Cokonut in Its Own Cup

When I first moved to Texas in the summer of 2004, I drove from upstate New York to my home state of Tennessee. After spending a month visiting family and friends, I started my trek to Texas with a stop in Louisiana where I met up with a friend, and we talked, laughed, mocked, and drank coconut rum and diet coke. From there, I finished my journey without incident. That’s the only time I’ve broken the trip into 2 legs from Tennessee to Texas, and ever since I’ve done the trip all in one very long day.

Believe me when I say that 1000 miles is a very, VERY long day. I think the first time I did it, it took me 18.5 hours. When I got there, my feet were horribly swollen, and during the last 2 tours of the trip, I was imagining deer creeping out of the woods along I-59 in the mountains which was terrifying – I have an extreme fear of hitting a deer and it sailing through my windshield and into my face. This fear likely started when I saw the results just outside my elementary school when I was 9, and it likely got worse when my brother totaled his car from hitting a horse.

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Anyway, when I got in, I started hallucinating little flying dragons darting around the house1, so I quickly got all my crap in and watched some cartoons to come down from my Red Bull high. Eventually I fell asleep, and my feet deflated over the next 24 hours. Lesson learned.

Now I know to (1) get on the road whenever I wake up from a good night’s sleep rather than at a set time, (2) avoid salt, (3) drink low-sodium V8, (4) pack lots of audiobooks, and (5) drink lots of water and take it easy on the caffeine.

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Back on topic…

Coconut rum and diet coke is my go-to cocktail, and I prefer it on the tall side with lots of soda.  It’s a bit of a sissy drink, but I really couldn’t care – it’s tasty.  Serving it in the can is a great because aluminum is easily recycled and, come on, it’s just kinda cool.

Cheers and beers!

1I’m not entirely sure if the deer or the dragons were freakier.


Pop the top of the can and run a can opener around the lid.

Discard the lid and sip a bit of soda out.

Pour 1½ – 2 oz coconut rum.

Serve with a straw.

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