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Monday, Sept. 5, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

On Feb. 18 of this year, I wrote a column about Tupperware containers and my ongoing frustration in matching the lids with the bowls. It’s still maddening. You can check out the column here, in case you missed it.

I finally realized part of my match-game problem. I can’t find the appropriate Tupperware counterparts because our cupboards are filled with overpriced, insulated tumblers and their mismatched lids. Now, where did this insanity come from?

Well, you can blame it, at least partially, on Sir James Dewar, a Scottish scientist working in cryogenics who invented the “vacuum flask” in 1892 to keep a chemical placed in a container at a stable temperature. According to thermos.com, Dewar put one glass bottle in another larger glass bottle and evacuated the air between the two bottle walls. In doing so, he created a partial vacuum to keep the temperature of the contents stable. He hired professional glass blowers to make a sturdier flask, and this led to the manufacturing of the “Dewar Flask” in 1898.

The glassblowers, Reinhold Burger and Albert Aschenbrenner, soon discovered that this vacuum technology could be used commercially to keep drinks cold or warm. Dewar never patented the vacuum flask. These two did, and the double wall insulated cup became known as “thermos” in 1904.

So, we can’t really blame the scientist. It’s those thieving glassblowers’ fault.

Enough history. I understand the fascination. I like my liquids cold, too. That’s why I use ice in an open cup. Then I can crunch the ice with my teeth, which I find keeps discussions with others short.

Aside from keeping liquids hot or cold longer, I appreciate the other benefits of these adult sippy cups, too. No cup sweating. No spills. And they fit somewhat easily into the cup holders in cars.

Believe me, I am all for having a handful of these cups around the house, but do we need one in our cupboard for every senator? The mass quantities we have are simply ridiculous, and good luck trying to find matching lids for these tumblers. It’s like that square-peg, round-hole game you played as a toddler. If I do find a matching lid, of course, it’s the one with the tab that never stays closed. So much for the no-spill benefit.

A few years back, I was convinced to have some of these insulated tumblers engraved with our company logo and given to staff. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Now we have 50 of these things filling the cupboards around the office, too — along with a bunch of lids that don’t match. Ugh.

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


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Wyngardens join relatives in Grimes

Say they found home in a great location

By Lindsey Giardino

Kristin and Keenan Wyngarden haven’t lived in the Grimes community for long — less than a year, in fact — but it’s a place they’ve already grown to love.

They decided to move to the community to be closer to family, many of whom live nearby, including Keenan’s parents, sister, brother and their families.

The couple chose their home primarily because of the great neighborhood it sits in.

“We loved the neighborhood and that it was so close to the elementary school our boys will be going to,” Kristin says. “It is also very close to my in-laws’ home and my husband’s sister’s house. It has been great to get their help when we’ve needed to with the boys or around the house.”

.. Read More In the August issue of Grimes Living.

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Which is the only dinosaur that didn't do any kind of physical labor?
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 Today's Riddle

How do you make a milk shake?

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