Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ice: Playing with Fire

In honor of the hot 4th of July weather we are having, I thought I'd address the topic of ice. I know it's not a very patriotic subject, but at least it's relevant to this time of year and it's something that needs to be addressed.

I don't drink soda often, but I hate it when I eat out and order a drink and after taking three sips from the straw I'm stuck with a cup full of crushed ice. If I had serious burns or a sprain, I'd opt for the container of ice, but since I buy drinks for the thirst factor, I now go iceless in order to keep from getting the screwgee.

I wish there was a scale for ice in drinks kind of like there is for how many lumps of sugar people take in their coffee. I'm pretty sure I'd be a two cube guy max. I like crushed ice more, but it is harder to measure it and more dangerous to deal with.

Because we've had little kids in or home for so long, we ended up disconnecting our water and ice dispenser after several bad water mess experiences. As a result, we never have ice with drinks during meals. When someone gets a "bonk" or "owee" that requires ice, (yes, those are official medical terms) we usually resort to a frozen bag of vegetables or some other frozen food to cool the injury.

I do like ice, but if you are not specific when ordering a drink it can be like playing Russian roulette (without the possibility of death). I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority, but at least I'm not alone. While researching this subject, I found a Facebook page called "I ordered Coke, not Ice".

Some people are ice dependent and can't enjoy a beverage without filling their glass with ice first. If you are one of those people who love the 80:20 ice to beverage ratio, then I am happy for you because most of the fast food places I've been to are catering to your needs. Have a Happy 4th!

9 comments:

Laura said...

I'm right with you. It's so frustrating when you basically just get a cup full of ice. I drink especially fast as well, so even when I'm eating out and I know I'll get refills, I usually prefer no ice, because with it the drink is gone way too fast. The only exception is when I was pregnant, and I had a craving for ice that was so strong I usually preferred not to have any liquid at all.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like about half ice, but not as much as most places fill the cups.

Pedaling said...

so glad somebody was willing to address this problem....even though, I am one of the lucky ones in the ice department.

M-Cat said...

Apparently I am catered to -and I LIKE IT!!

Sorry, that it comes at your expense : )

Kelly said...

But just think of all that healthy water you could be drinking when it melts. Much better for you than soda right?

Eric said...

Ice is a deadly killer. Just think of all those people on the Titanic and Hindenburg...

Cheeseboy said...

This is the greatest post on ice I have ever read.

I'm with Alex, I like about half ice.

Crystal Pistol said...

My name is Crystal Pistol. And i am ice dependent.

I once dated a dude from England. He did not take ice in his coke. We had no choice but to break up.

I am a huge fan of Circle K's new crushed ice. It has the perfect chewing crunch sans cracking your teeth.

PatrickFMK said...

I love ice....and I dont care who knows it! I live for they moment......including that magic moment when frosty cold soda quenches my thirst like.....something so cold. I respect your view, Chaka, but we are just different. You plan ahead, I live for they moment. You use a map, and read instructions, I wing it and get lost all they time. We are different, but we are still brothers. They best ice is at Tonys Burgers, it is celestial.