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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Game of Thrones Treppenwitz Moment

My lovely wife often makes fun of me regarding my tendency to binge-buy certain things when we are in the states (or request when someone is going there and causally asks if we need them to bring something back for us):

U.S. Brand over the counter cold meds.

I'm sure the Israeli stuff is fine, but I didn't grow up with it, don't recognize its packaging, taste or texture... and therefore don't have confidence that it will work.

Unpacking my suitcase after a trip to the U.S. looks like the aftermath of a CVS heist; Sudafed (in all its variants), Tylenol (cold, allergy and other types), and that the wonder drug of wonder drugs: Vick's NyQuil (also known as Mormon schnapps).

There's just something about knowing that our medicine cabinet is well stocked with these trusted items that makes getting sick almost tolerable. The taste, consistency and effect (which for all I know could be completely placebo), give me confidence that at some point soon after taking a dose, the aches, coughs, congestion and/or fever will subside enough to allow me to fully enjoy daytime TV and snacks (required components of any successful sick day).

But even though my wife and kids all benefit from our larder full of trusted American brand cold treatments when they fall ill, Zahava still teases me mercilessly about this tendency of mine to distrust anything but these tried and trusted remedies. And I always wish I had a suitable come-back to counter her scorn and teasing.

I recently realized that my wife is a bit of a Game of Thrones fan. I find the show a bit cartoonish (and more than a little, shall we say, bordering on soft-core pornish). She, on the other hand, has read most of the books and really seems to enjoy the way they are playing out on the small screen.

Well, in true treppenwitz form, The perfect retort just occurred to me to fend off my wife' jeers and teasing over my US pharmaceutical fanboyism: "Winter is coming".

[I'm writing this from our living room couch with a snack table of drinks and snacks in front of me. And the only reason I am able to be out of bed and coherent enough to be able to 'enjoy' this time off from work; NyQuil.]



Posted by David Bogner on January 6, 2015 | Permalink


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Haven't ya ever heard of chicken soup??!!
Made outta real (Israeli) chickens??!!

Posted by: Quietusleo | Jan 6, 2015 2:28:46 PM

OTC meds from America are also one of my top imports! Couldn't agree more. Oh, and feel better!

Posted by: SaraK | Jan 6, 2015 3:37:20 PM

L'Chaim! (I don't know a Mormon appropriate toast)....and feel better

Posted by: Shmiel | Jan 6, 2015 4:04:30 PM

i spent a year living in Israel and stocked up on the Israeli cold meds to come home - much stronger than anything OTC in the States! Sorry I can't remember the brand though.

Posted by: Rachel | Jan 6, 2015 4:27:21 PM

12 Hour Sudafed!
500 ct Ibuprofen!
Pepto Tablets!
Lactiad pills!
God Bless America!

Posted by: MJ | Jan 6, 2015 8:13:08 PM

But when I'm in Eretz Yisroel, I stock up on Coldex and Strepsil; you can't get either of them in the States. I did get worried, though, when I learned that one of the ingredients in Coldex is acetaminophen by another name. If I'd known that a few months earlier, I would have made kiddush on grape juice that Shabbos instead of wine, and stayed away from alcohol while taking the stuff. NOT a good combination for anyone who wants to keep their liver.

Posted by: ahad ha_amoratsim | Jan 7, 2015 1:41:01 AM

Borderline soft-core porn? Are you kidding? What do you consider hard core?

Posted by: Garnel Ironheart | Jan 7, 2015 7:12:48 PM

Sinufeds are fine. They even look just like sudafeds.
That's one down.

Posted by: daw | Jan 7, 2015 10:40:56 PM

Canadian meds:

Gas X!

Feel Better!

Posted by: Michael Mirsky | Jan 8, 2015 4:57:09 PM

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