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Showing posts from October, 2012

Hooray for People -- Part 2: Freestyle Fountain

What's better than one innovative engineering genius working on an idea to revolutionize tasty beverages? That's right, two innovative engineering geniuses! I would like to publicly thank Nilag Patel and Dean Kamen for inventing the Coke Freestyle Fountain --- a product that fundamentally changes the way carbonated beverages are dispensed.

Before the Freestyle, I seldom went to movies in a theater, preferring to pay Redbox a buck to sit on my old couch with a Diet Pepsi and watch a DVD. But then a new theater was built, perhaps for the sole reason of housing the Freestyle. Now, my entire family has invested in movie-theater-specific 32 oz mugs to take to our frequent movie theater outings. For a mere one dollar we can each take our turn at the Freestyle machine, a beautiful, shiny kiosk-like machine with a computer touch-screen interface that invites you to select from over a 100 beverage options. I can select Coke Zero, and then choose to add any type of flavoring: vanilla, …

Corn on The Cob---Until We Meet Again

Dear Corn on The Cob,
Must you leave so soon? We've had so little time together this season. We barely had a chance to get reacquainted.  It seems like yesterday, when I first saw you nestled in a box in a road-side stand, your messy golden hair shining in the sun, inviting me to take you home. I already miss your sweet, crisp kernels. I wish we could have a few more weeks together. I admit, I took you for granted this summer...postponing our encounters, thinking you'd always be around. I went to the road-side stand today, to see if maybe you would make one more visit. The farmer laughed at me and said, "It's October lady, corn is long gone, here buy some peaches instead." I don't want peaches. I want you...warm and slathered in butter and salt. Alas, I will have to wait another year. Next year, I promise to spend more time with you. Until then, farewell!