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May 2012 Holidays and Events
National Photo Month Get Caught Reading Month International Victorious Woman Month National Barbecue Month National Good Car-Keeping Month National Military Appreciation Month National Smile Month 1-7 Update Your References Week 6-12 Be Kind to Animals Week 6-12 Kids Win Week 6-12 National Family Week 6-12 National Hug Holiday week 6-12 National Pet Week 7-13 Children’s Book Week 14-18 National Etiquette Week 2 Great American Grump Out 3 Lumpy Rug Day 3 Paranormal Day 4 International Respect for Chickens Day 4 No Pants Day 4 Star Wars Day 6 No Diet Day 6 No Homework Day 8 National Teacher Day 12 Limerick Day 13 Mother’s Day 15 International Day of Families 18 Visit Your Relatives Day 19 Armed Forces Day 25 Towel Day 28 Memorial Day 30 Hug Your Cat Day
The Magnificent Month of May
May is the month we associate with a celebrating our mother’s. But have you ever wondered how this day became a national holiday? It makes sense, of course, since we all have one, and the majority of us would agree that our mothers deserve their own day to honor and praise their achievements. But a brief history of this significant day began as far back as the early Egyptians, who believed mother’s to be the patron saint of women. They also believed she possessed great magic. Over the years, there have been many different forms of honoring mother’s, but finally, in 1907, Anna M. Jarvis, a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother's day in honor of her late mother. Anna worked tirelessly petitioning government officials to officially recognize Mother's Day. Her hard work finally paid off. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers. Ever since then, Mother's Day has become the most popular day of the year. Americans spend approximately 2.6 billion on flowers, 1.53 billon on gifts that pamper (such as spa treaments) 68 million on greeting cards, and is the most popular day of the year to dine out in restaurants. No matter how busy you are, let your mother know how much she means to you. Remember, to a mom, a hug and “I love you” means more than the most expensive piece of jewely or the biggest bouqet of flowers. But Mother’s Day is only one of the important days of
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2 1/2 cups cornflake crumbs 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. paprika or chili powder 1 tsp. dried oregano 3 lbs chicken pieces 1/2 cup melted butter In a large plastic bag, add the garlic powder, oregano and your choice of spices to the cornflakes. Shake to mix. Dip the chicken pieces in melted butter. Place each piece, one by one, in the bag and shake to coat. Place the coated chicken pieces in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, skin side up. When finished coating, pour any remaining chips and butter over the chicken. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until the chicken is done.
May, continued from Page 1 May. Memorial Day marks the official start of summer, a day to think of three day weekends, picnics, barbeques, or maybe to simply do whatever you want. But Memorial Day is meant to be so much more. It is a day to honor the fallen men and women who have given their lives to preserve the freedom most of us take for granted. On May 30, 3 o’clock, stop whatever you are doing, pause for a moment of silence, then take the time to show your gratitude and honor to all these brave men and women who shall never be forgotten.
Although you can leave commercial peanut butter in your pantry, it is best to store it in the refrigerator. All natural peanut butter must be kept in the fridge and should not be stored in the pantry. Peanut butter contains oil which can begin to spoil at warmer temperatures. Keep the jar tightly sealed and use it within six months.
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Egg Whites and Wrongs
The risk of contracting a food borne illness from eggs is small. It is estimated that only one in every 20,000 eggs has harmful bacteria in it. However, bacteria love the nutrient rich environment of eggs. You never know when a particular egg might have problems. Your best bet is to wash your hands before and after handling eggs, and to make sure that your eggs are properly cooked. Always keep your eggs chilled and discard any that have dirty shells, cracks, or are broken or leaking. Eggs should always be refrigerated. The “sell by” date marked on the carton is thirty days after the date that the eggs were packed. Generally, eggs are good for four to five weeks after this pack date. Hard boiled eggs are good for one week.
While many people start a weight loss regimen at New Year’s, summer is also a great time to begin a diet. Extra sunlight increases your natural serotonin levels, which can reduce your need to eat. With the warmer weather and longer days, it is easier to find the time to exercise. You’ll also have access to lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, making it easier to eat healthy.
What’s the Name?
A man and his wife were driving their RV in Florida and saw a road sign for Kissimmee. They argued for a while about how to pronounce it and couldn’t figure out who was correct. As they neared the next exit, they decided to pull into a fast food restaurant for lunch. After ordering their meal, the man leaned into the guy behind the counter and said, “Let me ask you something. My wife and I can’t seem to figure out how to pronounce this place. Will you tell me where we are and say it very slowly so that I can understand?” The counter guy said, “Um…ok. Buuuuurrrrrgerrrrr Kiiiinnnnnnggg.” Schneider’s Automotive 805-581-2340 ‒ www.SchneidersAuto.net
How Not to Spring Clean Your Home
Spring is in the air and thoughts turn to annual spring cleaning chores. Spring cleaning can be hard enough to squeeze into your busy schedule. But it can be even more difficult if you make some of the common mistakes people make when performing this annual ritual. To make your spring cleaning tasks easier, stay away from these common pitfalls. Don’t try to tackle cleaning a room without a plan. Start by decluttering any area that you wish to deep clean. If you try to clean without removing items that are out of place or that need to be discarded, you will find that it takes much longer to accomplish your goal. Don’t use the wrong cleaning products. Read the labels before using to ensure that you are using the correct type of cleaner. You should also be aware of any safety precautions you should take, including whether you need to have high levels of ventilation. Don’t take on more than you can handle. It is admirable to have a goal of cleaning your whole house in a weekend, but it is sometimes better to only tackle one room a week. By doing this, you will ensure that each
room is cleaned well and that you won’t suffer from burnout. Don’t hurt yourself. Take care when lifting heavy objects and moving furniture. If necessary, ask for help before attempting strenuous tasks. Don’t be distracted. Let your answering machine handle any incoming phone calls and keep visits from family and friends to a minimum. If you focus only on your spring cleaning job, you will finish faster. In fact, if you are constantly interrupted, you may end up simply abandoning the job at continued on page 6
Here’s Two Quick Organizing Tips
Your child’s closet can be a disorganized mess if he or she doesn’t have the right items to organize clothes, toys, and sporting goods. Start by installing a second rod in the middle of the closet to give your child easier access to hanging things. Install some hooks along a hallway to hold hats, a backpack, and sports gear. Put a bin for shoes on the floor of the closet and place a stacking basket organizer in the closet for other small items. Finally, make sure your child has a small hamper to hold dirty clothes so they don’t end up on the floor. One of the most difficult things to do when tackling your clutter is deciding what to do with those really useful items. It is easy to get too many of one type of thing, like pencils, sticky notes, or rags. But why get rid of something you might use eventually? Well, because it is taking up too much space. If you have too much of one item, figure out how much you can use in the next six months and give the rest away to a charity or to friends who might need that item. Share your issue with a friend or call us at 805-581-2340 for extra copies
The Client Spotlight
Welcome to Schneider’s Family of Families
And thank you for your referrals
Eric Aguayo John Braswell Chris & Terri Chapman Dawn Daymude Lisa & Rich Eidman Joe Finley Samuel Finley Dan Gilday Robert Joynt Alan Kay Samuel Kurtz Larry Kwiatkowski Jason Mann Nezzie Markarian Willie Melancon Linda Murphy James Myers Thomas Platts Rod Reyburn Jackie Seckman Sharon Selvidge Sean Tohill Alex Viecco Michele Wilson
In keeping with a tradition of sometimes non-traditional client highlights, this month I would like to cast the spotlight on Marc Grubb. Partly, because he is a terrific guy… Partly because he is incredibly easy to work with… Perhaps, because he is a new client, but one who seemed to fit as if he’d been coming here for years… But, mostly because of his character and integrity and the way he handled a difficult and uncomfortable situation with work performed on his vehicle. Despite the discomfort and the natural instinct to withdraw and avoid confrontation he responded when I reached out to him and came down to the shop so we could discuss what had happened. So, thank you, Marc… for being both understanding and honest, a rare combination in today’s world. Thank you for recognizing that a relationship that has been tested and endures is a relationship worth keeping on both sides of the service counter And, thank you for remaining a part of our “Family of Families…”
Thanks for the Kind Words
"Very thorough and detailed. They take exceptional "Care" of your auto service needs. ..give you prompt estimates...fix what's wrong asap...advise of potential upcoming issues (what can wait, vs, hidden dangers) all while treating you like family. They explain what is wrong without the "mechanic-speak", and are meticulous with their work. For those of us who aren't lucky enough to have a family mechanic - this is certainly the next best thing...Exceptional quality, exceptional service." —Jackie Seckman
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Thanks For the Kind Words
“I took my car in to another place because they were open on Saturdays. I took it in to find an oil leak. After 4 hours I placed a call to see how it was going with my car and they still had not looked at it. When they finally did look at it they found a damaged oil filter and assumed that is where the leak was coming from. After finding that my car still leaked as bad as it did before I took it in, I decided I would have to take it back to Schneider's to really get it fixed. As I knew they would, Schneider's actually found the real reason for the leak and fixed it! Thank you yet again. And thanks again for always treating me like a VIP! Please keep up the great work!” Lynn
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There are times I think the whole world is upside down and others I'm absolutely certain it is. Of course, there is always a chance it's me... But, I'm not so sure that's the case. Who is... Marketing is a prime example of this kind of upside down thinking. No one wants to consider their existing clients in terms of marketing because they are... Well, existing clients, and marketing by definition is all about getting new people to your door. If you don't believe me look at all the incentives the majority of businesses offer and you'll see the overwhelming number of "Specials," "Deals," and "Once in a Lifetime Opportunities" are all focused on new customers: first-time buyers. That doesn't make any sense to me: not as a customer, and certainly not as a business owner. It never has... Why should all the rewards go to someone who has never taken advantage of the products and services you offer while your present customers, the folks who have sustained through good times and bad, are ignored. It's true a business - any business - has to grow in order to survive, but that growth can't be at the expense of the loyal and lifetime relationships that have developed over time: relationships that, in our case, have flourished for more than thirty years! That's why all of our rewards are focused on you and our ongoing relationship. I don't understand why so many companies feel compelled to go outside their own customer base to look for new business when all they really have to do is just ask their existing clients for their reviews, referrals and return business. Looking for new business outside your customer-base is expensive, inefficient and unpredictable. The only thing I can think of is the natural reluctance to ask your existing clients for more than they are already giving you when in the majority of cases they have been referring folks to you for years (And, by the way, we really do appreciate that!). The bottom line is always going to be the bottom line and when it comes to a business like ours, the bottom line is impacted by a number of things not the least of which is cost. If every one of our 'regular' customers brought in just one new client we wouldn't have to continually search for more people just like you... And, people just like you is exactly what we're looking for.
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Protecting Yourself from the Dangers of Sunstroke
armer weather is just around the corner. Along with the fun of outdoor activities come some dangers, too. Among those dangers is sunstroke, also called heat stroke. To protect you and your loved ones from this hazard, keep these tips in mind this summer. Early symptoms of heat stroke are dizziness, headache, rapid pulse and breathing, and fatigue. Warning signs that indicate a serious condition of sunstroke are hot, flushed skin, a decrease or stoppage of sweat production, an elevated body temperature, confusion, and eventually, a loss of consciousness. Extreme temperatures can cause the body’s temperature to rise. Dehydration can cause a decrease in sweat evaporation, which is the body’s mechanism for cooling itself. Without this, you have no way of bringing down the high temperature. To assist someone showing symptoms of sunstroke, first call for help by dialing 911. While waiting for medical assistance, take steps to cool the body. Move the victim to a cooler place. Remove tight fitting or heavy clothing and use cool, wet cloths to cool the victim down. Give fluids slowly and continually. To avoid getting sunstroke in the first place, remember to drink plenty of fluids on warm days or when your activity level is up. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which can dehydrate you. Wear light colored, loose clothing and always wear a hat in direct sunlight. Try to stay in the shade and take breaks as needed. If you do find that you are experiencing any symptoms of heat stroke, get help immediately.
Keeping Your Cool:
Cleaning continued from page 3 hand and could find that you have trouble getting back to it. Don’t put it off. Spring cleaning is such a big job because we only do it once or twice a year. If you try to keep up with cleaning jobs throughout the year, you will find it easier to tackle annual spring cleaning work. Ignoring these chores only means that they will get bigger and bigger.
Innocent or Guilty?
A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse. In the defense's closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to a trick. "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all," the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. "Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom." He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly. A minute passed. Nothing happened. Finally the lawyer said, "Actually, I made up the previous statement. But, you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore put to you that you have a reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty." The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, the jury returned and they pronounced a verdict of guilty. "But how?" inquired the lawyer. "You must have had some doubt; I saw all of you stare at the door." The jury foreman replied, "Oh, we looked, but your client didn't."
I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity. — Eleanor Roosevelt
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Your Teachers Didn’t Tell You
• The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable." • The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle. • “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.” • The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed." • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.” • "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. • Of all the words in the English language, the word "set" has the most definitions. • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
May is National Photo Month.
There are 12 cameras that have been left on the surface of the moon. Forms of cameras have been around since 1000 A.D., but film was not developed until 1884, when George Eastman invented a flexible, paper-based photographic film. The iconic photo of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out sold at auction in 2009 for $74,330. The first camera was a pinhole camera called a camera obscura. These first cameras were used for viewing or drawing purposes. It was not until 1827 that Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image using a pinhole camera. He used the camera to take heliographs or sun prints. Louis Daguerre invented the first practical process of photography. He named this type of photograph after himself, calling it the daguerreotype. The original name for CANON cameras was “Kwanon,” the Buddhist god of mercy. The name was changed to CANON in 1935 to avoid offending religious groups. Lycopodium powder was used in early flash powder. It comes from the waxy spores of club moss. The first Polaroid camera was sold to the public in November 1948. The photograph of U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States during World War II was taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication.
1. Which state has the highest percentage of people who walk to work? 2. What is the average number of people airborne over the United States at any given hour? 3. What was the first novel ever written on a typewriter? 4. What distinguishes the news show "60 Minutes" from every other television show? 5. True or False: Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace. 6. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "a"? 7. What is the only food that does not spoil? 8. Which world city has the most Rolls Royces per capita? Answers 1. Alaska. 2. 61,000. 3. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." 4. It has no theme song. 5. True. 6. One thousand. 7. Honey. 8. Hong Kong.
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