When I was in my freshman year of college, I lived at home and drove myself back and forth to school. It was about a half hour's drive and the parking near the campus was unbelievably annoying. If you didn't find a spot near the school (they had STRICT parking rules and gave out their own school issued parking tickets!), you had to drive a few blocks down to a designated parking lot and wait for a shuttle to take you to campus. I hated having to take the shuttle because it meant that you were at the mercy of their schedule and could end up late to class.
I always got myself up earlier so I could find that precious parking spot near school around 7 AM for an 8 AM class. Since I'd end up with at about an hour wait until class started, I began hitting the vending machine in the lounge. It had Mountain Dew. I just loved the taste of citrus mixed with caffeine; it helped me perk up in the morning. (I have never been a morning person)
This became a morning habit. While the other ed majors came in with their steaming coffee, I couldn't stand the stuff (I love the smell of coffee but not the taste). I always brought Mountain Dew to my first class. And sometimes to those late evening classes too, since I would just wait around the library until my class started rather than driving back home.
The habit stuck and I still start off my morning with Mountain Dew. I have fond memories of my students bringing me Mountain Dew as gifts for teacher appreciation (I've even been blamed for my former student's own Dew addiction!).
How about you? What do you love about Mountain Dew?
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