My All-American neighbor who is very political about keeping jobs in the US drives around in a 2016 Accord Coupe. However, he does point out that the Accord is assembled in Ohio. There is that global market thing where parts are sourced from different countries with final assembly being in America. That is better than nothing. It is nice having car plants still operating in the United States. I pass one on the way to a friend’s house who lives in Ohio. It is only about an hour from my house. The Honda brand is Japanese, but they are put together here. This is how my friend can support American manufacturing while still driving an import that he says provides him a high value for his car-buying dollars.
I like the Honda Pilot SUV. I have not ever been a car person. I have always been into vehicles that have at least some off-road capability. At the bare minimum, I like a vehicle that can get you through the winter snows here. They are not as bad as they are a bit farther north. Continue reading Honda Accords Are Put Together in the United States
My daughter is one of those people who loves to collect a certain kind of thing when she becomes interested in it. Once she was interested in horses and wanted to collect different horse action figures and pictures of horses. She then became interested in yo-yos and collected different yo-yos from around the world. Lately she has been into gemstones, and the gemstone she wanted most recently was a kunzite gemstone. I had never heard of kunzite gemstones before, but I knew my daughter wouldn’t stop asking for them if I didn’t help her get one, so I started looking.
Looking at the usual stores didn’t help me find the gemstone I wanted, so I turned to some online stores. Continue reading I’ve Fallen in Love with a Gemstone
I was looking for a really nice wig to finish off my costume last Halloween. I had decided to go as a fairy, but I could not find the perfect wig since my own hair was too hopeless to ever be convincing in that role. I decided to just go online and find the right one, so I did a search for blue and pink wig. This is the only kind of wig that would work out for me, and I am really glad of that because it led me to a website that has since been bookmarked as one of my favorite sites to shop at. Continue reading I Needed a Fairy Wig
I think bleached nipples became a thing for me about three months ago when I noticed something odd in the bathroom mirror. I had just got out of the shower and noticed some dark spots on my nipples. They weren’t big, but they were a bit scary. I thought maybe they were clumps of dirt or something, but they didn’t wipe off even when I applied some amount of pressure. Obviously I started thinking about things like tumors or cancer, but I didn’t really think that was the case. They didn’t hurt and they didn’t bleed. They were just there.
It was only later, after looking online, that I discovered these spots are a natural thing that happens to many of us as we get older. Continue reading How to Get Rid of Those Spots
For our senior class event this year we wanted to go big with our musical production. We went all out making our sets as professional as possible. I did the graphics for the large backdrops we used at the back of the stage. Some people call them band flags. They are just gigantic banners that can cover a stage area. New lightweight materials and printing methods make it so you can have all kinds of different stuff printed on them. The work the company that makes them does is quite amazing. You can get a really big backdrop for just a few hundred dollars. I think something like that would cost a small fortune back before modern printing methods to make them were available.
We got three that were 20×25 feet to use for three acts in the musical production we were putting on. The lightweight materials made the backdrops easy to hang and control with ropes used by the stage crew. We could roll them up and down as needed for the sets. Continue reading Getting Professional Backdrops for Our Senior Class Production
My daughter thought I was being cheap by putting pans down to catch the rain under our metal roof, but I was only doing that because I couldn’t afford to have the roof repaired. When she learned how little we had for repairs, she changed her stance and started working and saving money so that we could get the repairs. She was already taking classes in college, and I didn’t want a job to interfere with her grades, but she was confident she could do it and make enough for us to get metal roof repairs for Brisbane.
The combined efforts of my daughter and I allowed us to gain enough money to have the repairs done. We did some research on companies that perform roof repair on metal roofing and decided on one that was well received among different customers and had reasonable prices. Sometimes it’s not easy to find a company that has both. Continue reading Leaks in the Metal Roof
I’m quite happy that I found Nocatee auto insurance online and got a policy. I recently started driving again after a three year break from the car due to a back injury that made it impossible for me to get behind the wheel. I remember the good old days where you had a local insurance agent and they handled all of your insurance needs. A couple of decades ago I literally had the same agent and the same company for decades. Few people felt the need to change companies. That has all changed these days.
The problem I had was my old agent retired. Continue reading Cut Through the Confusion of Getting Auto Insurance
I was so happy when I moved to Long Beach. It put me a lot closer to my family, and I also had the job of my dreams. I knew that I wanted to find a Long Beach dentist before I started that job though, because I had a front tooth that had been chipped for several months. I just never could find the time to get to a dentist and have it fixed, and it was not really a big deal to me at the time since I worked from home.
I was about to have nearly two dozen new coworkers though, and I did not want my first impression to involve a chipped tooth. I had nearly a week to get settled into my new apartment before I had to start working, so I went online and looked at the different dentists in the area. There were so many, and I had no idea which one to pick. I called my sister and asked her who she and her family use, and she told me to go see Dr. Campbell. Continue reading I Will Keep Regular Appointments Now
As winter comes to a close and temperatures begin to rise, it is necessary to begin getting ready for spring and the arrival of summer. The warmer weather will inevitably lead to turning on the air conditioner to keep your business or store cool for employees and customers throughout the warm months. Most businesses do not have to worry about running into major problems with their air conditioning on a yearly basis, but should make sure it works as expected to avoid issues. Finding an HVAC facilities management company is not difficult, but it is important to find a reputable company with experience servicing commercial clients. Continue reading Servicing Your HVAC System Before Summer
I know that our new car is packed with computerization and sensors. I have seen under the hood of new cars and have not missed how the newest models make it about impossible for a backyard mechanic to be able to fix anything. You have to be a contortionist just to replace a headlight bulb cartridge on my wife’s car. Still, I was looking for the best OBD2 scanner I could find as we had two cars out of warranty that occasionally had problems. I wanted to see what was happening before making a run to the garage for an estimate to get it fixed.
The best OBD2 scanner I could find was a handheld model that had a nice display. You could see all kinds of data that was running behind the scenes in our cars. It is amazing how many processes of the running engine and drivetrain are continually monitored. Plus, fault codes do not always result in a check engine light coming on. You can see logs and all kinds of information to improve the performance and fuel mileage of your car. Continue reading On-Board Diagnostics on Your New Car Can Be Read with a Handheld OBD2 Scanner
We started accepting scrap aluminum delivered by semis after we got our new scale. Aluminum scrap is lightweight, and a lot of it can fit in a regular trailer that connects to a tractor trailer combo. I was wondering why my boss had me look for 70 ft truck scales for sale. It was so we could accept scrap from a company that uses regular trailers to haul it in. A company that sells scrap to us loads the long enclosed trailers using forklifts. A block of wood is placed in the front of the trailer, and a cable is run to the back. Then the trailer is loaded. When we get it, we hook a winch to the cable and use it to pull the block out, and the aluminum all comes out with it.
By summer we are adding a lift that will tilt the truck and the trailer backwards to get everything to slide into a big receiving hopper. We can then process many more tons of aluminum scrap. Continue reading Adding a New Truck Scale to Our Scrap Yard
We are almost ready to open up the club, but the boss never seems to be happy with what has been done. Obviously he is putting a lot of money in the place, but the big thing seems to be that he wants to impress people. For example I hired a place that does web design in Gwinnett county to build us a web page. I thought that it looked really good the first time they showed it to us, but he has made them change things a half dozen times already. It is really getting to be pretty tedious, but obviously the money is his and he gets to do with it whatever he wants. It is sort of comical however, but I realize that there is a different point to it than to make money. The boss is in his late thirties and he is divorced for the second time. Continue reading The Club is Not Close to Ready
I knew that I was in trouble on the day that a police officer knocked on my door because I had not shown up my work for the fifth straight day due to the alcohol binge I was on.. Not long after, I booked myself into a Miami rehab center to try to get help. That day had been coming for a long time, but I had been putting it off for many years. It was time to get clean, and there was no way that I was going to be able to do it all by myself. I had tried to do so on my own, and I failed to do it on my own. Denial was my enemy, and I had been allowing denial to dwell inside of me for far too long.
I wish parents would tell their kids that they shouldn’t drink not only because it is illegal if under age, but because you could soon become a drunk. Continue reading I Needed Expert Support to Get Me out of the Trouble I Was in
My husband and I both work from home so we jumped at the chance to look at apartments in St Petersburg FL after Dad visited and said he’d feel better if we moved down to St. Pete to be closer to him. His health is starting to slip and it’s difficult for him to do the daily living things like shop for food. After Mom passed away a year ago, it got a lot harder. Dad has money so he offered to pay for a what he called a nice apartment in the city that is near his home.
When he said nice I didn’t know he meant luxury! We thought it would be some dour looking place like the apartment buildings around here in Ohio. Little did we know that St. Petersburg is known as the Sunshine City and they mean it! We went down and stayed over at Dad’s place and then drove over to the apartment building to take a look. These were what I would call high end apartments. They’re huge inside and the windows let in a lot of light. They’re also very modern. The place has a pool and is located close to the waterfront.
My husband and I kept pinching ourselves looking around the place. A parking garage? Located close to a shopping center? Yes to both and they have two rooftop lounges! We just stood inside a unit looking up at the nine foot ceilings and thought we had died and gone to heaven. Dad started talking about looking around and we both answered with a resounding NO! This is perfect. We just can’t believe we’re living in such a nice place in Florida. Our friends seemed pretty jealous when they saw the pictures and warned us about hurricanes. Know what? We don’t care!
Of course I have lived on my own or with roommates since I got out of the dorms at college. That was always a real adventure for me as I had no real experience. I had been living in these apartments for Antioch with a couple of other guys, but my name was not on the lease there. In fact I have no real idea who was the responsible party there. I moved in when my buddy from Comp Sci asked me if I was looking for a new place. In fact he knew that I was having issues with the guy that I was sharing a place with. Continue reading I Am Ready to Get My Own Place
I spend a lot of time in my home. When I moved, I took plenty of time making sure that I found the best apartment for me. I had never considered a house because I move too often. My job takes me to different parts of the country every few years, so I just wanted to look at luxury apartments for rent in Revere MA where I would be comfortable and happy for a couple of years. I have lived in some really average apartments and some that were even worse than that, so I always take the time to pick an apartment I know I will like anytime I move now. Continue reading A Nice Apartment in Revere