Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 300 - The Big Three, Oh, Oh

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I wish I had something spectacular lined up for the big 300, but, alas, all I have is long grain brown rice in a bottle. The label is brown, and the pine tree on the roof of the Volkswagen Beetle reminded me of hay which, in turn, reminds me of the grains harvested from wheat and the grains of rice in this bottle.

300 bottles down, only 65 more to go. I know it's been a bumpy, unpredictable ride, but this milestone still feels big to me.

Thanks,
~Mitch~

Monday, June 7, 2010

Day 299 - Kaplow!

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Just got through another busy stretch of time, brought to me by life. Work. Work out. Work on this and that. Finally, a day off. I had tried to post yesterday, but Blogger, for one reason or another, was unavailable...

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But, regardless, I'm pretty proud of this bottle. Yeah, it looks alright, but the filler-to-label connection is brilliant. Think of the old Batman television series. The comic-like action sounds of "bam" and "zoink" as Batman and Robin beat the tar out of the evil-doers. In this bottle, black eyed peas.

Get it?,
~Mitch~

Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 298 - I Have No Idea

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No, really, I'm posting in such a hurry that I'm not even sure what is in today's bottle. Details later? We'll see.

And away we go,
~Mitch~

P.S. - Just rememberred. Peanut shells. Girl on sidewalk. I imagine a peanut shell littered sidewalk, like outside of a baseball stadium. Bubblegum. There.

Day 297 - Mambo, Italiano

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I guess the idea behind the filler-to-label-connection on this bottle is a little stereotypical, and for that, I apologize. On the label, a man donning a beret lovingly shows affection for what I assume is his daughter. I think of France which, with a stretch of the imagination, makes me think of Italy. In the bottle, Italian salad dressing.

That is all,
~Mitch~

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Day 296 - Kid Knee

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Right? "Kid knee" is phonetically equal to "kidney". That's about as creative as it gets for now. Red kidney beans in a bottle, no F.T.L.C. at the moment.

Buh-bye,
~Mitch~

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 295 - Best. Candy. Ever.

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Okay, let's not get carried away. There are far too many categories of candy and far too many "Best Candies Ever" to call Peanut Butter M&M's the best candy ever. But, regardless and without debate, they are damn good. Now, now, before you try and call me for reposting filler, look carefully. The candies in Day 272's bottle is Peanut M&M's, these are clearly Peanut Butter.

I don't know, I'm just in a good mood right now and talking about these delicious, perfectly crunchy, creamy morsels is making it better. I've found a diet that works, just ran two personal record miles back-to-back (7.5 minutes), and have vowed to stick to this routine for another 20 days until D.B.'s Summer Slip-n-slide Bash.

Good night, all you beautiful people,
~Mitch~

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 294 - Northern Lights

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Great Northern Beans. I graduated high school in 2005 from Forest Hills Northern. Our mascot was a husky. The F.T.L.C. should be obvious by now, but in case it isn't, think of the great white north. Think of snow and the outdoors. Think of sled-dogs and the beautiful husky.

Till tomorrow,
~Mitch~

Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 293 - Condiments, Part 2

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Well, the previous post asked, "can you guess what tomorrow's bottle will be?" Although, technically I didn't post this the next day, the answer to the riddle is "ketchup". Only makes sense, right? To have mustard and ketchup back-to-back.

Unlike the previous bottle, however, this bottle does come with an F.T.L.C. You see, some of you may have remembered last year around this time when I was all excited for a giant summer party hosted by my good friend Dan. This year the party returns and it is going to be even bigger on account that that good friend, Mr. D.B. himself, will be moving to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. The slip and slide on the label reminded me of last year's party. The horseshoes, the trampoline, the s'mores, the 100-foot slip-n'-slide. The beer and hot dogs. The condiments.

We'll miss you, buddy,
~Mitch~

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Day 292 - Condiments, Part 1

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This one actually turned out better than expected. For some reason, although I love the taste of mustard on a hamburger, hot-dog, bratwurst, etc., I'm not too found of the smell or taste of mustard by itself. With all things considered, I thought that the sight of the large amount of mustard would make me cringe, but I think it works within the confines of this bottle. I'm not sure if there is a filler-to-label-connection, but the mixture of the black, the white, and the eye-popping pink and yellow seem to work.

Can anyone guess what tomorrow's bottle will be?,
~Mitch~

Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 291 - In My Soup

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Wow, blogosphere, I'm back again. Where did I go this time? No where special really, the special news is that my computer is no longer the equivalent of a high-tech paperweight. Not only did I upgrade from a weak, almost laughable 512mb of RAM to a respectable 4GB, but I triple the cores in my processor. With Windows 7, the whole new system feels nice and snappy and polished.

This bottle is one of my favorites of the ones that I have filled recently. I'm not even sure why, could be because Animal Crackers are so iconic and delicious.

I picked the label because I always think of Shirley Temple when I say the words, "animal crackers". I guess the girl on the label made me think of Shirley Temple.

And so the cycle is complete,
~Mitch~

Monday, May 17, 2010

Day 290 - Mashed

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I forgot how much working out and eating right feels like a full-time job. Seriously. By the time I get home from work or skateboarding, I'm just dying for a thick, greasy, cheeseburger and hot, crisp, salty french fries smothered in chili or ketchup. Instead, it's a salad or oatmeal then 2.5 miles on the treadmill followed by x-number of crunches, sit-ups, etc. By the end of the day, I am beat.

So that explains where Jones has been for the past few nights. I've just been too exhausted.

This bottle is filled with those white, powdery, instant mash potato flakes.

F.T.L.C. is up to you,
~Mitch~

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Day 289 - Candy Coated Crack

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No, really, that is what this bottle is filled with. Crunchy, candy-coated crack. Imagine a Reese's Pieces candy. Delicious, right? Now imagine a larger Reese's Pieces filled with more peanut-buttery goodness and a thicker chocolate shell.

With my new objective to excercise more and eat right, this bottle should have been called "Torture".

The label has people on a beach spelling out the word "LOVE" with their bodies. I chose this filler for this bottle for a few reasons. 1) I love, love, love candy (especially peanut butter candies). 2) I felt the filler would look nice with the label (and, in my opinion, it does). And 3) Stevie provided me with these sweet treats for me to eat/put in a bottle (xoxo).

Night, night,
~Mitch~

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Day 288 - And Rice

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So, I'm back. I never expected, with it being only a week or two into my Summer vacation, that I would have to deal with snow. We pulled into Wisconsin around midnight local time and were greeted by cold, wet, slushy snow. Gross.

The trip went well and I made it the official end of Winter. Which means eating right, exercising more, and getting ready for a Summer of sun, travel, and beaches.

As a result, my first vigorous work-out session since Independence Day last year has left me beat. So I'll get this one out quick. Today's bottle is filled with lentils. I chose these uncooked legumes for this bottle because they reminded me of fish scales. To my surprise, when put into the bottle, they arranged themselves in a scale-like pattern.

Which is pretty cool, I.M.O.,
~Mitch~

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day 287 - Ok, a Few More Beans

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What is it about pinto beans that looks so fake? They don't look natural. It is almost like someone took the fake beans from that old game "Don't Spill the Beans" and splashed some tan paint on them. I don't know, I can't imagine them growing in nature.

I chose this label because it has a picture of a rock on it. It looks natural, unlike the beans, and its texture and color array reminded me of the little beans.

As the previous handful of posts indicate, I will be in Wisconsin for the next four days helping Stevie's brother move. I will post more complete descriptions for these bottles when I return. But, for now, it's time to get some sleep.

Have a good weekend,
~Mitch~

Day 286 - No More Beans...For Now

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Gone to Wisconsin; check back later for a full update.

Filler - Mike & Ike Flavored Jelly Beans

~Mitch~

Day 285 - Happy 21st

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Gone to Wisconsin; check back for a full update.

Filler - Green and Pink Party Streamers (hung by Stevie's roommate for her 21st birthday)

~Mitch~

Day 284 - More Beans!

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Gone to Wisconsin; check back later for a full update.

Filler - Starburst Flavored Jelly Beans

~Mitch~

Day 283 - POOF, There it Is

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Gone to Wisconsin; check back later for a full update.

Filler - Cheese Puffs

~Mitch~

Day 282 - Paint Me Blue

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Gone to Wisconsin; check back later for a full update!

Filler - (Used) Blue painter's tape.

~Mitch~

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Day 281 - Magical Beans

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Spring Has Sprung - Second Edition.

Filler - Hawaiian Punch Jelly Beans.

F.T.L.C. - Kid on a bike, on a beach, in the sun. Hawaii. Bug Juice. Childhood.

Word,
~Mitch~

Monday, May 3, 2010

Day 280 - ...and Dogs

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You see? You see what I did there? The previous bottle, featuring a white cat, wrapped in a white blanket on the white label was filled with chocolate chips. This bottle, featuring a black dog with a dark background on a black label, is filled with vanilla chips. So...they're like...opposites and such.

That's all I got,
~Mitch~

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Day 279 - As Different as Cats...

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A lengthy description might take away from the dramatic effect I am trying to establish. Just pay attention to the title of this post and the post coming for tomorrow.

Filler - Chocolate Chips

Night,
~Mitch~

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Day 278 - Where a Kid Can Be a Kid

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Another bottle that is practically 100% user-submitted. The bottle, my very first Cherry-flavored Jones, was hand-picked and passed on to me by two faithful followers; thanks Kevin and Laura. The Chuck E. Cheese tickets were collected by Tammy and Stevie. All I had to do was fill, photograph, and post.

Thanks, guys!
~Mitch~

P.S. - Chuck approves...

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 277 - Spring has Sprung!

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Well, I guess now it is close to the summer season, but the first bottle in the new line of "Spring" bottles reminds me so much of the Spring season. Bright, neon, multi-colored Sweet-Tart flavored Jelly Beans. Delicious and Springy.

Until tomorrow,
~Mitch~

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Day 276 - Call Me Nuts

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I think I might be going a little crazy right now. I was sorting through the pictures I have archived on my computer, putting them in the appropriate folders and what not, and I came across this bottle. I looked at the date stamp, checked my "Jones-a-Day" folder, and checked the Jones-a-Day site. This bottle was no where to be found. Had I not stumbled upon it, this bottle may have gone uncounted.

If I did post this bottle previously and just overlooked it, let me know immediately so I can post a new bottle for this day.

Thanks,
~Mitch~

Oh, P.S., the bottle is filled with dry roasted peanuts. The squirrel on the label makes for an obvious F.T.L.C.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 275 - Don't Condone Us

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Well, it is finally over. No, although it suffered a dry spell, I am not talking about Jones-a-Day. I am talking about school. Although it was the smallest credit load I have ever taken, this semester was probably the hardest, most labor-intensive periods of college career. I took a final yesterday that now owns my spleen, one of my lungs, and a good portion of my dignity.

It is official summer vacation and, with that, comes a lot more freedom. Without school I will have a lot more free time. Without the need to drive to campus and back twice a week, I will save on gas and, thus, have spare money that I can spend freely. Without the added stresses, I am free to enjoy Jones once again.

This bottle is quite meaningful to me, to be quite honest and sentimental. Right in the middle of all this stress, right at the peak of exam time, my Geology 319 class left on a field trip to Missouri. I can't begin to describe how much fun I had. The van ride was amazing, but what else would you expect on a road trip with a pack of amazing people? The geology was incredible. And camping under the stars, telling jokes around a warm campfire with a cold beer in hand, is it possible to get any better than that?

The bottle is filled with red dirt...sorry, dirt is a "dirty" word to geologists, what I meant to say was; this bottle is filled with velvety-red soil I collected at a local restaurant in Missouri. The girl on the label is sitting on a rock, taking a picture of a squirrel. Somehow this picture sums up the trip.

It's good to see you all again,
~Mitch~

P.S. - Me in front of this massive hauler over 1,000 feet below the surface of the Earth...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day 274 - Half a Page of Scribbled Line

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"Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time. Plans that either come to naught, or half a page of scribbled lines." (Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon)

So just as I was ready to make a triumphant return to my "daily" blog, life happened once again. One day melted into the other as school gave way to work, gave way to school, gave way to school work. For a short period, my schedule consisted of school from 1:00 to 9:30pm including travel time, then work at 5am, then school again the next day only to come home, sleep a few hours, then back to work for an 8.5 hour shift. Somehow the course of four days felt like one continual, bleak, tedium.

So I found some time between papers and right before having to leave for work. I'll be home by 10:00pm and out the door for school by 1:00pm tomorrow. Then? Work, of course.

You may have noticed something different about this bottle. I'm not sure if this is a temporary, limited edition label design, or if this is the new permanent look for Jones Soda. If I had to guess, I'd say that this is the new design and, if I had to guess, I would conjecture that this may have been why new bottles were so hard to find in the past. I liked the old design better; it was a little easier to photograph and was deliciously simple. I'm not sure I am a fan of how much color they have on the labels now, I liked the old gray-scale better.

Anyway, this one is filled with Smarties. A while ago I filled a bottle with Smarties' wrappers (Day 40) so this one compliments that one nicely. I even suggested in that post how I should, someday, fill a bottle with Smarties.

The prophecy is complete,
~Mitch~

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day 273 - Melts in Your Mouth

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Thankfully, throughout the course of this project, I have received a lot of support. This bottle is brought to you by two special fans of Jones-a-Day. The bottle itself was submitted by Mitch, the star of a handful of posts. The filler, pink and blue cotton candy, supplied by the one, the only Stevie.

Thanks you guys. This one is for you,
~Mitch~

Monday, March 22, 2010

Day 272 - From the Grave

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I'm back. Not that I expect any followers to have waited for me for this long, but Jones-a-Day was never about amounting a massive number of fans. Sure, I have a hit-counter and have promoted the site via business cards, but it was really just a way for me to express myself. It was an excuse for me to collect something, to create something, to share something. I never meant for it to be a job, I never meant for it to become a deadline or something I dreaded doing everyday. But, unfortunately, that is how I thought about it during my absence.

It seems as though every day of my life is subject to a large amount of responsibility. Wake up early. Go to work. Go to school. Finish this paper. Prove this proof. Rarely do I have a day where I can just sit. Sit and relax and play video games and not have to worry about anything. Jones-a-Day had become just one more thing I had to worry about. Find bottles. Find filler. Find time to fill, photograph, post. Not to mention it started to take an economic toll on me. Bottles are over $1 a piece with deposit. This doesn't sound like a lot, but multiply that by 365. Now add two to three dollars for filler per bottle, per day. Now consider that the local stores that I depended on for Jones marked the bottles down for clearance. I was out of money. Out of bottles. And, frankly, out of a drive.

But I'm back. I cannot promise Jones-a-Day, but certainly promise not to make this Jones-Every-Other-Month. I have stockpiled a good amount of filler, maybe a month's worth, and enough bottles to last me a week or so.

Hopefully I haven't disappointed any of you. My own disappointment alone is too much for me to bear.

Today's post is colorful and introduces a new lighting scheme I've been imagining. Peanut M&M's. The label features a bright, inspiring, hopeful picture. The brilliant array of colors seems to be a good match.

Good night, see you tomorrow,
~Mitch~

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 271 - What a Sweetheart

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Two days ago we celebrated Stevie's 21st birthday. Today, February 14th, we celebrated Valentine's Day. She's done so much for me, so I decided to take a few days off of Jones to do some things for her.

Conversations hearts, this time around the bottle is filled with everything but the white ones (unlike Day 80. In honor of Valentine's Day, of course. I imagined the woman on the label writing the word "You" as in, "I Love You".

Dedicated to Stevie,
~Mitch~

Monday, February 8, 2010

Day 270 - You Rock

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Had some extra cash laying around, mostly 20's and 50's, and decided that it would make good filler. I took my giant stack of money and just let loose on it with a pair of scissors and a paper-shredding machine. The results? Not bad, worth every penny.

Okay, FALSE. This filler was actually provided by Heather, a rather generous coworker of mine. Usually, when I introduce Jones-a-Day to someone they start rattling off ideas for filler. Most of these suggestion have either already been done, have already been thought of, or are too disgusting to even consider. Heather, however, gave an unpredictable response when shown my project for the first time; an idea that was both original, amazing, and doable. She had obtained a bag full of shredded money from a relative who works for the U.S. Mint (or treasury, or some operation that deals with money) and offered to bring it in for me to use as filler. Amazing. The bottle turned out to be one of my favorites, definitely in my top five ;-)

But why this bottle? Well, I was going to wait for a bottle to come along that had money on it, or a cash register, or something to do with currency. But I came across this bottle, this label, and kept saying to myself, "this filler is going to rock."

Heather, you rock.

Thank you so much,
~Mitch~

P.S. - Such an amazing bottle deserves some alternate shots...

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And a close-up on the filler...

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Day 269 - Twist and Turn [EDIT]

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Probably the most delicious bottle to date. I love anything gummy. Gummy bears, gummy worms, gummy sharks, gummy peaches, gummy gummies, gummer frogs, gummy lighthouses (lol), gummy ANYTHING. My favorite gummy, however, has to be the traditional gummy worm..or the gummy frog...although the gummy shark is pretty good too.

Luckily I had a few extra worms after filling this bottle. They were delicious.

I pictured worms snaking their way through the ground like a roller-coaster snaking its way through the sky.

Man, I wish I had something gummy right now,
~Mitch~

Day 268 - Tribute Hexalogy [EDIT]

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Old teeth? Aunt Kay, two words; EW and GROSS. It would have made for a nice F.T.L.C., but I don't believe I could have dealt with all the gagging.

Instead, I decided to end my six-bottle tribute with this random label and not F.T.L.C.

A little bit boring, but not at all disgusting.

Green Apple soda in a Berry Lemonade bottle,
~Mitch~

Day 267 - Mushy, Gushy, Hearts [EDIT]

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Wow, Aunt Kay, beating me to the punch. I picked up this bottle thinking the exact thing. Man, the guy on the label looks just like me. I mean, it is only his profile, but the hairline, the sideburns, the shape of his face, everything matches my profile. I asked Em and Stevie if they thought so too, and they both disagreed. I'm glas someone is on my side.

Filler - Heart-shaped, strawberry-flavored, marshmallow hearts. Stevie gave me these and they were disgusting. She knows it, I know it. Regardless, they made an awesome filler.

I chose this bottle because I thought the guy on the label looked like me. Since Stevie gave me the candies, I thought it was a good enough connection.

~Mitch~

Day 266 - 99 Bottles of Jones-a-Day Left, 99 Bottles of Jones

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Berry Lemonade Jones Soda in a Green Apple bottle.

Just another tribute to an amazing beverage,
~Mitch~

Day 265 - 100 More to Go! [EDIT]

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Wow, only 100 bottles left. It sounds like something to celebrate, which it kind of is, but 100 more is at least another $150 for bottles and filler. It's both exciting and a little bit of a relief. Wow. 100 more to go.

This bottle actually looks like cream soda that has been tainted. It is Red Apple soda in a Cream Soda bottle. The red apple is almost clear enough to be cream soda, but something is not quite right.

Here's to the next 100,
~Mitch~

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Day 264 - Crystal Fu

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Jones has issued a lot of flavors. From the predictable root beer and cream soda, to the off-beat FuFu Berry and Blue Bubblegum, to the bizarre Tofurky and Gravy soda. My main source of Jones Soda only sells six different flavors; FuFu Berry, Berry Lemonade, Blue Bubblegum, Green Apple, Red Apple, and Cream Soda.

I have had so many suggestions for filler along the way including several people who suggested keeping the soda in the bottle and calling it filler. I liked the idea of using Jones as a filler as this project serves as a tribute to the good memories associated with the unique drink. I was, however, off-put by just leaving the soda in the bottle. So, taking the six most common flavors, I decided to mix-and-match flavors. I purposely chose matches that seemed odd; like blue soda in a Green Apple bottle or clear soda for the iconic, red, FuFu Berry flavor.

This FuFu Berry bottle is filled with cream soda Jones. I'm so used to the FuFu Berry soda being a vibrant red. The cream soda behind the Fu label made me think of how people must have felt while drinking Crystal Pepsi.

It must have been weird,
~Mitch~

Day 263 - They're So Delicious

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I was always keen to water. Loved being in the water, loved swimming, loved the way water flowed, just loved water in general. I've sometimes been referred to as a "fish". Well, these guys are obviously having fun at the pool.

Pool, swimming, fish, Goldfish Crackers.

Gone gold-fishin',
~Mitch~

Day 262 - Sweet Sand

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Filler - Brown sugar

F.T.L.C. - The brown sugar reminded me of sand, like the sand seen on the beach here.

Like the other post featuring a picture of a dog standing on a beach, I kept this one simple.

Like they always say, "keep it simple, stupid!",
~Mitch~

Friday, February 5, 2010

Day 261 - Little Miss Sunshine [EDIT]

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I don't know, I had bought a lot of filler and am quickly running out of bottles for which to fill. I had Lemonhead candies and wanted a bottle with a label that had some sort of connection given the vibrant color and fun nature of the filler. I saw this one with a young, happy girl and thought, "Little Miss Sunshine".

Sunshine, sun, yellow, Little Miss.

F.T.L.C.,
~Mitch~

Day 260 - Not Quite Right [EDIT]

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Another Jones-a-Day mix up. This time, the soda that should be red, is actually blue. What's going on here?!

Just kidding, obviously this is another Jones Soda tribute bottle.

Blue Bubblegum soda in a Red Apple bottle
~Mitch~

Day 259 - Remember "Dig 'Em" the Frog? [EDIT]

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Filler - Honey Smacks cereal.

F.T.L.C. - The ripples on the beach reminded me of the lines and cracks in the cereal.

That's all there is to it,
~Mitch~

Day 258 - Mix Up [EDIT]

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Another tribute to Jones Soda. The collecting of bottles themselves is a tribute, so filling a bottle with the soda itself has to be some sort of exponential tribute.

The label says "Blue Bubblegum", but the soda inside is not blue, and not bubblegum flavored.

FuFu Berry soda in a Blue Bubblegum bottle.

Jones squared,
~Mitch~

Day 257 - Like Molasses [EDIT]

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I expected this one to be lame, but it actually turned out alright. I thought the syrup would be too dark and non-transparent, but the bottle actually displays a nice, rich, mahogany hue.

I picked this label for two reasons. One, the mud that the snowmobiles are trekking through appears to have a very viscus, fluid nature to it, much like syrup. Secondly, when I think of snowmobiles I think of the great outdoors. I think of trees and natural maple syrup.

I think of lumberjacks, but I'm not sure if I should disclose that on the internet.

Too late, I guess,
~Mitch~

Day 256 - Soft n' Sweet [EDIT]

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I saw these at Meijer at couldn't help myself. They're small, they're colorful, and they're cheap. In Jones-a-Day language, the sum of small, cheap, and colorful is equal to amazing filler.

Multi-colored, fruit flavored, miniature marshmallows.

Put with this label because...I don't know...babies are soft?

Meh,
~Mitch~