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Good Monday morning to you!
 

Small, medium or large? Those options sound simple enough, but my how have they changed in the last few decades.

I went into a convenience store the other day to buy a small fountain drink. I searched for the small cups. And searched. And searched. The “small” was 30 ounces — the equivalent of 2.5 12-ounce cans of soda. The medium was 40 ounces, and the large was 50 ounces. Each of those options was far more soda than I wanted.

So I walked over to the cooler and looked for a can of soda. And looked. And looked. This store only sold 20-ounce plastic bottles of soda. I was working up a thirst just trying to find a small soda option.

Then along comes Starbucks and throws another wrench in the serving cup dilemma. Now I have to remember that a small coffee is a Short, a medium is a Tall, and a large is a Grande. My, lord, this is confusing, and I am not even into the Venti or Trenta sizes.

What changed? Why is a small no longer small, and why is a large a behemoth? Has our consumer behavior really dictated this?

A 2012 story in Mother Jones explained the trend at the time, noting that when McDonald’s struck a partnership with Coca-Cola in 1955, the only beverage size available was a 7-ounce cup. By 1994, McDonald’s was offering fountain drinks size six times larger. The article goes on to state that franchises like 7-Eleven and Kum & Go all offered drinks upwards of 85 ounces — about three times the capacity of a normal human stomach!

After further research I learned that, yes, our consumer behavior is dictating this. But don’t fret, there is a one-word, post-COVID solution for all this: share.

Have a medium Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Temperatures remain very warm throughout the 7-day in the Des Moines metro area. A few storms may pop in southern and eastern Iowa late today and Tuesday. A better storm chance comes Thursday night into early Friday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at
parkin.mortgage

 
Things To Do
Stroll the Zoo
 

Visit the Blank Park Zoo and learn about the animals there, including the Golden-headed tamarins. They are active throughout the day. They spend their time eating, playing, grooming and traveling. They live in small groups of 4-5 and usually stay in close contact, including nesting together at night. READ MORE!

 
Featured Home For Sale
 

6704 S.W. 15th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
$155,000

One story home with finished attic located near the amenities of Army Post Road and Morris Elementary School. 2 bedrooms and a full bath on main floor with large bedroom in finished attic. Basement has 3/4 bath, dry bar and a large rec room. Hardwood floors or carpet throughout. Outside features a 2 car detached garage, large yard with a garden shed and many fruit plants and trees. Take a look at the photos and call your favorite real estate professional today. [...]

 
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Traffic
 

Bell Avenue from SW 9th Street to SW 12th Street, Des Moines, will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021, through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021. This street closure is necessary for sewer repairs as part of the Bell Avenue Reconstruction project.

Temporary Lane Closures Along 92nd Street: The City of West Des Moines will have crews patching portions of 92nd Street south of University Avenue from Sunday, June 6 to Tuesday, June 8. Construction will be completed in the evening from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. Temporary lane closures will be in place for the southbound lane of 92nd Street during these times. Please use caution when traveling in the area.

 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Fair CEO encourages Iowans to get vaccinated before Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa — KCCI spoke with Iowa State Fair CEO Gary Slater who hopes Iowans will get vaccinated before attending the fair in August. "I would encourage everyone coming to the Iowa State Fair to get your vaccinations so that you are free and clear and no worries," Slater said. "Everyone that does that helps out all events."  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Plan and Zoning Commission rejects design for Fareway meat market in Beaverdale

DES MOINES, Iowa — Fareway will have to go back to the drawing board after the design for its proposed meat market in Beaverdale was rejected by Des Moines’ Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-4 against the design for the scaled-down Fareway store located at 2716 Beaver Avenue and 2723 41st Place. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: City officials hope Riverview Park will revitalize surrounding neighborhoods

DES MOINES, Iowa — What was once an amusement park decades ago now is home to an inclusive playground, a walking trail and an amphitheater. Riverview Park's grand opening is Friday, but Des Moines residents have been visiting the park for a few months now, bringing families and hosting picnics. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
The Score
 
Principal Charity Classic: Stephen Ames won the Principal Charity Classic on Sunday for his second PGA Tour Champions title.
 
NBA Playoffs, yesterday's games: Clippers beat the Mavericks, 126-111
 
Iowa Cubs:  I-Cubs Lose Fourth Straight and Drop Five of Six to Omaha. READ MORE...
 
MLB: Twins 2 Royals 1, White Sox 3 Tigers 0, Reds 8 Cardinals 7, Cubs 4 Giants 3  READ MORE...
 
 
 
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021
 

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best TV Station for News
1. KCCI Channel 8
2. WHO TV Channel 13
3. WOI Channel 5

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Personalities
 

Bladesmith shapes metal into art

By Jackie Wilson

When you think of a knife, what image comes to mind? A tool to prepare food? A sharp object to cut fishing lines? A piece of artwork?

Cameron Sadeghpour says his knives are not only art but also a functional, all-around tool and a collector’s item — something to be used for generations.

The local bladesmith creates his custom knives — including the blade, handle and sheath — to sell as art at Lost Planet Forge at Mainframe Studios in Des Moines.

[...]

 
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Snapshots

When you mention Iowa painter Grant Wood, you immediately think of his 1930 painting American Gothic. But before he was well known, Wood was commissioned to create a stained-glass window as a memorial to American military veterans. This majestic stained-glass window is 24 feet high and 20 feet wide and is made up of more than 9,000 glass pieces. It may be viewed at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. — Paul Houston

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

 
 
Digital Editions
 
Adel Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in Adel, De Soto and Minburn. The June issue cover story, "Rural Roots," is about residents who made the transition from farm to town life. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the June issue here!
 
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Prince, Liam Neeson, Iggy Azalea, Michael Cera, Bear Gryllis, Karl Urban, Dean Martin, Allen Iverson.

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

 
 
Poll of the Week

How many different vehicles have you owned in your life?

None
1-5
6-10
11-15
16 or more

 

Which is not really a sport?

Auto racing - 21%

Bowling - 2%

Billiards - 21%

Fishing - 45%

Golf - 11%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE
What do you do with a dead chemist’s corpse?
YOU BARIUM! Chuck Golliher reminded me this is an old joke, and I reminded him all my jokes are old!
 
TODAY'S RIDDLE:
What did the sign in Kermit's garage say?
 
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.
 

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