It is astonishing sometimes, when you have a truly good idea, how quickly it will be adopted by the rest of the world.
For example, you loyal readers of Ocelopotamus will surely remember my “tea-upon-ice” idea from last week. (Idea is too small a word, really. Discovery? Breakthrough? Epiphany?)
And I’m sure you all have been drinking nothing else since I posted it.
Well, knock me down with a feather, but apparently tea-upon-ice is already being served in restaurants across our land, within less than a week of my inventing it!
I discovered this when I was out dining with a friend, and he casually asked the waitress for a glass of “iced tea.” I was so pleased by this small tribute to my invention that I didn’t even bother to correct him for getting the name wrong. And I was prepared to chuckle at the puzzlement of the waitress when she asked him to explain this unheard-of thing he’d just asked for.
Instead, she walked away without a word, and came back a few moments later with a tall glass of nothing else but my cool, delicious brainchild, tea-upon-ice! It came garnished with a large wedge of lemon, which I found interesting â€” it’s always fascinating to see the way others embellish and adapt one’s ideas.
I asked for a glass myself, and found it to be a fairly faithful reproduction of what I had created in the kitchen of my home, if perhaps made with a slightly inferior quality of tea. But still!
I did make a point of admonishing my friend that he was not to reveal me to the waitress or the other patrons as the inventor of this miraculous drink â€” I didn’t want a fuss made, or for people to think they must pay me tribute every time they enjoy it. I am not the sort of vainglorious creator who needs everyone kowtowing to him and thanking him all the time!
My friend, amused at my modesty, showed me that tea-upon-ice was even on the restaurant’s menu â€” they must have had them printed up very recently! â€” although this establishment, like my friend, had mangled the name and was referring to it by this slightly less graceful appellation â€” “iced tea.”
I suppose I must get used to that. When you give away an idea for free, you let go of it a little and must let others make of it what they wish â€” even if this includes calling it by the wrong name.
As I have reflected previously, it is a good thing for the world that I am not a greedy man. Someone else might be making hundreds, even thousands of dollars from a discovery like this, but I â€” I am content to know that I have transformed the beverage world forever.