Skip to main content


Itzl AlertingAs you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!

If you'd like to be part of the Itzl Alert Network, please leave a comment asking to join, or send us a message asking to join. We'd love to have you. The bigger our network, the less likely someone will be stranded all alone.

I could never afford a Sodastream, so one day, I found and bought a Fizzgizz device.

It has it's drawbacks - you have to carbonate everything all at once because once the CO2 cartridge is breached, it leaks.  You can't use it for a 20 ounce bottle of water, and then put it away for a day or two, and use it again.  You have to carbonate as much as that cartridge will carbonate all at once. That means you need to have enough bottles to store what you carbonate.

On the plus side, you don't have to carbonate just water, as you do with the Sodastream.  With the Fizzgizz, you can carbonate any beverage - coffee, tea, juices, Kool-aid, milk...  You can recarbonate sodas that went flat. You get a better and higher carbonation rate. You can create any flavor you like and carbonate it - as sweet or not sweet as you want.  You control all the ingredients.

With the Sodastream you can only carbonate water, then add the flavoring.  If you try to carbonate anything other than water, you void the warranty on the device, and you might (according to warnings I've read from Sodastream) damage it.

Another downside to the Sodastream is that all the flavorings are too sweet. They contain at least 2 sweeteners (mostly artificial), even the diet ones.  You don't control the flavors or the ingredients.

I am such a control freak that I prefer the Fizzgizz, with its flaws, over the Sodastream.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site