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I want to give a shout out to HomeDepot manager Nick in Lewisville, TX
2-3 years ago I purchased a RIDGID cordless tool kit (display model) and never knew where or that I should register the products for warranty coverage. Recently, both of my batteries died on me and new ones run $120 each. Nick was kind enough to give me a discount on a new RIGID tool kit that I can register for future warranty coverage. Initially, warranty service said they would not / could not do anything for me because I did not register my purchase.
Home Depot Lewisville has been on point with customer service. Whenever I stop in for something, someone will always stop and ask me if I need help finding anything. If you are looking for a home improvement store with great customer service, be sure to stop in to Home Depot Lewisville.
Things to keep in mind:
If you purchase display tools from any home improvement store ask about warranty coverage and boxes if they still have them
RIDGID offers a lifetime warranty on batteries and tools for home use. (Be sure to register)
RIDGID will direct ship new batteries or replace right at the store
In the latest scam played out on Americans via the Keystone XL (tar sands) pipeline, we are led to believe that it will create thousands of jobs for Americans and that we will lessen our dependence on foreign oil / energy.
To the contrary, facts seem to indicate that the Keystone pipeline will be a way to move Canadian tar sands oil to refineries here in the US to be exported to other countries. On the issue of jobs, creating a pipeline would indeed create jobs for Americans, and the refineries in Texas would benefit. But don’t sell Americans on the notion that building a new pipeline will help lessen our dependence on foreign oil when the facts seem to indicate that refined crude will not stay on US soil very long.
Republicans have been very disappointing on this issue. Sean Hannity, Mitt Romney, etc. have all chimed in. Romney was even quoted as saying he would build the pipeline himself if elected.
Let’s be clear on the issue of job creation and energy development that will benefit US consumers and the American economy exclusively. I respect Sean Hannity and Mitt Romney, but why would they sensationalize lower gas prices at the pump via the Keystone pipeline when there is no apparent evidence to support the Keystone pipeline will have any direct impact on lower fuel prices at the pump or lessening our dependence on foreign oil.
Is anyone in the oil industry willing to answer these questions: Why do we export US crude and refined oil products and import foreign oil? What would our foreign oil dependence look like if we kept US crude right here in the US? I think we know the answer, but it would still be nice to get a response.
So where do Americans stand? Do we want jobs sold under the guise of lowering US foreign oil dependence? Or do we want to create energy industry jobs that “really” have an impact on reducing our need for foreign oil?
What are your thoughts? Are leaders doing enough to clearly articulate an energy and jobs strategy that makes the US economy stronger or will we develop energy jobs that will help export more US natural resources?
Without knowing, I’ve become part of the stand up desk movement. Having some back issues off and on for a number of years my back has been acting up again. I’ve been sitting in a chair for 8-14 hours a day for nearly 12 years and I knew I needed to do something different.
Yesterday, I found an article from a Google employee who used and Ikea desk and configured it as a standup desk. (I’ll link to the article later)
So now I start my journey over the next couple weeks of moving from a sit down set up to standing up at my new desk. I’m going to try it out for a week or so in our conference room before start re-arranging my office. Below are some photos of how my initial set up looks. I’ll be modifying an Ikea stool as well which I’ll take a photo of later. I’ll be using that to sit nearly standing for short periods of time until I get my body adjusted to the new configuration. I’ll also post some updates on how my back and feet are adapting.
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A great site for other ideas with Ikea furniture is Ikea Hackers
I’m glad I found Ikea Hackers as well as some other articles on doing a stand up desk on the cheap; Most furniture makers that throw the word ergonomic on in the description seem to think it makes the chair or desk worth an extra $1,000 dollars. Comment below and look for updates on my journey to a standup desk work environment.
Waxahachie chemical fire at Magnablend is causing local evacuations and air warnings for surrounding communities including Dallas. Below is a compilation of Waxahachie fire videos from reporters and locals on the scene.
Local video of Waxahachie Fire at Magnablend Chemical Plant:
Local residents see multiple explosions from Magnablend Chemical Fire:
Fire truck completely engulfed in flames while fighting Waxahachie chemical fire:
Not sure why fire truck was parked right on top of fire, but no chance of moving it as fire spread quickly.
Like most Americans I’m frustrated with our politicians on both sides of the isle. While each side postures for its evening news talking points more and more Americans are loosing jobs.
I remember when I was in college we discussed how good NAFTA was going to be for the economy, how the US was switching from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy. Later we talked about how America needed a high-tech work force as this was the future. Guess what? All the geniuses were WRONG!
NAFTA as far as I know has not created any new job prosperity for America, it opened the doors for companies to move freely to Mexico and Canada. For more information on NAFTA, click link.
Americans were told that high-tech was the future, we needed to train up a high-tech workforce to meet future demand. While high-tech provides job security for many Americans, the outsourcing of high-tech jobs to countries like India, Philippines, and Russia have minimized the impact high-tech could have had on the US economy.
So what’s left? Service jobs? McDonalds, Burger King, Wal-Mart? are those the jobs that will keep America strong? In my home state of NH, I have friends and family that have lost jobs that are not coming back. Asking someone if they want to super-size there order will not keep America’s economy the envy of the world.
Agriculture…No one is talking about this, but I believe it is just as important as manufacturing. We are digging up and destroying farm land, orchards, and we are now importing much of our produce from around the world.
So what’s the key? I think Donald Trump had it right when he said recently that America needs to start building things again. I would also add that the US economy needs a balanced approach to manufacturing, high-tech, agriculture, and service oriented job growth. Look at China’s growth, they are now the #1 automotive market in the world and they are looking to get into the automotive manufacturing space. I now see more and more Hyundai badged vehicles from South Korea here in Dallas than I do US brands.
If America is going to turn a stagnated economy around, we need to start building and producing things that the rest of the world wants to buy. In addition, we need to turn our trade deficit around with our so called trading partners. This will take courage for political parties to sit down and have an honest discussion. A house divided against itself cannot stand…that is where we are at today.
Let’s get it right America…Let’s show the rest of the world that American exceptionalism, creativity, and work-ethic still live here.
What are your thoughts on the economy and our politicians? What do you think will turn the economy around? Comment below>>>
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