Growing up in Hawaii, when I ordered a drink it was a “Soda”. I had no idea that it was also called “Pop” in other places in America.
When I told friends that I was moving to Oregon, I was told that Oregon was cool, because pot was legal — or a misdemeanor or something. Not that I cared; I’ve never been a pot-smoker, but my friends in Hawaii thought that Oregon was pretty cool because of the leniency towards the herb.
I got a job the first day I moved to Bend, Oregon, working the front desk at the Bend Riverside Hotel. A teenage boy approached the desk and asked me where the Pot Machine was.
Pot Machine? What!!?
He nodded, so I went in the back office and in bewilderment, asked my manager, “Where is the Pot Machine?” He replied that it was on the bottom floor of A-building. Wow. Pot out of a machine. My friends were going to be floored!
A short time later, I asked my manager who stocks the Pot Machine. He asked me to repeat myself.
I explained that my friends back in Hawaii were going to be visiting me often if we had a vending machine that supplied joints.
I wish that I could explain the laughter that exploded from him as he stuttered “pop” over and over again… “Pop – as in soda POP.”
I was mortified, and assured him over and over again that I wasn’t a pot-head, despite how stoned (and stoked) I seemed.
So what I’d like to know is, on this map it shows that there are counties that call a soft drink something other than Pop, Coke, or Soda… what do you think a fountain beverage is called when OTHER is the most popular term used?