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Grow Up!

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2019 at 10:37 am

GROW UP!

I believe the overwhelming majority of us have been told to “grow up” when we

were kids, teens, young adults and even as adults. That being said, we all did and

said things in the past that I’m sure if were brought up today, we would be

ashamed or embarrassed about those things. What should matter is our words and

actions today as well as in the recent past, not something we said twenty or thirty

years ago. You can say whatever you want, but times were indeed different and

times change. Some music back then would be threatening now, such as dating 16

year olds or songs such as “Baby It’s Cold Outside” which today would basically

be considered kidnapping.

Again, what should matter is our behavior and words now. Did we as an individual

learn anything as we grew up or are we still bigoted and insensitive?

We have, as a society, decided to drudge up old photos and videos from decades

ago to ruin the reputations of people who publicly appear to lead good and

productive lives. Why? Don’t their actions and deeds in the most recent decades

reflect that they have “grown up”?

I’m not referring to people who have an ongoing history of molesting children,

women or criminal activity. That’s another story all together.

If you don’t think all this “politically correctness” has gotten out of hand, what

chance does the current generation of children and teens and young adults have.

They are our future and many may have already compromised their reputations with

what they post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, sexting, and all the other social

media. Remember, they are our future. Will they pass the scrutiny that we apply to

politicians, actors, comedians and business leaders or will they “grow up”? Even if

they do change their thinking and behavior, will we as a society accept them 20

years from now or demonize them for what they are doing and saying today?

I suggest we gather out collective thoughts and reset our boundaries. Let’s take a

look at the people we have judged to be racists or misogynists and look at their

deeds, actions and words as adults and reevaluate them. Just possibly we are

wrong in applying today’s standards to the last century’s behavior and they should

be given another chance.

Consider this verse from the Bible: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as

a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish

things.”

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Do Your Homework When Hiring a Contractor

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2019 at 10:45 am

Hiring a contractor? Do your homework, before he does your home-work!

Bids:

You should be prepared. Make a list of what you want done. Each contractor should be bidding on the same list. Always get three bids. All bids should be free. All bids should be in writing.

References:

Check out references. I had some driveway work done on my house. The contractor never followed through with my complaint six months later. He has my name on his list of references. When someone calls, I tell them “No, I’m not satisfied and do not recommend him”.

How was the workmanship? Cleanliness? Were they satisfied? If possible, see the jobs.

Contract:

As for the contract itself, the contract should include job specifications i.e.:

  • Detailed description of work to be done.
  • Materials to be used.
  • Cost of the job upon completion.
  • Payment schedule.
  • Permits needed and who is responsible for them.
  • Change order clause (any changes must be in writing).
  • Statement of insurance.
  • License number of the contractor.
  • Guaranty or warranty.
  • Method of debris removal and who will be responsible.
  • Start and completion dates.

Any contract signed at your house can be canceled within three days. Also get a release of liens at the time of paying the final payment. If you pay your contractor and he fails to pay any of or all of his “subs”, they in turn can sue you, put a lien on your house forcing you to pay twice. Get the release of liens.

 

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Holiday Safety

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2018 at 11:15 am

The holidays are supposed to be fun and we want them to be safe.

I’ve compiled a holiday safety checklist to get you started and keep you and your family safe. I know most of the list is common sense, but look it over and at least use it as a reminder.

Christmas Trees:

  • Always buy a fresh cut, healthy tree. You can check by looking and feeling. The tree must be green, the bark moist and green, and the needles should bend and not break when you bend them.
  • Run your hand down a branch. If the tree is fresh, some needles will fall off but only a few.
  • Tug on a few needles; they should be difficult to pull off from the branches.
  • Bend a few branches; if they snap off or crack, the tree is too dry and won’t last.
  • When you get the tree home, cut a few inches off the bottom of the trunk at an angle so the tree can absorb more water.
  • Set the tree in a sturdy tree stand. Make sure the base or legs are sturdy to keep the tree stable so that it will not tip over, which can pose a danger to children and small pets.
  • The stand should be able to hold a lot of water and the water should be checked and maintained. A six-foot tree requires approximately one-gallon of water every other day.
  • Do not place the tree next to, or close to fireplaces, heaters, radiators, heat registers or candles.
  • Never place the tree in front of a doorway or in the path of any exit source in case of an emergency.
  • If you use, or are planning on buying an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant. Don’t take the salesman word for it, check the label.
  • Install a smoke/fire detector as well as an ABC fire extinguisher in the room with the tree.
  • Ribbons and tinsel are a big temptation for small children, cats and dogs. It can wreak havoc in the pet’s intestines or stomach. Small children also love the shiny tinsel and bows on presents and need to be supervised or the tree needs to be barricaded with some type of gate or fencing for safety measures.

Holiday plants:

  • Poinsettias are a common household Christmas plant, but toxic to little ones and pets. The sap from the leaves may cause vomiting and skin irritation. Avoid placing it where pets and children may reach it.
  • Christmas Mistletoe is also a favorite to hang where people can kiss under it. Hanging it high up is best as the berries from this plant are highly toxic for children and pets. Remove the berries for the best safety precautions.

Lights:

  • Only use UL listed labeled lights and cords.
  • Never use electrical lights on a metal tree.
  • Before using any and all holiday lights, inspect all connections and cords. Look for cracked, brittle or frayed wiring or cords.
  • Do not coil or tie extension cords when in use. They could overheat.
  • Inspect all lights for broken or damaged sockets.
  • Make sure the bulbs work and are not loose of missing.
  • Never use indoor extension cords, outdoors.
  • Never lay cords under carpets or across walks or steps.
  • Outdoor light sets should be marked “waterproof”.
  • Never shorten or splice light sets.
  • Make sure all outside lights are plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (G.F.C.I.) outlet.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets. If you are trying to use dozens of light sets, plug them into different outlets on different circuits.
  • Turn off, or better yet, unplug all tree lights and decorations when going to bed or leaving the house.

Fireplace:

  • Have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned and inspected to remove creosote.
  • Never use a fireplace without a screen to protect against sparks and ashes.
  • Never use gasoline or barbeque starter fluid to start a fire in a fireplace.
  • Keep all combustibles including, gifts, paper, furniture and holiday stockings away the fireplace and mantle when using a fire.
  • Install a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in a room with a fireplace.
  • Burn only clean, dry firewood.

Candles:

  • Never put lit candles in windows.
  • Never put candles within reach of small children.
  • Do not leave a room with candles burning.
  • Do not use candles in children’s rooms or on Christmas trees.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

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