I Miss Vernors
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/05/30
After spending 44 years in Ohio, I had grown accustomed to buying a 12-pack of Vernors every month or so, just to get away from the syrupy sweet and heavy Pepsi that I will never forsake. For a time, I also had 7-UP Gold for that purpose. When 7-UP Gold existed, I would buy 3 24-packs of Pepsi and 1 24-pack of 7-UP Gold as a lightly flavored, lightly sugared break from the very heavy Pepsi.
When 7-UP Gold departed, I reverted back to Vernors Ginger Ale. Now, “ginger ale” has a connotation all its own. And Vernors does not, in any way, taste like that connotation. At all. There is nothing on this Earth that tastes like Vernors. Nothing.
But here’s my problem: They don’t sell Vernors in Texas, or at least I’ve never seen it. And ordering it online is outrageously expensive. A 12-pack of Vernors costs more than a buck a can. And it’s only just your regular, average-priced pop, just like Barqs or Coke or Pepsi or … you get the picture. And, on top of the outrageous online prices, there are outrageous shipping costs, pushing the soda pop to the 1.75 per 12-ounce can range (when bought in bulk).
I would love to have 100 24-packs of Vernors and 100 24-packs of 7-UP Gold. I would use them to take a break from the heavy Pepsi that I drink. Those 200 24-packs would cover about 500-700 24-packs of Pepsi, or almost (but not quite) a 3-year supply of pop for me, myself, and myself alone.
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