Sunday, May 31, 2009

Day 21 - Brick House

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Filled this one a couple of days ago with Lego Bricks.

The label means something too. If you've ever played with Legos, and chances are you have, you might be able relate to this feeling. After an afternoon of Lego building, after pouring your giant tub of bricks onto the floor, it is time to clean up. Remember scrapping the Lego bricks off the carpet? Running your hand against the shag. Changing the shade of carpet with each stroke of your hand. Pulling little bits of fiber and hair up with a handful of plastic bricks.

Greatest toy ever,
~Mitch~

Day 20 - This Buds for You

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So here we go, the apologies. I'm sorry. To those who expected to see a Jones bottle yesterday, I dropped the ball. It's not that I forgot, I was extremely busy. I worked from 9:00am to 5:30pm, had to run to my neighbors open house (duh, free Yesterdog), then had to run to another free baseball game. After that it was Buffalo Wild Wings. By that point I was just sober enough to remember to take a picture of a bottle, but not coherent enough to post it.

So this is to all the people I let down yesterday. It was bound to happen once. So here's to free ball games! Here's to eating hot wings with friends! Here's to all of you watching out there!

I made this bottle recently. It may be the only Jones bottle in the collection without a Jones label on it. It is filled with a combination of yellow and red food coloring and is wrapped in a Bud Light wrapper.

Smile today,
~Mitch~

Friday, May 29, 2009

Day 19 - Hot and Buttered

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Actually one of my favorite fillings, although a horribly obvious. One of the original bottles, filled with popped microwave popcorn. I guess the thought behind the label had something to do with the thirst that results from eating this sweet, salty snack.

One of the most recognizable smells in the world too,
~Mitch~

P.S. - Don't take this last minute post as a lack of enthusiasm. I was offered free tickets to a baseball game tonight; couldn't say "no".

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Day 18 - Are You Nuts?

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I like to pretend pistachios are healthy, some sites say it is the healthiest nut you can eat; believing this makes me feel better about having this bottle filled within five sittings. I just finished filling it today with delicious, salty, peanut-oily pistachio shells.

I think about de-shelling peanuts. I think about greasy bar-food. I think about onion rings,
~Mitch~

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Day 17 - Warning! Live Without Warning.

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I wanted to make it so the word "CAUTION" was unraveled and visible in the very front of the bottle, but gave up on that idea quickly. This bottle was filled earlier this month with yellow "caution" tape I "borrowed" from work.

Almost forgot to post today. After a busy day yesterday I still have a lot on my mind,
~Mitch~

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Day 16 - Iron On

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In a hurry today, busy like I typically am on Tuesdays. This bottle was filled a few years ago with what my siblings and friends used to call "melty-beads". They are these tiny, plastics, cylindrical beads that you placed on a tray. You could make different shapes and patterns then use an iron and wax paper to melt the beads together so the shape held.

Ah, I can almost smell the melting plastic now,
~Mitch~

Monday, May 25, 2009

Day 15 - Snap, crackle, pop!

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That's the noise this bottle made as it were being filled. Another under the category of "didn't turn out looking the way I thought it would" is bubble wrap. Filled within the past seven days the goal was to not let any bubble be popped as it entered the bottle. Fat chance! The little bubbles of air, mixed with the clingy-ness of the plastic on glass, made this bottle almost impossible to fill.

I thought about keeping things safe. I thought about skating a bowl wearing knee-pads,
~Mitch~

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Day 14 - ROYGBIV

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This is the view outside my bedroom window. Had it been more humid and sunnier, there might have been an actual rainbow. In honor of reaching the two week mark, I decided to post a six-for-one picture. Now, originally, I had planned to count each bottle as a different day, but if I posted each picture by itself every day for a week it would be a boring week for those following and there would not be the cool rainbow effect.

All the colors of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The red, yellow, green, and blue were the first bottles ever filled. The orange, indigo, and violet were filled yesterday and posed some problems. First of all, I am really good at making red water, and really good at making yellow water. It took three tries to make orange water. Lastly, indigo is a hard enough color to see, let alone create it using nothing but red and blue food coloring.

Found my rainbow...still no pot of gold,
~Mitch~

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Day 13 - Lawnmower

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So this bottle was filled a while ago with individually collected blades of grass. I plucked grass out of our front yard by the handful, filled the bottle, packed it tight, and topped it off. Two or three years ago the grass in the bottle was a gorgeous vivid green, now the grass is browned and yellowed.

A buddy of mine saw the bottle and for some reason was compelled to crack it open. Having dealt with decaying plants in a previous Jones bottle before, I backed away as he broke the seal. The bottle hissed like a frightened cat and the room quickly filled with the putrid stench of decaying matter.

See you tomorrow,
~Mitch~

Friday, May 22, 2009

Day 12 - Ohhh, YEAH!

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The program is discontinued now, but back in the day the Kraft Food Company had a Kool-Aid points program. Every packet of Kool-Aid, every tub, every box had a proof-of-purchase that could be cut out and collected. These tiny pieces of paper and cardboard could be exchanged for various items; beach towels, cups, electronics, etc.

So in this bottle are 1,075 Kool-Aid proofs-of-purchases totaling 2,535 points. I guess we drank a lot of Kool-Aid as kids because none of these slips came from recent containers. I filled the bottle this morning.

The label has significance too. Warm days, blue skies, and a cold glass of Kool-Aid. Summer days, red rings of sugary residue on your face, blue tongues. The dog days of summer. The grass between your toes, playfully being chased by a pet, capture the flag.

Oh yeah,
~Mitch~

P.S. - The bonus photo below shows the bucket of Kool-Aid points, the pile of clippings, and the yet-to-be-drank bottle of Jones destined to be filled with the contents of the bucket. The photo was meant to show how sore my thumb, index, and ring finger became after cutting out 1,075 tiny squares; I'm not sure how well the photo conveys my discomfort.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Day 11 - Inside the Box

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Sometimes, when I can help it, I look at the label on the bottle and choose a filling that fits the image. My sister made the suggestion that I explain my decision. Why that filling? Why in that bottle? If it is not horribly obvious why I matched the image to the material inside, I will explain the corresponding reasoning.

This one, however, is horribly obvious. Kitty Litter, filled years ago.

Litter is unused. Should probably mention that,
~Mitch~

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Day 10 - They're Great!

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I find that cereals make really good filler. As simple as the idea is, most cereals look really cool behind glass and forced into an oblong bottle shape. These are Frosted Flakes and, personally, I like this one.

Bottle was filled previously. Probably years ago,
~Mitch~

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Day 9 - On the Rocks

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So the title to this one is fitting for reasons other than the bottle is filled with rocks. Get ready to do some reading.

So, originally, I wanted this bottle to be sentimental. At first I had filled this bottle with white sand, shells, and water; like a beach in a bottle. You see, last fourth of July I spent a beautiful weekend with her at a cottage on the lake owned by her grandparents. We had fun, ate hot-dogs, kayaked around the lake, loved each other. The dragonflies were out and abundant and the label on this bottle looks similar to a picture I snapped that weekend. The dragonfly in this picture made me think of that perfect weekend on the beach, by the lake.

But the beach idea didn't work out. You see, some of the shells didn't quite fit so I used a small hammer to knock them in. Once full of sand and shells, I added water and gave the bottle a good shake to mix things up. To my surprise, the bottle was leaking from the cap. It turns out that I had, unknowingly, chipped the mouth of the bottle hammering the shells in. This is the first hitch.

So I couldn't fill the bottle with anything liquid, so I decided to fill it with pebbles. The pebbles were cemented in the sand around my pool so I had to dig them out by the handful. After digging them out I had to use a strainer, the power of wind, and a my hands to separate the sand from the pebbles. While doing this I got a nasty little stab and sliver from a piece of dry grass; hitch number two.

While painstakingly, almost neurotically filling the bottle I had, unknowingly again, put the cap behind me. As I squatted with my hands in the dirt I was standing on the cap completely flattening is and removing some of the small aluminum tabs. This was hitch three.

After topping off I walk around to the front door - locked. Hitch four. While trying to post this Firefox crashed...twice. Hitch five and six.

Maybe this bottle was never meant to be. Maybe I'll find that out in four years,
~Mitch~

Monday, May 18, 2009

Day 8 - Must Pay Shipping and Handling

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This bottle was filled recently, within the past month, and contains what most people would call "packing peanuts". I've seen a lot of different shaped packing peanuts, but these are the best representation of a classic peanut shaped. I collected these when I received my wireless network adapter from newegg.com.

~Mitch~

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Day 7 - Energy Drink

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This one would go under the category of "didn't turn out the way I imagined". I kind of wanted the cards to unfurl and by flush against the glass, giving the bottle a full look. But, meh, you can't always get what you want.

This bottle was filled yesterday and contains Pokemon energy cards. I wanted to throw in some commons like Bulbasaur or Weedle, but decided it'd be a waste. Energy cards, as any previous Pokemon collector knows, were a dime a dozen.

~Mitch~

P.S. - One week down, 51 to go!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Day 6 - Sock it to Me

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I can't believe the lameness of the title of today's post. This bottle was filled not too long ago, maybe a week or so. It contains three entire, whole socks (not ripped or cut). Each sock is different, that is, there is not a pair among the three. All three had holes in the heels. Used. Discarded. Unpaired. Alone.

Life,
~Mitch~

Friday, May 15, 2009

Day 5 - Pencil Pusher

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For unimpressive as this one looks, this is actually one of my proudest bottles. As a math major, before switching to mechanical pencils after three years, I use to use standard, yellow, six-sided, pink-eraser topped, no. 2 pencils. One day, for some reason, I felt like it was a waste to throw away the shavings left in my electric pencil sharpener. I guess I originally planned on keeping them as a testament to how much work I had done with a pencil. At the time, this Jones bottle project was not even a thought.

So this bottle was filled late last night. It is filled with pencil shavings from about three years of mathematics homework, tests, proofs, quizzes, and exams. And by "filled", I mean tightly packed. Every single sliver of shaving came from a pencil that needed sharpening.

~Mitch~

P.S. - The photo below was taken after filling and before packing. By the end I could write a novel with the graphite left on my hands. Note the pretzel box still about 20% full of shavings.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Day 4 - Excuse Me, I Don't See a Price on This

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This one was actually filled last night. If you've ever worked retail, if you've ever used a pricing gun, you might call the contents of this bottle "pricing gun tails". Once the little orange sticker is printed, the waxy backing emerges from the pricing gun like a tail. The one in this bottle, yes, the ONE in this bottle was supplied by a good friend and coworker of mine, Alex. I'm not sure how he managed it, but when he heard I was collecting tails he handed me one that measured 31 feet and 1 inch long. A 31 foot continuous tail, some sort of record I'm sure.

There is a story to this as well. Recently a guest (that's what we call customers) visited another location and received less-than-perfect service. So, she came to our store to find something to complain about. Long story short, she left the store bitching and called corporate and told them that nothing in our store was priced. Now we're up for review and our boss has told us to price EVERYTHING. So the guy pointing his finger on the bottle is like the lame, nothing-better-to-do, whistle-blowing lard and the tails show the waste of time and material she has caused.

~Mitch~

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Day 3 - Losing My Marbles

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I have a handful of the 20oz bottles and since marbles are artful and composed of glass they seemed like an obvious choice. This one was filled previously as well.

~Mitch~

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Day 2 - Paper or Plastic?

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This bottle was also filled previously and is stuffed with plastic Meijer shopping bags. I don't recall how many were actually used, but, if I had to guess, I'd say nine. There is really nothing else to this one. I guess the grungy chick on the front inspired me to pick shopping bags for this bottle. Something about crumpled plastic makes me think of cute, grungy, rocker chicks.

Hmm,
~Mitch~

Monday, May 11, 2009

Day 1 - Pieces of Me

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This bottle was filled a while ago, probably back in high school (roughly 4 years ago). I typed up a bunch of things that "defined" me, cut each one out, and filled the entire bottle. Each slip has something different on it. Things I liked, favorite quotes, Fight Club one-liners, nicknames, etc. Looking at the bottle I can see phrases like "Razz", "Between the eyes", "Family Guy", "R.I.P.", "Homecoming", "Shit", and "I am Jack's...". It's like a time capsule. Someday I'd like to open the bottle up and read them all.

P.S. - It might take me a few tries to get the lighting right. The bottles are glass and bottle-shaped, hard to photograph and light. Give me some slack.

~Mitch~

In the Beginning...

One day I decided not to toss my empty bottle of Jones Soda in the recycling bin. The next time I cooled off with a bottle of FuFu Berry soda, after a day of skating and filming with the crew, I collected all the empties and put them on the shelf next to the other one. My collection grew. Maybe it was the fan-submitted labels, maybe it was the sentiments surrounding a Jones, maybe it was the cult-like following, but for some reason I decided to keep the bottles. At first the bottles were art in themselves, but they quickly became blank canvases.

I started by filling a few empty bottles with water and food coloring. I then started to get more creative. So here is the idea. I will submit a photo of a Jones Soda bottle every day for an entire year. That's 365 days worth of Jones Soda. Before I start, let me clear up a few things and lay down some guidelines.

  • I already have about 35 bottles that are filled. They will be included in the collection even though they were not filled on that day. I will denote these bottles in their caption.
  • If, for some reason, I miss a day or a period of time, I will post a number of bottles corresponding to the number of days absent as soon as I am available. That is, I may not be able to post on that day but will always make up for the missing day by posting mutliple pictures the next time.
  • Some of the bottles are not incredibly creative (i.e. the ones filled with colored water), but I will do my best to think of more original ideas. Comments and suggestions are extremely welcome. 365 fresh, new, unique ideas might be hard after a while.
  • Some bottles share the same idea but have different varieties. These bottles will still represent a different day. For example (**SPOILER ALERT**), right now I have three bottles that are painted on the inside. Although they share the same "filling", each bottle has a different colored paint on the inside. These bottles will represent three different days.
  • Each picture of a bottle will come with a caption explaining if it was filled in the past, what it was filled with, and any stories or explanation behind the bottle.
I feel like it is such a simple project, so let's not get strung up in the details. If you're following, thanks for the support. If you have a suggestion, I would be happy to hear it.

~Mitch~