Sunday, August 17, 2003

[MISC] Paragraphs only vaguely related to each other

So, I've been working at SodexhoPASS USA for the last couple of weeks, give or take. Not a bad place, but it's still only a contract job with a hard October due-date. It's also out in Newton, which makes for an hour-long commute where I've been very fortunate as far as the weather is concerned (note to self: buy umbrella). Hopefully, the dream high-paying with benefits job in downtown Cambridge will appear sometime soon.

In a total non-sequiter, I miss Fresh Samantha already. I sadly haven't been able to afford $2.50 juice drinks in my current semi-jobless state, but today Star Market had coupons right on the "Odwalla" fridge (Odwalla being the company that bought Fresh Samantha and has now retired the brand) for 75c off and the self-checout lane was ignoring the do-not-double stamp on it. So a $2 lemonade could be had for fifty cents.

Or, in this case, a "Strawberry Lemonade Quencher". Which didn't really impress me much at all. Sure, it's better than a 5% juice Snapple (what isn't?), but it didn't have much of a lemonade taste (and Fresh Samantha lemonade was really good stuff). Not bad, but not worth a premium price for.

It just sort of irritates me that Odwalla chose to enter the New England market by buying and shuttering Fresh Samantha rather than coming in on their own. It reminds me of how, back in the eighties, Broderbund bought Synapse software. Both were companies that made games and productivity file for 6502-based computers. Broderbund, though, wrote for the Apple II and converted to other systems, while Synapse wrote for the Atari and Commodore lines and converted from that. Within a couple years, though, Synapse was gone, and fans of theirs had to make do with what Broderbund put out. Not that Synapse would have lasted much longer - the industry was changing too much, and Broderbund itself isn't even a pale shadow of what it was - but it just sucks to see a company beat out its competition with their wallet as opposed to their product.


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