Sunday, January 25, 2009

The new Mtn Dew logo

Ys, they're now abbreviating Mountain Dew as Mtn Dew. See the new logo here. Now what is the reasoning behind this? Did they see a need to abbrieviate the word "mountain"? It's not as if users are going to pronounce the word any differently. Some agree the abbreviation isn't necessary. Is the word "mountain" out of style? I had to laugh at that one. "Mtn Dew" reminds me and others of text messaging. One person remarked this about the new logo:

The Mountain Dew brand has been repackaged and is now dubbed “Mtn Dew,” in another transparent attempt to appeal to youngsters. PepsiCo decided to employ txtspk in branding this very popular product. Do they truly expect this new name to catch on in popular culture? The folks at PepsiCo need a reality check. No one in their target demographic will ever send this message over SMS:
“bf just got a mtn dew for me - fyi this stuf is great idk why i didnt try it sooner lol!”
Note to PepsiCo: no one in the prized 18-25 demographic is going to change their MySpace profile name to “mtn dew me”, no matter how cheeky the new name is intended to be.

(The full story with the quote above is at this link.)

"Mountain Dew Me"? has anyone ever used that as a MySpace profile name? hmmm. A few months ago, I saw a T-shirt in a novelty store that said "Mount and do me," parodying the then-current Mountain Dew logo.

Here is one comment on the new name made on this site:

My comment to Mountain Dew (apparently www.pepsi.com denies the existance of Mountain Dew ...):

On my last shopping trip I noticed a new packaging for Diet Mountain Dew, indeed for all Mountain Dew, using what appeared to be "LEET" speak for the product name, specifically "MTN DEW." I had to move several boxes of this newly branded product to find "Mountain Dew" without this idiotic spelling. Needless to say, I am most unhappy with this new branding and will be avoiding the purchase of it. I quite understand that it is the same product, but I'm not sure I can bring myself to purchase something that I consider to promote illiteracy as does this new brand.


Some might have abbrievated Mountain Dew while sending text messages in the past (if anyone actually texted something about the drink), but is that really a reason to abbreviate the name on the label? And should someone stop buying the stuff because he's annoyed by the new logo? If he likes drinking the stuff, then why let a new logo stop him from buying it? I think that's plain silly. BTW, I only rarely drink Mtn Dew (hey, just writing it the way they're writing it now!) and I absolutely hate Pepsi.

And this man might just find some remaining stock of Mountain Dew in the old packaging. I'm still finding Coke and Diet Coke in the 2008 Holiday-themed cans. I believe I found one in the vending machine at work sometime last week, I saw a co-worker drinking a Coke can in the holiday can.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thoughts of the Day

This morning I woke up to an earthquake while asleep and discovered the electricity had gone out. I had to reset my alarm. It was just past midnight. There had been an earthquake earlier this week sometime after 10PM that had also awoken me than. An aftershock followed later.


I came home from work and found no mail in the box. I just assumed I got no mail today. But little did I know that that the mail had not yet arrived. Yesterday I'd gotten a movie from Netflix which I did not get around to watching then, so I did do today. I finished watching the movie just before 4PM and heard a car pass in front of the house. Only it wasn't a car, it was the mail truck. Wow, that was bad timing! I have to wait tomorrow to mail the movie, but that's all right, since I can keep them as along as I want.

I am still upset about not having done anything for my birthday almost two weeks ago. Anything but going to some movie or restaurant.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Facebook or MySpace? How about other social networking sites?

I came across this question on Yahoo Answers. Really, I don't prefer one over the other, I just happened to have been on Facebook longer. I'm still getting used to the page format of MySpace. Read my earlier entries on these subjects. I'm now wondering who uses other social networking sites. If anyone uses other sites, how are these? Does it seem redundant being on more than one social networking site? One I've been curious about is Bebo-- anyone use that one? How about this--have you heard of that one? How about Xanga--anyone on that?

Got a Digital Camera

I just got one of these last weekend and can't wait to use it. I've got the Kodak Easy Share, 8.2 megapixels. I'm wishing for an occasion for which picture-taking will be a must. I wish I were going to have that party (see my Party Envy Blog). This would make a great set of photos to share on my Facebook or MySpace pages. It's what the people on the sites want to see. This is what most of the others put on their pages. I just don't want some random thing like buildings or sunsets. No one wants to see those. This, IMHO, is akin to first-grade show-and-tell, when a kid brings in a leaf he picked up off the ground on the way to school and gets mocked by the rest of the kids who don't care about some random leaf. Or akin to someone who envies the others for having a popular toy for show and tell. I also want to be able to tag people in photos on my Facebook page. Most of them I don't see in person very often, but I do have some co-workers and family members among my friends on Facebook. Users can also tag themselves in photos. In recent years, I only took pictures once in a while, particularly on Halloween. I would get one-time use cameras. Since getting onto Facebook last summer, I've only added three albums, transferred from a picture CD I got when developing the film, and my profile picture (my former boss took this with his camera phone). I got prints of the pictures I took last Halloween, but also got a CD with the pictures. The next two times I took pictures with disposable cameras, I requested only the CD, worrying the prints would just be sitting around in the envelopes.

I'm also curious abut the various photo-sharing sites, such as Picasaweb or Flickr. What other photo-sharing sites are there? Which do you prefer?

Alas, likely I'll never have that party. And I didn't get to do anything for my birthday ten days ago. I didn't have my digital camera then, but I would have gotten a one-time use one to get some pictures on my pages...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mountain Dew knockoffs

In my last post, I said how I rarely drink Mountain Dew, now printing its name as Mtn Dew, something I just saw today. I was surprised when I learned that "mountain dew" is actually a euphemism for illegally distilled corn whisky or moonshine. There's even a song about that. Really, they were able to use this as soda name? Obviously so, and customers were apparently OK with the name.

Sadly, the genius who completed the page of Dr Pepper clones had no interest in doing the same for Mountain Dew. Too bad, since he would have plenty of Mtn. Dew clones for such a collection.

While searching for lists and pictures of Mountain Dew knockoffs, one thing I found was this blog on off-brand sodas, including both Dr Pepper and Mountain Dew clones. About the best list I could find of clones is this one. I also came across this blog.

Though I'm not a big drinker of Mountain Dew, I have on occasion had some of the stuff or one of the knockoffs. In my Dr Pepper clones post I mentioned the Kmart (American Fare) knockoff Citrus Mountain. I purchased both sodas a few times toward the end of 2001. Notice how the name Citrus Mountain makes reference not only to Mountain but also to the citrus flavoring of the sods it is cloning. Almost all Mountain Dew clones have "Mountain" in the name or some related word, such as alpine, followed by words referring to precipitation, such as mist or lightning.


Some names I'd like to comment on:
Mountain Lion: Sounds more like a beer name, IMHO. I've never seen this one, since it's from the Food Lion grocery store chain which only exists on the East Coast.
Sun Drop: This has actually been around since 1949 and another I've never been able to try since it's sold primarily in the South. Though it can be ordered over the Internet.
Citrus Drop: sold at Kroger, a Southern grocery chain. I have actually seen and bought this one at my local Quik Stop Market since Quik Stop is owned by Krogers. The name seems like a reference to the aforementioned Sun Drop. Citrus Drop's slogsn "Pop the Drop" is a likely reference to Mtn. Dew's former slogan, "Do the Dew."
Heee Haw (Hyvee) and Kountry Mist (Winn-Dixie): No surprise that these come from two other Southern grocery chains, Needless to say, I've never seen these either.
Spring Mist (IGA): The IGA exists in California, but taking a look at their store locator, the nearest ones were between 69 and 101 miles from my zip code. I seriously doubt Ill ever go out of my way just to find one of these stores.
Moon Mist (Shasta): I actually found some of this once, but was unaware it was a Mtn. Dew clone until I saw it contains caffeine. I have never seen ti for sale since.
Mountain Roar (Harris Teeter): yet another East-Coast grocery chain. Kind of, like Mountain Lion, sounds more like a beer name, IMHO.
Mountain Lightning (Walmart): This used to be called Green Lightning. Despite having a Walmart near me, I have never bought this soda.

This is another subject that I cold go on and on about, like my previous post. But this should give you the basic idea. I apologize that I could only find a few pictures of Mountain Dew ripoffs.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Dr Pepper knockoffs


Only once in a while do I drink Dr Pepper and even rarer do I drink Mountain Dew. Several years ago, I began noticing in different stores how both sodas are knocked off in different store brand lines. All of you probably know about Mr. Pibb, which strangely did not pursue a doctorate degree and now has this new name and it's now hard to find in many areas.


One day I walked into my local Kmart (yes, they still have that store where I live) and noticed Dr Rocket and Citrus Mountain. Another day I asked a worker at the store to get some Dr Rocket down for me and he said "Dr Rocket? Dr Pepper's right here." For a while Kmart discontinued the American Fare store brand sodas, but recently brought them back. Unfortunately, I have not seen either Dr Rocket or Citrus Mountain.

This occurred not too long before I discovered a website (that has been frequently updated) containing numerous Dr Pepper knockoffs. Since then I've had something of a fascination with this subject, though not enough to produce a webpage :-) It would probably look a lot like the one linked above :-) I have seen other collections of Dr Pepper clones on the web, but the one posted is probably the most definitive, IMHO.

Almost every Dr Pepper knockoff contains the doctorate degree in its name, but there have a been a few--such as the aforementioned Mr Pibb--that did not pursue a graduate education and other non-degreed knockoffs.

One non-degreed knockoff I'd like to mention is the one called Southern Lightning (at Wal-Mart), which did eventually get its doctorate, becoming Dr. Thunder. I believe this occurred around 1997, and not having shopped at Wal-Mart much prior to that year, I sadly missed ever getting Southern Lightning, but have on occasion gotten and drank Dr. Thunder. (It's been a while since I last had any of the stuff, but I like it all right.) Something about the name Southern Lightning that has come up a few times. Many people think "Southern Lightning" sounds like booze. Someone once said (in a discussion on one of the Google Newsgroups I frequent), "I'd expect something called 'Southern Lightning' to be 130 proof, at a minimum." Minimum? 130 proof? That's 65% alcohol. Obviously, Southern Lightning sounds a like a cross Southern Comfort and White Lightning, two very well-known types of booze. A friend of my family actually said this in an e-mail once. Why Wal-Mart changed the name, I have no clue, though they may have wanted a name that sounds like that of the one that is being knocked off. Southern Lightning, incidentally, was a reference to the Texas origins of the drink under discussions, as was Texas Fizz, also pictured on the page of non-degreed clones listed above.

Also interesting the Safeway knockoff, which has changed its name a few times. Originally it was just Skipper (aka the Skipper)
before becoming Dr. Skipper and the recently "The Dr.". Although the last time I was at my local Safeway, I saw them carrying Dr Skipper (in the second can on the right you see in the link above). I now wanna get some, the next time they have their house brand sodas on sale.

Another thing about Dr Pepper is that is worth noting is that there is no period after Dr in the name. Yes, a lot of people have seemed to be unaware of that because it is only proper punctuation and the period does occur in the some of the clone names. Apparently the manufacturers of the various knockoff names were also unaware of this absence as well.

In my last blog, I mentioned the clone Dr. Bob, (also pictures on the page of clones linked above) because of my fascination with the name Bob (the subject of my blog yesterday, Jan. 15).

Originally, this post was to be about both Dr Pepper and Mountain Dew knockoffs. Unfortunately, there was so much to say about Dr Pepper's many impersonators that I decided to write about Mtn. Dew clones in another blog.

I'd also like to make a few comments on some of the names I encountered (see individual pictures on the clones collection page above and links to stores at which they were purchased).
Dr. Hy-Top: the name kinda reminded me of sneakers that were popular in the 1980s.
Doc Holiday--they actually named a soda after an infamous outlaw?
Dr. Springfield--sounds like this was a character in the TV universe of The Simpsons, a founder (or relative of one) of the the famous animated family's mysterious home town?
Mr. Sipp--does this actually exist? I went to my nearest Smart and Final store
and when I asked if they have store-brand soda, they relied "We have Shasta." I was disappointed not to find this. The people working in the store claimed there is no store-brand soda at Smart and Final.

One last thing (I could go on and on about this subject but I want to move on). When I was in my last year of college, my dormmates and I were decorating our dorm lounge for Halloween and two guys took some pieces of orange paper and wrote some silly names that they pasted on the buttons of Pepsi vending machine in
the lounge. They obviously though it would be scary, but to me it was just silly. They did the following:
Pepsi: Pepto
Diet Pepsi: Die Pepsi
Mug Root Beer: Bug Root Beer
Iced Tea: Iced Blood
Slice: Sliced
Dr Pepper: Dr. Kevorkian
Mountain Dew: Mountain Doom

Thursday, January 15, 2009

What About Bob?


It's about time I told readers about something I've had a fascination with for a long time now: the name Bob. I honestly don't know how this began, but somehow it did. I just like the name Bob. It may have started with the hit movie What About Bob? I saw that movie when it first came out in the theaters, and a few times when it was shown on TV. I eventually got it on DVD for only $5.50 at Target.

How do I even begin to tell those I don't know who are reading this what I have done using the name Bob? It's complicated. I've tried using the name Bob as a conversational filler, much the way some of us in California use of the phrase "dude". Of course, it's only my doing (as far as I know!) and some aren't likely to catch onto it. My mom's been OK with it, but my late aunt (God rest her soul) tended to get a little annoyed by it. Often, if someone asked me something, I'd reply. "Yeah, Bob." My aunt often said, "My name is not Bob." I'd also use it in a greeting, "Hi, Bob." My aunt at this would also say, "My name is Not Bob." A family friends reacted the same way when I used these phrases while talking to her. My saying "Hi, Bob" sounded a little like the greeting used on Bob Newhart's 1970s sitcom.

I have often thought Bob would be a good cat name. Though I'm not sure what kind of cat it should go with. What do you think?

Around 2001, I began noticing generic products in grocery stores including generic brands of sodas. All store-brand soda lines seem to contain knockoffs of Dr Pepper and of Mountain Dew, with their own names. I'll be writing about this in another blog so that I can get right to how this ties into my subject of "Bob." I once joked about using "Bob" as the name of a soda line, asking a family friend via e-mail how did Dr. Bob sound. He said it sounds kind cool. Imagine my surprise when I discovered there is actually a soda called Dr. Bob. Sadly, I've never been able to find this, though I have never actually looked for it. I'm under the assumption that it's not available anywhere in California. Anyone know opposite of that? I then asked "How does Mountain Bob sound?" He replied, "Sounds more like some big hairy guy's name." Everyone I asked thereafter seemed to agree with that remark. My former boss remarked that "Mountain Dew is one thing," and that he can't imagine someone saying "I'm going to get a six-pack of Mountain Bob."

There used to be a fast-food restaurant in my hometown called Bob's Drive-In. It's been gone since the early '90s. No doubt many of you have heard of the Bob's Big Boy restaurant chain. I have never actually even seen one of these, let alone that I've never been to one. I liked the idea of a pizza place called Bob's Pizza. while Googling that phrase I came across this in Detroit. In all likelihood, I'll never get to go to this place, since I live who knows how far form Detroit. But it was fun to find this.

How many famous people can you name named Bob? Let's see...
Bob Hope, Bob Dylan, Bob Newhart, Bob Crane, Bob Cummings, Bob Denver, Bob Dole, Bob Hoskins, Bob Keeshan, Bob Fosse, Bob Elliott, Bob Cratchitt, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, Bob Mackie, Bob McKenzie, Bob Roberts, Bob's Bog Boy, Twin Peaks Bob, Bob Seger, Bob Sarlatte, Bob Marley, Bob Saget, Bob Weir, Bob Smith, Bob Packwood, Buffalo Bob Smith, Bob Ross, The Bobs, Bob Geldof, Bob Barker, Bob Eubanks, Bob Keeshan, Bob Welch, Bob Vila, Bob the Builder, SpongeBob Squarepants... Gee, could I have missed any? If you don't recognize some of these names, look them up yourself, please!

And I thought this was funny. This of course refers to the hairstyle known as the bob, but the phrasing made it sound like Bob Green was the name of a character or something. And "bob" is also a verb.

This is the basic idea of my fascination with the name Bob. It's a bit too complicated to completely delineate. But I hope you get some ideas about this unusual fascination.. Do any of you have as unusual a fascination as this?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

MySpace

Finally, after trying several times, I was able to create a MySpace account. I could never get the text captcha needed to be typed in order to complete my regisitration. I blame that on not having an updated browser until a few weeks ago. Now I'm looking for friends on MySpace. I already have several on my Facebook page.

Netflix


I've been a member of Netflix since 2007 and have enjoyed being able to rent movies without having to go back and forth to a video store. As a member I've been able to watch a lot of movies I missed when they first came out. Too many to name! I've also found movies that some people I know have never heard of. My now-ex-boss was unfamiliar with Buffalo 66 with I had heard about somewhere, somehow. I'm just sure where or how, but I was interested enough to add it to my queue. He also seemed unaware of the classic Cooley High, the 1975 film that served as the basis for the sitcom What's Happening!! If you liked that show and have never seen the movie, you definitely should rent Cooley High. And has anyone seen Friends With Money? And I discovered two Will Ferrell flicks that some of you may not be familiar with. Not two of the best I've seen, but worth checking out if you want something different and out of the ordinary.

When I first signed on, I got quite greedy, finding a lot of movies I never saw the first time (as I said earlier), finding ones I saw in the past but had a desire to see once again. I've--since the beginning--been rearranging the order in the queue pushing some back and some to the top--those I was more eager to see at the moment. As a result of this, some have seemingly been in the queue forever. I can remember when some were still in lower positions in the queue. It seemed it would be like forever till I saw the ones the were in the lower-numbered positions, and then it seemed like they suddenly reached the top spot. The above-mentioned Friends With Money and Buffalo 66 were two such flicks, along with too many others to mention.

Seasonal Retail Items

Today at work we began receiving Christmas And St. Patrick's items. And it's only early January. Valentine's Day hasn't even happened yet, and now these other holiday items are starting to arrive. I'm guessing this is true at other retail stores. I was at the Dollar Tree (where I once worked) while off yesterday and saw Easter and St. Pat's items there along with Valentine's. That got me wondering when Home Goods was going to get these holiday items. Sure enough many came in today, including signs with St. Patrick's logos and shamrocks. For Easter there were boxes of wooden Easter Eggs, rabbit figures and tubes of plastic eggs. There were also dinner wear items with St. Pat's and Easter designs. The linens with these designs should be too far behind. I'm not sure what holiday merchandise will arrive, as it seems to too early to be sending in the July 4th stuff in either February or March. April, at least will be three months ahead. Not a lot of items under the seasonal department number (47) came in last year, mostly kitchenware and linens. About the only Department 47 items we received for this holiday then were little mice (we get these for almost every holiday) in read, white and blue clothing, toting around mini USA flags. And believe it or not, Halloween merchandise arrives as early as Memorial Day or later--up to five months ahead of time! And--need I say it-- as soon as Halloween nears, in comes the Christmas stuff. I have yet to see other stores such as Wal-Mart, Target or Rite Aid, but I expect that next time I get to one of those I expect to see what's left of Valentines and to see some Easter and St. Patrick's (if they have things for that one).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Coffee Filters--who knew?

I got this as an e-mail from a relative:

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China. Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil=2 0from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. Soaks out all the grease.

Really? Can all this be true? I only wonder. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I don't feel compelled to buy coffee filters. Sometimes I feel compelled to try ideas like these that many people (including myself) may have never known. A few years ago, I bought a book called The Hippie Handbook, which advised using baking soda as a cleaner. I din;t completely go hippie, but did try using baking soda to clean the inside of my microwave. Sounded like a good idea, because baking soda will not leave chemicals in the microwave. You don't see them, but they're there. The chemicals can get into your food. A lot of you have probably not thought of all this. Try using baking soda to clean out your microwave or at least using a wet cloth to avoid leaving chemicals in the microwave.

About the coffee filter ideas presented here, I'm not sure if I will be trying any of them. I don't do some the things presented and I have never known to cover bowls in the microwave. I guess I've learned something here.

Really, who knew?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Party Envy


I've been suffering from this ever since I cam across this site:
And especially this idea.
This girl was so excited. Well, she should be. She doesn't know how lucky she was. (speaking bitterly here)
(Also read my entry for December 21)

Have any of you ever gotten to have one of these parties? If so what was it for, specifically was it for something other than someone's birthday? I'm told people have parties for no real reason. I don't know about some of you, but I think that idea is stupid and a waste of time. I think there needs to be a reason for it. Who thinks otherwise? One year I came across a group of people at the Salvation Army store in Seaside (a week before Christmas in 2004, to be exact) who told the man at the store that they were going to an 80's party. I asked if it was for someone's birthday but they said no. This was right after I came across the idea to celebrate your birthday like a hippie from this book (I was a hippie on Halloween 2004). I liked that idea, but there was no time to plan it. That's the problem with having a birthday in January. it certainly looks like I won't be doing anything on Sunday... No time and not enough money to plan or have one in the aftermath of the holidays in December. It certainly looks like I won't be doing anything on Sunday... Not even going to a restaurant, which I'm getting tired of doing.

And have any of you ever had a themed party? When, why and where did you have it? I have the problem of having no space at home and not being able to afford to rent either a hall, restaurant or the clubhouse at the mobile home park in which I live. Has anyone ever had a Seven Deadly Sins party? Look at this photo collection (I took that picture above from this collection)

I am committing the one sin I commit the most: ENVY!!! I wanted to have one of these parties in October, but it didn't happen.... And now it never will...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Inventory

If you ever worked in retail, you know what it's like to have to do inventory every year. I've worked on retail for over seven years now and at my current place of work, this coming Friday is inventory day. We've been precounting merchandise in the boxes in the warehouse. I've always dreaded this day, and at my current place of work, Home Goods, inventory always seems to be right before my birthday (January 11). The store has looked slightly empty, since we have not received any new merchandise by truck and will not get another delivery until next week, when inventory is over. One of my former places of work, Dollar Tree, had inventory at different times each year. The first year I worked there (they opened the store in my town in Sept. 2001) I believe inventory was in June (2002), then in May the following, in August the next year, and in 2005 (the last year I worked there) it was in April. The stores I've worked at have always been nervous about this time of the year. If you worked in retail, I'm sure you've felt the same.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome to 2009!


The new year is here! We've got three Friday the 13ths this year. Yes, three, in February, March and November. The Fourth of July and Halloween both occur on Saturdays this year. This hasn't happened since 1998. Only 19 more days until our new president takes office and more than a month till Digital TV takes over the airwaves. And who knows what else we have in store for the new year. We'll have to see where it takes each of us.