The Search for 7up

In a recent discussion with Oven Glovers, I realized once again the loss of the 7up brand at all major restaurants.  As a Pepsi product, 7up had often been a part of my general youthful dislike of Pepsi products (stupid restaurant – where’s my Coke?).  It was also the source of much fun in the form of the game Heads Up, Seven Up.  As I reminisced about my last drink and my last drink together, I realized it had been awhile since I’d seen 7up in a restaurant.  The light soda battling Sprite had become Sierra Mist, an unworthy opponent even for the questionable 7up.  Everybody knows that Sierra Mist is now a Pepsi product, but 7up is still available in grocery stores.  What had happened?  Did 7up suddenly split off as a company?  Were they bought out?  Was it all a result of the popular ‘Make Seven Up Yours’ campaign?

I easily discovered that 7up is part of Schweppes in the US and Pepsi in other places around the world.  But more information was not available.  When did that happen?  Also, the 7up website lists it as part of a Dr. Pepper company.  Huh?  I thought the Dr. was Coke!  This site gave 1986 as the date that the Pepper and the Up merged, but I can remember the Uncola being all around restaurants after that time.  I needed more info.

So.  The end of the story is various.  1) Certain drinks (like Dr. Pepper and 7up) have different owners in the US and other countries, meaning that even the drink recipes could vary between countries.  2) Dr Pepper and 7up have been together since 1986, after various fallouts and mergers, ending with a 1995 merger with Cadburys.   3) Cadbury Schweppes is the #3 soda distributor in the US after Coke and Pepsi.  Evidently this means they can be friendly with each other and get mutually agreeable distribution contracts at places like Hardees.

This article does fill in a little more about recent trends.  However, there is little I could find that links up why 7up and Dr. Pepper are not typically served together.  The search continues…

Here fishy, fishy…(aka Babies Everywhere!)

Prior to my move-in with Mike, he received a betta in a small tank from his sister Rebecca.  It was the dawn of a new age, the start of life’s great adventure – he and I subsequently became fish people.  And by fish people, I mean complete aquatic self-maintaining environment people.

It may have had something to do with  our natural love of plants.  Mike and I both discovered early on that we love growing things, and about howwe both thougt I live flowering plant was so much nicer than a bouquet that would die quickly, only a passing joy.  I don’t know the number of plants we now have in our house, but there are probably more than you can count with fingers.  So naturally, when Mike decided to get a bigger, more roomy tank for the betta, along with a few cories to do some cleaning and keep him company, we also got some plants.  We spent some time talking to the ‘experts’, those people in our area who have beautiful and diverse 50-gallon tanks all over their homes.  We even got some good free plants to start us off.

Of course, early in our adventure the betta bit into at least one free guppy we acquired, got some kind of infection, and died.  But somehow we were already hooked.  Maybe it was the idea of the self-sufficient tank, something beautiful yet contained that reflected the larger natural ecosystems of our world – plants to create oxygen, fish to create CO2, and snails and shrimp to clean up the algae and waste.  Maybe it was the idea of an entirely different world that we had a view into.  All I know is that now we have three tanks, and we’re looking to get some little cute vases for shrimp + plants.  Also, in checking out one of my other happy blog areas, I noticed this.  Design plus fishies.  Yay!  And yes, it is a sort of escape, a little breather from our mundane lives and world.  Get an aquarium!  Mike, we need a telephone booth next.

For me, my favorite part was the babies.  Guppies bred everywhere.  And now, our shrimp have also gone crazy with breeding.  I love to watch the tiny little things zip around the tank, little speedies racing each of their six legs to swim.  They float there, seemingly flying through the water, so much more delicate, agile, and direct than the back-and-forth gentle motion of fish tails.  I even love watching the mamas, flexing their tails full of eggs, jiggling and running water over them to keep each developing egg clean.  The red cherry shrimp we have, like guppies, are live bearers.  Their eggs are easily distinguished individually within the mommy belly – ahh, so CUTE!

I leave you with this little non-advertising advertising to jump-start your weekend.  Why?  Because I feel great.

The New ‘Do

Now that my parents are safely on their way to Boston and thus out of internet communication range until they see me tonight (You cut your hair? AGAIN?!?  Why?  Well, sure I like it, it’s just so…short), I thought I would give everyone the update on my current styling selection.  How is it different?  I’m not really sure.  Do you like it?  Again, I don’t really know yet.  It definitely feels…funky.

The most obvious change is a lightening of the back of my head.  Stanley the stylist razored it so that the underneath layers wouldn’t be weighted by lots of other hair on top, allowing the bottom part to curl a little.  I think that’s working, but it’s really hard for me to objectively guage the curliness of the hair on the back of my head.  I feel myself looking down alot.  That could also be because I don’t really know how to type and I need to watch my fingers, but don’t tell my mom.   Just say it’s a ‘new haircut head imbalance’.  That sounds almost medical, as if it’s not my fault.

There are probably other changes as well that I’m not aware of yet.  He did take a bit off the front, but mostly wanted to leave that curl intact.  I feel like sometime soon the rising curls and the old ones are gonna have a fisticuffs, but I’m not sure who will come out the victor.  I’m not sure yet who I’m even rooting for.  Still, the new experience is to be valued.  I haven’t had my hair cut by someone other than myself since that time in China they gave me the ‘mushroom’ style.  I had to go home and fix it myself and just live with it really short for awhile.  This style is nothing like that disaster.

Really, the whole new experience is due to Mike.  He’s always encouraging me to try new things, and thinks it would be nice for me to try and new style, or do more ‘girl things’.  So here’s to that.   Hopefully this new experience will be one of the grow – to – love variety.