When I was in College at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, I picked up quite a few bad habits, but one in particular that is relevant to this post. Although I love to cook, I also loved cheesesteaks (I grew up just south of Atlantic City…close to Philly…the birthplace of Philly Cheesesteaks) and I often frequented a joint called Jersey Mikes. I would always order their chicken cheesesteaks and get a large fountain soda of Mountain Dew. This was probably a weekly lunch staple for about 3 months until it came to an abrupt stop…because of a visit to the Dentist. Aparently, Mountain Dew is so full of sugar and acids it can do quick work damaging your teeth and I had 3 cavaties. The doctor told me I just shouldn’t drink the stuff…that not only was it bad for my teeth, but it was overall a bad thing for my body.
Fast forward about 10 years. Summer and I moved to Puerto Rico and my days involve coffee at the local bakery every morning and then a bunch of other fun stuff involving work and finishing our house.
About three days ago, when I was in the Puntas Bakery waiting for my coffee, I saw a new (just a guess) father holding his maybe 5 month old baby. Now, Summer and I have been talking about kids in our future (not near) so for some reason I am starting to notice kids and parents in my daily routine. Now, the reason for this entire rant is that I saw him dipping his straw into his Mountain Dew, plugging the other end with his thumb to create enough suction to fill up the straw, and then putting the straw into his babies mouth and letting the contents (Fucking Mountain Dew) drain into his babies mouth. I saw him do this 3 or 4 times in a row and I realized that any idiot can have kids (that makes me a perfect candidate). If an adult body has a hard time dealing with Mountain Dew, what is a babies body going to do with it?
I was just blown away by this guys stupidity…I know there is no manual to be a parent…but come on. Mountain Dew?