We signed up with a company to get a new stable rate for our natural gas bill here in Ohio. We get a lot of wind and snow off of the lake in the wintertime. We can vary from no snow to being inundated with it due to lake-effect snowfalls. When an Arctic blast comes down from the north, our furnace kicks into overdrive. Sometimes it seems that it never shuts off. We get our natural gas from Direct Energy Ohio in order to save money on our monthly bill.
The kids do not think about the heat when they turn up the thermostat. I do because I am the one to write the checks to pay the bills. Natural gas can be inexpensive in smaller quantities, but it can really add up if you have a big house where everyone wants to stay toasty warm. I turn down the heat at night to save a few dollars on the natural gas we use. It has been making a difference. Instead of the kids sleeping without a blanket while the furnace runs, now they get under a warm comforter while the furnace takes a break in the night.
However, during the day when I am not underneath my warm covers, I want it toasty warm in our house. My goal is to one day be able to follow summertime wherever it goes in the world, but right now I am stuck making the best of a chilly winter situation that we normally have here in Ohio. We buy our gas from Direct Energy Ohio at a fixed stable rate. I think that is so much wiser than gambling on a variable rate for natural gas that can shoot up sky high overnight. Stable fixed rate plans let you know what you will have to spend every month.
You can drive for miles in Texas and not see much of anything. It really is a big state. Have you ever seen the State of Texas superimposed over the rest of the United States? It takes up a lot of space. Some folks want Texas to be its own country. Being out in a rural area I was just looking for satellite Internet for San Antonio folks who do not have access to cable and only spotty cell service. My neighbors are into the politics of things. I am more concerned about doing the work to provide for my own family.
There is not much I can do to change things on the political landscape other than to vote. I’m quiet about my choices, but I do extensive reading and studying of the records of the candidates I vote for. The proof is in how they vote. I get a lot of info by looking at government sponsored websites that let you see how various members of Congress vote. This goes for both my state and federal senators and representatives. Plenty of people talk about the vote for president, but they seem to forget that it is Congress that runs the country.
I learn what I need to provide an informed vote by searching for scholarly and genuine news articles on the Internet. The satellite Internet for San Antonio that I use gives me plenty of bandwidth to watch interviews, discussions and debates. I get plenty of reading done online too. They reveal themselves in what they do, say and how they vote for issues. I do not fall for the misleading campaign ads. I pretty much ignore every one. Politics is a hot topic here in Texas. I do my part by providing an informed and educated vote. Then I go back to work to take care of my own.
I am going to be landing at the airport soon, and I thought that I would have a ride waiting for me, but my flight was delayed, more than once, and now I am arriving a lot later than I thought I would. As a result, things did not work out with my ride and now I need to learn more about car hire services in this area, because I am going to have to pay someone to pick me up from the airport and take me to where I need to go.
There was a big snow storm all along the East coast and that is the reason why my flight was delayed so badly. I did not think it would actually hit as bad as it did, but I guess that the weather men are right now and again. It just sucks because it has screwed up my schedule a bit. I guess that stuff happens, but I also have to pay for a ride from the airport and that is something that I was not expecting. I suppose that the thing to do would be to look for the cheapest car service company in the area.
Maybe I can find a discount or a coupon or something to help me to get a lower price. I am going to need to be picked up in a couple of hours, as long as nothing else goes wrong with my travel plans. I will have to hope that I’m done with such delays because the weather has cleared up. I guess this is what I get for trying to tavel during winter. I have had more trouble trying to travel in winter than any other time of year, and I guess that is to be expected considering what happens in winter.
I have spent the last three and a half days scouting new locations for the store. We have looked at a couple of places we liked, but they all have one issue or another. The best location is not a good building structurally. I had a building inspector look at it because I could tell it was going to need a lot of TLC to get it up to code. The big thing would probably finding a good deal on roof repair in Manhattan NY. That is not something that is going to be simple and from what it seems to me that was going to be expensive too. Of course any building is going to have issues, but you want to have as few of them as possible and you want to make sure that the issues are the sort that you can deal with.
In fact you want to be able to deal with the issues methodically and on a budget. We have a number in mind for this project and we can not start out by blowing half of it on the roof. We have way too many other things that we have to deal with. In fact we want to find a building which is in pretty good shape and is not going to require us to bend over backward to get it ready to occupy. We have to think about the health and safety codes, which is plenty for us to deal with. Dealing with a bunch of construction issues is something we will do if necessary, but you want to get out of it if you are capable of that. There is nothing in that which is a profit to us. So we want to stay out of that sort of business if we can.
When my roomie and I got into a disagreement about her boyfriend moving in with us, I decided to make things easier so we did not ruin our friendship. I had heard about the apartments at Creeks on Kirk Levington, and I figured I could look into them. Not only would it put me closer to where I work, but it would also salvage our friendship. Her boyfriend could then move in, and I would be able to enjoy my newfound freedom in a one bedroom apartment. Don’t get me wrong. Having a roommate is great, but I was really looking forward to being just on my own for a change.
I have seen the apartments that I wanted to look at, but I did not know very much about them. I knew there had to be something online about them, so I moved my search there. I was really excited about all of the information that I found there. I was able to get a feel for the apartment community there as well as information on the one bedroom apartments. I got even more excited when I saw the long list of amenities, mainly because the apartment we had been sharing had very few of them.
The two things that excited me the most were the fact that I would have laundry hookups in my apartment and also that I would be able to pay my rent online. I have very odd hours with my work, and sometimes it is hard for me to be available during normal business hours. My roomie had paid the rent before because of this, so it was nice that I would not need to resort to mailing a payment through the mail. That is just one of the many, many things that this apartment complex offers, and it truly has become my own personal haven. I love it that much!
Returning to Alabama is something that I thought I would never do. For those who have grown up in the South with a lack of religious beliefs or even more liberal views on the world know just how difficult it is to actually live there. The South is one of the strangest places in the United States – they are fiercely independent and patriotic but they foster some of the most conservative views that I have ever seen. After my mother died, I had to find new apartments (go here for more information on these apartments) and I was lucky enough to actually find a small community of younger individuals who were somewhat like minded. I was completely taken back – who knew that there were bastions of liberal thought here in the South? It’s not surprising that so many of these free thinking and open minded individuals find themselves moving out as soon as they can.
I really don’t like separate the world or people by liberal or conservative. For the most part, people on a whole are a lot more complex than that but here in the South it seems as if new ideas are rejected by entire communities, by entire cities and even entire states. You would be shocked by the amount of racism that is present here – it’s as if the civil rights movement never happened for some states! I really do hope that the South experiences some kind of modernizing because as of right now, it is one of the poorest places in America because of this stagnation of ideas. Innovation simply does not exist here like it does in other states. The people and the state governments seem content to simply allow their morals and religions to guide them to happiness despite the extreme level of poverty that exists all around them.