For people who are paying attention to the trends in marketing and business, it is not surprise that social media has become an excellent and thriving conduit for online marketing and new customer exposure. Your brand get reap wider exposure for some, and for others the advantage could be exposure to a more precise base of customers. Because social media is all digital and run on computers, there is greater operational plasticity that allows more creative and effective ways of getting your message out to the people that you want hearing it. But because of this operational flexibility, it could be a little challenging to know where to start for many businesses. Even the expression “operational plasticity” sounds technical and confusing. Just imagine trying to program digital media in order to get your message out there. The good news is that you do not have to. There are people out there whose job it is to take care of all of the programming. So you can keep doing whatever it is that your business does to make profit, and someone else will take care of all of the computer stuff. The burden that is on you, however, is developing a social media strategy. A computer technician that is going through all of the techy stuff cannot do this. Figure out what exactly you are selling (even if in a figurative sense), to whom you are selling it, and how you want to reach them. Facebook is one excellent way to get your message out there. The beauty of Facebook is two-fold. First of all, everyone is on it. In its origins, Facebook was intended for only students of one particular college campus. Now, it is a global system. Because everyone has Facebook, no matter who you want to reach, you are able to. The other advantage of developing a Facebook presence is that it does not feel like conventional advertising. At this point, I should qualify this by saying that this important point is not restricted to Facebook but lots of other programs and social media platforms that offer the same features. Facebook (and others such programs) allow businesses to do things that establish exposure without donning the trappings of conventional advertising. This is to say that they could post pictures of a staff retreat. A business could post an office playlist. They could send out tweets on a variety of fun topics. This establishes a kind of “following” and it does not feel like aggressive, evangelical marketing. In this way, you create a brand for yourself without coming on too strong. And this point about establishing a brand transitions to another point. Web design offers great opportunities for creating brands, but businesses should be wary and realistic when trying to apply this to social media. For lots of social media companies, they are attempting to establish their own brand. That means that you can only tamper with the web design on these pages so much. This underscores the point that social media should be coupled with your own website, as well.
I recently through a going away party for myself and my girlfriend. We are leaving the country for the next couple of years in order to follow our dreams and travel the world. The party was a good time. It might have been a little too much of a good time. We woke up the next day to find that the apartment was a little worse for the wear. We had to call in carpet cleaners to deal, not only with our floor surfaces, but also with the furniture. Luckily we were able to find a cleaning company that could deal with both the carpet and the furniture. Curtice Chemdry provides carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, carpet repair, and pet urine removal. We were lucky to be able to find anyone, considering that our party was on a friday night, and it wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that we were able to understand the consequences of the party. While we did serve a few mixed drinks. The motif of the night was wine. And it was red wine that stained not only the antique furniture but also the bone colored carpet. Wine stains aren’t one of those things that you can just scrub out. So, when we found the numerous stains from the party, we didn’t know what to do. The biggest issue though, wasn’t the fact that the light colored fibers of our apartment were stained with cabernet. The biggest issue was that we were moving out on Monday and needed to pass a test, which determined the extent to which we would get our security deposit back. Obviously, my girlfriend and I were nervous. We desperately needed our security deposit, as our budget for the next couple of years was actually quite small. Luckily we found the best carpet cleaning company in the world, Curtice Chemdry and they were able to come over on Sunday and take care of the mess. I was actually blow away that those stains came out of the carpet so easily. The red wine stains were at least 36 hours old by the time that the guys showed up. I was especially surprised with the care that they took with the furniture. Their ability to clean upholstery was very impressive. When it was all said and done, the carpet cleaners over at Curtice Chemdry had the place looking like new on Sunday evening. My girlfriend and I were able to get a good night’s sleep and the meeting with our land lord went great. There wasn’t a single pet urine stain that needed to be cleaned up and he was very impressed by that. After the walk through, my girlfriend and I got our entire security deposit back. I couldn’t have been happier. Now, there is nothing from stopping us from hitting every single continent over the next couple of years. I am particularly glad that we don’t have a mortgage or rent. Anything like that would act like a magnet and pull us back to the states long before we were ready to come back.
Burns are a serious thing. They say that there isn’t a worse way to go. There is nothing more painful than a severe burn. The skin is actually the largest organ in the body. Without the skin, our insides would fall out. I had a terrible accident a couple of years ago and was rushed to Phoenix Urgent Care. Luckily for me, there was a doctor there that understood burn treatment. I later came to find out that I certainly wouldn’t have made it if there were any other doctor there. I was treated by the one qualified person in all of Arizona to treat massive burn damage. I was in film school at the time. I had messed around with acting for some time and there was a logical progression to get into stunts. I had heard that you could make mighty inroads into the industry as a stunt man and turn those inroads into acting gigs. I was also fascinated by fire. I was what you might call a pyromaniac. I had taken several classes on how to safely do fire stunts. I had spent a lot of time on how to do pyrotechnics in general. I had put on the fire suit several times under the watchful eye of James Hunt who is a Hollywood veteran with over a hundred films to his credit. But, I guess I didn’t know enough to stay out of Phoenix Urgent Care. I was contacted by another film student about stunt coordinating for his thesis film. He had heard that I work as a stunt man before. Like all student films, he had a lot more ambition than he had money. There wasn’t a chance that he would be able to afford a real stunt coordinator. Being young and full of hubris, I accepted his offer. I thought that I could pull off the complex stunts that he wanted to do for the small amount of money that he was offering. Most of the stunts were easy. But there was one that required fire. It was a care crash in which the driver of the care would run out of the burning vehicle on fire. We decided to do the big stunt last on the fifth day of a five day shoot, just in case anything happened. The stunt was multi faceted and would have cost a real stunt coordinator thousands of dollars if they had done it properly. I proposed to use gasoline to douse the car and then use the expensive accelerant to put the stunt man on fire. Knowing how dangerous it was, I decided to do the stunt myself. I was wearing a fire proof suit that should have allowed me to burn for about 15 seconds before the heat became to intense. I miscalculated how much gas to use on the car. I used too much and some got onto the suit. I started to burn too soon. By the time the stunt was over I had burns all over me. Luckily the doctor at Phoenix Urgent Care took care of me.
It takes a lot of work to be a mom to two kids, I’ll tell you what. I just feel like I’m always driving them here and there, and I’m always trying to convince them to do something that is good for them or that will benefit them in some way. They really don’t seem to ever want to do the things that they should do, instead they seem to choose to want to do the things that they really should not be doing. And, of course, braces is not one of those things that they want to do. But, its my job to ensure that they get them, and hopefully that they don’t hate them. I really have to work to convince them that what is good for them can be enjoyable, because it will end up being good for them in the end. But that is not an easy task when it comes to the topic of braces. No kid really wants to get braces, but most of them will need them when they are still in school, and of course when their social tensions are already really high and difficult to understand. I know that they don’t want kids at school to think that they look stupid because they have braces on their teeth. I know that they don’t want to look different from other people they are in classes with, because thats how kids are at this age. But I also know that I want them to have straight and white teeth, and I don’t want them to have to worry about having a crooked toothed smile when they are adults. By then it will be too late to really consider getting braces, because its something that you do when you are a kid. So, my job right now is to get my kids to enjoy having braces, and to get them excited for it. One piece of this plan is using the different colors that you can choose from for the bands that go between the teeth. They sell them in all kinds of colors and combinations, and so you really can use it to make a point or a statement, or to express a bit of your personality. I know that my son will use it to show the colors of his favorite sports teams, and I think that is a great idea and something that I need to remind them of so that they have something to enjoy. There are also different colors that you can choose for the retainer part of the braces, from solids and brights to tie died colors, you can really choose anything. So the colors is a big piece of my plan to get them excited, but so it my explanations that in the future they will be happy and they will thank me. I know that they do not want crooked teeth when they are older, so I keep reminding them that their post braces smile is going to be worth it in the future, I promise.
361 Walker Drive
Warrenton, VA 20186
Web development has been known to be one of the most successful ways to boost your business. Having a comprehensive website design that makes sense and is well focused can give you the attention your companies looking for. The success of any company relies heavily on the clients. And this is who you were trying to impress with your website design. Having the right design to your website is crucial for any business today. Many people try to put together what I would consider to be an overnight website. It may be a bunch of pictures little bits of information and phone numbers. When seeing these types of websites many people don’t even know if the business is still in existence or has been shut down. When filtering through websites people will make their decisions in seconds as to the relativity of the website. These kinds of websites can leave a bad impression on people and do just the opposite of what you may be looking for. Real website design takes a combination of things to make it right. People want to feel informed and secure about the decision to use you as a business. Isn’t the kind of information that you are presenting to your potential clients important. You are showing who you are and are able to do so by utilizing the tools of the website. Web development services allow you to have your website created by professionals. They do a great deal of research and have a great deal of knowledge about what business types need what kinds of websites. Since the beginning of websites there are statistics showing what kinds of designs do better and get the most hits. This is key in developing websites. There’s a lot of competition on the web anymore and you also need someone who is going to be creative in their thinking about how to present yourself. There are many types of important factors that go into a good web development. One of these is the design itself. Something that is catchy creative and interesting to people to look at. The other side of this is information. The type of information you display can be crucial to what people are looking for. Depending on the type of business you are in will depend on how much information you need to put on to your website. Information can really drive how responsive the web is to your information. Having responsive web development is what everyone is looking for in a design. By being able to get the right kind of clients is also key. Having the right combination of factors come together into your website is what truly makes it Strengthened. Once you have the right kind of web development created it’s all about advertising yourself. If that website is done correctly it will be easily done. Making sure that you also have the right ad agency behind your website is a crucial part of its development. You can have people flowing to your website with your name coming up on the web searches with easier opportunities when it’s put together correctly. If your website is out of date and needs work getting a hold of a website development company with the right resources will help you improve your website as well as your customer base at the same time.
In life there are things that you should be careful not to neglect until it is too late, and in particular I’d like to focus on the issue of home security. It’s something that people might not think about on a day to day basis because, perhaps because they have never experienced a home invasion. This is certainly something that you shouldn’t put on the back burner, as you will highly regret that you didn’t do more to secure your home if you are ever the victim of a burglary. You will not only lose material possession and money, you will also lose your sense of safety and security. There are few things that feel worse than knowing that someone took advantage of your lack of awareness of how vulnerable your home is to a break in. It’s very important that you understand the ways in which you can make your home less of a target to criminals. One common mistake that people make that leaves their home susceptible to a break in is leaving a spare key on the outside of the house. This just makes the job all too easy for a criminal, as they are well aware that this is a common practice. One simple way to get around this common mistake is to install a locked key-locker outside that is opened with a combination of numbers that only you know. That way you can have access to a spare key on the outside of your house and no one else will have access to it.
There are many more security system apparatuses that you can have installed that will further increase the safety of your home. One of the most popular mechanisms is something to detect when a door is opened or a window is broken. When your security system is armed and someone opens your door, your system will detect this, send an alert to the local authorities, as well as emit a loud alarm. The alarm will deter the criminal activity to continue in a number of ways. First off, the criminal will be afraid that your neighbors will hear the alarm and thus there will be witnesses to their crime. Secondly, they know that it is likely that you system will summon police to the scene. Finally, the loud noise of an alarm can deter a criminal from continuing with a break in simply because the noise is deafening and obnoxious.
The last thing I would like to recommend for anyone who wants to increase their home security is to have a security camera installed on both the inside and outside. The outside camera will deter criminals from even attempting to break in, while the inside camera will capture video of the ones that decide to enter your residence anyway. Perhaps a burglar might not see the first camera, so they might try anyway. If your alarm doesn’t deter them, the camera certainly will, as they will not want there to be video evidence that can link them to their crimes.
7808 Cherry Creek South Drive
The winter had been underway for a while, but I had not had a chance to properly enjoy it. A friend of mine had invited our group of friends to go up and visit his family’s cabin. His parent’s had divorced a few years back and due to the drama no one had been up there in quite some time. We packed our bags, making sure we would have everything we would need. We were informed that the cabin did indeed have electricity and they even had four wheelers in the garage. It was going to be a great weekend.
Driving the van up the mountain road was terrifying. We had two vehicles with us and the other crew in the jeep were able to make it up the steep icy driveway. Us in the van on the other hand, well we decided to park at the base of the driveway after a few stressful attempts. We all grabbed a few things and made our way up the snow latent driveway. We were almost at the top of the hill when we heard Luca, the one who’s parents owned the cabin,expressing frantic distress. We hustled around to the back of the cabin where we heard him and before we could ask what was wrong, we saw for ourselves. The roof had caved in. “How could this have happened?”, he was upset. I think more about having to be the lucky one to break the news to his parents.
I could hear his mom from where I was standing. “WHAT? I told your father to have the roofers come out and do maintenance on the place! I cannot believe he fought me on keeping that property and didn’t even take care of it..” embarrassed Luca walked away to where we could not hear the conversation anymore. There had been an insurmountable amount of the snow the last few winters, and the roof was not even that steep. I was not surprised it had caved in, especially if no one had taken the time to do any roof repair work.
So much for our fun weekend. Not only was the roof forfeit but so was the inside of the cabin and anything they had in it. Somehow the roof over the garage was not completely caved in so there was a chance the four wheelers would still run. No one ever really stops to think just how important the roofing is until it is too late. And in the dead of winter… there was no hope of getting any professional roofers out there to fix it. His dad had to come and salvage what he could. There was a chance the whole cabin would just have to be replaced, which was going to be way more expensive than if they had just had maintenance done on the roof. After this event I have been sure to remind others just how important it is to have at least an annual inspection of your roof, and to take advantage of the warm dry seasons of late spring, summer, and fall to have any work done!
Roof Corp Inc
6890 South Tucson Way
Centennial, CO 80112
The concept of GPS asset tracking is relatively new, as many U.S. firms in logistics and transportation still deliver goods without the accountability it offers. Some of the top advantages of this system include:
Tracking Of Vehicles – numerous companies supply company vehicles that are meant for strict business use only. If employees were to use it otherwise, this would cut down on the efficiency of operations given that it will affect fuel costs as well as the time sensitive nature of deliveries.
Driver Safety – the department of highway and safety warns automotive drivers to slow down and drive at a greater distance behind trucks and larger vehicles. This is due to the fact that these modes of transport are built to brake at slower speeds than a sedan or SUV for instance. As a result, numerous trucking accidents occur on highways each day. To get a better update on driver’s safety, companies have used the technology to pinpoint drivers who have lapsed in communication. Not only are accidents a valid concern, but robberies and other crimes are targeted to unarmed drivers.
Fuel Efficiency – GPS tracking for oil and gas can be installed to account for how many miles are used for each gallon of oil spent. This gives the accounting department precise numbers of overhead cost well ahead of time, so that plans can be made for the future.
Eco-conservation – drivers who are aware of monitoring are less likely to drive along unauthorized routes, and therefore output lower carbon emissions and fuel efficiencies while driving.
Think of all the industries that this technology could benefit:
Grocery Store Chains – onlookers may be familiar with trucks unloading behind grocery stores. How can managers of the merchandise be sure their purchase orders have been fulfilled on schedule? One sure way to do so is with the fleet management systems discussed in this article.
Farmers – who sign contracts with food industry firms may also find these systems to be incredibly useful. Other add-on features of fleet management include temperature control to ensure that perishable foods like fruits and vegetables arrive freshly and safely.
Mail Delivery Services – if you frequently ship with companies like USPS, FedEx or UPS, then such tracking not only provides better accountability for the company, it also offers peace of mind for customers who want to ensure that the delivery is right on schedule.
Telecommunications – such as internet and cable companies utilize technologies to update customers on estimated arrival times, for pinpointing driver locations, and for managing fuel efficiency in vehicles.
While the technology is relatively new, many corporate brands have already implemented it into operations. Companies, especially small to medium sized ones, may find such systems by shopping around online for features, accuracy and rates.
Many of these companies will furthermore offer a trial period for new customers to determine its usefulness. In addition, added technology such as apps provide drivers and companies with mobile convenience without any bulky equipment needed. What’s more is that these technologies can be implemented discreetly to track unauthorized behavior in companies. More details on the technology can be sourced on telematics news sites.
Lunchtime was coming up and I was feeling pretty good about the progress that I had made today. This week was all about me doing everything I could to ensure that we had a smooth transition to the new vice president of sales because I was about to retire. It was bitter-sweet, I of course, was going to miss all of the people that I had worked with and grown to care about a great deal but on the other hand, I’ve worked really hard for a long time and deserved to step away and focus my attention on other things in my life. My husband and I had grandchildren now and we wanted to spend as much time with them as we possibly could, he retired last year and was slowly finding his way in the new chapter of his life. He discovered Netflix last year and seemed to be filling a lot of his days with watching season after season of some show called Breaking Bad, this was of course, after he re-watched all six seasons of the Sopranos first. It had gotten to the point that I had to make it a rule that the kitchen had to be clean before he started to watch any of his favorite TV shows and then when I got home, he had to turn them off so he could cook me some dinner or go out with me to get some. He was a funny man, I’d never seen him have this much time on his hands and I’d seen him work so hard for so long that when he finally retired, I thought that he wouldn’t know what to do with himself, but he seems to have adjusted quite nicely.
He was a traditionalist in almost every sense of the meaning and I was trying to come up with a way to break it to him that I really wanted to get a cosmetic surgery procedure performed soon after I retired. I didn’t want to get anything too drastic done, like a facelift, but there was something less invasive that I had in mind. I was treating the proposition like an important powerpoint presentation that I had to give to a potential client in order to get them to sign with us. I had a stack of before and after photos of people who had a procedure called blepharoplasty performed and I think that it was going to be the key to get him on board. I mean, I was going to do it anyway but if there’s anything that I learned in my years of business it was this; you can force just about anything but a little finesse can go a long way. It would be a lot simpler for me to tell him I was doing it and that his opinion didn’t matter, but then that wouldn’t make him too happy, I’d rather get what I wanted without making him feel like I didn’t care about what he thought.
3773 Cherry Creek North Drive, Suite 140
Denver, Colorado 80209
I always loved it when my cousins came to town during the summer, we always had so much fun when they were here. We liked taking trips to the mountains for the many fun activities there were to do but over the years, going to the alpine slides was our favorite. During the summers, all the snow in the mountains would melt away so you could ride the chairlifts to the top of the mountain, then you could ride down a trail on a mountain bike or a slide in an alpine sled. The sleds were made out of plastic, with a lever between your legs when you sat down that served as the accelerator and the brake, the slides were made out of fiberglass tubes that traversed down the mountain. Every summer that our cousins came to visit us, we made it a point to go up to one of the resorts so we could go down the alpine slides. The slides were relatively safe but if you weren’t cautious when going around corners, it was possible to flip your sled and then end up with some nasty fiberglass burns on your skin from all the friction produced from the downward momentum. I had to go to an urgent care in Peoria after such an incident when I was young and was going down the slide on my grandpa’s lap. We went into a corner going too fast, the sled flipped and I scooted down the fiberglass slide a few yards on my side and ended up with a burn going all the way up my arm. It must have taken off several layers of skin because it was all white and was extremely sensitive to the mountain air. We had to get back onto the sled and finish going down the hill even though I didn’t want to and was feeling a lot of pain. It hurt really bad but it wasn’t life-threatening or anything so we didn’t exactly need to go to the emergency room.
Grandpa and I went to the bathroom to try and get me cleaned up while everyone else was finishing going down the slide. I put my arm under the sink and slathered some liquid soap over the wound, grandpa helped me rub it in as we washed it thoroughly and then dried it off with some paper towels. When everyone finished coming down the slide, we all piled into the van so we could get me to the urgent care in Peoria to get my fiberglass burn treated. My grandpa and mom had a spirited debate about whether that was really necessary or not but my mom was worried about infection so we were going to go to the doctor regardless of what my grandpa thought. It would be late in the evening when we finally got back into town so we had to go to the urgent care in Peoria instead of the family doctor because it was outside our doctor’s normal office hours.
It seems over the past few years more and more big malls are going out of business and more and more strip malls are taking their place. This makes sense in a number of ways I guess. Strip malls tend to be cheaper and easier and more accessible to people passing by. Many people don’t want to or like to deal with the crowds that are often associated with normal malls so strip malls provide a similar shopping experience without a lot of the problems. Strip malls can also be a lot cheaper to build than typical malls. This is of course partially because they are only a fraction of the size but strip malls can also be built with strategies in mind that can keep costs quite low. One of the ways that many strip mall owners make building cheaper is by using steel as a building material. Steel has the ability to cut down costs because of a handful of features. First of all, steel is generally cheaper than other building materials. The biggest saving factor however is that steel buildings are quite a bit cheaper and easier to construct that other kinds of buildings. To start off with, buyers can either pick between a number of predesigned building designs or if they don’t find any that fit their exact needs, they can always design their own, altering the number of doors, windows, the size, height and even the color of the building. Once everything is designed, the supplier has a team of engineers break the structure down into pieces that can be easily and quickly assembled later. Each of the parts are pre-punched, pre-drilled, and pre-welded in the factory, which makes the assembly process even quicker and easier. Then once the building pieces are shipped out to the building location a team of contractors can come assemble the building. Because of all of the work that was done in the factory beforehand, the construction process goes quickly and easily. This means that the owner doesn’t have to pay for expensive builders who might take months and months to finish the building. This is all particularly beneficial because the quick construction means shops can move in quickly and start paying rent which in turn, makes you money.
Steel buildings are also a popular choice for strip malls because once they are built they require little to no effort. Even if you own a number of strip malls and don’t live in the area, you don’t really have to worry too much. Steel doesn’t face the common problems of other building materials such as wood rot, sagging, mold, insects or other pests. Once it is erected there isn’t much at all that could damage it. At most the building just needs to be hosed down twice a year and have the gutters cleaned.
Even if you are attaching a strip mall onto an existing building steel could still be a viable option. Many people worry that they have to use the same building material as the building that is already there but many steel building retailers now offer options for different external panels, which can give the building the look of brick, stucco or stone. There are also options to change the color of the building so it can easily blend in.
I didn’t know what the problem was with these concrete guys but they had us behind schedule. The General Steel building crews and I came in last week and these concrete guys were just getting around to pouring the slabs the buildings were going on today. Well, I was ready to bring the crane out here and get these things built today but I couldn’t do that with wet cement. If it were up to me, I’d do the work myself because it was oblivious to the work that other trades on the job had to perform could be held up as well. A certain amount of collaboration and foresight is required to avoid working your way into a stalemate with another division. Things happened in this business that were out of everyone’s control, that was a given, but that was precisely why it was so important for everyone to be on top of their game. We couldn’t afford to be sitting around waiting on other people’s mistakes or because of their lack of urgency and that’s what was going on with these concrete guys. I left them alone until today when I was pleasantly surprised. I showed up on site today with a smile on my face because the General Steel project was progressing smoothly. The guy saw me and replied with something he thought was clever and I just stared back at him with the same smile on my face and then he just smiled back at me looking equally as happy with the way construction was moving along. I figured I’d be able to start my work on the building soon, so I walked away and got my usual cup of coffee that I always drink while working on buildings. I had some other work I could do in the meantime too but the crane was here and ready to go, it was too expensive to haul ours here so we rented one and were getting charged a daily rate. That means any little holdup was costing me money and I wasn’t fond of losing money for any reason, especially during the summertime.
I went into the terminal and got my crew going on setting the main supporting beams. It was a small terminal, only about 120 feet long so we spaced out steel columns every 15 feet. I couldn’t get beyond what a great job that concrete guy did, it was like he was truly a professional and could handle any job thrown his way. I felt like asking him if they were using a new kind of quick-setting concrete that I wasn’t aware of, and when he replied that he didn’t understand, I’d respond that it better be because I was scheduled to erect two General Steel buildings on what should be, two solid concrete slabs today. I always went over these scenarios in my head after the fact, I was also a lot tougher in my own reenactments so I preferred them over my real life memories.
You may not like paying your car insurance bill every month but rest assured if you get into an accident and your ride is damaged you will be happy that you have it. The same can be said about making payments to your HOA management company, many people look at the bill and think “ugh, why do I have to keep paying this fee every month when nothing is wrong with my house?” The answer is that there is a high likely hood nothing is wrong with your house BECAUSE you pay the fee every month. Sidewalks and driveways are regularly sealed using the money put in by residents of the association. Because of this you don’t have ugly cracked concrete and blacktop with weeds growing through them. Your neighbors might not have the best taste in Christmas decorations or maybe they want to put all of their kids toys in the front lawn, well if they are your neighbors in an associated neighborhood they won’t be able to. One of the staples of any association is keeping the landscaping pristine and to enforce aesthetic restrictions. By dong this some might say they take away the uniqueness and spirit of a true neighborhood while others like the fact that their surroundings will always be uniform and clean. To each their own on this one but it seems that many people who end up paying dues to an association are more than happy with what they get in return.
The association that my wife and I belong to is ACCU, Inc and they are amazing. They are very reliable and keep lines of communication open to members and residents so you are always in the loop. I have heard stories about my friends and the associations they are in and sometimes it seems like they are frustrated with their community association management. My frieend Teresa was telling me that her building was scheduled to have the water heater cleaned and serviced and that the water was to be shut off from 12-5 that day. She had planned to have a jewelry party that day complete with snacks. It turned out to be a disaster because not only could she provide snacks, there was no water for guests to go to the bathroom or wash their hands. She said her association had never notified her of that and she was caught completely off guard. Whenever I hear her tell that story I am even more thankful for ACCU, Inc.
I also happen to really like my property manager which helps out a lot. She is a sweet lady who is very approachable and easy to talk to. It doesn’t matter how small of an issue it is, you can call her any time of day or night and she is alway quick to try and make things right. Since I don’t live near my family she has become like second mother to me. She even brought me cookies last year during the holidays!
2140 S. Holly
Denver, CO 80222
One of the great things about choosing to us a steel building structure over a masonry and wood structure is that many of the pieces are prefabricated. The fact they have already been engineered means that instead of having to hire out a contractor and deliberate through all of the engineering and architectural conquests of the building, you can simply lay out your plans and being, knowing that the supports are strong enough to withstand just about any kind of stresses that you want to put them under. Nevertheless, when I am thinking about steel buildings my first thoughts are usually around the time that I spent in Asia working with an international development organization in Cambodia. I was station in Phnom Penh and focused on the back end development in sanitation, literally. My job was to help figure out how to create a sustainable business model using human effluent as compost to create a business that can effectively and efficiently empty latrines, while using the waste as a reusable byproduct. The difficulties in coming up with some people to run the tests can’t be understated and I have to say that I was ultimately unable to come up with a way for people to do this in a sustainable manner. It just proved to be too costly and not profitable enough considering the rural nature of the area in which we were working. Nevertheless, I did get the opportunity to learn quite a bit about metal buildings while I was out there. The reason for this had little to do with my job and everything to do with the fact that many of the buildings in which I worked and were developed over the course of the past ten years were steel buildings. These steel buildings were constructed with a raised platform floor that allowed for a small crawl space underneath. This allowed for any kind of floods from rains or other debris to pass below the building. During the spring, the floods there are immense and could sweep away entire towns if the rains and floods are significant. As a result, many people have learned that the best way to combat the floods is by building their steel structures on supports that allow for the waters to pass underneath the building without causing much harm or any harm for that matter. I think that this innovation is a fantastic start to looking at how we can transfer some of the knowhow we have developed here in the United States and apply it to developing countries. This is particularly the case when working with steel structures because their prefabricated nature means that we can apply some of the lessons that we have learned in putting them up to the building of the structures with steel made there on the other side of the world. There is a lot of opportunity to spread this kind of knowledge around to benefit people of all nationalities and this is something that I am very excited about.
I do not have much experience in the industrial world, but I work closely with a number of companies that desperately rely on these types of companies. I would be remiss to say just how much these companies rely on one or the other, but in doing a brief amount of research on what pipe bending is, I have come to the conclusion that there is quite a bit of business that these two companies can do for one and the other. When you think about all of the different pipes and things that are needed for an energy company to be efficient, it is quite up there. For that reason, I have to imagine that a company this is responsible for pipe bending fabrication has to be quite an important partner. There are a number of different industries like that. One that comes to mind is a book publisher that is working with a company that makes all of the different books that actually have the writing that are printed on them. Without those organizations, there book publishers would be unable to have the level of success. I know this from knowing about all of the different kinds of publishers from magazines to newspapers and books. These various companies are only as successful and profitable as the all of their different levels of companies that they partner with to make their products. I would have to say the same for just about any organization or company that is reliant on other group to make their products or services. Just as a cake company must rely on all of their different ingredients to be successful, an energy company is very dependent on the level and the quality of resources that they are able to utilize in the making of their different energy products. Beneath all of the energy that is produced and pumped into our homes, I have to say that there are probably hundreds or thousands of different industrial construction companies that are responsible for all of the various small pieces that go into the process of producing the energy. I have to say that I would be very curious just how much overlap there is between all of these different companies. There are companies that provide a bolt torquing service that are able to strengthen and tighten all of the construction that was done on all of the different parts of a building. For this reason, I have to say that I am a big fan of all of the large companies that stand behind all of the processes that make our lives easier. Without these companies we would still be living in the stone ages and it is a very fortunate thing for us to be able to rely on all of the various companies out there. I do not know how many of them there are, but again I think that without them, we would be living in a much different world than we are currently living in now.
How many Hollywood films have you seen that use a locksmith to pick locks to gain access to some building or another? It seems fairly ubiquitous in espionage action thrillers. Every time there is a heist, an escape, or an international art theft in a film, there is always some lock-and-key expert ready to bypass every security system known to man. What I’m really trying to say is pretty clear: great locksmiths are incredibly useful.
I don’t mean to imply that a locksmith is only useful when you are participating in an espionage action thriller. Whenever you have a building you’d like secure, the skillset of an experienced and reputable locksmith can help immensely. Although no one can defend against the heist team from Ocean’s Eleven, you can take the all the available precautions when you enlist the services of an excellent locksmith. As a homeowner, as a businessowner, it is in your best interest to ensure your locks are secure and functional.
Locksmithing is a skill that takes years to develop. You cannot expect to hire any locksmith and get the same level of service. The variety of locks available, from keypads to deadbolts, take different skills to master. A trained locksmith knows the academic side of their career never ceases; new locks are being developed daily to compensate for the next generation of intruders. Without a vigilant approach to education, a locksmith can quickly fall behind the curve in their field and be left wondering how to catch up. It is important that whatever locksmith you choose to hire, it be one who is experienced and up-to-date on the latest lock and key technology. Your security deserves the best.
Great locksmiths are not hard to find, but you have to know the questions to ask. Finding out what the latest developments in residential and commercial locksmith technology are can be one way to keep locksmiths aware that you are looking for someone skilled. When you start calling around to enlist the services of a skilled locksmith, know that the best locksmith will not be the cheapest. They could even be the most expensive one, but finding guarantees on service and product quality makes it worth it. Would you leave your security in the hands of someone inexperienced? There are home invaders who used to be career locksmiths before they started burglarizing homes. If your locksmith is not at least as skilled as those burglars, you are in for heaps of trouble.
Hiring a locksmith to take care of your emergency locksmith needs should happen before you encounter an emergency, don’t you think? Shopping around for a great locksmith who will be there when it counts can save you time and money, and give you peace of mind. When the emergency happens, if you have not got a locksmith in your holster, you’ll be scrambling for the first locksmith who can get the job done. You put yourself at a disadvantage by being unprepared and unaware of the cost of doing business until it is too late. It could be less expensive to have keys copied than to hire a locksmith for emergency service. You would never know unless you called one, right?
For the last twenty-five years I have been married to the most wonderful woman in the whole world, or at least the best woman in Denver. We met in our twenties when we where both living in Europe. Since then we have spent every moment together, traveling and exploring, learning new things about ourselves and each other. Even now, as we are getting to a point where walking around a city all day sounds like more back pain than it is worth, we still take the time to push each other to do, see and experience something new and crazy whenever we can. She has been my best friend and the craziest and most fun person I have ever met, and I have been lucky enough to spend every day with her for over twenty-five long and beautiful years. To celebrate something as important and grandiose as surviving twenty-five years together without killing the other or ending in some sort of horrible, bitter divorce, I want to do something really special for her and for us. Since we are just about the only couple that we know who has been able to survive so long together without any giant blowout, I think the significance of this anniversary is even more important.
Since we were quite broke when we got married, both her wedding ring and her engagement ring were pretty minimal. Just a small, thin piece of silver with a diamond so small that it is best to look through one of our reading magnifiers to see it properly. So I decided that for our anniversary I would search through every jewelry store in Denver until I found a perfect new ring for her and then give it to her on some sort of trip overseas. I bought tickets to Italy and started my search for the best jeweler in town. I am still trying to figure out all of the details of the trip as well as how exactly I want to give it to her. Trying to plan an affair as great as this is taking up all of my time and energy; I want this to be absolutely perfect for her. As far as the engagement ring goes at least, Denver at least has a lot of jewelers so I know that I can find something that will be absolutely perfect. I am so excited for our anniversary; I know it will be the best and most meaningful that we have had so far. I have even found a nice little bed and breakfast for us to stay at in Italy so everything will be cute and quaint during our time there. We have two weeks to wonder around and find new things and experiences just like we used to do when we were younger. I can’t imagine my life without my wife; she has been by far the best thing that has ever happened to me. I hope this trip and the new ring show her just how much I love her. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her, until we have to start traveling around on motorized scooters because we are too old to walk around for ourselves. I think if I had ended up with anyone else in this world I would have had an infinitely more boring life. I would have never been pushed to do all of the absolutely crazy, inspiring, moving and exhilarating things I have accomplished in my life. I only hope that by taking my wife on this trip and finally giving her the beautiful ring she always deserved when we were younger, that she can only start to at least grasp how much she means to me and how much I love her. I feel bad in a way that it took me so long to finally get around to buying her a better ring, but as my wife always says, a good deed comes better late than never. Hopefully she still holds that perspective.
It has been nearly three weeks since the window to our basement was left open and heavy rains came in and damaged the basement. I have no one to blame but myself for this one as I was the one who left the window open during the daytime. I was shocked when I saw the dark clouds roll in but at that time I was already about three hours South of my house on a road trip to visit my mother. I figured the storm would miss the house so I didn’t really worry about things (besides at the times I had completely forgotten that I left that window open). When I got home the house just had a different feel and smell to it and I knew instantly what I had done. I called up RestorationEze because I had used them at a previous house for a basement flood (I know, I have a problem with keeping water out of my basement) and they were amazing. I remembered that they offered completely free estimates and so I called them to come and take a look at my basement to see where we should go from there.
The main reason I was so set on calling ResorationEze is because of the extremely high level of customer service they strive to provide to every one of their customers or even potential customers. If you call them simply to come out for their free estimate they treat you just as they would treat a paying customer. The technician who came out to survey the damage said he had seen this type of flooding before and he would be able to sort it out and fix things in no time. His name was Chris and he told us that before working for RestorationEze he was a claims adjuster for an insurance agency and that his job was to evaluate flooded homes so he had a pretty good eye for these sorts of things. He said he got involved with sewage cleanup a few years ago after his house was damaged in a flood and he received great service from RestorationEze. He was amazed at how professional and uplifting they were in such a dark time. I echoed his sentiments because now there are two separate occasions where I have to call them during a stressful time and I know they will come through and make things right.
If this water damage restoration process is anything like my other previous experience I have a decent idea of how it will all go down. Well, I should say I really hope it goes down as smoothly as my last experience.
It all starts at the given time RestorationEze says they will be out to help. They pride themselves on being very prompt and if they tell you noon on Sunday you can expect them to pull up at 11:45. The van is equipped with everything they will need to extract the main body of water and to dry out the saturated materials and hard to reach places in your house. This involves heavy equipment like pumps and fans.
Homeowners who are considering roofing replacements in Denver, Colorado, or anywhere for that matter don’t have to stick to the same old roofing materials. While time tested shingles and materials are appealing, you should know that advances in technology have produced sleeker and shinier alternatives that:
Multitask – they don’t just keep a roof over your head, they perform other essential duties like:
Longer Lasting – durability is one of the top factors that homeowners weigh when choosing a roofing material. The average lifespan of most Denver roofing is 25 years. If this can be expanded to 50 or even 100 years, who wouldn’t choose these models?
Greener – with global warming concerns heating up debate circles and threatened species being even more compromised by climate changes or a lack of food and resources as a result, many citizens aim to play their part in reducing their own carbon footprint on the planet. This can be accomplished by choosing materials that are either recycled or perform to reduce energy consumption levels.
Because of the above benefits, many homeowners will choose one of the following roofing materials:
Concrete Roofing – may seem like a cold, dry slob of cement, but you should know that these provide many benefits including that roofing repairs are minimized due to less incidences of leaks. Some consider these to be virtually maintenance free, plus their design makes the material undetectable as they’re produced in shingles – in some cases at least.
Solar Roofs – provide a huge benefit and this is basically reducing energy consumption in households. These roofs store and supply energy for use all around the home, and in many cases they eliminate a monthly power bill altogether.
Roofs That Add Insulation – some other materials that lower your energy bills include SPF roofing, which prevents heat rays from penetrating the roof and making its way inside. Another great alternative is to apply special coatings on any roofing surface in order to shine the sun’s rays away from the roof. Questions regarding these types of roofing materials can be best answered by a professional roofer.
Disaster Proof Roofing – one of the new advances in roofing are materials like all-natural composites which have been touted by engineers as a miracle product that would prevent roofs from collapsing or being ripped apart under the pressure of natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Over the years, we have seen the devastating impacts of natural disasters and how many homeowners have lost their cherished belongings and memories in the blink of an eye. There are still tests that are being conducted on these products, however homeowners can keep an eye out in the event that replacements will be needed in a few years’ time.
Be sure to ask your Denver roofer whether he or she has experience installing new materials selected. This is because the prices may be higher for the extra functionality. Warrantees are furthermore provided for many of these materials, so be sure to register or check the labels provided on your receipt.
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One of my favorite things about Google is its image search. You can simply search something and find all of these results that allow for you to take a glimpse into what the thing or place is really like. I try to do the same thing when writing a blog post. In this case, I was able to look up steel buildings and almost all of the immediate searches had to deal with farms. I actually experienced this myself too. After my sophomore year in college, a friend’s mom hired me for a few weeks to work on her organic wheat farm. It was not the best job that I’ve ever had and I ended up walking around in the fields all day. My job was to hand pick out all of the wild rye that was growing in a wheat field to help improve the quality of the seed sample. It was really the worst job that I ever had, but I really appreciate the opportunity they gave me to work and to do manual labor. It was something that I had never done before, so I am thankful that I had that opportunity to go out and do that. Nevertheless, the reason why I bring this up is talk about the main facility out of which they based their farming operations. The facility was pretty big and it was just a simple steel building. The building allowed for them to have a decent office for all of their administrative work and a large section of the warehouse allowed for them to store all of their product. It was convenient that it was small enough that they could control what came in and went out, as you would need to do with any organic facility. The facility was still perfectly situated so that they were able to store all of their farm equipment on the property, while allowing the product to have a safe and dry place to hang out before it was shipped. It was a pretty cool thing to be able to experience for a short period of time. After I was done doing the seed sampling work, I was charged with painting the roof and walls of one part of the steel building. For that, i got to hire a friend to come out and work with me. It was actually a lot of fun to be able to work with a friend and just do something simple like paint. We were able to knockoff the job in a pretty quick manner, although I guess that we did not do a good job of it because we had to go back and go over quite a few of the spots. I know that in retrospect, we could have done a much better job the first time around. I appreciate the fact that our friend’s mom was really lenient and flexible with all of the work being done. It was her office, that metal building, and we probably should have treated it with more respect.