Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cans in the Shoppes

I spent today in an area I've never been before.  It consisted of a 1.5 mile long street full of ol' time shoppes and vendors.  Lots of shoppes.  Lots of vendors.  And lots of cans.  BUT...

Good price, but all beer cans.  Except one Coca-Cola can which I already have.

RC soda cans, but I wasn't sure which ones I have and don't have.  And they cost too much $ for me to be guessing.

Three trays of beer cans, one tray of soda cans.  Unfortunately, all the Vess soda cans were the same.  And I already have it.

All beer.

All beer.

I wasn't about to go home empty-handed.  I stopped by Target and found the two newest flavors of Red Bull (orange and wild cherry).  I also picked up a Vitamin Water can I didn't have.

I had set a goal this morning of coming home with at least one new can.  It's nice to achieve goals.  One way or another.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Flea Market Fonz

Third weekend of the month.  Temperatures hit the 70's.  I could hear a distant call of soda cans beckoning me.  My family headed to the flea market this morning.  And boy was it crowded!

I saw a few booths with beer cans and an occasional lone soda can that I already have.  And then my mom called me and said she found a table with soda cans.  So I made my way through the crowd to the table and saw about twenty steel soda cans for $.50 each.  Nice.  

The seller was impressed when I whipped out my phone to check my collection website.  I said with nearly 4,000 cans, it's hard to remember what I have and don't have.  After a good look, he had two I didn't have.

The Fonz
In the end, I walked away with this straight steel Nehi strawberry soda can from 1978.  It's the Fonz, can #17 of the 35-can "Happy Days" set, series 1.  There are a lot of Happy Days cans and I haven't put any effort into collecting them yet.  In fact, the only other one I had until now was the #24 Howard Cunningham fruit punch can.  

The other can I bought was a straight steel Staff diet root beer can.  And I learned a bit of trivia when I bought it.  My mom said Schnucks (a local grocery store) sold Staff soda back in the 70's when she worked there.  Nice connection!  I have quite a Staff collection started, this being my 26th steel Staff can.

Overall, not bad for $1.  

Saturday, March 14, 2015

No Cans, Yes Cans

I did another flea market and antique store road trip today to a city I've never been to before.  Not much luck as far as soda cans go though.  I saw an old Vess and an old Ticket can, but I already had both of them.  So the day was already feeling like a bust when I drove past this:

Not what a can collector likes to see.  The pallets stacked and lined up behind that truck were all crushed cans!  The day could only get better from there.

Not far from there I rounded a bend in the road and saw a glorious Big Lots store!  I have referenced Big Lots several times before after finding discontinued drinks there.  So I stopped and ran inside and sure enough, I walked out with six new cans:

So the day wasn't a total bust.  And I'm ready for the next road trip.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

180 Degrees

Back in 2006, Anheuser-Busch of St Louis, MO, launched a new energy drink called 180.  It has since been discontinued.  The can I have is 180 Blue with Acai.  It became one of the first cans in my collection when I dug through the recycle bin of aluminum cans at work back in 2011.  The bin hadn't been emptied for a few years.  So after my first dig I had scored many cans, some that were no longer available.

But what's interesting about this can is one side is printed the correct way and the other side is printed upside down.  At first I thought I had a rare misprint, but no, it was just a gimmick that tied into the name of the drink.

With the 4-year anniversary of the start of my collection coming up next month, I thought it'd be neat to "circle" around (360 degrees) and highlight one of my first cans.  Especially one that is now extinct.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Coca-Cola Life

One of my friends sent a picture to me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I had that can.  What can was it?  I'd never seen one like it before.  It was a Coca-Cola Life can.  A what?

I said, "I don't have it!  Save it for me!"

When I got the can, I looked it over.  CC Life is sweetened with cane sugar and Stevia, the middle ground between real sugar and HFCS.  I didn't get to try it, but I would guess the taste is better than Diet Coke but not as good as delicious Mexican Coca-Cola.  And you get better taste (I'm assuming) at only 90 calories compared to regular Coca-Cola's 140 calories.

But the elephant in the room is the color of the can.  Is it "green" because its ingredients are more natural (somewhat)?  Is the competition green with envy?  Is it just another cash-grab for the company?  Green means go, so go get some Coca-Cola?  Or does that color stand out on the shelf at the grocery store?  YEP.

This is such an unusual color, especially for a Coca-Cola can, that I immediately wanted it regardless of what the contents of the can were or what the label said.  And just like the black Coke Zero cans, these cans will definitely stand out in the walls of red Coca-Cola can displays.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What I Got Out of Training

I spent the last two days in training at work.  During one of the "get out of your seat and mingle" exercises today I spied this can sitting on a nearby table.  I immediately knew I didn't have it because it looked totally unfamiliar.  My next task: watch to see whose it was.

A few minutes later when we returned to our seats, I saw who the owner was.  Fortunately it was someone I have worked with in the past, so I might not seem like a total loon when I asked him for can when he was finished with it.

At the next break I took a deep breath and did what I've actually become rather accustomed to doing... I asked if I could have his can when it was empty.  I got the typical "This?  Why?" look, but I explained about my collection and then he understood (or at least he said he understood).  Either way, I had a new can.

He said his girlfriend had bought this Dasani apple flavored water.  His review was not so good.  He named a few other brands he'd rather have, which led to a short discussion on flavored water.

And THAT is what I got out of my leadership training.  I call it a success.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Kickstart Valentine's Day

The third set of Mtn Dew Kickstart flavors recently came out.  These are slim 12oz cans whereas the first two sets were 16oz cans.  The red can is strawberry kiwi and the yellow can is pineapple orange mango.  These hydrating boost drinks are both made with coconut water, something I've not been a fan of in the past, but with flavors like those I'll still give them a shot.  Who knows?  They could become a new love of my life...

Happy Valentine's Day