My travel companions (all 25 of them) were exposed to another area in which I am a lunatic: my beverage choices.
First, and probably the most disturbing, I don't drink coffee. Never have. Don't like the taste. Don't need the caffeine. My mother couldn't believe that I called myself a real teacher and didn't drink coffee.
Second, I don't drink alcohol. I have and never really got into it. Don't like the taste. Don't like the price. Don't like what it does to those who drink too much. I didn't have my first drink until 6 months AFTER my 21st birthday: champagne because my best friend was accepted into a prestigious study abroad program. I've never had more than 2 drinks on any occasion. When Hubby was Manfriend, he bought a bottle of wine. I had one glass and was sound asleep. Some people are "happy drunks" or "mean drunks"...I guess I'd be a "sleepy drunk".
And third, I (as of about a month ago) no longer drink pop. Since we've been married, I don't keep it in the house (with the exception of the occasional "mexican" Coke that Hubby enjoys - cane sugar instead of HFCS and it's in a glass bottle). I was only drinking it on "the outside", i.e. traveling, at the office, etc. So, I decided that that was just silly and I didn't need it and that was that.
Who knew these beverage choices would make me such a pariah? I don't preach my choices. If you ask, I'll tell you why. But am I horribly offended if you have a cup of coffee, a Coke or a beer in my presence? Not at all. Enjoy yourself!
What was the most interesting was people's responses after I gave my ice water drink order. "Oh...well, I'm sorry I ordered a beer. I'm not a big drinker." It's fine, really. I'm not imposing my choices on you. Part of me really wanted to say, "Oh? You didn't order ice water? I'm sorry, I'm really not a big hydrator." But then I'd probably say hydrant instead of hydrator and the moment would be lost....