I have reading and reading response-type things to do for my class tonight, and am sleepy here in my over-warm office filled with fellow grad student companions. A 12-oz. can of Diet Coke has proven to be ineffectual in the fight to complete this work without nodding off into my book and/or onto the keyboard. Anyway, I went to the student union store AKA the closest place to get an energy drink and chose a Full Throttle Red Berry flavor. I do not believe I have every had this flavor before. The classic Full Throttle tastes like delicious citrus-y gummy worms. The blue kind is, as we know, gross. So I'm trying red. Full Throttle is a subsidiary line of energy drinks manufactured by our friends at Coca-Cola. The brand is heavily involved in promoting NHRA, or National Hot Rod Association drag racing. This does not suprise me in any way. Fact.
Wakefulnes update: About halfway through the can, I'm feeling more alert. This is despite the fact that I am reading Donna Haraway's When Species Meet, where she spends a lot of time waxing poetic about training for agility sports with her dog. Also, licking her dog, who licks her back. Inside her mouth. It is gross. I am nearly completely distracted from her discussions of biopolitics and ethics because of her romantic love for her dog. But then again, I am a cynical asshole who doesn't understand pets.
75% in and feeling sleepy again. Maybe I should shotgun the rest of this can.
Final update and evaluation: It's been roughly 1.5 hours, I drank the whole thing and I am not as sleepy as I was before the drink, but any high I had did not last very long. Maybe I need to get out of this stuffy office. I will try and force myself to write a response paper first. Anyway, if you don't like the flavor of many energy drinks, I do think Full Throttle is correct that theirs tend to test better. More fruity/candy than chemical-y. However, I am disappointed with the outcome, as I'm still/already dying for a nap again.