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Friday, Feb. 18, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Earl Tupper likely never imagined the frustrating matching game that occurs in American homes after meals. When he created his plastic storage containers with airtight seals 75 years ago, he must have thought that he revolutionized leftover food storage in an incredible way. And he did, if you can find the lids to those containers.

Somewhere between the time when we purchase Tupperware and when I need to use them, either the lid or the container plays an incredible game of hide and seek. Where do they go? And without their partner? I don’t understand how this happens. The lids seem to be the main culprit, at least in our home. We have dozens of containers and, theoretically, we should have dozens of matching lids. Not so. But we can’t throw them away quite yet, because in some Houdini-inspired way, they sometimes reappear. I don’t get it.

Why do I care so much about Tupperware? Well, I don’t like to cook, and I really appreciate it when Jolene, our kids or others cook, and I am happy to clean up afterwards. Part of that clean-up in our home involves storing the leftovers, and I dread opening the cupboard from hell where the Tupperware is stored. I especially abhor the 2-ounce container, which Jolene says is essential for taking salad dressing to work, that tumbles out each time I open the door.

Every so often, we partake in a Tupperware purge, usually inspired by our youngest daughter, Abby. And thank goodness. My obsessive-compulsive behaviors are then in check, at least for a week or two.

I once bought a knock-off brand of storage containers with the lids attached. Ingenious, I thought. Jolene hated them, as she said they did not stack well. They not-so-mysteriously disappeared.

I know I am not alone with this Tupperware match-up frustration, as a simple online search for how to store Tupperware lids and containers shows a month’s worth of reading on how to improve this process. I have tried many of the suggestions. Putting the lids sideways in one of the larger containers seemed like a good plan, but I feel like a toddler trying to put the round peg in the square hole after I fail at matching attempt No. 6. Meanwhile, the lids still disappear, and I am fully convinced that they are in the attic with my single socks, all laughing at me.

Earl Tupper died in 1983, but I have faith that he is still with us in an Obi-Wan Kenobi type of way. The Tupperware website says the company is driven by the desire to help save time, money, space, food and energy for people around the world. Now if they could just somehow assist me in finding the lids. Help me, Earl Tupper, you are my only hope.

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Mavericks: 'En Español' World Tour”
At: Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
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THE OLYMPICS... Russian figure skater falls to shocking 4th in women's final after Winter Olympics doping saga ... READ MORE FROM NBC

FROM KCCI: New video shows Des Moines police pushing man to ground

DES MOINES, Iowa — A never-before-seen video shows Des Moines police officers shoving a man to the ground during the 2020 protests. Now, a Des Moines racial justice group wants an explanation from the police.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Quiet Des Moines winter is one for the record books

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FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Police: 42 dogs rescued from 'overcrowded' and 'unsanitary' Iowa mobile home

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CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Appliance Store
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An unexpected turn: 
The Meckleys call the “Sage House” home.

By Becky Kolosik

Brad and Gail Meckley were both born in the Des Moines area and moved away after getting married in 1987. They lived in three larger cities but longed to move back to be close to family and raise their kids. They settled in Indianola and have called it home for more than 22 years.

Prior to the “Sage House,” the Meckleys lived in another home for eight years. The sweet, little house was perfect for their family, and they had no intention of moving. 

However, one day, out of the blue, Brad and Gail were notified they would have to move in six weeks.

Our landlords decided to sell some of their properties, and our house made the list,” recalls Gail. “We were devastated.”


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