A few weeks back, I had a cryptic e-mail message from my friend Karl:
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 23:00:16 +0000
Subject: April 27
I sent y’all an unbirthday present. I think I got the date right, though
I’m not too good at math and it is a leap year … 🙂
Apparently April 27th is the half-way point between my birthday and Diann’s birthday in a leap-year. Yesterday, I got home and there was a … large … box on my doorstep:
Yes, that says 29 pounds. I hoisted it upstairs (the return address was actually obscured by a UPS shipping sticker, so that increased the intrigue) and opened it up:
Yep, a 24-pack of Dr. Pepper from the Dublin, Texas factory (no, you’re not crazy: Diann had already pulled four of them out of the box before I was able to snap a picture). What’s special about this? Well, you see, the Dublin Dr. Pepper factory is the one of four in the world that makes their Dr. Pepper the old-fashioned way: with pure cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. You can definitely taste the difference, and having this only a 1-hour drive away is one of the few things I miss about Texas. Mmmm, Dublin Dr. Pepper.
Karl: well played, sir. Well played. Hope you don’t mind that we’ve already opened it up before our unbirthday!