Here's the Big Gulp machine at my favorite 7-11 store, taken yesterday afternoon. Maybe it's not a big deal to you but to me the Big Gulp machine is like the Sun to a plant or Mother's bosom to a baby. It's the source of one of life's greatest joys which is, well, Big Gulps.
But now there is trouble in paradise. See where it says Manzanita Sol? Yeah, that wasn't there the day before. It seems to be some sort of apple soda but I can't guess what "Refresco de Manzana Cae la tentacion" is all about.
What I do know is that in addition to the large panel of advertising that went in, the store also replaced the Cherry Cola fountain drink option in the Big Gulp machine with this new stuff. No Cherry Coke? No peace, right? Cherry Coke is, along with its beautiful twin sister Vanilla Coke, what made America great.
To add considerable insult to an almost inhuman amount of injury, this new Mexican soda is made by...by..... Pepsi!! Pepsi! The Devil's Pee!
Pepsi products instead of Coca-Cola products? Why not dirt instead of cake? How about hate instead of love? How about rats instead of dogs? Do I need to go on?
Pepsi instead of Coke? Maybe you'd prefer The Biggest Loser to The Office? Bea Arthur to Beyonce? How about getting polio instead of a good night's sleep?
All I am saying is this: How about a little less marching in the streets over the Writer's Strike, or the Jena 6, or some other "injustice" and a little more paying attention to what's really going on in this country. One Big Gulp Machine at a time.