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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Yes, it's official. When I became a third-year medical student, I had to get up at 4:45 every morning to be at the hospital by 5:30 so that I could pre-round on my patients. So I needed a little something to help me get going so that I didn't keel over fast asleep in the middle of examining a patient.

Tea wasn't doing it for me. It's too hot, so it takes too long to cool down until you can drink it and it doesn't have enough caffeine.

So I discovered...coffee.

Hello, everyone. My name's Mike.
(Hi, Mike)
I'm a coffee addict.
(We love you, Mike).

I used to be proud of the fact that I didn't drink coffee. I considered coffee drinkers to be drug addicts, even if the drug is mostly harmless. But now I'm one of the rank and file who lines up each morning to pour some of my money into the evil corporation known as Starbucks. It's no longer a surge of energy in the morning to bring me up to the hyperspace mental speeds required for the practice of medicine...it's simply that I can't think straight without my morning 16 oz (that's almost a half liter, folks).

But, as you all know, I'm not the type to be half-arsed about anything. By golly, if I'm going to be a coffee drinker, I'm going to do it right. So I started to study coffee. Did you know that there are two kinds of beans, Arabica and Robusta? The former is the finer, found in specialty coffees like Starbucks and the latter is found in commercial blends like "Folgers." Or did you know that adding a pinch of cardamom to the coffee in your drip brewer makes a new and interesting flavor? Or about all the different options there are for brewing coffee?

Not only am I a coffee addict, I'm a friggin' conniseur.

It's sad folks. It's really sad.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Faberg
veteran
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Member Since: 26th Aug 2003
Total posts: 1459
Posted:I've no idea what that's like as I've never drank tea or coffee. Always thought they both tasted foul, but then again I thought that about alcohol too the first time but that didn't stop me...

strange....


My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely smile

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falloutboy
falloutboy

remember
Location: Melbourne, Australia, Earth, M...
Member Since: 7th Mar 2002
Total posts: 433
Posted:Ahaha! That all sounds way too familiar! I literally used to stand in the kitchen at college and laugh out loud at all the poor saps lining up, mug in hand, nervously twitching as they waited for their morning dose of coffee. But as soon as exams hit I found myself right at the back of the queue... mug in hand

And here I am at 1:30am on a friday night, sitting in my room drinking coffee as I try to stay awake doing an assigment which was due in yesterday. It's the only thing keeping me going. Viva la coffee.. or something.


-As angels debate chance and fate-
i was riding through melbourne on a midget giraffe, things were peachy.

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Kat
Kat

Pooh-Bah
Location: London
Member Since: 13th Dec 2000
Total posts: 2211
Posted:Welcome to my world! Hah hah hah hah! Hah hah hah hah! HAH, HAH, HAH, HAH!

Yes..enough..


Come faeries, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame.

- W B Yeats

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Mike, would you like me to really get you going?
I used to work at a Starbucks (very short lived stint let me tell you), and there was this list on the back wall of the subcatergories of beans, which countries they come from and about their flavors.
How about what many different spices do? (stick a vanilla bean and part of an orange rind in your filter and see what happens!)

I too was one of "those" people, but after awhile it really does have an effect, shakes, pounding heart, etc. One of my dance troupe mates has banned me from drinking coffee before rehearsals because it really gets me on giddy, silly, hyper-mode. My brain works fast enough already. I guess I don't need to speed it up!

Welcome to the Rat Race!


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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sola_sarah
member
Location: victoria, bc. Canada
Member Since: 4th Apr 2003
Total posts: 13
Posted:you should try something called "yerba matte" to substitute your coffee fiending.

it's a pick-me-up as well...but it doesn't give you the jitters and it's a little like drinking herbal tea.

i'm not saying that i don't drink any coffee but i really like yerba matte it's a lot easier on the system!! you can find it in most health food stores!


-sarah-


one thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. -BOB MARLEY-

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flid
flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:coffee?

Steady on tiger, you'll be shooting up herroin soon!


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tiamat_22580
tiamat_22580

I will kill all mods
Location: mods suck
Member Since: 7th Aug 2002
Total posts: 210
Posted:mmmm tea. how about that tea. coffee! ah coffee is insane bla this is a stupid post, pah

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frostypaw
Great balls of fire
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Member Since: 28th Jul 2003
Total posts: 643
Posted:tea contains more caffeine than coffee.......

but you'll be in real trouble when you discover espressos


I can SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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onewheeldave
Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield
Member Since: 28th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3252
Posted:quote:Originally posted by frostypaw:
tea contains more caffeine than coffee.......

A cup of coffee contains significantly more caffeine than tea.

Confusion can arise because dry coffee contains less than dry tea; but in there prepared form coffee is higher.


"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

--MAJOR KORGO KORGAR,
"Last of The Lancers"
AFC 32


Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

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Bird
Bird

now available in "advanced"
Location: Cornwall
Member Since: 25th Aug 2003
Total posts: 6086
Posted:Do I detect the beginning of a very long arguement about the relative caffeine strength of tea and coffee?

stick to beer - it contains alcohol - need I say more!!


My state of mind is not yours to define!

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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Singed Piper (formerly Mark1)
Singed Piper (formerly Mark1)

resident bagpiper
Location: Vermont, USA
Member Since: 12th Jul 2003
Total posts: 342
Posted:not to make you groggy masses salivate with glee(oh, wait that is why), but look at this:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/drinks/3261/
br>can you say yerba mate enfused organic Arabica coffee beans.

(also check the site for other caffeinated treats


Q:What's the difference between the Great Highland Bagpipes and the Northumbrian Pipes?
A:The Great Highland Pipes burn longer.

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Charles
Charles

Corporate Circus Arts Entertainer
Location: Auckland
Member Since: 27th Jun 2001
Total posts: 3989
Posted:I used to think coffee tasted awful, until I had some REAL coffee!

Then I realised there was one huge difference bewteen instant coffee and REAL coffee.

Sure, there are differences in the REAL coffees too, but the difference is that soem are nice and some aren't.

Where-as (in my opinion) ALL instant is crap!


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* Is it the Truth?
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* Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
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Kaji
Kaji

Quantum Theorist
Location: Vansterdam
Member Since: 12th Dec 2002
Total posts: 564
Posted:Hello my name is Frost and I'm a coffee addict actually I'm a conniseur too.

I'd like to welcome Mike to the cca (coffee conniseurs anonymous)


In the 60's people took acid to make the world weird, now the world is weird and they take prozac to make it normal again.

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Kaji
Kaji

Quantum Theorist
Location: Vansterdam
Member Since: 12th Dec 2002
Total posts: 564
Posted:Hello my name is Frost and I'm a coffee addict actually I'm a conniseur too.

I'd like to welcome Mike to the cca (coffee conniseurs anonymous)


In the 60's people took acid to make the world weird, now the world is weird and they take prozac to make it normal again.

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:

So far i have not yet been "taken" in by the coffee and tea fiends.



Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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KristieEB
member
Location: Oakland, CA
Member Since: 17th Sep 2003
Total posts: 108
Posted:i like tea, but its hippy tea - plenty of caffeine tho!

i also drink soda/pop whatever you want to call it when i need that afternoon boost.


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Itsgottab
member
Location: NZ
Member Since: 7th Nov 2001
Total posts: 244
Posted:you guys be careful, the coffee of today is much stronger in its psychological effects than the coffee of 20 years ago and recent reserch suggests it is indeed a 'gateway' drug. i for one would be weepy if you all became crackheads.

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KristieEB
member
Location: Oakland, CA
Member Since: 17th Sep 2003
Total posts: 108
Posted:thats right ... coffee is nothing to PLAY with!

no only is the purity highly variable from source to source ... but the quality of the average "hit" has increased to the point of being addictive after your very first try! beware of people offering free coffee.

BEWARE!


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Flameflinger
member
Location: A mythical continent of fire a...
Member Since: 19th Jun 2003
Total posts: 27
Posted:I dont get it?
Does no one drink coffee simply because they like it?
Thats why i do...
I am actually a really good morning person so its not like i need it to wake me up, but i drink it because i like the flavour and the texture of it as opposed to something like tea.
You guys are over analysing this
Any One agree??
M

(Oh and, BAD MIKE. Dont pay Starbucks to **** you over - you can do that yourself )


We are all in the gutter. But some of us are trying to set it alight...You can't be a proper country without a beer. Possibly an airline and a rugby team, but at the very least you need a beer.Eat Well, Stay Fit, Die Anyway

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flid
flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:quote:Does no one drink coffee simply because they like it?that's like people who say they drink beer because it tastes nice

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SaBBaS
enthusiast
Location: Madrid, Spain
Member Since: 4th Jan 2002
Total posts: 215
Posted:i do like the taste of coffee... it reminds me of when i was a child and used to drink my mum's coffee when she wasn't looking... maybe that explains a lot of my present behaviour. but then again, i sleep VERY much now, perhaps the effect has worn off... who knows

Don't you destroy your enemy by making him your friend?? - Rev Bem (Magog), Andromeda

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:quote:Originally posted by sola_sarah:
you should try something called "yerba matte" to substitute your coffee fiending.Nononononononononono!!!!! I did that once in Argentina. Spent the rest of the day running back and forth to the bathroom. Something in Mate caused an "osmotic diarrhea." NOT a fun day.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Jello
ambiguous
Location: Mpls, MN, USA
Member Since: 29th Jan 2002
Total posts: 646
Posted:Was it explosive diarrhea??

_________________________________
Fuzzy Dice.......................................

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:quote:Originally posted by onewheeldave:
quote:Originally posted by frostypaw:
tea contains more caffeine than coffee.......

A cup of coffee contains significantly more caffeine than tea.

Confusion can arise because dry coffee contains less than dry tea; but in there prepared form coffee is higher. Our one-wheeled friend here is absolutely right. Brewed coffee contains 2-3 times the caffeine per volume that tea does. Strong black tea and caffeinated soda (like Coke) have similar caffeine contents.

Trust me on this. I looked it up in the medical textbooks and talked to the nutritionists at the hospital about it. It's important that we know this sort of thing because sometimes caffeine can interfere with some of the drugs we give our patients. (Hint: caffeine and amphetamine=bad mix).


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:quote:Originally posted by Jello:
Was it explosive diarrhea?? Part of it was. (well, you asked...) But I made it to the toilet in time every time, mercifully. The flatulence was impressive, too.

And...JELLO!!! WELCOME HOME!!!

Listen, folks, I just came off my pediatrics rotation. I've described poop in just about every imaginable form and I've discussed poop in more detail than I ever thought I would. General warning: don't get me going on the subject of poop. Stick to coffee.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Jello
ambiguous
Location: Mpls, MN, USA
Member Since: 29th Jan 2002
Total posts: 646
Posted:hahahaha, thanks, its nice to be back

And I tend to get people to discuss their bowel movements, I don't know, its a gift.

but coffee, dear lord that'd be nice right now. I'm more of the mocha/flavored coffee fiend, I have yet to fall in love with the plain stuff.


_________________________________
Fuzzy Dice.......................................

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Astar
member
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Member Since: 8th Nov 2002
Total posts: 1591
Posted:Ive always thought I had a potential for drug abuse so I avoided coffee to. My general rule of thumb is to only use it once a month, maybe twice. I find it's more effective anyways because you don't build up tolerance. Ofcourse I do have a problem with bingeing, so I used to straight out eat 8 or 9 scoops of coffee (this blend was made for coffee machines so one scoop was roughly equal to two cups of coffee)

I came into class twitching and going absolutly nuts. But I really think most people over exagerate the powerfulness of caffine. I think it's like any other drug, you get what you want out of it. Which leads me onto another random subject. Don't you think sleep depreivation is a drug? I definatly get some interesting benefits from it. Like I haven't really slept for more then 5 hours over the past 3 days, and those weren't 5 hours of restful sleep, and ive only had a few full nights of sleep all summer really. But I have huge amounts of energy but no attention span to accomplish anything. I used to believe sleep was totally unnecesary because I couldn't be bothered actually takeing steps to control my sleep habits. So I think my brain reversed it's self. Because I seem to get more and more awake the longer I deprive myself of sleep. But really my perception of reality is so skewed I have no idea what's going on half the time. Some psychology buffs here would probably call that a manic episode, and maybe even try to diagnose me with bi-polar disorder. Ive decided I don't belive in disorders anymore as they are just a result of a society that had to many crazy people and not enough ways to deal with them. When pokeing holes in their heads and zapping them with electricity didn't work they thought hey lets start profileing them so they came up with names like nymphomania and borderline personality disorder, and flawed personality disorder. Then they were like hey lets hardly do any more research into the actual disorders and try to focus on applied therapy. So they changed the names, and sub divided many of the disorders into even more disorders, but the fact is they still had over saturated psych wards and psych hospitals and people were slipping through the cracks left and right. Now a days they actually treat you like an individual (if they know what they are doing) and only use the disorders as guidelines, and hopefully they don't even tell you that you have said disorders because a lot of people can develop hypochondriac tendancys pretty fast when you start slinging medical terms at them and they don't fully understand the theory. Now we have cool guys like doctor phil who actually know what they are doing and spend some time and effort makeing it reasonably understandable for people to understand. Doctor phil didn't invent this method but he certainly applied it better then everyone else. Those other psychologists were a bunch of snobs who were afraid to go outside the world of acadamia to acomplish anything. The reason it doesn't seem like we have any super geniuses anymore is because so few people are well rounded these days. The school system is so hard that it's easy to cop out and focus on one area and block the rest out. Davinci tried to block the rest out but in his day and age he had to be a bit more independent. I think anyone is capable of being very close to the great people in history if they have an open mind, it's just you wont be famous these days because there is so much communication (some of you might be years from now)

But I think it is much better not to be famous, and to never try to be famous because then your ideas are more pure, even if they are half baked stupid nonsense like this whole thread. A lot of the master minds of our time have had what some people would call underlying mental disorders, and they were persecuted for that because they thought outside of the box. But did you ever think that maybe everything they thought of was actually really stupid? I mean many of them were drug addicts one way or another, so their brains were being abused from lack of sleep or to many random beatings from their parents. I think deep down under those guys were like people who mod their cars or computers to go faster or look cooler. Usually those mods actually destroy the cars because they put to much wear and tear on them. I think some of the masterminds of the world deliberatly abused themselves and allowed themselves to be abused so they could mod their brains, they just didn't really realize entirely what they were doing at the time. But some of them lived pretty balanced lives after they got done kicking their brain around, just like some people who after they drive their car into the ground fix it up and baby it for the next 20 years, despite the fact that there ar ebetter cars on the market. There are better brains on the market these days, and some people who are un-recognized master minds of sorts need to pass the torch because they have been pushing their brain to far. I think george bush pushed his brain to far when he was about 5 years old and he kept pushing it past the limit untill he completly wrecked it. His intentions are good, but his brain is being lubricated by the wrong things, mainly old dirty oil passed on from his father, the stuff has been sitting on the shelf to long and is full of random polutants. Time for an oil change george bush (by this I mean time for a new election, not time for some poor misinformed buddy to stand at the fence of the white house and take random pot shots at the president with a 9mm pistol chambered with the cheapest rounds off the shelf of walmart. even though the guy probably knows he can't possibly hit george bush because of the way the lawn is landscaped, and just the simple mathmatics of the balistics of cheap 9mm pistol ammo. But his brain needs an oil change to, probably more badly then george bush.

Does my brain need an oil change or do I just need sleep? I also figured out another simple fact. This is the first time I have tried to take a nite cap to sleep, and it's just worked me up even more, so half ways through this post I started getting a little intoxicated ontop of the sleep deprivation. If only I trusted my own judgement I would have spared you this terribly long rant.

Hey pele or whoever may delete this because of whatever I missed when I tried to edit it, please PM this to me befor eyou delete it because I want to read it when I get some sleep.


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Astar
member
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Member Since: 8th Nov 2002
Total posts: 1591
Posted:BTW mike your totally an inspiration.

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mech
mech

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: "In your ear"
Member Since: 9th Jun 2003
Total posts: 6207
Posted:i dont drink i dont smoke, i dont drink coffee, and i only drink tea at work, i am adicted to life, and to breathing, what kind of group do i go to?

Step (el-nombrie)

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Itsgottab
member
Location: NZ
Member Since: 7th Nov 2001
Total posts: 244
Posted:make sleep your best friend and hang out with him at night time(hes working during the daytime), don't let him down by not turning up when you said you would. the results of making and keeping this new best friend will blow your mind. i like your rambling sleep deprived post though

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