RE: Club Soda
Club soda's my drink. When I'm out and not having a beer, for a carbonated beverage I'm drinking club soda.
Or if I'm ordering a scotch, I often order the scotch warm and staight-up ("neat"), with a tall club soda w/ ice on the side.
Fine beverage with a cigar too. Also cleans stainless steel and makes fine pancakes ...
As for the alka seltzer; hey, that's my other drink ... though usually at about 4 in the morning.
I actually like the taste of the stuff.