The purchase of my first home was an event that I had been looking forward to for some time. Both of my parents had raised me with the belief that a home is the very symbol of success in the United States. To some degree they were very much correct – many of us will find a home once we have settled down, graduated school and are preparing to start a family or begin our careers. So when my home was broken into within the first week of owning it, I called ADT Home Security despite the extreme disquiet that I felt regarding it.
I have never lived anywhere that had been broken into. Continue reading I’m Ready for the Burglar
I like a lot of things down here in Austin, but it is weird in a lot of this state. This is a great place if you are a working musician like me. I have been down here for a couple of months and I am working really steady playing in all sorts of different bands. I got a job down here as a side man to a friend of mine who has become a bit of regional star. He got me a place to stay and I had to figure out the rest. If you go to http://www.texasenergycompanies.net/ you can see that down here you get to pick which one of a number of power companies you want to pick. It confused me a bit when they tried to explain this to me. Continue reading It is Pretty Different Here in Texas
I was not too happy when I found out that I would not be able to have the same cable company that I have had for the last several years. I didn’t even move that far away from my former residence, but I was still not in the boundaries that Time Warner has for its customers. I did want them, but that was not possible so I had to find another provider so I would still be able to get the programming that my family and I wanted. I looked online, which is how I found www.cable-tv.com/time-warner-cable/.
This site really answered a lot of the questions that I had about which service to go with. Continue reading We Are Happy with Our New Service
Of course it was pretty bleak for me for a little while, but things have turned in my favor it seems. I found a pretty good job working for the electric company in killeen TX. In fact I still have some unemployment benefits left and the company is going to pay for us to move. In truth I could probably live here and work there, because this is the sort of job where you go some place different every morning. I will have a company truck and each morning I will drive it to where the work is, probably have some big piece of gear on a trailer behind it most of the time. Obviously it would be better to be living in Killeen, but much of the time I will be going to some place that is not going to be much closer to any place there than I am now. Other days it would stink.
However this works out all the same, although it is pretty much one of those things. The word for it is serendipity I think, meaning that there are just some things that fall in to place. In this case we found a person who wanted to swap places with us and in fact was willing to give us a good deal on it. It is not that hard to figure out. I have known the guy for a very long time and if you climbed up on my house you could see the place he works. He would be going from a half hour drive in the morning and in the evening, to literally being able to walk back and forth from lunch in about six or seven minutes. If you cut a hole in the fence you do the trip in half as long.
I own a convenience store in town, and I got to become good friends with my competition. He and his wife own a store at the other end of town. He had his brother come over from India to assume operation of the store while him and his wife and kids move back home. They said they will visit as often as they can, but they wanted to go home. I can understand that. We are keeping in touch so my wife and I looked for an online way to buy toys for kids in India. We wanted to be able to get their kids presents since we have spent a few birthdays and holidays together.
The website we found has toys for kids in India. We have been purchasing from there for about a year. Well, we got to know my friend’s brother and his wife and children quite well too. They were suffering from the typical American culture shock, so we went and ordered some toys for their children at this site where you can buy toys for kids in India. We gave them the gifts when we went over for dinner one evening. Continue reading Building Relationships and Making Cultural Connections
Too many times, people think that they alone cannot do anything that will help the environment. This thinking is problematic because it quite literally only takes one person making so small changes to make a big difference.
Of course, one person will not save the world on their own, but making a few adjustments to day-to-day life can still make quite an impression when it comes to the enviroment.
We all know that we should be replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescent ones to save energy and shutting off the water when brushing our teeth, but there are a host of other things that we can also look into. For example, another way to save water is by installing low-flow shower heads. Continue reading Anyone Can Help the Environment
Lately, I have been a little concerned with all of the pollutants we put in the air. Honestly, I can’t pin point where this concern came from but I did some research and found a wonderful site for Ohio that explains restrictions on certain things. It had a lot more information that I expected to find on such a small state. Well, small in comparison to some of the bigger states with much bigger cities.
Ohio actually has quite a few regulations on air pollution and I was shocked to see some of the other things they monitor. They monitor the emissions from smoke stacks and I had no idea that was such a well watched area. Obviously, smoke stacks created a lot of pollutants and of course it is necessary to get rid of them but they have to follow some strict rules on how to do so. If you are caught in violation of the rules more than six times, there are some pretty serious consequences. I am happy to see such rules and regulations being enforced.
With all of the businesses and companies we have, it is impossible to expect a company to not put out some times of air pollution. If they did not, then the employees who work for these companies would become very ill, very fast. The Ohio government site has a lot of information that people can read up on. They have all of the laws and ordinances posted for everyone to see. If you think there is someone in violation of one of those laws or ordinances, then they even have a place you can call or email to report them. It is important for people to have a place to turn to in order to provide the cleanest environment possible. If we all work together, we can accomplish great things.