1/2 of a Two-Way Conversation

Overheard at the post office today while passing a man in his mid-thirties on a mobile phone:

Hmm… oh, you mean the ‘sugar-in-your-soda’ guy?

Now, I’d love to hypothesize the flip-side of that conversation, but I’m more interested in what you think was on the other end. Maybe sugar-in-your-soda guy is a movie character reference that I missed, or maybe it’s code for something, or maybe it’s you?


  1. FilSchiesty says:

    Maybe it’s the guy who sabatoges other people’s diet sodas.

  2. Rob L. says:

    Could be some kind of odd twist on that old Tin Pan Alley song lyric “you’re the cream in my coffee”…

  3. andr3 says:

    LoL it’s weird when you accidentally overhear conversations like this… you get curious.
    I remember when i was younger trying to put sugar in a pepsi max can.. it erupted, like a volcano. o_O
    (I don’t want to make any analogies with that, though.)
    One possibility is that maybe the “sugar-in-your-soda” guy, amidst a fiery discussion, mentioned the ammount of sugar in a can of soda in a Super-Size-Me-fashion.. Or maybe, they were refering to Morgan Spurlock himself.
    Anyway, the possibilities are endless.

  4. Carla says:

    Could he be refering to someone so annoying that likes soda without the bubbles and therefore asks for sugar in his soda so he can get rid of them before drinking the stuff?

  5. Mark Benson says:

    Perhaps the middle-aged man has a one-toothed son who had a special speaker (a dentist) in school that day who talked about oral hygiene and the horrors of microscopic bacteria that feed on the sugar in your soda.
    And perhaps all the son remembered–and told his pa when he got home–was that the sugar-in-your-soda guy came to school that day.
    Perhaps the phone call you overheard at the post office was the dentist calling the father to evangelize the father in the ways of oral hygiene, and to try and convince the father to make an apointment for his son to save his last, lonely, chomper?
    Anyway, just a thought. Now… where’s my toothbrush.

  6. Oliver Zheng says:

    Maybe it was the guy who put sugar into that guy’s soda?

  7. Knut K. says:

    He surely refers to a person, that puts sugar in his soda for his own pleasure. Yammi!

  8. It’s not this, but it makes me think of David Byrne getting sugar on his tongue.

  9. Steve Smith says:

    I used to know somebody that put sugar in their soda to remove most of the carbonation, because their digestive system couldn’t handle all the excess fizz. And after 6 tablespoons of sugar in a can of Coke anyway, what’s another couple of packets, right?

  10. Phillip Oldham says:

    Maybe he just means he’s a “glass-half-full” kinda guy?

  11. Jeff Louella says:

    The Sugar-In-Your-Soda guy is so much cooler than the Salt-In-Your-Wounds guy, but not as cool as the Pepper-On-Your-Pizza guy.

  12. Vik says:

    I think he’s talking about Dave Gorman (who I saw on Jan Leno) of googlewhacking fame. On Leno, he told a story about driving south of the border to Mexico to buy Coke because it’s made with real sugar there (as opposed to high fructose corn syrup). There, that’s your ‘sugar-in-your-soda’ guy.

  13. Ara says:

    Kinda like Lewis Black’s “If it weren’t for my horse, I wouldn’t have spent that year in college.” :-)

  14. Man, that’s me.
    When you drink your soda, the sugar activates the pancreas. The pancreas produces insulin, an enzyme needed for digestion, but insulin also makes the body store fat. And body fat … bla bla bla :)
    You get the idea.
    Don’t drink soda or you will end up like me :)

  15. Kim Siever says:

    Supposedly, if you dry off your tongue and sprinkle sugar on it, you can’t taste the sugar.

  16. jacob harvey says:

    (I tried to post this last night…)
    I dunno, it sounds exactly like what my friends in college used to do to describe various odd balls being witnessed around campus. It was pretty much never a malicious thing, the ladies used it to refer to people who they didn’t know.
    People like “Tank-top girl,” who you always could find wearing a tank top even in the middle of January. Or (a little more mean) “Precious,” for the unkept guy who resembled “Buffalo Bill” from the “Silence of the Lambs.” Not that we really thought him a threat or anything.
    I’m sure that’s just some guy from the office whose nickname signifies his literal or figuretive use of sugar in his soda. I like the idea of it not being literal. Maybe he’s just hyper and runs around the office all day…

  17. Adam says:

    Ahhhh, yes. The days of people watching in college. I remember this rather large man who wore a UND sweatshirt everyday. Unfortunately the sweatshirt was a medium when he needed an XXX-Large. Thus, the letter’s were stretched to an almost illegible proportion.
    As a result, we called him “Ooooooond.”
    And then there was the “walking head” but we won’t get into that.

  18. monkeyinabox says:

    ‘sugar-in-your-soda’ guy, is short for Al-Qaida terrorist:
    Al-Qa’ida was established by Usama Bin Ladin in 1988 with Arabs who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. Helped finance, recruit, transport, and train Sunni Islamic extremists for the Afghan resistance AS WELL as put sugar in people’s soda. Goal is to unite Muslims to fight the United States as a means of defeating Israel, overthrowing regimes it deems “non-Is-lamic,” and expelling Westerners and non-Muslims from Muslim countries AND spreading poor dental hygiene throughout the world.
    By only listening to half the conversation, you missed out on finding the secret location of Bin-Ladin. Next time, stop and smell the roses, and find the terrorists!

  19. Caller One: Did you talk to your dentist about your tooth yet?
    Caller Two: Hmm… oh, you mean the ‘sugar-in-your-soda’ guy?

  20. Matthew Backus says:

    It’s that person at restaurants who walks around asking ‘sugar in your soda’? How could you forget?

  21. Patrick Taylor says:

    Must be John Sculley …

  22. Evan says:

    Ahhhh… Mexican Coca-Cola, with real sugar. I’ve had US Coca-Cola and various East-Asian varieties, and nothing even comes close. This ‘sugar-in-your-soda’ guy sounds like an intelligent and tasteful individual.

  23. Mike Arndt says:

    Okay… Matthew Backus’s suggestion is definitely the funniest so far. Anyone else find it ironic that we could be literally playing the telephone game here? Are you sure it was sugar-in-YOUR-soda? Maybe sugar-in-A-soda… or sugar-FOR-your-soda? Oh, well…

  24. Brian says:

    Sounds to me like an deviation of “adding fuel to the fire.”
    For example, “as if there isn’t enough sugar in the soda, let’s add some more.” (Even though it’s probably high fructose corn syrup)
    I’d be sure to be that the “sugar-in-your-soda” guy probably likes to rub people the wrong way for fun.
    Well if that didn’t sound pessimistic!

  25. sinclair says:

    *clearly* a faulty transliteration, though the transciptionist can hardly be blamed for all the homonyms!
    the original question was surely, “hmmm…oh, you mean the sugarin’ Yasoda guy?”, a reference to a person trying to suck up to the foster mum of Krishna…

  26. luxuryluke says:

    mmm, yes, perhaps it was the “Shoe Garin Yaso Dagai,” which, when translated, means:
    Sugar-in-your-soda Guy.

  27. Paul says:

    One of my favorite overheard conversations:
    “So anyway, they spent all of last week optimizing it.”
    “And now it doesn’t work a little faster.”
    (I know this might seem a bit off topic, but I swear it’s not. The two people I overheard were none other than Sue Garr and Yaso Daguy.)

  28. Jessica says:

    I think it was because the person on the other end of the call was being hyper.

  29. Sounds to me like a missinterpertation but if I had to guess I would go with Brians answer of “fueling the fire”