Who Needs Milk When You Can Have Coke?

It’s sad to read about the tainted milk in China which has resulted in the the death of 4 infants and the poisoning of thousands of children (“Milk off shelves as China’s safety scandal grows”).

Fortunately in México this would never be a problem. Why? Because we are bottle-fed Coca-Cola at a very early age and in some cases the liquid crack has replaced milk as the beverage of choice for most escuincles.

Don’t worry, Mexican Coke (above, pic source: SFoodie) is not the dentist’s dream that American Coke is for one very simple reason. Whereas American Coke is made with corn syrup, the Mexican variant is made with cane sugar. I understand that makes all the difference in the Western Hemisphere, especially in taste (this is one of the few things my Fatherland does better than my adoptive land).

I can fondly remember my dear mother exulting in the fact that she didn’t give us Kool-Aid because of its high sugar content. To back her decision up she would lament that her Kool-Aid-swilling nieces had dental work that rivaled that of famous Bond villain, Jaws (right)

All the while the dear woman let the 3 of us have a free run at the Coke products (Orange Joya rocks). Coca-Cola was an integral part of my childhood (not to mention part of our balanced breakfast), and thus it is not surprising to find that it remains an integral part of my adult life.

Except that for most of my life I’ve been drinking the solvent that passes as Coca-Cola here in the States.

So thanks Mom for your introduction to addictive non-alcoholic beverages. To her credit, not one of her 3 children ever had to get a ‘silver’ chiclet.

Mother indeed, knows best…

Pet Funerals: a Sign of Confused Times

Most everyone has had a pet at some point in their lives, thus most everyone has had to deal with the death of a pet.

Growing up we had cats, and we lost a couple of them. We did what most people out in the sticks do: you dig a hole, put the carcass in a shoebox, say a few words and bury it.

Apparently things have progressed way beyond that, at least according to this,
Pet-Only Funeral Home Opens In Fla.

Not surprising given the confusion of many a pet owner (some would never call themselves ‘owners’) regarding the fact that pets are not people.

I know an owner who has said that she cares more about her dogs than others care about their children, her reasoning? She spends more money on her dogs than people do on her children.

Yes, because money is ultimately what determines value.

Back to the story, this quote needs no further commentary,

“We started the business because I don’t have two-legged children,” Pet Angel Memorial owner Colleen Ellis said. “All I have is four-legged children and I wanted her treated in the same way as the human funeral business, which is the business I come from.”

You Flash, You Crash, Case #5408

When I was a lad and first learned to ride a bike hands-free, I was proud of myself for the ‘accomplishment’. So much so in fact, that I thought it a good idea to let my dad know as he washed the car.

Of course as he looked up, I lost my balance and ate it in a pretty spectacular fashion.

I remembered that experience after reading the following story,

Police: Motorcyclist flipped bird, popped wheelie, crashed

It’s a good thing this guy didn’t die, otherwise he might have been up for a Darwin.