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

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Trashed Cans

I watch for cans to add to my collection while the kids watch for cans to recycle.  A few people at church heard we collect cans, so I made sure they understood the difference in the two types of "collecting."  Once in a while someone at church will bring me a can and ask if I have it yet.  Others will bring a trash bag of cans for the kids to recycle.  But I always go through the bags first to look for cans I need.

And so was the case today at church.  Someone gave this bag to me for the kids.  Of course Dad gets first dibs, so I went through the bag and only found one can I didn't have yet:

But a collection gets bigger even one piece at a time, right?  Keep the bags coming...