I was at the park a few weeks ago with the kids and I found a Diet Coke can I didn't have. It was the normal silver can but it showed a guy holding a large white flag with a red heart on it. The only problem was the can was dented up pretty good. But my view on damaged cans is it's better to have a damaged can of a new design than not have the design at all. Plus, I have replaced many damaged cans later with cans in better condition. So I'm always watching for "upgrades" in addition to new cans.
So this morning in Sunday School I noticed an elderly woman drinking from a can of Diet Coke. I turned on my Eagle Eye and waited for the can to turn its other side to me so I could see exactly which design it was. Finally she set it down and I could see the man holding the big white flag with a red heart on it... an undented specimen! I continued to monitor the woman's progress on the soda out of the corner of my eye throughout the class. At the end of the class, I stalled by talking to a couple of people, waiting to see what would become of the can. And then I saw her throw it away in a nearby trash can. That can was as good as mine.
"I need a drink of water," I whispered to my wife during the church service about forty-five minutes later. So I strolled down to the basement, scouting the area for unknowing passersby, and took a drink from the fountain. No one was around. I bolted to the trash can, reached in and pulled out today's treasure. I took it to the nearby kitchen and washed it real good, then made a quick dash to the van parked outside.
"Ah, I feel better now," I whispered to my wife as I sat back down in the pew. She smiled and I smiled back, knowing I had just scored a nice upgrade!