Orange Crush

Our County Fair began with a horse show last weekend. During a break in the competition, this orange bottle caught my attention, placed next to a lady sitting near me.

orange crush and handbag

For those of you who don’t know “Orange Crush:” it’s one of those beverages that consists of water, high fructose corn syrup, an obscene amount of food coloring, artificial flavoring, and who knows what other carcinogenic ingredients. It calls itself orange soda. They must have been selling it at a fair booth because here was another one:

She’s swinging that bottle back and forth, back and forth, all the while scanning the area for someone. Ah, here he is, the owner of the bottle. Finally, she gets to return it to him. I was intrigued by their body language. What else did they share beyond that orange crush?

He is thirsty and drinks from the bottle.

And then they leave together.

heading out


I took many more pictures of orange-colored things: saddles, riders in orange coats, a horse with an orange mane, a girl with orange hair, orange school buses (don’t call them yellow!), orange markings along a fence, flowers. I didn’t even realize there was so much orange in my environment until I chose to look for it.
And the pictures that made it into my blog were of an unhealthy soda drink that nevertheless appears to be popular around here. Seems kind of pointless, doesn’t it? It was fun, though, to track the movement of the bottle and to watch how it changed hands and to wonder about the relationship between these two very young people.

This post was created in response to Ailsa’s travel theme “Orange.”

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15 Responses to Orange Crush

  1. Great storyline, Annette. That couple do look like an ‘item’. 🙂


  2. bydda88 says:

    I like the intrigue in this, and that play on words- crush as drink type, affection as a crush – or not


  3. Brilliant use of the bright orange bottle linking these two together. Tells a story….or at least the beginning of a story! Love it.


  4. Annette, This is a marvelously evocative post! Thank you!


  5. I enjoyed this post and the pictures. In Colorado, “Orange Crush” has less to do with high fructose and more with gearing up for the Broncos football season. Especially when you carry an orange drink in one hand and a blue Gatorade in the other. 🙂


  6. Veracious Poet says:

    Hmm…that thing is certainly more than a bottle of crush. It was a medium.


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