Picking at Scabs

My work schedule changed again recently. Instead of alternating between evenings and overnights, I work one evening shift and the rest are day shifts.

On my Saturday evening shift, I had a funny conversation with one of the “older” officers last week. When I say “older,” I mean someone who is roughly my age, as opposed to the younger officers who don’t remember some of the things I remember.

The topic was soda, and “Tab” came up. Not everyone will remember “Tab” soda. It was a diet soda that was so terrible that Coca Cola wouldn’t put the name “Coke” on it. It was from the days before Aspartame, when diet drinks contained Saccharin. I think I tried it once as a kid. I also tried Sweet and Low straight from the packet, probably on a dare…

Joel: Tab was so awful that every now and then, you had to drink one just to remind yourself how awful it really was.

Later that same week, a song came on the radio. My daughter “loved” it, much in the way I l “loved” it. Except that for me, it also brought back college memories.

Things like Tab and the Four Non Blondes song are much like the act of picking scabs. They bring a strange sense of satisfaction, even though you don’t exactly like them.

 

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One thought on “Picking at Scabs

  1. Heh, that’s funny. I’ve told my wife that this song to me is like a musical traffic fatality, where you don’t want to look but can’t turn away either. It’s awful, yet, for some reason, I listen to it when it’s on.

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