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Old 12-09-2018, 05:05 AM
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These days, it seems like most younger folks are toting around water bottles and drinking water *all* the time. Is it really improving our health? I have my doubts.

In the early 1990s, I had a family member who carried a bottle of water everywhere and was always sipping on that water. He was also in the bathroom every 30 minutes (for obvious reasons). We thought it was pretty weird that this healthy 30-something guy was constantly drinking water.

Now it seems like the norm.

When did Americans decide that we must have bottled water with us at all times? Is it really improving our health and/or our longevity? It seems like a very curious habit to me (but then again, I'm old).
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:10 AM
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i hate water . when i burp it reminds me of nothing ......
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:30 AM
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I think this is largely a female thing. I know my wife and most of her women friends seem to tote water bottles everywhere. I don't. I guess I need to get a man purse so I have a convenient way to carry water bottles.
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:31 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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WC Fields: "Water? never touch the stuff. Fish f**k in it!"
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:54 AM
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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Why I hate shopping. Young parents with a water bottle or $10 coffee in one hand, a $1000 cell phone in the other, and their evil spawn are running amuck through the stores while the parents are one hundred feet behind and screaming at the kids.

Merry Holiday Shopping Everyone!

FWIW: Our oldest worked as a Starbucks barista while in high school and college. Some of those Vente sized fancy coffees contain an entire day's recommended intake of calories and fats - IN A SINGLE BEVERAGE!
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:20 AM
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Who in their right mind actually goes shopping? We go to the gas station, Costco for groceries and on rare occasions we go to a home center or other store. Clothing and virtually every other item is bought online. The UPS or FedEx truck stops by daily. This week has seen the following deliveries: a battery for the front door bell, a replacement watch band, a package of interoffice mailers for my document storage, archival mounting tape for picture framing, and a couple of CD carrying cases for the movies I have in the RV. I also have an order of picture frames and some cellphone charging cables in transit. This week was a bit unusual since I did stop by a Walmart store and bought a steering wheel cover. Normally I would have bought that online also.

Don't get me started on Starbucks. I drink black coffee and the Starbucks is the worse. They sell mainly burnt tasting coffee that is only drinkable when mixed with sugar, cream and other flavorings. They do have a "blond" roast brew but it is average at best. McDs and Dunking have way better coffee.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:42 AM
Location: northern New England
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When we used to go to casinos in MS, there was one where you had to park in a garage and then walk a ways to the casino. At the elevators there was a vending machine, $3 a bottle. One day we were walking by when the guy was filling it up. DH pointed to the water and said, bet you don't have to refill that often. Guy replied, that is my biggest seller.

Outside a casino, where you can get FREE water (in bottles). smh.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:50 AM
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Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I don't think bottled water was widely available 30 years ago.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:59 AM
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I remember growing up, we would drink out of the garden hose just about everyday when playing outdoors. Now when I tell younger people that, they practically gag.
Drinking bottled water and carrying around some with you everywhere you go seems like a status symbol to me. It's part of the culture showing others you are modern, hip and too good to drink public water out of a fountain or even your own faucet.
There has been countless testing done on bottled water and the vast majority is no better than water from your own kitchen regardless of the brand name of the water you are buying.
Many big name bottled water companies get their water from public water, the same water that comes out of your tap, not somewhere in Fiji nor Alaska glaciers, LOL.


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Old 12-09-2018, 07:18 AM
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I've never understood why some people seem to lose their minds over a harmless activity other people do. It makes no sense to me.

Live and let live...
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