Leave it to Slurpee to draw me out of my blog slumber.
First, some history. One of my fond memories of playing baseball my senior year of high school were the post practice slurpees. There was a 7-11 across the street from our home field so I stopped pretty regularly, scraping together $1.08 for a large slurpee with tax. Baseball followed by Hawaiian Snow Slurpee was a beautiful partnership.
Last week, my friend David Morgan recently returned from Orange County sporting an aluminum slurpee straw. I saw it and was dazzled by the aesthetics and novelty. I was resigned, however, to this being a purely West Coast cool type of thing that I would never get my hands on personally. Until last night. Sarah and I stopped to get gas after Breakthrough. Upon realizing we stopped at a 7-11, slurpees were in order. Sarah walked in to buy the cups of frosty goodness but as I pumped the gas she came back out of the store to announce “They have the metal straw!.” Quickly, I decided the $.99 was worth the aforementioned novelty. However, as I began using the straw I soon realized I had stumbled upon something far greater than mere aesthetics.
So I present this award to you, Metal Slurpee Straw Designer. The reasons for your big win are outlined below:
- Aesthetics – as mentioned above, this thing is attractive
- Simplicity – When I was four years old I could extrude straws out of playdough. This thing had to cost $.02 to make. When you can solve such an important problem as slurpee sippage with something this simple, you deserve a hand.
- Functionality/User Experience – This is what pushes the metal straw over the top. When you slurp the slurpee thru the straw it frosts the straw so your entire slurpee experience occurs at optimal slurpee frigidness. I’m not a good enough writer to explain how great it is. But for those who know my amazing wife, you know that she doesn’t drink after people, especially using other people’s straws. I, her husband, am included in “people,” except on very rare occasions when we’re stranded in the desert with broken hands and 1 cup between us. Last night, as I raved about the metal straw experience, she voluntarily took a drink from my straw and was so blown away there was not a single comment or hesitation about the fact that my lips had used the straw previously.
In my research for this post I stumbled upon some others who are impressed by the aluminum straw. They expressed some valid drawbacks to the straw but I find these negligible in comparison to the overall greatness of Metal Slurpee Straw.