I remember when I was a young buck thinking “Man, coffee is G-R-O-S-S.” But then again, at that age I liked to combine Cheez-Wiz and peanut butter in the same sammich, so maybe my tastes have changed a little since then.
I have college friends to blame for my addiction mostly. Being poor, and living hand to mouth meant I didn't have lots of money to do fun things during school. Of course, my poorness was partly to blame on spending food/rent money on beer, but who hasn't done that at some point in life?
I started drinking Earl Grey tea (Twinnings) because I had so much of it and because it was hot and I didn't like to turn on the heater because of the associated costs. And with nothing else to drink at friend's houses I'd just bring along tea and we'd have a good old time playing video games and pretending to be British.
Okay, so I was only the one pretending to be British, and that really only happened inside my head. But we did all drink tea.
I got hooked on the stuff. I'd drink a litre or two of black tea a day. Screw soda! I'm a tea man! Every Thursday we'd have bake club (No, it wasn't about marijuana, it was about eating cereal and cakes and things. The actual name stems from a long convulated story concerning potato patties) and have snacks, watch TV, and drink tea.
Then we switched from tea to the hard stuff. Coffee. One buddy had always tried to hook me on The Joe,
“Just try some, you'll like it!” he would say.
“I dunno man, that sounds like a bad idea.” I'd reply tentatively
“Listen, the first cup is free. If you don't like it, you don't have to use it ever again...”
“Well, okay, but just this once.”
I tried it and was done for. I've always had an addictive personality, so I should have realized that as soon I drank some java I'd be on it for life.
Anyway, I've decided to cut back. Yesterday I drank 12 cups (one pot) all by myself. Some days at work I go through a pot and a half all by myself. It can't be healthy for me (Not that drinking coffee is the least healthy thing I ingest on a regular basis).
Today, I had one cup of coffee (that was like 1/6th of a pot) and chewed gum. My eyelids feel droopy and my hair is all itchy.