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do yu "drink" at work??

NOT alcohol... water... bottled/flavored? I almost GAGS me to see coworker sipping fron probably room temp bottles/cups!?! I have a nice big double walled cup that I load to the brim with ICE in the morning and relaod with cubes at a few points during the day.

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    1. re: Robin Joy

      This is nothing- I refer you to the person who is apparently stymied because she/he can't fit an entire soup spoon in her mouth.
      There should be a WTF?/SMH Board.

    2. I can't stand ice water. Of course I drink water at work, whether at home or at a conference or other away job. And coffee in the morning.

      Once upon a time, I worked at a communications department where a colleague started out on beer at 10am. It was the kind of place where such behaviour was acceptable as long as the work got done. Smoking was practically de rigueur (though I didn't smoke anything, even back then). Drinking, yes, but on my own time.

      Things have changed a lot in a few decades!

        1. You're upset because people drink room temp water at work? Really?

          1. You could just imagine other people's drinks are cold.

            1. Kseiverd, I too like hot drinks to be steaming and cold drinks to be cold. However, I applaud anyone who drinks h2o through the day since I don't do it and should...no matter what the temp.

              1. I actually don't like iced water. Room temp bottled water is fine with me.

                1. I'm not understanding why you care......?
                  So they drink room temp tap water- that's nice.

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                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    I drink room temp water at home and work all the time. Room temp at night, every hour or so when I rollover, at work because I have no access to cold water. Now, for real drinking at work in the 80's, while the rest of the country was enjoying the three martini lunch, we had the three margarita lunch, or more specifically the potent, if you could handle it, three Ninfarita lunch in Houston, from Ninfa's Mexican restaurant that launched the fajita craze. Lunch was invariably followed by a freshly rolled smoke.

                    1. re: James Cristinian

                      Thats fantastic- fajitas, margaritas, and a smoke. I hope everyone gets a chance to have a fun time like that at least a few times!

                      1. re: James Cristinian

                        As in my story - those were the days! Though the co-worker was eventually in a very bad way. (As far as I know, he is fine now, and dry).

                        Up here in Montréal people usually just had wine with lunch.

                        I like fizzy mineral water colder, but I drink plain tap water at room temp all the time. Work at conferences involves a lot of speaking and a lot of water drunk, thus frequent loo breaks...

                        1. re: lagatta

                          Glad to know it wasn't just me, my job in the eighties was a music related one and our boss was the worst of us all! A good businessman though and he did just fine.

                          1. re: coll

                            My colleague did his job just fine as well, but he had a foul temper when he was hung over.

                        2. re: James Cristinian

                          In the late 90s, I worked for 8 men for almost 9 years and we had many, many, MANY happy hourS at local restaurants/bars, that began at noon and ended at 9:00. we had a cupboard full of shot glasses, and weekly runs for tequila. it was really fun while it lasted. the firm no longer exists. and not because of our drinking habits. but we're all still friends and meet for much tamer happy hours often.

                          I drink water at room temperature. before I quit diet coke, I drank that at room temperature too. the OP must be retching by now.

                          1. re: James Cristinian

                            Back in the late 70s....my co-workers and I would order lunch from the pub down the street. Mine was usually a burger or sandwich, and *always* a Tom Collins. In a Styrofoam cup with a plastic lid. Loved that stuff. Made the afternoons much more fun.
                            Everyone had a drink or two at lunch back then. We smoked in the hallway, too. Glad that's changed!

                        3. Water, room temp. Coffee, starts out pretty hot, milk cools it down, and by the time I get around to finishing it, room temp. GAG away!

                              1. How do you know it is room temp? I fill my reuse able bottle at the drinking fountain and it is reasonably cold by the time I go to refill.

                                1. When I drink water, it's most often straight from the tap.

                                  I don't know if that's regarded as room temperatuire or straight from the tap temperature.

                                  1. I'm the same way. I have to have ice in my water and if it melts before I can finish the water I have to go dump it out and start fresh.

                                    1. You need to desensitize yourself if watching other people drink room temperature water makes you almost gag.

                                      1. Give them some of your ice cubes!!

                                        1. I use an intak bottle by Thermos (18 oz.) that gets filled with water and 3 ice cubes about 4 times a day. Ice cubes melt, but water stays cold enough for me, until it reaches the bottom of the container.

                                          A coworker *only* drinks water that has 3/4 cold water, 1/4 hot water added to "take the chill off". She doesn't like ice cold drinks. Just the way she grew up.

                                          Some people like ice cold drinks; others don't. No biggie. I'm not sure why it would gag you.

                                          1. I prefer all my liquids cold, although during the winter I do drink hot coffee, during the other 3 season's it's iced coffee.
                                            I LOVE ice cold water, all beverages I prefer as cold as humanly possible. FILL THE CUP with ice, then place whatever volume of liquid will fit. That's how I like my water, tea, soft drinks etc. My vodka I just like shaken in as much ice as possible then poured quickly. They don't last long enough in the glass to get to warm.

                                            I love ICE COLD WATER so much I need to listen to this as I drink it to complete the experience.


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                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                              the whole hot coffee thing is interesting. because you do not drink it most of the year what we think of as the every-day ritual of 'sipping the hot steaming cup in the morning' will always be kind of a fresh experience you?

                                            2. I have a 2 quart bottle that I bring to work with me every day
                                              I’ve been doing “spa water” lately just to change things up (cucumber/mint, cucumber/melon, ginger/lime)
                                              I don’t mind it just at room temp, I find I actually drink more water when its’ not icy cold

                                              but... hey you go with that ICE water of yours
                                              (the water here at my office tastes terrible, so I wouldn't make cubes here anyway)

                                              1. Yeah, I drink tons of water. I get it from the cooler so all of my refills are cool, but I'll drink it at whatever temp. If you like ice, more power to you-do whatever you need to do to stay hydrated! But there is literally nothing that will make me gag to see someone else drink.

                                                1. I live in a moderate climate, so room temp water is fine by me. But when I am somewhere that the temperature and humidity get really high, then iced is the way to go.

                                                  I have noticed during my business travels, in the south and in parts of Texas, that a full size ice maker is standard equipment in a lot of office break rooms.

                                                    1. re: carolinadawg

                                                      Close....more like:

                                                      Yez, "I" doo. DU yoo ?!?

                                                      For the record, I drink cold water and room temperature water. The only time I've ever had a problem with someone else drinking water was a colleague insisting on bringing a giant (32 oz+) container into a funeral service.

                                                      1. re: 512window

                                                        Wow. Please tell me it was an outdoor funeral in August in Texas, right?

                                                        1. re: Hobbert

                                                          Alas. It was indoors, at a Buddhist temple in California in March.

                                                        2. re: 512window

                                                          Hey, if you're going top be crying a lot, you need to stay hydrated.

                                                          1. re: 512window

                                                            I remember very clearly Miss Manners saying "You do not take refreshment in church" among the other sins of bringing your drink along with you.

                                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                                              Yeah. I'll ignore that. For health reasons, though, and not because I have no manners.

                                                              1. re: LMAshton

                                                                A nice discrete bottle that fits in a purse is the way to go. The one I mentioned was larger than a purse. And the carrier had no medical reason for bringing it along.

                                                                1. re: 512window

                                                                  Yep, I go with a discrete bottle. But it goes absolutely everywhere with me.

                                                                  1. re: LMAshton

                                                                    a discreet bottle in a handbag is one thing.

                                                                    Hauling a 32-ounce Big Gulp is something else entirely.

                                                                    1. re: LMAshton

                                                                      I figured. That's what my mom did when she was doing radiation for jaw cancer. She never knew when she would need water so always kept a 4oz bottle in her purse.

                                                          2. I would probably make you hurl. I drink room temp seltzer, directly from the bottle. All.day.long

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                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                              i had a friend who always had it in his van whenever we went out, getting used to it then...somehow even years later car temp seltzer is still so nice.

                                                              1. Where I am, most people drink warm water or room temperature water, not cold. *shrugs*

                                                                1. Why does it bother you what someone else is drinking? I hate ice, I hate cold beverages. I chug at least one 32 oz nalgene full of room temperature if not warmer tap water at least every other hour.

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                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                    I love ice cold water and tea, but have absolutely no problem with your preferred temperature. I guess I'm lucky to have enough of my own business to mind.

                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                      fldhkybnva, re: your container of choice, did you see this article? http://www.motherjones.com/environmen...

                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                        Thanks. There are a lot of risks to worry about, BPA is low down on the list for me especially as few studies show any proven effect.

                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                        If I'm not mistaken, you work in a hospital/health care setting as well? How do you manage to use the restroom enough to drink that much water? There was one shift where I had to pee for about 9 hours and held it!!!

                                                                        1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                          Haha :) I actually don't pee that much surprisingly or maybe I do but just don't notice it. I'm also really good at holding it for a verrryyy long time mostly because I refuse to pee if I'm in the middle of something. It helps that I'm a pathologist, the slides don't mind if you get up to use the bathroom. I guess my body has adapted since I've been drinking this much for years. I also workout every morning and lose at least 2-3 liters so much of the morning water is just replacement fluid.

                                                                      3. Staying hydrated is generally good for the human brain AND body.

                                                                        Cold, warm, tepid, hot.

                                                                        1. yes

                                                                          whatever is offered
                                                                          whatever I brought
                                                                          whatever there is

                                                                          1. it gags me when i see people drink water. I drink tea, coffee, sparkling water or beer/wine during lunch hours.

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                                                                            1. re: Monica

                                                                              " I drink tea, coffee, sparkling water or beer/wine during lunch hours."

                                                                              Beer? Wine?
                                                                              OK, I have to ask....what is it that you do? And where do you live?

                                                                              I often felt compelled to drink wine as an art administrator during gallery openings. Usually in the 6-9 p.m time frame.

                                                                              I have many friends in the engineering/science/medical/education fields. I cannot fathom them drinking alcohol "on the clock" ...ever.

                                                                              Midwest USA.

                                                                              1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                                It is a grounds for immediate termination to drink on the job at my company. That includes drinking off campus and returning to work afterwards. And no we are not surgeons nor do we handle heavy machinery or deal directly with the public.

                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                  In the eighties I worked for a large hotel, and they often stuffed us full of fancy food and booze during work hours, then sent us back to work.

                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                    <"...they often stuffed us full of fancy food and booze during work hours, then sent us back to work.">

                                                                                    You were force fed caviar and champagne then transported back to your desk. What a charmed life.

                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                      That part of things was pretty darned great, I agree!

                                                                                      The abusive hours, sexual harassment, and low pay took some of the thrill out of it.

                                                                                      Oh, and the healthcare benefits were amazing - but then, they were most everywhere back then...

                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                        "Oh, and the healthcare benefits were amazing - but then, they were most everywhere back then..."

                                                                                        Oh man...I remember when eyes and teeth were considered part of the human body (healthcare).

                                                                                        Little did we know.

                                                                                          1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                                            Yay ! on the Fancy Food and Health Care. Disgust regarding all the rest.

                                                                                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                        I could use a part time job, in case you are looking.

                                                                                      2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                        That sounds a bit repressive. Obviously zero tolerance for surgeons, drivers, machine operators. But I work on a keyboard. If my work is shitty, whether or not it involves a substance, clients won't call me back. If not, it is none of their damned business.

                                                                                        (And no, I don't drink wine or smoke dope while working) I've reached the age where that makes me sleepy.

                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                          a lot of it has nothing to do with typing while drunk, and everything to do with heading out after lunch, hitting someone, and the company gets their ass sued off because you are an employee and there's no alcohol policy.

                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                            How nice it is to work in a major city in Europe, where one can walk to work or take public transportation.

                                                                                            There, you can have your wine/beer at lunch.... and drink it, too.

                                                                                            Not that that wouldn't be possible in any of the larger US metro areas, but the US has a strange relationship to booze in general.

                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                              (I know YOU know this....but carrying on the convo...)

                                                                                              It's also because in Europe, wine or beer is a part of the meal, and it's being consumed because it complements the meal, not because of the alcohol.

                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                Oh, I don't know. Friday lunches in the park with a Weizen or two sure make the afternoon pass by faster :-D

                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                  and why wouldn't it? I'm in!

                                                                                                  But it's to go and be outside and have lunch and oh yeah, have a beer....

                                                                                                  ...rather than YEAH! DRINK!

                                                                                        2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                          A work party for a department of 100+ that I planned, and very successfully executed, resulted in an alcohol-banning policy at the 1500+ employee organization that I worked for. I was always kind of proud of that fact but have never quite figured out a way to incorporate it into my resume.

                                                                                      3. re: Monica

                                                                                        "it gags me when i see people drink water"


                                                                                        Remembering another thread, how do you feel about wet bread?

                                                                                        1. re: Monica

                                                                                          An ingredient in "sparking water" is em, water

                                                                                          1. re: Monica

                                                                                            My coworker went to an interview at a famous ad company in NYC and she saw people drinking crafted beer. Apparently company sponsors them and you can drink them all the time whenever you want. (actually i may be lying about whenever they want) but she saw them drinking at work. Mad men era hasn't ended yet.
                                                                                            As for me, when I eat lunch outside, I order a glass of wine or beer occasionally. How can you not order a pint when you are eating hamburger or fish and chips or plain pasta even.

                                                                                            1. re: Monica

                                                                                              I know of a few offices with either a keg on tap or mini fridges with beer for "in the office" happy hours. Different strokes. Tends to work best in progressive or artistic fields.

                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                I used to call on a few places that had a beer slot in the coke machine.

                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                  It's a good thing I don't work in the industry as I'd drink the whole keg first thing in the morning.

                                                                                            2. Sometimes, if I get in my car and there is a warm-hot bottle of water there, but it's all I have, I drink it. *giggle*

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                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                Me too. But if it's been cooking in the sun long enough that the water has started to taste like plastic bottle, I'll only drink the minimum amount needed to quench my thirst.

                                                                                                1. re: cookie monster

                                                                                                  I agree about the plastic taste - which is why I use glass for beverage transport these days.

                                                                                                  1. re: cookie monster

                                                                                                    I'll slug the whole darned thing if I'm thirsty. But my excuse is a valid one: I live in Phoenix.

                                                                                                  2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                    I always have water in the car, but hot water is tough to put down, unless I'm really, really, really parched.
                                                                                                    Like, cotton mouth-parched.

                                                                                                    Actually, it's a good reminder that the heat waves have started here, and I need to keep bottled water in the freezer to grab as I go out.

                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                      I left a bottle in my car in the summer in Florida.

                                                                                                      Absently grabbed it when I got back in the car -- it was hot enough to be uncomfortable.

                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                        my car was parked in the miami sun all day while I was at work and I was so thirsty I drank the 110 degree water out of desperation. Felt better after

                                                                                                        1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                          oh, it's better than choking on the dust in your throat, but yeah, not a first choice.

                                                                                                      2. I won't drink cold water at work, particularly in the heat, because I usually end up getting sick. I've had this happen numerous times, including while traveling, so room temperature water it is.

                                                                                                        Though I'm lucky (and yes, I know isn't healthy) to get to drink anything at all during my hours at work. I recently became a sometimes coffee drinker, but unless I get a coffee before I go in, if I have anything at all it is a small plastic cup of room temperature. Which I very rarely finish before the day is over.

                                                                                                        And I was certainly taken aback when a co-worker mentioned that she would never drink the water I did from the company fridge, because it was so disgusting.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Kosherbyforce

                                                                                                          Kosherbyforce, I know just how you feel. If I've been working hard and sweating, cold water makes me nauseous. So I have room temp water or sip very slowly. It took me a long time to figure out that it was the cold water making me feel sick when I was working out.

                                                                                                          If I'm just hanging out, or at my desk, cold and icy is fine.

                                                                                                          1. re: Kosherbyforce

                                                                                                            People who live in the tropics generally do not drink anything cold. 95 degree water, add 2 ice cubes which melt in seconds and drops the water to maybe 80. Actually it is quite refreshing.

                                                                                                          2. I live where winters are cold. And in the middle of the night, to get up for a drink of water and run the water for a while through these metal pipes until it's cold - the BEST.

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                                                                                                            1. re: lemons

                                                                                                              I suspect our winters are colder than yours; yes, that fresh cold tap water is lovely. But I HATE ice water. Hurts my teeth.

                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                Totally OT - but would you have that screen name b/c you have a lagatta dog, the truffle hound?

                                                                                                                1. re: lemons

                                                                                                                  No, it means female cat in Italian. Of course, I also speak French, but la chatte also means ... er, pussy, so that would not do. I'm more than a bit of a mad catlady.

                                                                                                            2. I often drink from the garden hose, or just have a glass of Chateau le Sink. I'm not into that fancy stuff.

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                                                                                                              1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                Our tap water sucks so bad that we have to filter it for the shower. You are very lucky!

                                                                                                              2. I secretly hope the OP is one of my colleagues that I do not like. I would love it if my room temperature water bothers one of those people.

                                                                                                                I drink at work.Water, coffee, tea, seltzer, smoothies (when I telecommute) and occasionally beer/wine/cocktails when they are offered.

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                                                                                                                1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                  I'd slurp warm water loudly, and then smack my lips an say "ahhhhhhhh".

                                                                                                                  1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                    One of the people I am speaking of already does this....

                                                                                                                  2. most folks who've lived outside the US are pretty used to drinking things at room temperature.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                      Truth. When I visit my friend in Madrid she always puts water in the fridge ahead of time for me. She always keeps it out for her and her family.

                                                                                                                      1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                        when you go to a McDonald's in most of Europe, there's only a few ice cubes in a large drink.

                                                                                                                        Pissed a former colleague off mightily - he's a Coke drinker, not a coffee guy, and we went through the train station McDo to get his fix. He was thoroughly disgusted to find that not only is a "large" not a large by US standards, but "lots of ice" means a half a scoop.

                                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                          I was born in Germany, my parents like to explain that's why I hate ice.

                                                                                                                    2. I live in the Sonoran desert. The last month and a half the humidity has been single digit, at one point it was zero. I'm no longer young and I have a physically active job for a broad my age. I drink no less than 3/4 gallon of water a day in the summer, which for us is nine months a year. We use bottled water that we go get at the water store at home, the tap water is okay but kind of minerally and sometimes chloriney, but the water at work is well water and is fantastic. I get jugs for filling my aquarium at home from the taps at work. I prefer it iced, and also prefer it to be iced tea, but I have no problem with room- temp water if I'm thirsty, and don't stand on ceremony if it's not the best water in the world. Usually.
                                                                                                                      Las Vegas tap water is really, really revolting, by the way.

                                                                                                                      1. I always take an insulated cup of cold water to work, and most of the time in the car if we're going anywhere. That's a habit I've picked up since I moved to the South.

                                                                                                                        1. There a lot of people with dental issues who cannot tolerate either hot or cold drinks.

                                                                                                                          And frankly, if you have time to spend observing and contemplating and casting judgement on the eating and drinking habits of your co-workers, I would say that your boss needs to find you more work to do.

                                                                                                                          1. Some years ago, via some commentary on different (non-medical) TV shows, I realized that I was probably chronically mildly dehydrated. After calculating how much water I should drink per day, I found that if I used cold water, my stomach would cramp. Also, my teeth are somewhat cold-sensitive. Cool to room temp water is not a problem. Only in extremely hot weather do I want cold water. Even then, I rarely make ice cubes. A water bottle in the fridge is cold enough.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                              re: the cold-sensitive teeth - One Word: SENSODYNE. In a week, my teeth were much less sensitive.

                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                I have been using Sensodyne for about 2 years but doesn't really seem to work. I had to go to dentist and he sealed them up...now I have less pain.

                                                                                                                              1. Bubbler temp water, yes I do.

                                                                                                                                I drink something sturdier after I get home.

                                                                                                                                1. I drink room temp, out of preference. Physical job. I can get more down faster.