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Put another candle on the birthday cake…

January 11, 2010

Gotta love Charles Phoenix, he of the collection of mid-century slides: Each week you too can get an image such as this in your in-box! Just go to “Slide of the Week” on his website.

This image is particularly timely–yes it’s my birthday! And the best gift you could give me would be to subscribe to the blog–there’s a few ways to do so all there on the sidebar!

How do you like to celebrate YOUR birthday? We’re in Big Bear, staying at the Northwoods, where we enjoyed the jacuzzi tub, we’ve got the fire going, and there’s wireless. Tomorrow we hit the slopes–free for me and 50 degrees! No comment about dinner in town which is a brief walk away: the place I wanted to go to was closed at 8:30pm…and the place we went, well, let’s just put it this way: they comped me my dinner.

Below is Charles’ description of this week’s image. I think I’ll stick to port and champagne instead of cocawine or pepsi…although my new glasses were almost cats-eyed like these; my doc, Beth Benz, convinced me otherwise…

Cat-eyed teenage girls consume chocolate frosted white sheet cake in a less than dainty manner sure not to please their charm school teacher. Their painted lips match the traditional print on the slip-covered sofa they are gathered on. Plastic straws in several pastel shades emerge from mostly empty bottles of Pepsi, America’s second favorite refreshing cola beverage,. The beautiful bottles share the coffee table with festive napkins, forks and plates of uneaten remains of hot dogs and pork and beans.

The South gave us soft drinks! We have North Carolina to thank for Pepsi, the sparkling cola beverage with the peppy name. A pharmacist there first concocted it in 1898, several years after Coca Cola was first consumed in neighboring Georgia where it was invented in 1885. The Coca Cola we drink to day is a bit different than the original formula. But it’s still addictive. No, the Coca name didn’t come from coconut, it came from cocaine. Scandalous! The granddaddy of all soft drinks began, according to the legend, as refreshing, attitude altering beverage called cocawine, a blend of cocaine and wine. How festive!

Here’s to cake with Pepsi, Coke with coke, and YOU!

charles phoenix

“Slide of the Week” on the website.
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