! On July 1st!
It wasn't on sale, I didn't care, I had missed it sooooooooo much!!!

Hi, my name is Zrath and I have a cheese problem...
"Hi Zrath!!!"

So, I have enough Pepsi Throwbacks for about 3 months (unless I get company, HAR! Like that's gonna happen),
enough Perrier for a week, and my beloved Tillamook Sharp Cheddar is finally back.
At this particular moment, life does not suck.

Oh yeah, the 5 for $10 sale is good on everything Pepsi makes, by the way.

May the Fourth be with you! :D


zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Drink)
(The title is an old Perrier slogan. It means, "Perrier, it's crazy!")


As many of you know, I have a drinking problem.
I love sodas and diet sodas and carbonated waters of all kind.
And I like to try new stuff.
And I'm French.
So imagine my surprise and excitement when I saw yesterday at Ralphs PERRIER PAMPLEMOUSSE ROSE!
I'm already fond of Lemon Perrier and I had no idea they were planning a new flavor.
"Pamplemousse rose" is French for "pink grapefruit", and the resulting drink is cool and refreshing.
It smells strongly of pink grapefruit but the actual flavoring is very subtle.
I'm thinking of picking up a couple of extra bottles today.
Ralphs/Krogers has Perrier (all flavors) on sale at 3 (750ml glass bottles) for $4.
That's $1.33 each, and you need the club/rewards/non-tourist card for that price.

I have no idea why "pamplemousse" means "grapefruit" and frankly, what the hell does "grapefruit" mean anyway?
I mean, there's already "grapes" and they're fruits, so why is there a "grapefruit" that has nothing to do with grape?
Well, apparently, "grapefruit" (gra-pay-froo-et) is German for "grapefruit"! Stupid English, stealing from ze Chermans!

Bonus language silliness: in French, "grape" is "raisin". And "raisin" is "raisin sec" (dry grape).


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