Monast Law Office June 2017

To Keep Your Beverage Cool 4 DRINK HACKS

The sun is summer’s greatest ally — and greatest enemy. For every sun-soaked day at the beach, there are sunburns trying to ruin the party. For every excuse to drink an icy beverage, the sunshine’s more determined to keep the drink from staying cool.

This other example requires less work, but it takes more freezer space. And if you’re like the rest of us, your freezer is pretty packed in the summer! Wet a paper towel and wrap it around a bottle or can before you place it in the freezer. The contents inside will cool much more quickly. If you have more time to plan, this hack will keep your drink cold for longer. Ice doesn’t fit in a bottle, and freezing your beer or other beverage will get you to Slushy Town in a hurry. Fill an empty bottle about halfway, put the cap on, and place it in the freezer on its side. When it’s frozen, pour your favorite beverage inside — the ice from top to bottom will keep the contents cool on the go. Bonus Hack: This has nothing to do with the sun, but is still a neat way to make drinking your beverage easier. If you go fancy and use a straw when you drink from a can, you know how hard it is to get the straw to stay put. Spin the can’s tab around and feed the straw through it. Now you’ll have a well-behaved straw that doesn’t shift around when you need it to be there for you.

These hacks will allow you to enjoy the benefits of the summer sun without the side effect of a warm beverage.

First, let’s say you just got home from the grocery store where you purchased a 12-pack of your favorite soda. You’re thirsty and it’s room temperature at best, right? Patience is a virtue, but there’s nothing wrong with accelerating the process. Fill a bowl with ice water and add a teaspoon of salt, then submerge a can of soda in the bowl. This process will cool your drink more than twice as fast as just putting it in the freezer.

The sun is hot, and the summer is long. You need the comfort of a cool beverage to help you get through it. Keep cool, wear sunscreen, and have fun!

Success Story Don C. from Crooksville, Ohio, suffered injuries to his wrist and low back while working as a semi truck driver for a national pizza chain. At age 44, he underwent a carpal tunnel release and a series of nerve blocks for his back. Having quit school in the 10th grade, and without a GED, Don’s employment options were limited to begin with, and further reduced when he sustained his injuries at work. His back continued to worsen, and he was diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome. Eventually, he needed a cane to assist with walking. After failing to improve in spite of extensive medical treatment, Don became depressed when his injuries prevented him from providing for his young family. In his claim, we were able to have depression recognized as a result of his injuries, which allowed Don to begin receiving treatment to improve his quality of life. Ultimately, when it became clear he could no longer return to work in any capacity, we were successful in obtaining Social Security benefits for Don, as well as permanent total disability under his workers’ compensation claim.

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