Thursday, August 13, 2009

Foggy Windows - "Hold" Music

Great news for anyone who lives in San Diego, Riverside, Orange Counties and as far north as San Luis Obispo!!!

This is off the beaten path I usually drone on about but I'm really excited. My 'regular' job is expanding. I'm one of the fortunate few who gets to work for a very good friend. Said friend has a carpet/window cleaning service for which I handle the phones, do advertising, bids, etc. Now we're expanding the business to include the defogging of double paned windows!! Yup. Seaside Carpet & Window Cleaning is stepping it up a notch! And helping you help the environment to boot.

Now, most of us take windows for granted. They let light in, let us peer out at the neighbor's dog doing it's business on your lawn and when dirty can invoke a case of procrastination in the best of us. At least we know we can wash them and our crystal clear view is back in action. But what do you do when there's fog or condensation between the glass panes? It's like looking through glasses with Vaseline smeared on them. Most irritating!

What causes that anyway? As it turns out windows don't sit idly by collecting dirt. Every day they expand when the sun hits them and at night, contract as they cool down. This causes moisture to accumulate which the seal absorbs. (No windows are hermetically sealed or they would explode! Think of that mess.) When the seal reaches its threshold of moisture absorbency, the moisture has nowhere to go. At first the fog will appear and disappear. Then it takes up permanent residency, ruining your uh...outlook.. if you get my drift. If it's not taken care of promptly, the moisture will rot and corrode your window. This leaves you to deal with waiting waiting weeks for the new window to come in, put up with a contractor trapsing through your home while he tears out the window & frame (with a complimentary view of his fanny crack) and even if the window's under warranty, paying through the nose for the labor.

That's where we come in. We've just gone through extensive training and can now remove the moisture and place a special vent in your window with a 20-year warranty! (Windows are only guaranteed for 5 yrs) All this for about 1/3 of the cost of replacement windows. There's also a preventative program because, guess what? This happens to ALL windows eventually.

Now about that environmentally friendly thing. Literally hundreds of thousands of windows/frames end up in the landfills EVERY YEAR! Not good. With this service not only are windows kept out of the landfills (because we know they're not biodegradable) but they're restored to their original energy efficiency - which means lower energy bills. It's a win-win situation. We'll be up and running in about a week so call us! (760-439-3989)

Now - back to my usual rant.

I think business are forgetting certain things. Like choosing appropriate music for the poor person who's stuck on hold for an eternity. No, I'm not advocating the elevator music. (Though I think the reason they play that is to render you comatose by the time they come on the line so you won't be mad for sitting on hold). I know for a certainty they can play decent stuff because I've been in the middle of a really good song and and when my call was answered, was tempted to say, "Hey, I wasn't done listening to that!"

Today I was on hold while they bounced my call around trying to find someone who could handle my request. At first I wasn't really listening because I found the beat wasn't to my taste. Then I really started listening and imagine my shock when I heard the words, "I wanna start a fight"! Are you kidding me? Is that a warning or just a preview of what to expect? The customer service rep was very nice but that's gonna stick with me for awhile...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Restroom Technology

The other night my husband took me out for happy hour at TGIFriday's. They have good drinks for the price and there's something in their nacho chips that's addicting.

Steve and I were chatting away about daily life when inevitably the call of nature made it's voice heard. I excused myself to use the restroom. As I made the journey I had plenty of time to wonder at the builder's reasoning at placing the restroom so far away from the eating area.

Now, I'm no architect but a little horse sense dictates the prudence of having a restroom closer to the those shoveling food and drink into their bodies than those who are in the waiting area with empty stomachs. However as I finally rounded the bend and made out the familiar blue sitck figure sign, I noticed the close proximity of the restroom to the ballroom/event area. Listening to the goings on in there, I recognized the forethought of their decision. But still, they should have had volunteers on the sidelines handing out water and shouting words of encouragement to the bathroom marathon runner. After all everyone knows that more you gotta go, the harder it is to cover the distance.

You will all be delighted to know I did indeed complete the sprint and reach the goal. But as everyone knows, especially those of us who are of the sit-down gender variety, pushing open the ladies room door is not the end of the race. Leading to my next thought...

Technology has brought us toilets that flush automatically, air fresheners that dispense automatically, even paper towel dispensers that work on a mere movement of the hand. Mind you, these are all things we use after the mad rush of doing our 'business' is over and there is no longer that certain urgency. In my opinion, they should have started with the toilet seat covers.

In this world of communicable disease and of people who have little concern for what condition they leave a public restroom in, seat covers are a necessity. Of more necessity is the ease of use. If you haven't brought scissors and Scotch tape, be prepared for a battle. It seems that the body responds with more urgency when it senses that relief is within inches so a smooth, error free performance with the seat cover is imperative. I'm sure the inventor had visions of simply removing the cover from it's dispenser, poking the flap out, setting it on the seat...and voila. It never seems to work that way for me.

The paper is thin but those perforations holding the center intact must be lined with steel reinforcements. This results in a shredded pile suitable only for a hamster cage. Or the toilet is an auto-flush and while you're turning around to park your posterior, the seat cover is sucked down to the center of the earth. Meanwhile the call of nature has now become more of a desperate shriek, leaving one to make a very important decision based on precision timing. Can I try this again and still have time to drop my drawers and park it? Or will I load up my pants in the process, eliminating the need for a seat cover completely and necessitating the need for a mop? Or should I just 'hover' and chance sending my legs into spasms such that I end up waddling back to the table in a squatting position? While I'm executing split second decisions and hoping for excellent dexterity of my fingers, I have yet to notice one thing. There is no toilet paper. But that's a subject for another blog....


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