DiBartolomeo Law Offices June 2017

4 Drink Hacks to Keep Your Beverage Cool

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. 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. It was very early, and I was early too, sitting in the parking garage at the Moda Center in Portland. As I caught up with faraway family on the phone, I watched the Portland morning commute unfold. It was not just the sheer volume of cars that stood out, but the bicyclists. There were dozens of them, which explained the bike versus car conflicts I had heard about. What astounded me most was how blatantly so many of the bicyclists disregarded the traffic signals. In all fairness, my reaction is probably a function of being a motorist and not a bicyclist. And you can only wonder how many of us drive above the speed limit, at least some of the time. The law treats bikes and cars as equals on the road, subjecting bikes and their riders to the same laws as

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. 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!

What About Bikes?

any other vehicle. DUI statutes apply to people on bikes, and bikes must have working lights, just like cars. Have you ever wondered about those bicyclists in the lane of traffic in urban areas? That is perfectly legal, by the way, so long as there is no road shoulder for the bicyclist.

Bicycle organizations estimate that in Oregon alone, bicycle commuting has increased between 40–60 percent in the past 12 years. As more people take to bicycle commuting, motorists and bicycle riders will have to learn to share the road.

The Di Bartolomeo Law Office, P.C. 1139 Exchange Street | Astoria, Oregon | 503-325-8600 | www.joedibartolomeo.com

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