Two little quickies for you . . .
Cigarette machines. Remember these? I noticed a cigarette machine in the Frankfurt airport and immediately got a big smile on my face. Not because I could buy a pack of smokes with some pocket change but because it was a little difference. These have disappeared in the U.S. I wonder what year they vanished? I do remember seeing them as a child so I'm guessing it must have been the 1980s when they saw their demise. Since the Frankfurt airport I've seen cigarette machines in restaurants here in Luxembourg and in France. The most surprising place I saw one was at the Neil Young concert in Cologne, Germany. The concert venue was outdoors and so was the machine.
During our trip to Seattle we caught up with a friend who works at Free and Clear. He was saying that cigarettes have another new tax added to them. A pack of cigarettes now costs over $7.00!!! Can you imagine? Maybe that's only in Washington. I really have no idea.
Diet Coke doesn't exist in Europe. Here it is called Coca-Cola Light. Same thing, different name. You probably already knew that but I just thought about it again since I'm currently on a Diet Coke kick. Yeah. I don't know why but I have to have one in the afternoon. It is also available here in a cute little can. Remember those little cans of Tab from the 80s? Anyhoo. Today at the grocery store I noticed the only varieties of soda pop available were Coke, Coke Light, Coke Zero, and Sprite. No Pepsi. No Mountain Dew. No Sierra Mist. No Root beer. Different, huh? You can buy Red Bull though. Never had one. Are they any good?