2020 Annual Zipco/MTS Golf Tournament
On September 24th, we were able to hold our annual golf tournament at Shoal Creek Golf Course this year in spite of Covid-19. The Shoal Creek staff was superb in how they handled it with the Covid-19 rules in place. It was a perfect day of weather and were overdue for a good one after the past two years of weather. Thanks to our sister company MTS for c0-hosting the event as usual.
Zipco Cleaning & Restoration is one of our Top Picks for Vendors doing Good Works in the Pandemic.
You might say Zipco Cleaning & Restoration had something of a head start on pandemic preparedness as its teams use the still in-demand N95 masks when they are on mitigation projects repairing water/flood, fire/smoke and wind/storm damage for their residential, commercial and institutional customers. The company had a supply of these face masks…… Link to Curry Real Estate Feature
Fall - Home Maintenance Checklist
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: 20 Things to Do Every Year
Feel that nip in the air? Fall has arrived! Here’s how to get your home and yard ready for winter before it’s too late.
An old plastic spatula makes a great tool for cleaning debris from gutters! It doesn’t scratch up the gutter, and you can cut it to fit gutter contours with snips. Grime wipes right off the spatula too, making cleanup a breeze. Don’t feel like putting in that much elbow grease? Consider a gutter cleaning robot!
Check Your Detectors
With furnaces turned on, the windows closed and portable heaters humming along, fall is a great time to make sure your smoke and CO detectors are working. Check batteries and expiration dates – smoke detectors are typically good for 10 years, and CO detectors last for about six years.
Bleed Hot Water Radiators
When trapped air clogs a hot water radiator, some or all of the ‘fins’ will stay cold. At the top of the radiator, look for a small valve like the one shown. Take a radiator key, 1/4-in. 12-point socket, or a flat screwdriver (depending on the valve type) and slowly turn the valve counter-clockwise until water starts dripping out. This releases the trapped air and lets hot water into the cold fins. While you’re at it….. Read More
View From The Observation Deck
Do You Believe In Miracles?
About two months ago, I had an experience I will never forget. I participated in providing life-saving CPR to a 70-year old friend who stopped breathing. Against astronomical odds, he not only survived, but incredibly he had no lasting damage to his health.
I, along with the two other friends who assisted with CPR, struggled in the aftermath of wrapping our arms around what had occurred. The three of us had trouble sleeping, had nightmares, were emotional and unfocused for a couple of weeks. Everyone who was there, including the 911 operators, firefighters and EMT’s all believe it was a miracle. These events are commonplace for them weekly. The outcomes are not always positive, in fact rarely this positive we were told. They love to celebrate the positive outcomes since there are not enough of them.
There were three distinct things that affected me for a couple of weeks, until we were reunited with our friend and the emergency personnel to celebrate the positive outcome, four weeks after the event. First, this event made me contemplate my own mortality for the first time, being only 14 years younger. One minute our friend was perfectly fine and within minutes he stopped breathing right in front of us. This also reminded me of my father’s death four years ago when I was there for his last breath, which was a circle of life moment I am grateful I got to experience as difficult as it was at the time. Finally, and easily the hardest for me, was not feeling worthy to have been used by God to put my hands on another human and help save his life. With everyone who had heard the story, calling it a miracle, knowing you were chosen to be there for it is just a little overwhelming. I am welling up as I write these words.
What have I learned from this experience? Learn CPR. One of us had just been certified and he took charge and watching him give compressions up close was enough for me to be able to do it too. Learn CPR so you can take charge. When my father passed, I had a conversation with my then 21-year old niece about serving others and putting other’s needs before your own. She is still struggling to find her way some four years later because she still hasn’t figured out her miracle yet.
Be kind to others. Be a good human. We are here to serve others. Place other’s needs before your own. You CAN create your own miracle.