Thursday, August 21, 2008

Not the Real Thing

I guess if this is my biggest worry in the world, I'm doing okay, but this is really ticking me off. I drink Diet Coke. That's my drink of choice, for everything. It's what I'll always get out of a machine, and it's what I buy for home. I buy the 16.9 oz 6-pack of Diet Coke bottles for home, usually 3-4 packs at a time. I find there is less waste with the bottles, and if I bought cans I would want to put them in the fridge, and we don't have the fridge space.

So Coke just recently changed their caps on the plastic bottles. I have no clue why. I suppose it was a money issue. But now the ridges on the cap are further apart (see picture below) and they are softer or rounded ridges. So now I can't get a grip on the caps to unscrew them. Even using one of those rubber-gripper thingies doesn't make it much easier, and I certainly don't carry one of those around with me all the time. I guess I'll have to start doing that, since I usually try to take a fresh bottle of Diet Coke with me everywhere.

But that's not the end of the dilemma. I also used to use a FizzKeeper on any unfinished bottles so the Coke will stay fresh. And apparently, when Coke changed the outside of their caps, they changed the inside, because the threads are different, and my FizzKeepers don't fit anymore. So now any unfinished Diet Coke I leave in the bottle goes flat overnight.

It's the stupidest problem... I can't get into my Diet Cokes. Dumb? Yes. A problem? Most definitely, unless I want to change refreshments. Besides the fact I've always though it was dumb that Coke doesn't sell their 20 oz. bottles in 6-packs like Pepsi does.

What the hell were they thinking?


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