I saw an oddly surreal thing on the way to work this morning. It's a very hot and humid day, and it was early, so I was surprised to see a man walking along the side of the road. I was in traffic and had to move slowly, so I got a good look at him as I passed.
He was grubby, wearing tattered clothing and a beat-up, shapeless black hat. He was just ambling along slowly, not seeming to have anywhere in particular to go, clutching a large bottle in his left hand.
In short, he looked like a typical "wino."
But his bottle was not one of cheap, strong wine. No, this man was staggering down the street with a 2-liter bottle of Faygo Cola.
Is Faygo the new beverage of choice for wandering winos? Has US society become so against carbohydrate and sugar intake that those who can't shake their pop habit have been reduced to wandering through the elements, taking furtive swigs of cheap, almost-off-brand cola? Is the drinking of sugary beverages now such a shameful thing that it can cause people to lose their families, their homes, their cleanliness?
Or was he just some guy who really likes Faygo Cola walking home from a midnight shift of work?