The Weekly Surge

May 17, 2016

During May on the Ethnic Calendar, the Austin team recognizes Asian & Pacific Islander Month, Cinco de Mayo, and Jewish-American Heritage Month. In the next couple weeks they'll hold their monthly celebration of employee birthdays and service anniversaries with cake served and certificates awarded. Rumor has it a field trip is in the works for June.

Nothing new to report in Elgin, other than all the Cub & White Sox fans who are getting so excited that they're already envisioning an All-Chicago World Series this year. Simmer down people! It's only May and there are still about 125 games left to play in the season.

Six Interesting Facts About May:

1. The month May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.
2. In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May.
3. May's birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.
4. May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says "Marry in May and you'll rue the day".
5. The United Kingdom celebrates May as the National Smile Month.
6. On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.
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Guess The Mystery Employee - Last Chance!

We had a few guesses on the mystery guess this past week, all of which were wrong. We feel the need to clarify which guy we are referring to. He's the gentleman sitting next to Karee. Does anyone have a guess who the gentlemen on the far right side to the front of the photo is? Let us know. Last week to email your guesses here. Good luck again!
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Each week we ask an expert something that may or may not be in their field. This week's Expert is PCB Designer (and cake artist) Chris Hoxie.

Why is a martini best shaken, not stirred?

Well, the realistic response would be that shaking causes a chemical reaction between the ice and the Vodka/Gin. The liquor crashing against the ice in the shaking process causes the molecules in the liquor to open up and accept the cold molecules of the ice, which causes the liquor to cool faster. Also using crushed ice causes a better response than using ice cubes. More surface area in the crushed ice.

Pouring the cold mixture from the shaker through a strainer removes the ice and leaves a cool, crisp beverage, without it being watered down. Additionally, you would want to use a chilled glass instead of one that has been sitting on the shelf.

Stirring the mixture is a slower process of chilling your drink. It also causes the ice to melt, which leads to a watered-down drink.

I respond with both alcohols because there are the truest martini drinkers who drink Gin, and then there are the modern martini drinkers who prefer Vodka.

Getting back to the question, again it depends upon the type of martini also. For those who prefer a dry or very dry martini, they do not shake or stir, but simply pour and partake. Vermouth may or may not touch the glass, or simply wave over the top of it. Then there is the dirty martini, adding a portion of the olive juice to the liquor, then drop in the olive. Maybe you prefer a twist of lemon or lime, adding a slight sour to your martini.

This leads to the flavored Vodkas, which range from fruity to savory. Many of these combined with other liquid create a barrage of tasty concoctions that also prefer the shaken and strained method for the very same reasons. Who wants a watered down drink?

One other possibility is Whiskey cubes or stones. These are manufactured "cubes" that are kept in the freezer until used. They remain cold in your drink without melting. I have several sets, so I constantly have a cold set for my drinks. This leads to the new chatter in the martini scene of the Whiskey Martini. Yup, use Whiskey of Rye to make a martini instead of Vodka/Gin.

Now where were we? Looks like I got way off track. So whether you shake or stir, your beverage is still chilled, most likely not lasting long enough to get warm anyway.

Thank you for answering this week's question Chris! And thanks to Trisha Murphy for submitting this question as well.

If you have a question that you'd like to Ask An Expert please email us at A different expert will be up next week, but be prepared… it might be YOU!
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Employee Spotlight For This Week

Here's what she tells us about herself:

My Role: Processing ALL HCS RMA requests from all the agents all over the US via e-mail.

Job Likes: Helping customer's beyond their expectations.

Outside Work: Bike riding, hiking, traveling, spending time with family & friends, and training my rescue dog Matilda.

Length of Employment: 5 years

Favorite Food(s): Mediterranean

Vanilla or Chocolate: I like both in a swirl on a cone.

If you could be a superhero, what superpowers would you want to have: Invisible woman - be anywhere in a flash!

Describe Yourself In Three Words: Thoughtful, Unconditional, Hard-working.

Thank you for all that you do supporting the Hubbell Lighting Components Business Team!

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