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~