Monday, March 16, 2015

The Hydration Generation

How much of the day do you spend away from a beverage?

Seriously.

If you leave the house, do you have one of these?



Or these?



Or (heaven forbid) these?



In recent years, it seems we feel this need to constantly have a beverage on hand. As this occurred to me, I remembered spending all morning in classes in high school and college without drinking a thing.



You'd have a soda with lunch, then head to class all afternoon without water or Coke or even a juice box. When you got home (or back to your dorm), you didn't run for the refrigerator like you'd been crawling across the desert, desperately seeking a drop of water all afternoon.



Bottled water was around when I was a kid, but we didn't seem to be as freakish about drinking tap water. We drank out of water fountains...



Sinks...




Heck, we'd even drink from the garden hose if it saved us a trip back inside the house.



Why do we always feel the need to have a drink with us? Is it to look cool like Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds?







(No wonder she's so skinny...she's on a liquid diet!)

Do you think our bottles, cans, and cups are our security blankets? Can you leave the house without a beverage?

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  1. I drink water all the time and if I'm gone for long, I do take a water bottle with me. (Several to the gym.) Not sure what the obsession is with the other drinks, but back when we were young, staying hydrated wasn't as important. Or rather most didn't know it was important. Besides, most people eat when they are actually thirsty. Drinking a lot of water remedies that.

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    1. I think bottled water has been a big part of it. And Starbucks! Drinking coffee in the 80s and 90s just meant going to a restaurant or diner and paying a small amount for a cup. Now beverages seem to serve as a status symbol.

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  2. This is so funny. I do carry a coffee cup like the one above to work but never if I'm just up and about. The whole phenomenon drives my husband crazy. And drinking coffee all day makes you less hydrated, doesn't it? It seems drinks have become a prop or accessory to seem more important and more like an advertisement. Also, love the Weeds mention as when I watched it and got an iced coffee I suddenly all Nancy Bowden-ish.

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    1. Caffeine is a diuretic...which somehow means it flushes water out of your system. I just remember hearing you're supposed to drink so much water for every caffeinated beverage...and it's a LOT! It's also the reason people have such a reaction to alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates and they don't drink water.

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  3. I probably don't drink enough water in the winter and I wake up parched but I drink lots of water with lemon juice in the summer.
    I don't carry a bottle of water with me or a cup of coffee. On occasion if I have to leave before I have had time to drink my coffee, I'll take it with me. I don't even buy bottle water because I can get it free from my tap and I don't buy prepared coffee unless I'm travelling or at a restaurant. As you can see, I'm not much of a follower.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I drink one bottle of water a day--then refill it from my refrigerator, which has a filter. I also rarely drink diet soda and when I do, it feels like an indulgence! Usually I drink it when I'm in a restaurant because restaurant water always tastes funky to me.

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  4. I definitely leave the house without a drink, I can get by... possibly because I was brought up in that generation. I am not a bottled water person... I still drink tap water, I am good with that... :)

    I don't drink pop and I am not into coffee... I know, strange xox

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    1. I now feel like if I leave the house without water, I'm parched--within an hour or two. It's ridiculous! When I worked in an office, I would take two big tumblers full of water, plus I had bottled waters in my desk for when I drank those. I had a fridge at my desk to keep them cold. Now where I used to work, they're in an open-plan office and no fridges are allowed so I guess I would have been drinking warm water. So glad I work from home and can just scoot over to the kitchen when I want cold water!

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  5. I never really thought about it but you're right about going through the school day without a beverage. I do remember, in college, stopping by the cafeteria to get a coffee before an early morning class but that was it.

    Ever since moving to Florida, though, I rarely leave the house without water - I usually fill up the bottle from my bike and take that with me. :)

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    1. I left the house in my CAR this morning to run errands and took water with me. There's no excuse...I'm not breaking a sweat, driving to the bank!

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  6. You are so right....I have to have a drink with me 24/7....usually water. And I never did this years ago.

    I became paranoid though after having children. Each time I went to the hospital to give birth, they told me I was dehydrated, just from feeling my skin! I've also had this happen when I've had blood tests. So now, I try to drink water all the time, esp. Since I don't want wrinkles and dry skin.

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    1. I do find it funny that most of us STILL aren't getting enough water! Of course, most of us carry that bottle of water around and sip from it. I've been working on the same bottle of water since 8 a.m...

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  7. I don't always have one with me, but I do make sure to drink a minimum amount every day. I didn't do that when I was younger. But then I also used to wake up parched with a split lip every night and that doesn't happen as long as I drink that minimum every day.

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    1. A split lip? That sounds VERY painful! Christie Brinkley said at some point it was the secret to her delayed aging. Now I think there's a lot of plastic surgery thrown in there, but she still has a glow that even a lot of young people don't have.

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    2. Yeah . My lips would dry out and get chapped overnight and the top one would split in the middle. It wasn't fun. Staying hydrated definitely makes a difference!

      I think that a lot of people with really good genes, though, give credit to things that have nothing to do with anything. Obviously, being properly hydrated is important for health and probably has something to do with skin, but I doubt drinking water is what makes Christie Brinkley look like that! lol

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    3. Yeah--good genes and LOTS of makeup. I Googled to find pictures of her without makeup and there really aren't any. One I found was actually of Nicolette Sheridan and another was Jennie Garth. I have a feeling she's like Natalie Wood--Natalie wouldn't even leave her bedroom without makeup on and that was before the days when the paparazzi were waiting around, trying to snap a picture of you without it!

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  8. when I worked as a professor my students were always hydrated because I kept a bottle of water on my desk and drank from it throughout lectures and after third or fourth lesson you would see half of the students imitating me and bringing water with them to classes LOL
    I keep a bottle of water next to my computer all the time

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    1. Watching you drink probably reminded them how thirsty they were! I never, ever took a bottle of water to class in college. I don't remember even knowing bottled water existed at that point. I'm sure I did...it's hard to remember when you first started seeing bottled water all the time. Early 90s?

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  9. I always have a bottle of water with me when home, when out if I'm gone long I have one. Water is all I drink. Get in 3-4L a day. Never used to drink much at all in school though.

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    1. 3-4 liters? That's pretty impressive!

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  10. I've always thought it was more status or social. You'd be surprised how many mothers project this on young kids. When I was in school, you had a pencil box or a lunch box to buy.

    Now, kids have to have certain tennis shoes, water bottles, pencil cases, backpacks that cost an arm and a leg...I think need left the room long ago.

    Remember when lunch boxes were the elementary status symbol? Kids loved them. I'm doing a post about that, ha ha.

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    1. That sounds SO fun!!! Can't wait to read it. I had a Holly Hobbie lunch box--the kind that was 3-dimensional-ish (stamped? bas relief? not sure what that's called officially). I remember later being envious of kids who had Charlie's Angels lunch boxes because I loved that show so much. I can't remember why I didn't have one at that point--maybe I was too old?

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  11. I start out the day with a couple cups of coffee and then try to drink water the rest of the day to keep myself hydrated which is important for proper kidney function.. I do drink a lot more bottled water than I used to just because it's convenient when you are out. Even 50 years ago they recommended eight glasses of water a day...not sure I drink that much.

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    1. Eight glasses a day actually isn't necessary for most people. Studies that said that have long ago been debunked and, really, each person has different needs. But we get a lot of water from food, too.

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    2. And do you know that you can be OVER hydrated? So get just enough water but not too much? Talk about confusing!

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  12. Ooh you know I never realized it but as a kid I never drank either! I think it's because I hated breaking up outdoor play time with a trip to the bathroom lol. Now I have to drink at least 8 glasses a day or I feel gross! My skin and hair are so much better for it!

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    1. I think kids always forget to drink, even today. You see all these moms at kids' basketball games, standing by with a bottle of water to thrust at their kids when they come off the court. But I've heard people who were adults in the 80s say that even they didn't carry beverages around all the time like we do now... I think some people walk around with Starbucks cups as a sort of status symbol. You see it in wealthier areas of town more than middle class/upper class areas.

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  13. This brought back memories. I remember way back in the early 1980s, hubby and me were at Universal Studios and there was not a water fountain to be found. Bottled water had just come in and looking back, we surmised they took the water fountains out so people had to buy bottled water. My biggest gripe is how much they charge at movies for bottled water :)

    Son would always go out with a cold bottled water. When he cleaned out his car on a weekly basis, you should have seen all the bottles in it (of water :)

    Only time I would take a bottle of water with me is when we would go grocery shopping where we used to live. We would go to three places and I'd get thirsty somehow in doing so. Otherwise rarely do I do so :)

    betty

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    1. Little-known trick--supposedly if you walk up to a food place at any amusement park and ask for a cup of water, they have to give you one. It's a "we don't want people to pass out and have to be carried away by ambulances" thing. I didn't believe my husband but I watched him walk up to a place at Dollywood a few years ago and ask and, sure enough, they handed him a cup of water, no charge. At some amusement parks, they hand out cups of water when temperatures get really high.

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    2. Yes, I've done that at Disney, Cedar Point and Kings Island.

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  14. i almost never take one with me when i leave the place. but if i'm here, i have coffee in the morning and water all day long. :)

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    1. It's probably sad but in the winter, I'll take a bottle of water with me for the 3-minute drive to meet my mom for lunch, where I'll have access to beverages! But I run errands afterward usually and I get thirsty. I don't do that when it's warm outside because by the time I get back to the car after lunch, the water is too warm to be drinkable.

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  15. I never leave the house with a drink, but I usually pick up something underway simply because a trip to town takes over 1 1/2 hours minimum. At home, I try to remind myself to constantly drink, which sometimes works well and sometimes doesn't. I know my kids and hubs don't drink as much.

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    1. OMG really? You live far from town!!!

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  16. I have two cups of coffee in the morning. The rest of the time it's water. I don't carry it around though. I can leave the house without water. on rare occasions I have a Diet Pepsi. Rarely though.

    Great observation. I hadn't thought about this until now.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Diet Dr. Pepper is indulgence. I never have more than one a day and some days none at all. Although I'm craving one now that I wrote that!

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  17. I keep a water bottle with me most of the time because I frequently have to take migraine medicine. But besides that, I like keeping hydrated. The rare times I forget a water bottle, it feels weird.

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    1. I immediately feel thirsty when I know I can't have anything to drink any time soon!

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  18. When I was a kid it was no problem. But for the past couple of years I've been really thirsty all the time. Just recently found out it's because I have diabetes. Who knew. But yeah, I always hve a water bottle with me especially in the 114F summers here.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that. I have heard persistent thirst is a symptom.

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  19. I always have water my car. I was once stuck for hours after an earthquake with no water, and that was scary. Taught me how important it is to be prepared for emergencies.

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    1. Even worse, though...if you're stuck in your car for hours WITH water, how are you going to pee?

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  20. Thinking about it, our generation is one that drinks an awful lot! To be honest I drink very little - I have something with me in the morning and nothing at all in the day! I will only bring a water bottle if I have training after school, save it until then. Because two hours of strenuous basketball training requires water! But I drink more in the evening.

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    1. I can tell you as someone who went the first 25 or so years of my life without a beverage on hand most of the day, you can survive just fine without it!

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  21. Great post, Stephanie! Now that you mention it, I, too, remember going all day at school without touching a drop of anything. Is humanity dehydrating?

    In the immortal words of the Dude in "The Big Lebowski," "Hey, careful, man, there's a beverage here!"

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    1. There are three next to me right now...well, one's an empty coffee cup from this morning.

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  22. I suspect --don't know, but suspect-- people like to have some portable form of refreshment that symbolizes home in a world that demands they run around a lot, a stabilizing sort of habit. When I entered the busy working world, nearly everyone carried cigarettes --and it was considered polite to offer one to anybody who didn't. Beverage is healthier, but serves similar social function.

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    1. Ooh, that's deep! It all goes back to that "oral fixation" that comes from our parents sticking a pacifier in our mouths every time we cried as a baby. We studied that in psychology in college--the mouth is the root of all addictions (alcoholism, eating disorders, smoking, most drugs...).

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  23. I leave my home without any beverage. My hubby brings water with him. Water is truly all we need when we are out and about. People just get into the habit of going to Timmy's (what we call Tim Horton's here in Canada which has become a national addiction) even though they can make coffee at home

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    1. Starbucks is the addiction here. I've heard of Tim Horton's, though. I think a lot of people have gas station coffee addictions. Maybe Thornton's? Tigermarket? I don't have any coffee shops near me unless you count McDonald's. I don't!

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  24. I am a water addict and so is my granddaughter -- so is her Mom. I honestly think I feel a huge difference on those days I leave home without my water.

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    1. That's a good thing to be addicted to!

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  25. I think it is a generational thing. I don't carry water. I certainly don't carry coffee. Or any of the other things.
    If I am out for a long time I will get a drink. Water usually.
    I drink a few teas at home and lots of water. And the tap is fine.

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    1. I think it's possible Geo. is onto something up there. Smoking became taboo so we just replaced it with water and coffee. In Weeds, the subtle hint (I think) was that while Mary-Louise Parker had no interest in smoking the pot she was selling to feed her kids, she DID have an addiction to caffeine, which is technically a drug. At least I assume that was the statement she was making. She had either an iced coffee or a diet soda in her hand in almost every scene. Even when she was getting a mammogram--no medical professional would allow that, by the way.

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  26. I take my bottle with me and keep drinking water...no soda for me.

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    1. I was hesitant to even mention bottled water because I know environmentalists freak out over that... But you can refill your water bottles and be environmentally okay! I have one bottled water a day and refill it throughout the day.

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  27. I loved drinking out of the garden hose! There was that certain taste of minerals you just don't get from bottled water.

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    1. Parents would freak out over that these days, wouldn't they? Oh how times have changed.

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  28. I'll leave home without one :) But I do tend to have one near by at home. Mainly because I'm lazy and don't want to get up and go downstairs or across the house to the kitchen if thirst strikes. lol

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    1. My dental hygienist gave me a tip--she said if you want chocolate, keep Dove chocolates around and just take a tiny bite and let it melt in your mouth. But leave it in a room you aren't in. It works. I take a bite and sit down to work and there's no way I'm getting back up and going in there just to take a second bite!

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  29. I usually have "mate" at work, including my own customised gourd and metallic straw. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. I have a plastic straw...I'm not sure what a gourd is...

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  30. I never really thought about it, but you do make a point. I think they might be. I don't remember ever going anywhere with drink when I was younger. These days, I make sure I have water for me and my kid all the time.

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    1. My cousin visited and her youngest son was thirsty everywhere we went. We had to constantly stop to get him something to drink. Her other kids weren't, though.

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  31. I am infamous for needing drinks with me at all times. Seeing empty or partially empty cups, mugs, glasses, bottles, whatever around the house and in my car drives my husband CRAZY! I just tell him, "I have a *thing* about beverages!" He rolls his eyes. Why doesnt he get it??!

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    1. I always have something next to me that's at varying stages of being drank--most of the time it's a bottle of flavored water.

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  32. Seeing your story writing makes me think that recently I fetched down from the loft the story books I read to my kids all those years ago. Maria and I put them in a box labelled for the next generation and now I read them to young Peter . . . he loves them like his dad did.

    Some say we need 2-3 litres of fluid each day ~ not sure about that but water is good to flush out the kidneys. I am finding I drink too much coffee but the side effect is that it keeps me awake so I don't hibernate in winter . . . .
    Did I see the word 'dorm' in your post? I did and wonder whether you attended boarding school. I did for 6 years . . . :)

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    1. No, just public school. I lived in a dorm for a year and a half of college and then moved into an apartment with a friend.

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  33. I'm in South Florida and I noticed in my later high school years, which was the early '90s, that many of the trendy students started carrying water bottles. Then this beverage on-the-go trend boomed with shakes, coffee, and so much more. I take a thermos or bottle with me to work, but I do have my hydration in mind.

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    1. Ah yes...everyone is now juicing. And they feel compelled to post a picture of every green concoction they drink!

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  34. OMG just lost the whole long comment. Grr. Okay Stephanie I often think of this too. Shows on TV like Revenge never show the cast eating, they're too busy guzzling wine and plotting. Great product placement with the coffee stars drink. Can't believe the pure size of takeaway coffee cups in the US. But seriously, nowadays who would consider getting through the day without caffeine...:-)

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    1. Starbucks has multiple sizes...I always get the smallest (tall, I think?) and it's fairly short. But the grandes and ventes are HUGE! I also probably drink Starbucks once a month if that? Usually if someone else talks me into it!

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  35. I do usually have a beverage with me. I work at a school and kids have water bottles on their desks and fill them up. Sometimes a kid will be at art or music and ask if they can bring their water bottle, which they can't. I tell them they will be okay without a drink for 40 minute and I tell them about when I was little we got a three second drink from the water fountain once a day! Plus, I drank milk at lunch and that was pretty much it until I got home. Today's kids are probably the most hydrated generation. :)

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    1. Yep...along with their parents! I would go to computer classes when I worked in an office where they would say "no drinks." An eight-hour class! I remember begging to bring in a bottle of water with the cap on. They said okay to that.

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  36. I never thought about our drinks being our security blankets. Mm. I don't usually take a drink with me when I leave the house, but at home, I always have a glass of iced tea or a bottle of water. Guess I'm addicted.

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    1. I guess if we have to be addicted to something, water is probably the least harmful of things!

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  37. I keep a water bottle on me at work. I did find myself getting thirsty at my first job--retail. I was working hard. Now... I don't know if it's just habit or what.

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    1. I also have a habit of reaching for a drink of water when I'm trying to put off the next thing I'm doing just a few seconds longer!

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  38. I often bring bottled water with me at work though it's only in my hand when I'm ready to drink it. Not so much when I'm out and about. My fiancee constantly wants to get a drink from a to-go meal at a restaurant and I often advise her not to. It only takes a few minutes to get home, it's a not a week journey through the desert.

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    1. I've seen people who go through drive-thrus and pick up soda all the time. I've never done that. Not once. (Except when I was with a friend who said she has to stop by Sonic and get a big cup of sweet tea every time she's out.)

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  39. Now that you mention it, in almost every modern movie or series you always see the characters posing with bottles of water of coffee shop coffee. I should actually drink more water.

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    1. Or wine. Do people really drink wine all the time in real life? I don't think you're supposed to drink it with every meal. Better water than that, I guess! But you can bet if you're watching a show and there's a morning scene, coffee's going to be a part of it. I guess they assume most people go straight from bed to the coffee pot and that's where everyone meets.

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  40. Water all the way! No caffeine or soda for me!

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  41. I know a lot of people who can't seem t stop drinking coffee. Always have a mug in their hands. So I wonder if they're really thirsty or it's just caffeine leading them to do it. But I'm a water person. :)

    That first mug looks pretty!

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  42. I drink three things....coffee...water...Gatorade! One of the three are always nearby, and really that's a good thing because it keeps your body sufficiently hydrated. Is it a pacifier of sorts? YEP! :)

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  43. I really feel sorry for kids ... when i was in school i rarely drank ... because i knew the teachers would not let you go to the bathroom... which stinks!! i love drinking water and take it will me in all occasions. taking a reusable drinking container. camping. hiking ... no matter what we do. then i have to find a bathroom to make a deposit. ha. ha!! love your photos for the post today. ha. ha!! ( :

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  44. I hadn't given it much thought, but you're right. I can't leave the house without a drink

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  45. I easily leave the house without a drink in fear of having to go to the bathroom when in traffic! I adore the days of drinking from the hose! And look at that, none of us died from it! We survived childhood by playing in the dirt all day and never worrying about washing our hands!

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  46. I certainly can! You would not catch me drinking anything fizzy from a can or walking around with a coffee. But, I can’t live without my cups of tea, and I do carry bottled water when I visit my son in Australia, because he insists on it, and it's very sensible in the heat – but otherwise – no.

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  47. What's this "leaving the house" you speak of?

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  48. At work I wear a clean room bunny (No, not the good ones with ears) suit and I sweat all day so I have to drink a lot of water.

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