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April 30, 2013

ZaRex

When I was a little girl, there was a fairly popular drink in this region known as ZaRex.  This cute zebra was the mascot.  


My parents were pretty much against my having sugary drinks, but it couldn't be helped when I was in the company of other children at their homes.  There was a family from Boston who rented our beach cottage every summer for a couple of weeks, and they became friends with my parents.  They had 3 kids who were a little younger than me.  Whenever I was invited over to play, we were given ZaRex.  The lemon/lime flavour.  I've never been a huge fan of lemon/lime but that particular drink was refreshing, especially after we'd spent hours playing on the beach and swimming.  I begged my mom to buy it.  Begged, pleaded, cajoled, until I finally wore her down.  She came home with the lemon/lime flavour and I helped her to unpack it from the grocery bag.  I couldn't wait to have some!!  When mom went back to the car to get the last bag, I poured myself a nice big glass.  I wondered why it was so thick and why it took almost the entire bottle to fill my glass.  It was the colour of antifreeze.  Mom came into the kitchen in time to see me tipping the glass back to take a big swig.  She yelled out, 'Joanne NO! That has to be MIXED WITH WATER FIRST!'  It was too late.  I had a mouthful of strong, ultra-sweet, sticky concentrated syrup.  I don't remember if I swallowed it or spit it out, but I never drank ZaRex again.  

A big thank you to the Blogging A-Z Challenge hosts and the Grand Poobah, Arlee Bird, for organizing this month of blogs! It was a great time and I'm glad I was a part of it. 

13 comments:

  1. Yikes! I have never heard of this stuff before... congrats on doing the entire alphabet JoJo! Great posts!

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  3. Well, that's one way to cure oneself of an addiction! I did it with a big glass of whiskey in high school. Haven't touched it since...
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  4. Lol! what a good story ,I've not heard of that drink.Well done on finishing the challenge I've enjoyed your A-Z.

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  5. Never heard of the drink but congratulations on finish the Challenge! Thanks for visiting my Blog.
    A month of Blog...

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  6. I've never heard of ZaRex, but it sounds yummy.

    To answer your question, yes, I'll be posting at the Ruralhood, but not every day. :)

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  7. I have never heard of this stuff either but I can just about imagine how straight syrup tasted!UGH!! LOL

    Congratulations on finishing the A-Z!! You rock!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  8. Great post to end the Challenge--congratulations. I've never heard of ZaRex before...I'm not a big fan of sugary drinks but when I enjoy one it's either a lemon-lime or a root beer. Thanks for the great posts and comments all month long!

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  9. You did it! You made it all the way to the end of challenge - congratulations. Now get yourself some sleep =)

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  10. wow the zebra drink looks icky - congrats on finishing another challenge.

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  11. lol JoJo! Can't even imagine how that must have tasted. Congratulations on finishing another A to Z my friend! :)

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  12. your ribbon embroidery post showed up in my reader but isn't here on your blog...?

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  13. I never heard of Zarex, but that's a funny story.

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!

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