IABC Conference Day 2: Quest for Diet Mountain Dew

June 24 2007

By Mike Sorohan

New Orleans will never be considered fully recovered until it has places that sell Diet Mountain Dew.

I woke up this morning (da-DAH-da-dum) with a simple goal before the day’s activities began: breakfast and a Diet Mountain Dew, my caffeinated beverage of choice. My hotel, the Hilton Gardens (with the lobby on the 11th floor) is a Coke hotel. Not a problem.

(If you’re a frequent traveler, you know that there are Coke hotels and Pepsi hotels, and never the twain shall meet. So if you’re in a Hilton, for example, you can get a Diet Coke, but not a Diet Mountain Dew. If you’re in a Marriott, you can get a Diet Mountain Dew, but not a Diet Coke.)

To solve this issue, I simply walked into a Walgreen’s on Canal Street, which sells both. Or so I thought. I found my box of Special K cereal, my box of Special K Breakfast bars, then went to the pop aisle.

(NED INTERRUPTS: Mike, did you just say “pop?”

MIKE: Yes, Ned. “Pop.”

NED: Don’t you mean “soda?”

MIKE: Some would call it that, yes. I’m from the Midwest. We call it “pop.”

NED: And am I to believe that you were, for breakfast, going to have a bowl of dry cereal, a breakfast bar, and a Diet Mountain Dew?”

MIKE: Yes.

NED: What, you couldn’t afford milk?)

ANYWAY…in the pop aisle (NED: [Chortle]) I found both Coke and Pepsi products…three rows of regular Mountain Dew…but no Diet Mountain Dew.

No problem. I left the Walgreens and went over to a nearby hotel. Coke hotel. Went over to the Marriott. Coke hotel. Went to the Sheraton. Coke hotel. At the gift shop at the Sheraton, I politely inquired if the clerk knew where anyone could find a Diet Mountain Dew.

CLERK: “Diet Mountain Dew? What’s that?”

OTHER CLERK: “Never seen that before.”

Defeated, I bought a Diet Coke. It’s just not the same…

2 Comments to "IABC Conference Day 2: Quest for Diet Mountain Dew"

  1. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    June 24, 2007 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

    When you're out on your next shopping extravaganza, could you bring us all home a package of shrimp boil mix?
    Please & thanks!

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    June 25, 2007 - 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Found it. Right next to the begneit mix…

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