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~

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 255 - And Cracker Jacks

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From what we can tell, the picture on this label shows the shadows little league players or some sort of baseball-related gang. You can make out the silhouettes of baseball caps and what appears to be the shadow of a baseball bat. Assuming this is some sort of baseball team, the filler should be obvious. "Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack..."

I don't care if I never get back,
~Mitch~

Day 254 - On a Rope

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A couple lays in a hammock. Hammocks are made of rope. This bottle is filled with rope.

I wouldn't call it nylon rope, only because it wasn't waxy or shiny like typical nylon rope. It is just generic, classic-yellow looking rope. There is approximately 34.5 feet of continuous rope in this bottle.

Thank you Dollar Store,
~Mitch~

Day 253 - QUESTION; Which Kind of Bear is Best?

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Pretend you're in the woods. You're hiking along a trail, a beam of sunlight bursts through the canopy of leaves above you. Then, all of a sudden, a giant bear charges in your direction. What do you do?

Instinct tells us to run. In our haste, we might be tempted to flee to higher ground. We may be tempted to climb a nearby tree. FALSE. Bears can climb faster than they can run. That's the word around The Office, anyways.

In this bottle, one that features a person climbing along a fallen tree, is miniature Teddy Graham crackers.

Bears, beats, Battlestar Galactica.

Oh, also Jones, trees, F.T.L.C.,
~Mitch~

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Day 252 - Down to Business

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In case you didn't know, I normally put a great deal of thought into creating a title for each post. Usually I try to think of a pop-culture reference that relates to the filler or the label. Sometimes, however, the titles of my posts serve multiple purposes. Take this one, for example. "Down to Business" - the water seen in this bottle was collected, by my tap, on one of his business trips to India. It is Indian tap-water and unsuitable for the typical American to drink. The title also implies that there is no more fooling around. As the bonus pic indicates, I'm stepping up my game. Today is supposed to be post 268. As you can see, it is only post 252. If you are opposed to thinking, stop reading now. Here's a question for those of you who were not put-off by the previous sentence; if John is 16 days behind on his daily blog, how many days will it take for him to catch up if he posts three bottles a day? Hmmmmmm....

There is also a lot of connections between title, label, and filler. The water was acquired while on a business trip. The person on the label is looking through a viewfinder which are common at popular tourist locations. The person on the label is also waving at the camera. They are probably waving "hello", but I am saying "goodbye". Goodbye to my vacation-like, post-skipping days and "hello" to getting down to business.

See you tomorrow,
~Mitch~

P.S. - Spent $72 on Jones and filler...let's do this...

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