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Friday, March 29, 2013

Bottled Water

-- A Vent.

In my wonderful part-time job as a grocery cashier, I often ring up carts loaded with bottled water, sometimes cases (plastic shrink-wrapped around 24 plastic bottles) of it, in the endless quest for the purest of drinking water.

Never mind that most city tap water is actually just fine, and doesn't result in landfills full of eternal plastic.

I'm old enough to remember a southern comedian (David Gardner) who, as "Brother Dave Gardner", did comedy routines (around 1960 or so) in the style of an evangelical preacher just telling a story.  On one of the LP's he made ("Rejoice, Dear Hearts", I think), he told this aside to the audience between a couple of his routines ...

"I was in Hot Springs [Arkansas] the other day, watching those stu--pid, ig--no --rant, southerners selling water to them brilliant yankees."

A couple of years ago, I recall a commercial for something (I've forgotten what) in which this bubble-headed blonde was laughing nervously at some remark, and then going completely blank, and continuing, "I don't get it!".

I'll venture that we now have an entire generation of bottled water fanatics who would have precisely that reaction to Brother Dave's comment. :(


Anonymous said...

We recently returned from a cruise where at least one fellow-traveller had two cases of bottled water. *sigh*

Foxfier said...

It's handy for situations where you can't get to a tap-- driving, or on a ride-- but that's about it for me.

Can't see any reason to spend money when my tap water tastes fine, and takes a couple of days to get slimy in a container.

(Now, sports drinks? Those I'll cop to buying the cheap ones, but I'll gladly play the "momma needs trace elements not found in peanut butter" card.)

Paul Gordon said...

Sometimes, on my break, I'll grab a can of Red Bull for the caffeine it's loaded with.

But, as far as it "gives you wings", they must be on back-order. I'm still awaiting mine. :-)


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