|Blogs > rm_VoodooGuru1 > Voodoo Must Die!|
Gamma Omicron Lambda Tau
Gamma Omicron Lambda Tau
So I was visiting my alma mater over the weekend for an alumni function, as well as some, ahem... personal business.
Stopping at a quickie mart just outside of town for some refreshments, I was stunned to see what was staring at me from behind the double paned glass of the cooler door. Is it possible... could it be? Yes! Jolt Cola!
23.5 ounce cans of sweet, sweet Jolt, yes! I bought ten of them; matter of fact, I'm drinking one now.
I'm very glad The Saint wasn't with me since I know she would have tried to poison them.
I have precious memories associated with Jolt. It came out sometime around 1986, as I recall. "All the sugar and twice the caffeine!" was the pitch that got my punk rock friends and me to try it, but it was the taste that got us hooked. It really is delicious, similar to the old C&C cola from the 70s, anybody remember that brand? Maybe it was the fact that it was sweetened with pure cane sugar instead of high fructose corn hole, but it is some yummy stuff, kids.
Jolt used to sponsor "Jolt Fests" in Buffalo. Usually held in Painters' Hall at the south end of Elmwood, Jolt Fest was three or four punk/thrash/alt-rock bands. The bands were usually local bands like Splat Cats and Goo Goo Dolls (they're from Buffalo, y'all, and used to be punk/thrash - Johnny Goo gave me my first Mohawk) but sometimes national like Murphy's Law, SNFU, Dead Milkmen, and Cro-Mags (all assholes, but frontman Harley Flanagan, nee Harley Krishna, was a world-class asshole racist piece of shit).
The door was nominal, like two or three bucks, and Jolt cola was served... exclusively. Fifty cents for a big styrofoam cup. They served glass bottles at the first Jolt Fest, but punk rock kids + live punk rock music + a highly caffeinated beverage served in a glass bottle = bad things and huge exposure for a small start-up that Coca Cola is already trying to kill.
It disappeared from the shelves I visited about eight years ago; I'm not sure why, but I'm sure those bastards at Coke and or The Saint had something to do with it.
Then, Saturday, there it was. I think I got an erection.
However, I'm not surprised at the location; if Jolt was going to make a comeback, it would be in the SYC/ROC area, since it's made in ROC, and since Jolt's founder is a fellow alum of my college and... my fraternity.
Yep, it's true. He's a brother of the oldest fraternity in Oz. We're a local, which means that we didn't pledge to develop networking contacts; there's our chapter, and one other... that's it.
And... ever wonder why Jolt's colors are red, black, and gold? Of course you didn't, but I'll tell you anyway... they're our fraternity colors.
Finally, I typically hate it when someone puts some quote in their blog or email. It's usually some trite feel-good platitude about teddy bears and sunshine, or some hippy bullshit, or Christian inspirational thing. But I came across this quote from Rene Descartes that I think is particularly topical given the Religious Right's jet stream that is fueling the acrid political climate.
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
Today's soundtrack: Guns n' Roses, Oui 73, Carter U.S.M.
11/2/2005 4:33 am
I doubt everything, all the time....|
glad yu found the drink... see there is hope....
never heard of that Cola....
doubt if we get it in UK.
11/2/2005 4:27 pm
Welcome back, Vodoo doll I missed you!|
11/3/2005 12:39 pm
I almost forgot about Jolt. Jolt and a pixie stick, what a great way to start the day!