Hi folks! I just wanted to let you know that the streak ended at around 27 or 28 days, less than a week after this article was written. Ah well, I didn't break Joe DiMaggio's streak. Maybe next time! :)

VANILLA COKE Streak Reaches 23 Consecutive Days; Steve Eyes DiMaggio's Streak!

October 20, 2002

MANITOU SPRINGS, CO -- The Vanilla Coke streak is on!

Many friends and community leaders have begun to take notice of Steve "ColoradoGuy" Garufi's remarkable 23-day consectuive streak of drinking at least one Super Big Gulp of Vanilla Coke from Seven Eleven. Throughout the streak, Steve has used the same 44-ounce plastic cup and has gotten daily refills for the price of 74 cents.

"Dude, this is so cool. You've got to be peeing a lot." said Chuck Van Druren of Gallup, New Mexico. "You need to put this on your web site, but nothing about the peeing."

Former Manitou Springs Mayor Bud Ford also applauded Steve's streak. "That is quite a feat. I am impressed with you, Steve."

A devoted Vanilla Coke drinker, Steve has usually visited the Seven Eleven on Manitou Avenue, along with occassional visits to the Colorado Springs store on Eighth Street near Cheyenne Mountain.

"I know the Manitou Springs folks pretty well which is cool. Also, last night the woman on the 8th Street store let me have a free refill. I was so touched." explained Steve.

According to the Internet artist, Steve intends to break Joe DiMaggio's record of 56 consecutive games, and being a devout New York Yankees fan, he does not take breaking the record lightly.

"I'm only at 23 (days), and I want to take this one day at a time, but it would be a real honor to break Joe DiMaggio's record."

Last year, a copy machine at Steve's workplace eclipsed Lou Gehrig's consecutive record of 2,130 games in Littleton, Colorado.

While most are cheering Steve to eclipse DiMaggio's record, some voiced concern about the toll his health may enduring from the streak.

"Drinking all that soda is not good for your body. You need to look after your health more." exhorted Steve's Mom in New Jersey, in a recent telephone conversation.


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