Friday, March 18, 2016

Killed by a Coke

Diet Coke is a killer. Any one who truly knows me would say these five words coming from my mouth were pure blasphemy. Questions would be made about aliens removing my soul and possessing my body. Given, for many, many years I was up to five Lime Diet Cokes a day (now I only drink one or two) one would know that simple math combined with the fact I am alive and doing fairly well, would negate any sap sucking, yellow belly, kill joy scientist trying to say it is bad for you. 

I have a policy of not looking at the ingredients of any food that I know would fall off the "Ideal Food Pyramid", helicopter parents avoid, and are banned by mothers who would never let their children to have Pop Tarts.In other words, as long as I am ignorant of the ingredients in all the so called "junk" food that keeps me going, it will not hurt me. I can rationalize anything for example, a package of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie dough has 16 servings and with each serving having 160 calories, the whole damn package only has 2560 calories. This is EXACTLY the same amount of calories in a half gallon of Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate (16 servings @ 160 each). So pick your poison. And  let's face it, we all have our "poison" that we seek when life sucks, the world has peed on us, and things are going south. But, I digress.

As for Lime Diet Coke, it has 2 calories per serving. Of course the ingredients read like a random science experiment gone wrong in chemistry class. (ie it is Greek to me): Carbonated water, caramel coloring, artificial sweetener (aspartame), phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (to protect taste), sodium (40mg), natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine.

So what's the killer? Carbonated water, that's what.It didn't kill me, it killed my Nikon Camera. Seems a Diet Coke was spilled into the bag I carry with me everywhere. The bag I always put my camera in so I'll have it should I spot something interesting

By the time I realized what had happened the back LCD screen was completely fogged over - from the inside. The battery was wet, both memory cards were wet, and I was in shock. After some quick research I learned that the best thing is to fill a zip loc bag with rice and seal the camera in it for several days. Time will tell, but I am not encouraged, chances of recovery of slim.

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