Off the wagon

My previous post has driven me to drink.

Since February 14, 2004, I have gone without a drop a caffeine.  That’s more than 6-3/4 years, or 2,456 days.  But this morning around 8:45 that came to an end. I’m just a little too worn out and I think I’ve proven to myself that I don’t need caffeine every day.  But on some days, like today for instance, it might come in handy.  So I headed down to the McDonald’s in the food court.

“May I take your order?” the cashier said.

“Yes, a number 2 with a large Coke, please.”

The cashier paused, raised her eyebrow.  “Not Sprite?” she said.

“Nope.  Coke.”

I brought it up to my office, sat down at my desk and without ceremony, took a big sip.

And thus the streak ends.  I have fallen off the caffeine wagon.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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