Wednesday, May 14, 2008

addiction?

I'm not saying I drink a lot of Diet Coke or anything, but the guy at 7-11 knows me by name.

Today I went in for a refill at about 9:30am (which would seem to imply that I had already had a "fill". But it was actually an older cup from a few days ago.) But anyway, I was in there and chatted with the clerk for a minute while I paid.

Then about an hour later my brother called to see if I wanted to go get a Diet Coke. It's more of a rhetorical question, really, because when do I not want to go, right? But I didn't really want him to know that it was going to be a refilled refill. So I went and changed my shirt, and put my hair up. I meant to wear my sunglasses, but I forgot them.

I'm not sure what I was trying for. Either I wanted the clerk to not recognize me at all (yeah. because it's not like I see him about 4 mornings a week or anything.), or I wanted him to think that it must have been yesterday that he saw me.
I figured I'd walk through the door saying "Hey! can you believe it's Thursday already?" and either he would either agree, or argue with me about the day, and either way we weren't going to have to discuss the fact that he'd seen me very very recently.

You know, you hear about the lengths crack addicts will go to - trying to get their "stuff" and avoid being caught. But you just don't think it will ever happen to you.

The disguise was crap, and even the clerk saw right through me, though he was nice enough not to say anything in front of my brother. I'm sure I'll hear about it tomorrow.

Unless...

I could switch cars with The Brain, and dye my hair.

or...

I could start going to the OTHER gas station every-other-day.

or...

Shut up, ok?

( I mean, unless you have a suggestion for me that involves another way to get the "stuff".)

26 comments:

Laurie said...

Hahaha... I LOVE the label you put on this!!! That's definitely how I feel today!

Hmm... I feel your pain, but I don't have any suggestions... Sorry!

lusciouschaos said...

I knew I felt a strange kinship to you. It is the diet coke. I go to my local gas station every morning for a 44 oz. Hillol or Sharon greet me. Sharon always tries to overcharge me but Hillol gives freebies every once and a while. I always bring a refill cup and use a fresh lid. One morning I heard Sharon ask why the large lids never seemed to match up with the large cups. I stayed very quiet. Alba used to be there but she was fired for threatening a customer. I was devastated--she was my best friend. Sad.

Kimberly said...

Hee hee! I can totally relate.

Well...sort of. For me it's cookies. Pop just doesn't do it for me.

Still. I understand. Oh yes.

No Cool Story said...

Sorry when it comes to Coke (I prefer mine Classic) anything is fair.

Nancy Face said...

The clerks at our neighborhood Circe K know me, too...but I'm there for the refill of the Coke Icee! :D

Nancy Face said...

But not since I've been on my killer diet. SOB! :(

Yvonne said...

Too funny--but my addiction is chocolate. (But that's why I go to Costco and then just hide it in my house--my problem...I always FIND it ; )

Stacey said...

I love that you tried to disguise yourself. Awesome!

For me it's Diet DP. I can't get enough of it. One time I was without my sustenance for two days..it's known as the "dark" time we don't like to talk about around here.

Jill said...

My addiction is Diet Dr. Pepper, however, Diet Coke will do in a pinch.
I suggest going to different restaurants which have drive through windows. Do some research and learn the different times the workers are there, and how long their shift lasts. Be sure to include their break times. Make a chart and keep it in your car. Also, if you go to the drive through at the busiest times (usually lunchtime) then the people there will be so busy that they will be less likely to remember you.
Following this method will allow you to get your (addiction fix) refreshing beverage multiple times a day without having to see the same employee more than once or twice a week.

Good luck.

Melissa said...

Sounds like you need to go to rehab :)

Amy Peterson said...

It's been almost 2 weeks without my Dr.Pepper, it was hard-headaches, irritability, lots of times that I wish I was downing a BIGGIE Dr. Pepper! Everything I read said it takes only 5 days to break the "addiction". Grandma was right you can do hard things! Everyone here says Hello! love ya

Elizabeth-W said...

8 months ago I gave up caffeine (long story as to why--please don't take this as "and you should, too!". My point is that I was very committed to my half-diet, half full strength Dr Pepper. But I only go to one place, and it has to have crushed ice. I'd have suggested a different store, too.
Now, I'm drinking diet, caffeine free Coke, also known as brown water. I can't tolerate the diet caffeine free DP b/c I know what that is 'supposed' to taste like. I was never a coke drinker, so I can't really tell the difference in such a pronounced way.
Amy, I am sending you supportive vibes, but I'm pretty sure it's gonna take a bit longer. :)

kristen said...

Nice. You know, you could send 'people' in to get your goods for you. Drug dealers sometimes contract out.

"Vern" said...

That is so awesome!!!

Heather said...

When's your b-day? Maybe the Brain will surprise you with an "in-home fountain" of your own.

"Q" said...

Shocking.

Tori :) said...

No worries. I'm addicted to Diet Dr Pepper.

Maybe try to go when there's a different clerk???

Heidi said...

I do all my addictive behaviors in private. If there's no witness, it's like it never happened, right?

Thanks for the love in your last comment--I'm a big fan of the justrandi way of life, you know . . .

FluffyChicky said...

What you need is a variety of wigs and prosthetic facial features (noses, eyebrows, ears, etc.). Then you can indulge in your habits at any time and know one will ever know.

Lippy said...

My problem isn't necessarily an addiction to one particular beverage - it's the fact that there has to BE a beverage. If I get in the car without my 20 oz drink, it's as bad as it would be if I left home without my eyes. Not good.

I'm a sponge. I drink nearly a gallon of fluids a day. Thank the Lord I don't choose alcohol. But the sugar can't be good. :)

Nice try with the disguise. I think the clerk played along really well. Shhhhhh!

East of Eden said...

Maybe you should just buy a six pack and keep it at home? :)

NG said...

I can't help you there. My fridges at home AND at work are stocked with 24 packs.

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find a way to GET ME SOME FREAKING DIET COKE without anyone finding out. This message will self destruct in... well, never. But you get the idea.

ganelle said...

Better the guy at 7-11 for diet Coke, than the people at Mrs. Field's, who RECOGONIZED MY ORDER, even when my sister was the one picking it up.

True Story.

I thought it was nice of them to say "hello" to me.

And inquire after my health.

And congratulation me on my baby.

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

you silly :)

Lauren said...

Hmmm, DONT make eye contact. I do it all the time when trying to get people not to notice me. Either it works and they dont notice me, or they think I am rude and dont want to talk to me.


Probably the latter.