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Rum and Coke

Background: minus the slight cultural confusion at the beginning of my LDS mission, I’ve never truly drunk alcohol. I have, however, gotten drunk off of children’s cough syrup. In other words, I’m a light weight.

Recently I was at a restaurant, not in Montana, that had a bar in it. I was meeting Kevin there and I got there first. I decided to order a Diet Coke.
My waiter nodded and walked away.
He came back with a drink. I was thirsty and desiring caffeine. I put a straw in and took two large gulps. Then I took a sip to verify I had a Rum and Coke. (ok. This is an assumption on my part but it’s the only drink with Coke in the title and I know Rum is dark because I saw one being made once. I’m very metropolitan.)
The waiter took a while to come back so I took a another sip to see why people like Rum and Coke. I still don’t know why.
When the waiter returned I asked him if I had a Diet Coke. He said I did. I said I didn’t think so. He said I did. I took one more sip because maybe I was confused and I was feeling very, very odd at this point. I said I think they needed to change the box.
He said, “Well, we don’t have Diet Coke. We have Diet Pepsi.”
I thought: ” So you brought me a rum and Coke?”
I said, “Then I’ll have one of those.”
This time when he brought the drink, I took a hesitant sip.

What I Learned
1. If you would like a diet drink, ask which brand they have. Do not assume you will get whichever diet soda the restaurant serves. Or always ask for Diet Pepsi. The drink isn’t called Pepsi and rum so there should be less confusion. And Diet Pepsi is better anyhow.
2. It takes 2 large and 3 small swallows of Rum and Coke to get me tipsy. (this surprised me because I can handle way more cough medicine.)


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