I grew up without air conditioning in Chicago because central air came out much later in my life. As a new bride in the early 60’s, I still had no clue as to how the whole cooling system worked.
After we moved to Florida into a house without a modern cooling system, on one extremely hot and humid day, my husband and I followed our neighbors’ lead and had a cooling system installed in our suburban home. We hired a young guy who installed air conditioning units as a part time job. Being green and inexperienced in business transactions, hubby and I made a silly mistake; we didn’t ask enough questions of the installer and barely paid attention to what he did tell us. After a few days we couldn’t help but notice that the house was getting uncomfortably cold. Frustrated, we called AC Repair Pinellas Park and had them come out to fix whatever was going wrong. Boy! Did we have “egg on our face” when we were told that the only problem was that the thermostat needed to be set to a higher temperature. In our failure to learn the basics of air conditioning when it was first put in, we missed a very important step and it cost us some money that we could have avoided spending.
In the midst of the monthly meeting of my book club, we ladies got to chatting about family celebrations and the way in which each of us plans and carries out the events. Among the ten of us, it was interesting to hear how differently we all do things. Some of the gals go all out, cooking, cleaning and preparing homemade recipes and actually making their own home decorations. A couple rely on their kids to assist with all of the preparations and one said she entertains on a low key basis….drinks accompanied by chips and dip and no thought to special decor. The remaining women confessed that they often rent from businesses that specialize in party supplies. The name that came up the most was Done rite Party Rentals. I guess what I learned from these conversations was the fact that no one should be embarrassed when they turn to a professional for help in putting together a special event, such as a birthday, anniversary or any type of celebration. My problem used to be that I believed it was cheating if I didn’t do everything by myself for any festive occasion. My friends have been instrumental in assisting me to get over my phobia and now I will probably be the first to turn to a party rental option. Naturally, I will research carefully in order to choose the rental place that best suits my needs when I am in the party preparation mode. That all being said, I should now encourage my fellow book club members to get back to the topic we are gathered together to discuss….the book of the month that we were supposed to be reading. The next meeting will undoubtedly be focused on literature but, then again, who knows what our little group might find more interesting to talk about!
I work at home using my computer for business and personal activities and the more I use the internet, the more pop up ads I receive. Now companies are actually turning to the web to advertise their services and products. I find myself fascinated at how many different businesses and services are available these days. I see life insurance, accident insurance, automobile insurance, home warranty service, towing service, pressure washing and roofing companies. Then there are the buying and selling markets, CraigsList and Ebay and countless others taking over the field of marketing via the worldwide web. Coincidentally, recently I was planning a property remodel and wanted to have my cement driveway, patio and house siding thoroughly cleaned. Ordinary washing procedures failed to do the job properly and when I least expected it, the words, “Pressure Washing Company St. Pete” popped up on my Facebook page. Now I know where to look for services of every nature. If it’s not in the newspaper or yellow pages, I can turn to the internet and I will be sure to find anything and everything I need or want. There seems to be no end to the amount of businesses available these days. The abundance seems like it would be a good thing (and it is) but, truth be told, I do feel overwhelmed at times with making the decision of which company to choose. For instance, do I decide based on price or quality of service? Do I judge a place by the reviews it receives on it’s site or do I use my own instincts? An array of choices can create a sea of confusion. Still, I guess it’s better to have more to consider than nothing at all. In conclusion, I believe that I will use all the information that I can muster before making a final decision when searching for a company service.