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Bye-bye, old (toxic?) cup. Hello weird replacement.

Posted at 10:30 AM on May 13, 2008 by Jeff Horwich (2 Comments)

Not the deepest blog post ever...

oldcup.jpg
Out with the old...
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...in with the new.
But my brain is functioning well enough this morning to make a clean break with my tea mug of five years. It was a tough decision, but it had to be done:
  • * It's made of possibly toxic plastic (I haven't confirmed this),
  • * ...which has partially melted because it has metal inside and I once nuked the mug by mistake,
  • * ... besides which I haven't really washed it more than four times since I got it.

It does however have a lid, which I really like, and sentimental value: It was given to me by my Rochester reporting colleagues when I moved from St. Cloud to St. Paul in 2003. I think it's funny that this mug which I suspect has been leaving toxic traces of plastic in my body says "Mayo Clinic" on it.

I don't think a workday has gone by that I have not used this mug in five years. It was a sad, if brief, trash-can funeral.

My temporary replacement (temporary, because it does not have a lid, which is essential as much as I carry my tea around) is valuable mostly for kitsch value. I got it for free when I refilled an inkjet cartridge at OfficeMax. It features images of a heavily tattooed man and woman, whose backs sport the reminder to "Save Money on Ink."

Am I veering too close to the true blog aesthetic with a post like this? Perhaps. I'll have a sip of tea, refill some ink cartridges, and think it over.

(btw, I'm currently drinking Republic of Tea "Acai Green Superfruit" tea -- $15 a tin. Not sure if it's worth it. I think I'll have to wait another 40 years before I learn whether all these extra antioxidants are doing me much good.)


Comments (2)

You should drink looseleaf adagio. all the cool kids are doing it.

Posted by revolutionme | May 13, 2008 2:54 PM


I had no idea what you're talking about, so I looked it up.

At the risk of turning this into a tea-drinkers' forum: What's the deal with Adagio?

Posted by Jeff Horwich | May 13, 2008 3:12 PM


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