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Saturday, February 12, 2005
Peer Pressure
It was weird enough going back to school for my master's degree and being with students of all ages with different careers and various undergrad degrees, but I didn't think there would still be fads or that I'd fall victim to peer pressure.

Generally everyone seems to like being different except for when it comes to what they drink. Besides the Starbucks cartons scattered on our large tables, most of the people in my 6 hour classes buy VitaminWater during our breaks. There would be a bottle next to each notebook when I got back. I felt I wasn't part of a clique or something, lol.

I managed to hold off trying the expensive flavored water during my Fall semester, mainly because I'm cheap and I don't drink too much (been dehydrated twice as a result). I was also put off by the vast selection of colored waters. Each go by funky names like Focus, Revive and Balance. What if I purchased the wrong one? And ended up with one that I didn't like and had a full bottle on my desk mocking me while I did my work. I mean, do I try the green, pink, red, blue or yellow one?

So finally outside of class, when I was grocery shopping after work I bought 3 bottles for $9.99 (yikes!) After much deliberation I chose Green Tea (Rescue), Lemon Tea (Vital-t) and Raspberry Apple (Defense). I liked them all, although the green tea a little less than the others. They are not sugary like Gatorade and not as blah as water. Also each bottle lasted me two days, again I can't consume too much liquids for some reason. However, I felt healthy drinking the vitamin water and I rarely do anything healthy.

A funny feature is that each bottle has an amusing paragraph on the label giving some little anecdote. One wrote about Golden Girls being Sex and the City 20 years later, which was a nice brief distraction from my other readings. So now I found another way to spend money like it was water ;)

Conclusion: Be a sheep like I was and try it :)

Posted by Tara at 4:00 PM PST
Updated: Sunday, February 13, 2005 7:35 AM PST

Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 9:27 PM PST

Name: windspike
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Sounds like if you went to costco or another of those warehouse stores, you could get a case or two of the expensive waters and undercut the folks selling nearby and make some cash during break and keep you in vitimin water for a long while....other than than, what's wrong with goold old fashioned H2O?

Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 7:34 AM PST

Name: Tara

Unfortunately windspike there aren't any costco's in the city. When I visit my family in CT I do try to stock up on bulk items as long as someone drives me back home, I couldnt imagine carrying those big bottles of lotion and cambells soup on the train and then on the subway back by myself.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 6:25 AM PST

Name: pia
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The first time I bought vitamin water it was real cheap at Duane Reade. Neither me nor my strong macho best boy friend (as in best friend, not boyfriend) could figure out to open it.

Eventually I did. I ended up becoming totally addicted to it, and have even given Diet Coke up for it.

I like every flavor. I like them best mixed and mixed with water, but lately I've been drinking them straight out of the bottle. Very quickly too.

My father used to make us drink Gatorade. it was hell.

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