In Okinawa I was working in the Recon Operations Center on a midnight to noon shift when its deliciously insidious hold began to grip me. I had invested in a number of cans of Georgia coffee to keep my battery charged through the morning.
In Japan you can get nearly anything you desire in life from a vending machine: food, alcohol, tobacco, joy. Coffee in a can is a big deal there. Georgia coffees come in various flavors and types as you can imagine. It’s a smorgasbord of delightfulness.
My first positive encounter was with a cafe latte in a can. From there my life began to subtly change. Little did I realize the seemingly innocent latte was merely a gateway beverage. Soon a mere latte wouldn’t suffice. I began to experiment with other types and brands: Emblem Blend, Platinum Blend, Mocha Kilamanjaro!
In Fukuoka, Japan I participated in a martial arts exchange with the Japanese Self Defense Forces. The Japanese have a thing about being good hosts. They will always ensure you are well fed and well lubricated. Well rested? Feh! That is something to do once you get back home. After dinner and drinks we were informed this had only been the “first party” and we were moving on to attend the “second party”. The second party was more food and booze but also karaoke and booze. Surely this could come to no good I thought. We had to fight all day the next day! We were going to demonstrate bayonet drills with live blades! I mentally prepared myself to bleed out on the mat the following morning.
At 0500 a caravan of corpses carpooled out to the Japanese base. “Bring out your dead!” Some of us had even slept a little. Listless and lifeless I shuffled into a vending machine. Mmmmm…Georgia…
After knocking back two cans of Emerald Mountain Blend I conversed in run on sentences for two straight hours. Demonstrating pistol retention techniques, my buddy claimed I nearly ripped his arm out of its socket when I threw him over the horizon.
To this day I am a fan of Georgia Coffee’s wondrous powers. A warm can of Georgia coffee is capable of generating so much joy it’ll make you want to kiss strangers on the mouth.