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23. You will wander the fluorescent lit aisles of CVS at some ungodly hour and never find what you came in for. And you have to trudge to the registers to ask for help because only one person is working. And they will tell you the wrong number aisle to find your product. You will huff and puff and curse under your breath and walk very slowly and STILL miss said merchandise. It will be obscurely at the bottom of a display on an end cap and somehow not in stock.

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Jan 7Liked by Michael Estrin

you know damn well coke and pepsi are not the same thing this feels like a setup and i'm falling right in but idc coke is good pepsi is bad, coke zero is god's work, pepsi idk what their zero is even called but its yuck, coke hits you with the bite of a thousand snakes pepsi gently nudges you

one is great and the other feels like waiting in line for a show you don't even want to go to but you're going cuz your friend asked and you felt bad so you said fine but it sucks and the only thing that'd make it better is a fresh bottle of CZ

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Jan 8Liked by Michael Estrin

23. Someone will say, It's not the heat, it's the humidity, and inwardly you'll agree but you won't admit it

And yes, @Alex, yes! Coke & Pepsi are close like Marlboro Lights and Newports and I've loved them all at various times.

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Jan 7Liked by Michael Estrin

Coke is far superior for cleaning corrosion off of car batteries with a toothbrush.

23. Trump will have an important personal awakening, change his pronouns and fashion choices, then continue his campaign as "Donna." His base will be cool with it and still vote for him while continuing to deny rights to the transgender community.

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Jan 7Liked by Michael Estrin

I predict that in 2024 Amazon will begin charging at least $5 each to watch ALL Prime Videos, not just the ones you actually want to see. And Netflix will add 10 advertising interruptions to every film. And Youtube will add advertising to the beginning, middle, and end of every music track and stand up comic show. And I predict I will go back to reading books.

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I took out a home equity loan, used the cash to short the U.S. stock market on margin, then took all that liquid capital and bet on numbers 2, 8, and 17, and now I'm the world's first trillionaire.

Thanks, Michael!

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I used to have to say, "Sorry. We don't have Coke, only Pepsi" as a waitress at a Pizza Hut back in the eighties...in Arkansas...where Coke is a general term like pop or soda. Often my customers would look at me quizzically and say, "Ummmm...I want Dr. Pepper?"

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Jan 7Liked by Michael Estrin

I've never wanted to boop a snoot more in my life. Hi, Mortimer! 😍

1. You could start a call-in medium show circa 1987. I'm guessing the per minute call rate has gone up substantially since then.

2. 16 and 20 will have come to pass before I finish this sentence.

3. I predict I will log several hundred hours scrolling through Netflix titles looking for "something new." I also predict I will rewatch every season of New Girl, The Office, Community, Seinfeld, IT Crowd, Derek, Key & Peele, and MST3000 before the year is out.

4. My favorite MEME of 2023 was a Twitter grab boasting the paraphrased notion: "Will we ever get around to training an AI to pick trash out of the ocean? Or do all robots have to be screenwriters?"

5. How dare you?! Pepsi is decidedly sweeter, syrupier, with more tooth sweatering aftertaste. Coke has way more fizz making it impossible to chug successfully. - You're welcome!

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Jan 7Liked by Michael Estrin

First, thank you for making me chuckle. It takes quite a bit, but you had that something that did the trick. Secondly, I believe I can weave some predictions with questions in a chaotic mess that resembles my brain at 7:35am, so buckle up.

1. Coke and Pepsi are NOT the same. If they were, they wouldn't exist as Coke and Pepsi. None of it really matters to me; I've darted to the dark side of "zero sugar" beverages.

2. I predict that teachers like me will bitch and threaten to leave the profession after many years of service then return the next day after said intense bitching and do our jobs as we've always done. *Disclaimer: this will not be 100% compliance but close.

3. I predict Travis Kelce will put a ring on it. (IF he takes her name, they'd both be T. Swift...)

4. I predict I still will not want to do math-y things. (I teach English!)

5. How does an "experienced" teacher quit her job and still get her salary?

6. Is 50 still the new 30? (I have physical symptoms as evidence against the popular theory...)

7. I predict readers are rolling their eyes about now at my stupid list.

8. I predict I don't give a shit if they are.

9. Some parents will increase their efforts to challenge/ban/ruin books in schools thinking that if certain topics aren't available, then those topics do not exist and will NEVER be seen or heard by young adults. What about bus rides to and from school where "kids" hear and talk about things probably worse than the books that parents want off the shelves? Uh huh. Exactly.

10. Last, but not least - what happened to the Golden Rule? Wouldn't it solve many problems?

LIke David Letterman, I'll leave it at a great number, ten.

Have a fantastic, fabulous, ferocious day!

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Jan 7Liked by Michael Estrin

Im on the edge of my seat to hear about prediction 23.

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How about an AE to replace CEOs?

Anybody Else!

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Jan 8Liked by Michael Estrin

I know those who cancel their cable service are called, “cord-cutters” - what do you call those who cancel streaming services? “stream-inhibitors?”

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I can confidently predict I shall not got to Ikea to buy dishtowels or anything else. Guaranteed. I, however, will eat more chocolate than is good for me...

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Jan 7Liked by Michael Estrin

20 blew my tomato and cheese loving mind for its sheer truthiness.

23: Meteorologists will get even worse at this jobs, much to the chagrin of working people everywhere who are only ever expected to get better or, at worst, stay just as bad at their jobs as they were before.

PEPSI AND COKE ARE NOT THE SAME YOU PSYCHOPATHS; COKE HAS A POISONOUS AFTERTASTE WHILE PEPSI, CONVERSELY, DOES NOT.

NostradAMY has spoken.

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Jan 7Liked by Michael Estrin

25. Not Safe For Work will be green-lighted, after someone pitches it as Boogies Nights in the 21st Century. Marky Mark will briefly consider playing Marky Estrin, but throws a left uppercut to the idiot who asks him.

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Jan 7Liked by Michael Estrin

Last weekend at a concert… Phish ahemmmmmm… Ben had his first Pepsi in his entire life… I could not believe it! And I just had another one last night at another concert (Googoosh, Persian pop star!!)

It must be the beverage of choice for music venues? Anyway, honestly, they’re both amazing and I love both and they’re basically the same thing in my mind. Dopamine is dopamine give me all of the aspartame and sugar!

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