The Little Things

Back in New York we have this Dairy product called _Skim Milk_. It is part of a four pronged system of milk delivery. They consist of:

* Whole Milk
* 2% Milk
* 1% Milk
* Skim Milk

(There is also Half- &-Half as well as the popular cream varieties, but for the sake of this argument we shall leave them out.)

But these different categories of milk, apparently, haven’t reached this coast yet and it troubles me. Yesterday, we went to the local Coffee vending establishment and Diane asked for an iced coffee with skim, to which the uncomfortable girl behind the counter said;

“What’s Skim?”
“Skim Milk?”
“What? Low fat?”
“Yes, Low fat milk.”

But skim milk isn’t low fat milk, it’s no-fat milk, but the idea of prolonging the conversation with the recent college grad was too daunting for either of us and we quickly retreated, leaving the foolish girl to her milk mislabeling ways. It’s a frightening world out here in California.



8 responses to “The Little Things”

  1. Now wait a minute… this isn't a California thing. I immediately went to Non Fat when I read Skim. Perhaps the genius behind the cart hadn't gotten to the milk portion of her employee manual.

  2. Hi Ben, Amy told me about your journal online and I just had to browse it to fill up time at work. Very nice! have fun in Cally and say hi to Diane!

  3. Skim is nasty as hell. It's like gray water.

  4. i adore skim milk. i can't drink anything over 1/2% without a tummy ache.

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    Heather #2

    Is there really 1/2% milk??? I know about skim milk here in Portland, so it's not a left coast thing. I mean, we exist on Starbuck's, if that helps you out. You can ask for a soy latte, a skim no foam mocha, whatever. Starbuck's has it down.

  6. 1/2% is rarer to find, but keep in mind i live in michigan. the midwest. :) in fact, i'm just across a great lake from wisconsin. so, maybe our milkfat variety, as it were, is a little larger?

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    Heather #2

    I wish there were a way for you to send me 1/2% milk – I am totally intrigued!

  8. Skim takes some getting used to, but I drank it for years quite happily. Even 1/2% milk is like cream when skim's your thing.

    The wife is mildy lactose intolerant, and because I'm lactose indifferent, we now drink soy milk. An acquired taste, but pretty good.