• Almost Ready for the Grand Opening

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    The boss is really on pins and needles as the big day. He is determined that we open the place with a splash, or to do as much as he can to be sure that plenty of people show up. Obviously we are under a lot of pressure, because there is nothing better than word of mouth and you need to impress the first people who show up at the place. If they walk away happy and tell their friends you are off to a roaring start. At the moment we need door gifts in Singapore and we are thinking about giving away something really nice. The boss was hoping that he could convince someone else to donate the big prize for the publicity. Of course when you need something that is really valuable, then it is hard to convince some guy to just give it to you. However I managed to talk this sales representative into selling us a huge big screen TV at cost. Obviously he wants us to be really specific about where we got it and how nice it is.

    I think that everything is going to be fine, but there is a lot of small stuff that the boss is sweating. He is mostly worried about all of the people we have had to train for the job. You obviously are not really paying them all that much money and you are expecting a lot of them, which is hard when all of them are new to the place. If you take a job at an established place then you are the only one who needs to be broken in, all of the other people tell you when you mess something up and all of them know when you are not doing it the right way.

  • How to Get Rid of Birds

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    Recently, there have been more and more birds that have taken to spending a large portion of their day in my yard. I wouldn't mind so much if the birds did no poop everywhere, which is very disgusting and it is causing an inconvenience for my entire family. So I have decided to take action and look up bird control in NJ to see what can be done to deal with this bird problem. I do not necessarily want to get rid of all of the birds in my yard completely, and at the same time, I also do not want to have to kill the birds.

    I just want to make sure that there is no longer such a large amount of them in my yard. One of the other reasons why I do not like having so many birds around, other than the aforementioned issue with poop, is the fact that they are rather loud in the morning. I like to sleep in some times, but it is hard to do so when the sun comes up and it is accompanied by a chorus of thousands of birds. It is rather annoying to listen to and something that I could definitely do without in my life. I am pretty excited and hopeful that I will be able to find a company that can take care of the bird problem.

    I do not know what sort of non-lethal solutions are offered. It would be cool if they had some sort of device that emits sound waves at a specific frequency such that it really annoys the birds and makes them leave, but does not have any negative impact on other animal life, or the human owners of the house where the sound device is being used. I don't know if that exists or not though.

  • Looking at Buying a House

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    I have been looking at whether or not I am going to be able to buy this little house. It used to belong to the grandfather of one of my friends. There are a few small things wrong with the house, but I am thinking that it is going to need a new roof. I am not really sure and no one is exactly sure when it was last replace. I have been calling to get quotes on the cost of roof replacement in Brooklyn NY. That is one of the really major factors in whether or not it is going to be a good deal for me or not. You have to figure out what it is going to cost you over the long haul, because there is going to be a lot more to it than just the initial cost of the home. You mostly have to think about the mechanicals of the home. That means the HVAC mostly, the heating and the cooling systems of the home. I was really looking closely at the heat pump. The house has a gas heating system, it seems to work beautifully and I am thinking that it is going to be fine. However the heat pump looks to be really old and I am thinking that it might not work all that well over the long haul. Since I do not need it for heat, the obvious question is what it would cost to replace it as an air conditioner. It seems like that is probably going to be around twenty five hundred dollars, since this is a rather small home and you do not have to have a huge system to cool a place this size. Other than that there is nothing wrong with the house that can not be fixed rather easily.

  • Pruning the Trees for Beauty and Health

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    I purchased my home nearly three years ago, and it looks so different because of changes I made. I painted the house a different color, and I also planted a huge garden in the back. I think the biggest change though is having the trees around the house pruned. I know some people may think that a change of color would be more noticeable, but the house was hidden by the massive trees around it. That is the reason I wanted to hire a company that does tree pruning in Asheville NC before I even moved in.

    I did not feel safe having the trees so out of control, but I also did not want them removed. I could see a vision even before they were pruned, and I knew that the trees played a huge part in the appeal of the property. I looked at several companies that offer various kinds of tree services, but none of them impressed me as much as Family Tree Services. Their website had a listing of the different services that they perform, and pruning was just one of them. Knowing that I wanted to have the trees maintained on the property had me selecting them because they would be able to handle anything and everything to do with the trees here.

    Another reason I really liked this company is because of the way they described their approach to pruning a tree. I like that they take an artistic approach, but they also consider the health of the tree too. They understand every aspect of a tree, no matter the kind it is, so I knew that they would only take off as much as they needed, and what was left would be beautiful. When they were done, you could see a good bit of the house, but it did not lose a single bit of the appeal at all.

  • Hornets Were Trying to Take over the Neighborhood

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    We walk passed an old house every day. It has been up for sale for over a year now. The real estate company that is maintaining it for the owners who moved abroad does the bare minimum when it comes to lawn care and other needs. A big oak tree ended up being the perfect spot for a huge hornet's nest. People were being attacked as they walked by at times. We decided to call pest control in Brooklyn to have it removed. I figured we would pay for it and bill the real estate company. Even if they did not pay, we would at least be safe on our walks.

    In Brooklyn you might think of being mugged depending where you wander and when. You don't think of being attacked by hornets in the area. However, wildlife takes up residence where it can. That big old oak tree was the perfect spot for them. We would have ignored them if they were not acting so territorial. I think part of the problem was the nest was on a lower branch. I have seen other nests high in trees we never even knew were there until winter comes and the leaves fall off the trees.

    These ones buzzed you as you walked passed the tree. You could get stung depending on what color you were wearing and apparently how you smelled. They would try to intimidate me, but never stung me. Our little boy was not so fortunate. Even our dog got bit. Those big yellow bugs really hurt when they sting too. I was scared for the exterminator who was going to go after them. This nest was as big as a 50 gallon trash bag if you filled it up. Pest companies must have very brave people working for them.

  • A Toy Block Won’t Clog a Toilet but a Couple Hundred of Them Will

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    Some things you save as a parent to remind your kids of later. Those embarrassing little things they did as toddlers are wonderful when they get a bit out of hand as teenagers. Just threatening to release the information to their friends can get them to comply. If I was to keep a book of such things, then last weeks episode of needing expert drain cleaning in Bergen County NJ would be a prime example. Flushing a couple of those toy blocks that connect together to make larger objects will not clog a toilet. They just squeeze on through the sewer line without incident. However, flushing a bunch of them over time coupled with a damaged pipe section where they can gather will stop up the main sewer line solid.

    I was in the laundry room at the lowest part of the house. I heard the toilet flush upstairs as I was rinsing out an article of clothing in the washtub that has two large deep sink bowls side by side. I had the drain plug in on the right with water in the sink, and watched as water started coming up out of the drain on the left. It had bits of toilet paper mixed in with it, and it smelled awful. What was flushed down the commode was now backing up into the drain pipes. Every drop of water going down was now filling up the pipes rather than it draining away.

    I called the plumber right away. Snaking the drain ended up getting a couple of the blocks stuck on the end of the coiled rotating tool. When the plumber pulled the coil back out of the drain, I identified the blocks right away. I knew which kid was the culprit too. A camera inspection revealed a pipe that had a ridge at a joint that was a catch point for debris. The blocks, being hard, just got stuck there. The plumber was able to fix the problem, and I had a talk with the offending child. Looking through his toys reveled he must have flushed a couple hundred of those blocks over a few hours time. I'm still trying to figure out why he did it.

  • A Partner in My Life

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    Weddings are moments that should be treasured, an experience in your life that should never be forgotten. That's why when I was married in Nashville we hired the best wedding photographer in Nashville that money can buy. To be honest, I had not once thought to myself that I would ever see myself as a married individual. Growing up in an environment with parents who treated their own marriage as something toxic, a weapon that they could use against one another in order to gain leverage over the other taught me from a young age that marriage was a broken human system.

    I hated the idea of for years. Even as a child I was firm against the idea of marriage, even dating for a period, due to my parents inability to come together as two reasonable adults and simply divorce each other. They did divorce, when I was seventeen, after years of battling one another. To me, it seemed as if their one singular goal in life was to make each other as miserable as possible - they didn't even pretend to stay together for my sake. No, it's like they lived off the hate for each other.

    I'm lucky that I met my wife. I'm lucky that she was able to show me what love was meant to be and what it could become. A marriage did not have to be a bitter, hate fueled thing. It didn't have to inevitably end as so many seem to do in our modern culture. It took her some convincing but she believes in me enough, and loves me enough, to care deeply enough to help work with me within the context of a relationship and a marriage. Because of her, I have learned what it means to have a relationship and a partner of life.

  • Choosing Spee Dee Dry Filling Machines Was a Good Decision

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    SpeeDee Greenville (Greenville,NC)We got all of our dry packaging equipment from spee dee. We needed rapid fill systems that use augers for our dry product. Over the last few years I have become an expert in understanding the dry filling technology used on production lines for packaging dry products from cereals to grains. We make a rice dish for sale in stores that is the dry ingredients of the rice dish we sell cooked in my restaurant as well.

    Just like how other restaurants have a favorite item among customers, we have one too. One national chain of restaurant has a salad dressing they sell at the restaurants for use at home. They expanded into packaged croutons that have their signature flavor. The croutons they sell are packaged on dry filling machines. We sell a bagged version of our signature rice dish for customers to make and eat at home. It is all dry ingredients in a mylar bag. I have hired employees to mix up the dry ingredients and package it right here in a building where our restaurant is located.

    That single product has made it possible for us to grow our profits to expand our restaurant and even add more products to our cook at home line. It is easy to mix up the raw ingredients into something that can be packaged. You just need really big bowls on carts and a big dry mixer to do that. However, packaging by weight without any clogs or problems requires quality dry filling machines.

    That is why we got ours from Spee Dee. The whole premise is that they really are speedy when it comes to packaging your products. They work fast without clogging, under-packaging or over-packaging product. The machines are also easy to use. No complicated training sessions are needed to get new employees up to speed on how the machines function. They are so easy that even I can do it!

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