Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bucknard's Everfull Teacup

When I was a teenager, I used to play D&D (yes, Dungeons & Dragons), before I actually had a life that kept me too busy to indulge in fantasy role playing dice games governed by memorization and hours of mountain dew fueled basement sessions with other D&Ders. I had a proclivity for always wanting to be a Fighter, Ranger, or sometimes a Cleric or an Elf... once I played an Anti Paladin character and that was fun, but never a Paladin, Magic User, Thief, or 1/2 Orc, or Bard - man, I wanted to bludgeon Bards when I was a teenager. Keep in mind, I used to keep a 6ft quarter staff bungee corded to my 12-speed bike frame "just in case" - such a testosterone driven fascist dork I was. But I digress...

In The Dungeon Master's Guide, there was an item called "Bucknard's Everfull Purse". Bucknard's Everful Purse was a small leather sack in which you could place coins or gems, and each night, up to 100 gold pieces would duplicate within the purse. As long as you never emptied it completely - always leaving a "seed" of one or more coins or gems, more would appear the next day. It was an awesome little device that I tried to make sure each D&D adventure had at least one of, in the group of characters. Well, since moving to Arizona and trying to live a more healthy life-style, I've begun drinking tea every week day to wake up. This replaces the 6 to 8 cans of Diet Coke I used to drink every week day, for the last 20 years. My bones retain alot more calcium (the phosphoric acid in the Diet Coke depletes it), my teeth don't hurt and build up alot less plaque on the lower ones, my acid reflux is gone (with Nexium at $3/pill and my corporately provided insurance no longer covering "name brand" Rxs) and I am getting wonderful anti-oxidants as well.

Recently (in the last 3 months) I've been on an Irish Breakfast Black Tea streak (Trader Joe's, sells them in boxes of 60) - I wish they were organic, but oh well. The bags are string less, so at 3:45am (Daylight Savings Time sucks!) I stumble to the microwave, nuke a cup of R-O water, and plop in a tea bag. One HEAPING tiny spoon of Stevia mixed in, I'm ready for conference calls with India, Atlanta, and South Carolina by 4am. Beside the tea cup, I take a 16oz glass of water into my office. Each time the tea cup gets to about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch (6.35 to 12.7mm) from the bottom with tea, I refill from the water glass. As the day goes on, I get 3, 4, 5, sometimes 6 or 7 cups of tea out of it this way. Residual Stevia in the cup continues to compensate for the bitterness of the black tea, and it's a tasty, antioxidant laden, sweet treat, throughout the day. As long as the bottom of the cup is not emptied, the residual tea there acts as a "seed" for the next cup, infusing the refill water with more delicious tea goodness. If the tea gets too weak in the afternoon, then adding a 2nd tea bag along with the first gives an added caffeine boost for the afternoon.

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