The Vine: March 1, 2013
I'm looking for a reusable, portable, leak-proof container in which to transport fruit juice to and fro in the world. I specify the juice part because apparently that makes me an oddity amongst the coffee-/tea- and water-drinkers that travel mugs and water bottles cater to.
My primary concern is that it be easy to clean. This means the mouth and body of the container has to be wide enough that I can get a sponge and my hand down in there enough to actually do something or at least be able to use a spoon to poke the sponge around for cleaning purposes. This also means that crevices and sharp edges are to be kept to a minimum. By sharp edges I mean that I want the bottom of the inside of the container to be curved such that there isn't a perpendicular-type meeting place of plastics where gunk seems to accumulate.
My current (or former, I guess) container is this one, and while the cup has the smooth inside that makes it easier to clean, the lid. Oh, let me tell you about the lid. It has these little corners of doom, that I just cannot get to. I tried a toothbrush, I tried an unbent paperclip to see if I could loosen the whatever-the-hell that is trapped in the dark recesses of this lid. And it's not like I'm not cleaning this thing as I go along, okay? So why am I getting this creepy build-up of nastiness growing in there? (It also leaks when not kept in an upright position, so trying to replace the lid isn't really worth it.)
I can go either way on insulation — if it will keep my juice cold, great, if not, eh, my priorities go to not leaking all over my bag and being cleanable without microscopic equipment. I'd prefer for it not to have a handle, but if that's the only way to get my other criteria taken care of, I could go handled. How much I'm willing to pay for it is basically dependent upon how long it will last me despite daily use. Size-wise, 16 ounces would be preferable, but I could go up or down depending on which of the problems it solves. Basically, I want to be able to pour juice in a cup, slap a lid on, throw it in my bag and not have to worry about it until lunchtime. And then have that whole shebang be easily hand-washed in the sink once I get home.
Things I've use in the past: Tupperware cups with lids (lids get cracked after a while, occasional leaks, has that sharp-edged inside part where the side of the cup meet the bottom and the funky gunk that develops in there will not go away), jam jars (leak if not kept upright, lids rust, danger of carrying around glass), and the aforementioned Aladdin travel mug. So if that's not too insanely picky for you, suggestions would be appreciated.
Help me, Nation-wan Kenobi, you are my only hope!
There is this interesting house on the side of Interstate 280 near San Francisco that always reminds me of this book I had when I was a very young child (early '80s). The house is monolithic dome construction from the '70s, here's a Wikipedia link. It is possible that the book is also from the '70s, the book has a kind of hippie-ish feel.
Here are the details:
1. The book is in Hebrew. I don't know if it has an English version, we definitely only had it in Hebrew so I suspect it was not an English book that was translated.
2. It is probably pre-school-aged/kindergarten reading level. I remember my dad reading it to me.
3. Plot — the book was about these brightly-colored fruit people/things that lived in a house that is reminiscent of the house near 280. The fruit people gathered fruit and carried the fruit by distending their bodies into jugs and other containers. I think they made wine but don't remember clearly.
I know it is a long shot but I'm hoping someone can help me figure out what the book is so I don't have to think about it every time I drive by the house.
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