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A Long Lost Friend Returns


July 27, 2005 11:54 PM PST

One of the things I looked forward to when I moved the the U.S. back in 1999 was that the Mountain Dew there had caffeine, and lots of it. Canadian Mountain Dew does not, for some strange reason. My pet theory is that kids tend to drink "colourful" sodas more than colas, and the hyper-caffeinated Dew would blow their energy levels through the roof come Saturday morning.

But, after long coding sessions ("5 in 3", or "how long would it take to have a functional QuickTime failover demo? You have 1 week...") my body was building up resistance to the effects of caffeine from my ever increasing intake of coffee. I needed, as Huey Lewis would say, a new drug.

I found one. While shopping at Larry's Market in Bellevue, I found the wonder drug: Guarana Chai Tea. This stuff is waaay more potent than coffee, without "The Shakes" (you know what I'm talking about) and with a really nice, smooth taste. I wrote a lot of DMS code powered by this stuff, and hence this post's category.

After a few months of drinking this stuff, Larry's decided to stop carrying it. I couldn't find it anywhere, so back to alternating between coffee and Diet Coke. Alas.

Years pass.

Last weekend, shopping at a one of those "upscale" grocery stores in SOMA, I found it again. I can feel my heart skip a beat.

Comments (1)
John, July 28, 2005 11:10 AM:

Oh the memories. I'm not much of a tea drinker myself, but I do remember that stuff. Guarana is serious coding fuel.

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