The Mountain Dew
(Warning: Flash/audio heavy website!!!) guys at PepsiCo. like to experiment with different flavors. Right now they have:
- The standard “lemony” traditional stuff (I think it’s kind of like lemon. Never really thought about the flavor.)
- Some kind of orange flavored variant called “Livewire”
- Some red stuff – tastes sort of like “Tropical Punch” – called “Code Red”
- Some purple/grape-like stuff called “Pitch Black”
- Something called “Baja Blast” – that you can only get at some fast-food place I don’t frequent. They say it’s ‘tropical lime’
- Diet versions of the above. (Ick!)
The purple stuff claims to be “limited availability”. They didn’t produce it for very long last year. Now they have a new version… “Pitch Black II” — the purple stuff+ some sour flavor. Going to have to stock up on it… It is actually worth buying… the sour part makes it stand out… unlike the orange which is kind of nasty (And the less said about diet sodas the better).
We’re far enough from the ocean here (Knox-vegas, TN) that we usually only get a lot of wind and rain from hurricanes that clobber the coast (Gulf and Atlantic).
Hurricane Katrina is heading inland… it’s to the west of us… closer to Nashville than here… we’re just getting some heavy winds and a little rain and a bunch of trees have lost branches… and there was a tornado warning…
Seems kind of strange considering how badly Louisiana and Mississippi got hit…
The news from Louisiana / Mississippi ? Not even remotely good. The water in New Orleans keeps rising… apparently some parts of the city are so bad that they won’t show it on the news (Or maybe they can’t get to those parts yet?) And rumor has it that a large number of city residents didn’t have time to leave (And we’re not even talking about the ones who thought they knew better and decided to stay when they could have gotten out.). So… we could end up with large (For the US anyway) death tolls after all.
It was a given that gas prices would go up today. Hurricane Katrina wiped out a few oil refineries in the Gulf yesterday/today while drowning New Orleans (and the surrounding areas). The same thing happens every time a hurricane wanders into the oil fields.
Unfortunately, that killed what little price stability we were starting to see in pump prices this past week.
On Monday morning, gas at the local was $2.47/gal for regular (and don’t forget that premium (required by the Bavarian engine/gadget in my red buggy) is usually 20 cents more per gallon… )
This morning it was up to $2.49
Tonight… when I got home from work… it was up to $2.69 (Ouch!) for regular. At least that’s what the sign said. Fortunately, for me anyway, the pump was set to $2.59/$2.69/$2.79 — so either the sign price is for tomorrow or someone forgot to change the pumps.
Could have saved myself half a dollar if I’d filled up this morning instead of tonight… oh well… but at least I now have a full tank. That’ll last me for the next 2 weeks (I hope).