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Air Conditioning Explained

Air Conditioning Explained

ARE YOU HOT?!Air Conditioning Explained Your car's ‘skin’ of steel and glass is not only protective and beautiful, but it also attracts and stores a tremendous amount of solar (radiant) heat in the passenger compartment. Removing this trapped heat requires a very efficient system. The Air Conditioning (A/C) system is a combination of mechanical components plus a chemical medium (Freon – not a psychic) whose sole purpose is to move heat from the interior to the exterior of the vehicle. Your car’s air conditioner uses Freon Refrigerant to cool the air internally. Freon acts a lot like water. As liquid Freon warms up it evaporates into a gaseous state (vapor), and then, as it cools down, becomes liquid again. As the Freon changes from a liquid to a vapor it heats and cools the air. What path does Freon take? When you dial the temperature in your car to Cold the Freon moves through the ... read more

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Humorous Guide to Retirement Guide

Humorous Guide to Retirement Guide

You might still be reeling from taxes this year, but there are many retirement options. Here is a guide to help you make the right choice. You can retire to Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona where... 1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade. 2. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town. 3. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food. 4. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door. 5. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!! OR You can retire to California where... 1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house. 2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway ... read more

Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction Tip A young lady confidently walked around the room while explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Half Full? Half Empty? Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, “Is this glass half empty or half full?” She fooled them all, "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. The answers called out ranged from 8 oz to 20 oz. She replied, "The absolute weight does not matter.It depends on how long I hold it: If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.In each case it's the same weight ... read more

20 Things to Think About

20 Things to Think About

Humorous ways to think of things:) 1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue! Am I a Pigeon or a Statue? 2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. 3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. 4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.. 5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. 6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. 7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others. 8 * Never buy a car you can't push. 9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on. 10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance ... read more

Certifiably Green!

Certifiably Green!

Green Business Logo Certifiably Green! Henry and I believe strongly in the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ principle. Long before starting our business, 20 years ago, we were dedicated to protecting our planet through Green practices. When the opportunity to become a Green Certified Business arose we said, “Pick us! Pick us!” We were the first Green Certified Business in Santa Cruz County. That was April 2004. Now the City of Santa Cruz has taken over the program and we have now re-certified for the third time. Interested in being certified as a green business? One key change in becoming Green was to replace all of our light fixtures with new, more energy-efficient ballasts and bulbs. This saves about $60 per month in our electricity bills. The energy usage difference after upgrading was ... read more

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Sage Mechanic on Balance

Sage Mechanic on Balance

Balance: We are looking for balance in our lives. Balance is different for each person. Being able to accept whatis is balance. Acceptance of what is does not mean that there is no striving for the betterment of self. It means to embrace what is and to see everything from the lighter side of self. When your meditation is balanced your heart opens - allowing room for more. Yin Yang Heart

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S M A R T Goals

S M A R T Goals

Happy New Year to You – 2012! This is the time of the year when we all reflect on the last year and our lives in general. We think about what we want to bring in for the new year and reflect on what would be best for our life. It is the perfect time for goal-setting! Here are seven goal-setting tips: 1. Make it a treat! Set up a good mood for your goal-setting time. Create an environment that makes you feel good. Build a fire and pour a glass of wine, sit in the middle of a grove of trees, pick your favorite beach spot, put on some great music, or get snuggled up in your coziest blanket and pour a cup of tea. 2. Set goals for all the main areas of your life. We tend to set the most intense goals in the area where we want to effect the most change. We may set all our goals regarding better finances or fitness and forget to set goals in the other areas of our life. The eight categories we use are: Family & Social, Spiritual & Mental, Physical & Health, Business ... read more

Robot Cars in the Future

Robot Cars in the Future

Remember KIT from the TV series Knight Rider? Well, just when we think Google has run out of surprises, we learn from John Markoff at The New York Times that a small team of Google engineers has been quietly running robots on our highways. Not just one or two robots sneaking a few miles down a lonely country road late at night, but eight autonomous vehicles traveling more than 140,000 miles in the last year on everything from freeways to traffic-clogged downtown districts. Google’s car-bots have confidently traversed roads that would leave many drivers white-knuckled, from San Francisco’s pretzel-twisty Lombard Street to Big Sur’s narrow, cliff-hugging Highway One. Sebastian Thrun and his Google Team have accomplished something that even the most optimistic experts in the field thought was five to 10 years off. Little wonder that Thrun’s team jokingly refers to the effort as their “Drive-thru Manhattan Project.” Before word of Google’s ro ... read more

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Post Office Humor

Post Office Humor

There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to God with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about.   The letter read:   Dear God, I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension payment. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with, have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. Can you please help me?   Sincerely, Edna   The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman. The r ... read more

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Paul Harvey Wisdom

Paul Harvey Wisdom

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her. I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely. On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom. If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one. I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books. When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head..... I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy/girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like. May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole. I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like ... read more

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