Monday, April 30, 2012

The Avengers Are Here

Iron Man
A year ago I wrote a post describing how I collected the six Thor movie cans.  And now it's time for the Avengers.  This time there are eight cans.

And to kick things off, I already have two of the cans: Hawkeye and Iron Man.  I picked them up at Walmart last weekend.

As I get the other cans I will update this post with those stories.

Black Widow
05/01/12 Update - I just got the Black Widow can in a shipment from Canada today.  This collection is coming along faster than I thought it would.

05/02/12 Update - I found this Hulk can on the side of the road on the way home from work today.  I'm halfway there...

Captain America
06/02/12 Update - I picked up this Thor can at a wedding reception I attended while on vacation in West Virginia.

06/25/12 Update - Dollar General had a Captain America 6-pack today, so now I have it.

Nick Fury
 06/29/12 Update - This one has a special story that can be read here.  It's a can I found tonight on the side of the road.  Welcome to the collection, Nick.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Energy = My Curiosity x2

I rarely drink soda.  And when I do it's usually a white soda such as 7 Up.  I don't drink coffee.  I don't drink energy drinks.  In fact, I live a rather caffeine-free beverage life.

Sometimes when I buy an energy drink for the can, I feel bad just pouring it down the drain so I'll at least give it a couple of swallows.  And I haven't found one yet that I liked.  I've tried Red Bull, Monster and a handful of other brands but nothing has hit my fancy.

I picked up a couple of FMF energy drinks last weekend and decided to give them a try at work this week.  Afterall, one was fruit punch and the other citrus lemonade.  So on Thursday at lunch, I drank the fruit punch.  And it was good!  Before I had finished the can I already felt like leaving lunch early to get back to work.  I even went to my cousin who works with me and said, "I feel like going out and playing you at tennis.  I bet I could even beat you!"  I'm not sure where that came from, I don't even play tennis!

So now I understand the appeal of these drinks.  I was still feeling charged when I got home that evening.  I never did experience the crash I was expecting all afternoon.  So on Friday I took the citrus lemonade and drank it with lunch.  Again, I had a pleasantly active afternoon, completing work in time to leave an hour early!

But alas, I have run out of energy drinks.  I have no intention of buying more of those that I liked.  But I will continue to try new brands as I buy more cans for my collection.  Maybe I'll find some more that are good enough to drink...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Quarterly Team Meeting

Back in November, I wrote about scoring a couple of cans at our quarterly team meeting at work.  Tonight, I just got home from another team meeting and once again... score!

But this time it took the form of aluminum bottles.  I have some energy drink aluminum bottles and even one for chocolate milk, but what makes tonight's loot grab so special is these are my first soda aluminum bottles. 

Our next meeting is in August.  I can't wait to see what I walk away with then...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Story of the Ticanic

One week ago was the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  So tonight I take a break from my usual can adventures to bring you a lesser-known story... The Story of the Ticanic.

RMS Pico

Many years ago, a can from Southampton, England, floated across the frigid North Atlantic.  It was the RMS Pico, also known as the "Ticanic."

6th Officer "Sunny Jim"
Along with the hundreds of crew members and passengers, Sixth Officer James Moody, known as "Sunny Jim", enjoyed several days of exciting and fun-filled cruising.

Rare photo of the disastrous ice cubes
And then one night at 11:40pm (ship's time), on Sunny Jim's watch, he alarmed the crew with his infamous words, "Ice cubes straight ahead!!!"  But it was too late for the ship and its crew. 

Everyone perished that night, including Captain Ed Smith, Sixth Officer Moody and the most famous passenger aboard, the Unsinkable Dr. Brown.

Not so unsinkable
Afterwards, when the owner of the cruise line, White Rock Lines, was contacted, their only comment was, "It was never meant to sail hundreds of people across the ocean.  It was designed to deliver 11.25 imperial fluid ounces of dry ginger ale to thirsty limeys!"

Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Supernova Shirt

Supernova shirt
All day long today I wondered why I had a craving for strawberry-melon.  And then it dawned on me this evening... my wife's shirt reminded me of a Mountain Dew Supernova can!!!

It isn't any can in particular that it reminds me of but a combination of them all.  The shirt has the same black/white/pink/purple color scheme as the cans.  And of course there are the stripes, most prevalent in the early Diet Mtn Dew Supernova can design (lower left in the can picture.)

Supernova cans
I did mention this to her at which she just rolled her eyes and went about her business.  Maybe next time I notice something like this I'll keep it to myself.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

On the Fence About Barq's New Look

A couple of months ago, a new look for Barq's Root Beer was announced.  One of the design changes was the addition of a diamond pattern in the background.  I actually like the new look and had been watching for a can to add to my collection, but the new design had evaded me...

Until today. 

New Barq's design

We were out on a walk and inside the schoolyard, lying up against the chain link fence, was a new Barq's Root Beer can. Now the problem was that the entire schoolyard is surrounded by a 5' tall chain link fence and the gates are locked when school's not in session.  I pulled at the bottom of the fence to try to reach my hand under it, but the bottom was buried a couple of inches underground and I wasn't about to start digging.  So, using two fingers on each hand to "walk" the can up the fence, I was able to get it to the top and reach over the top for it.  It was mine!!!  When I turned around to share the victory with my wife, she was about two blocks away.  For some reason she hadn't wanted to stick around to watch her husband fish a "piece of trash" from the schoolyard.  I jogged to catch up and when I showed her the cool new design, she responded with, "Whatever."

Whatever.  I won.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One Year Anniversary

It was one year ago today that I began my soda can collection. A lot of my collecting has been documented on this blog, but some of the highlights include:
  • Dump diving in West Virginia
  • Trading with other countries including Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and more
  • Trading with other states including Vermont, Texas, Maryland and more
  • Learning the ins and outs of bidding on eBay
  • Building shelves to display my cans
  • Hosting a taste-testing podcast
  • Becoming a member of the National Pop Can Collectors
  • and MUCH more!
And this was just in the first year.  I can't wait to see what my second year brings.  And it all began with this can:

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Force in a 12-Pack

Last week I reported I finally got the complete 1999 Star Wars Episode 1 24-can set.  The cool thing is they came packed in two 12-pack cases from 1999.

There were actually four different brands of soda with Star Wars labels:  Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi One.  On the back of the cases was a listing of which characters would be available in each brand.

 I'm still looking for the rare gold Yoda...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Starbucks, But Not Coffee

Starbucks Refreshers
My wife was shopping last week and called me from Target.  She asked if I had Starbucks Refreshers.  I had never heard of them.  So I jumped online, found a little info about it and told her to pick up all three flavors.

Starbucks is looking to expand their beverage selection beyond just coffee.  So the Refreshers are their answer to an energy drink.  And despite the can's label reading "...from green coffee extract" there is no coffee flavor in these drinks.

The Orange Melon, Strawberry Lemonade and Raspberry Pomegranate flavors have piqued my taste buds' interest and I cannot wait to try them.  And only 60 calories per can...