Think of Coke as the Jets.
Last Saturday evening, Pepsi -- the product in the bright blue cans -- invaded that turf. Pepsi brought in the guy who's gonna make this place your home, popular singer-songwriter
Think of Pepsi as the Sharks.
And with no Lt. Schrank or Officer Krupke to stop it, I suppose the ensuing rumble was inevitable.
All this is to say that Conlin loves
But when he got up to walk his dog, Charlie, on Saturday morning, Conlin says there was something different about his street. Everywhere he looked was Pepsi blue. There were Pepsi banners on lamp posts, Pepsi park benches, Pepsi parasols, and a great big Pepsi stage at the southwest corner of the
"Visually, they took over the street," Conlin said.
And everywhere, signs proclaiming "Pepsi Loves Karen," a reference to the owner of
Says Conlin: "As far as I know, every business down here, except Karen's, serves Coke."
But here's where it gets interesting. As Conlin walked Charlie down
"It looked like the L.A. police, staging for a Prop 8 demonstration," Conlin said. "I was laughing my ass off. They started putting free Coke displays under all the Pepsi banners. I wandered the street and picked up, like, a case of Coke."
OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration. Conlin admits it was more like a six-pack, not a case, that may or may not have found its way into his backpack. But Conlin's point is, Coke wasn't about to go gentle into Pepsi's summer concert night.
There are those who thought Coke's attempt at upstaging the Pepsi concert was in bad taste, and they said so on Facebook and other social media.
"That's tacky," they said. "Not cool," they said. "Let Pepsi have their night of fun," they said.
Conlin sees their logic, but he thinks people don't understand just how much Coke has invested in
Besides, the way I see it, it's been a long time since anybody's actually fought over downtown
Plus which, throw in the estimated 700,000 folks expected for this month's tours of the newly remodeled
Oh so pretty.
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