Today, I pose a serious question: Coke or Pepsi?
Now, don't just jump the gun here. Think about your answer.
I grew up in a Coca-Cola household. Television commercials told me it was the real thing. I watched a hillside of people sing about giving the world a Coke. So, the idea of drinking Pepsi never crossed my mind until I left home, and the store offered it on sale but not Coke. I tried the Pepsi, drank it in restaurants when no other choice was available, but I always preferred Coke.
Some people claim I'm disloyal to the Carolinas since Pepsi originated in North Carolina. Coke originated in Georgia. I grew up in Clemson, South Carolina, half-way between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, NC. While South Carolinians share a kinship with our neighbors to the north, we don't see ourselves as North Carolinians. A fact that rubs us the wrong way when people from outside South Carolina can never remember we're from South Carolina and introduce us to others as being from North Carolina. (People from South Dakota, I hear, have the same problem.) But back to my point, why should my soft drink choice show loyalty because our state names are similar?
Loyalty aside, consider the flavor. Coke has a crisp taste and deeper flavor. I remembered this during our recent vacation to Florida. Everywhere we went, if I ordered a Coke, they'd say, "We have Pepsi. Is that OK?" I said yes, like I always do, but after awhile, I wanted to say, "No. It doesn't taste as good. I want a Coke." Of course, my mother raised me better than that, so I accepted the Pepsi, which tasted like a watered-down, higher-carbonated cola. It wasn't the real thing in my book. In our hotel room fridge, I stocked up on Cokes.
And let's face it, all the greats drink Coke: Santa Claus, the cute polar bears, me.
Maybe this is silly. Then again, why do waiters double-check with you before they serve a Coke person a Pepsi? Hmm?
So, which do you prefer? Coke? Pepsi? Something else? Inquiring minds want to know.