Mrs. Geek and I spent the last three days out of town, owing to a death in Mrs. Geek's family. The deceased was 86 years old and had been in poor health during the last few months. She was much beloved by many in the family, and will be missed. Mrs. Geek and I are doing fine.
During the course of our visit, I paid a visit to the hotel soda machine. Upon using it, I discovered that $1.00 can buys you:
- a 12 oz. can of Coca Cola, or
- a 10.5 plastic bottle of Dasani tap water
I can't see how anything about this choice is good. Either A) the makers of Coca Cola feel that they can charge more for plain water than water with carbonation and sugar added because that is what the market will bear (despite the cost of shipping tap water in plastic bottles with completely unregulated safety standards), or B) U.S. government farm subsidies for corn and corn sweeteners are so ubiquitous that its somehow cheaper to ship Coca Cola in bulk than plain water (thus contributing to American problems with obesity). I suppose it could be both. Neither choice bodes particularly well for the average consumer.
on 2008-02-27 at 3:25 p.m.
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