I was going to the kitchen here at work to get a cup of hot chocolate. For no particular reason, I decided to try a cup of coffee.
First, the selection. We have one of those fancy brewers where you put the little cup-thing of coffee in the thing and it instantly brews it, and there are lots of choices for flavors of coffee. I chose something called Vermont Country Decaf, which, among other things, claims to be "mellow". I'm reminded of the first time I tried beer, which someone told me was "smooth" and that "people who don't like beer like this beer." I hated that beer. Of course, it wasn't as bad as the sip of Guinness that I had when I was making Welsh rarebit. The rarebit was great; the sip of Guinness almost made me puke. The coffee isn't as bad as the Guinness, but even with some milk and 4 packets of sugar, it still tastes like the first cup of coffee I ever had. That was back during the summer after my junior year in college, 5 1/2 years ago, I guess. I was at Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia, doing my "Operation Air Force" shadow program. I was there with some other ROTC cadets, and we were hanging out with an officer who was showing us all sorts of different things around the base. It was a very fun experience. I got to sit inside a B1, I got to see (and hear. Man, was that loud) an A-10 take off, and I got to see the prototype F-22 stealth fighter in a hangar. However, one late morning I had a pretty bad migraine headache, and I was looking for some caffeine. The only source available was some room temperature stuff that had been sitting around all morning that some of the other cadets had brewed up. I drank a cup of it for the caffeine, but it tasted awful. When I have told coffee drinkers this, they have said that it would be better hot and fresh and all that. They are liars. All of them. This tastes the same as that first cup. I just don't like the taste of coffee, and that's all there is to it. I think I'll force myself to drink this whole cup. I just hope I don't get used to it and start drinking it on a regular basis. That's what happened with grapefruit juice. When we were living in Texas, I had bought some frozen lemonade concentrate. I took a drink of it, and it had gone bad. Actually, it was grapefruit juice; if you're not paying enough attention, the pictures of grapefruits on the can look a lot like the pictures of lemons on the can. So, just because I had been so stupid, I finished that container of grapefruit juice. And now I like it.