The Oasis of Cooling off

I own a shop that sells smoothies to everyone in the community. I started the business 5 years ago to a slow start, but now everyone comes to me for a cool drink, even in the winter. Summer is almost here, and I may need to get repairs to my HVAC in NYC because the air conditioner has been acting strange. The customers will come to me when they want to escape the heat, and I can’t have them sweating and their drinks melting while they are trying to cool down. The customers might look for somewhere else to cool off.

I have some new flavors that I want to try out on the customers this summer. Most people are used to the standard fruits in their smoothies, like strawberries, bananas, oranges, pineapples, and occasionally blueberries. Continue reading

Moving Back Home Turned out to Be a Good Thing

I knew that I needed to move to someplace else. I had been thinking about doing it for so long, and now was the time. I finally ended up renting storage in Ajax to put my things in, and then I stayed with my mom for awhile. She was never keen on having her kids coming back home to live, no matter how polite and well mannered we are. But she knew that I needed the help and was happy to let me stay temporarily. I did not want to pile all my belongings into her home and get her frazzled, so storage was the best way to go. I only brought my one cat with me, my clothing and a small number of basic things. This was going to be such an adventure.

My parents are kind of funny in that they are not very warm people and they never have been. Continue reading

The Most Beautiful Video Proposal

When my son proposed to his girlfriend, it was the most creative proposal I had ever seen. He told me he got the idea from social media, as he had seen a video of someone from a different country propose in the same manner. He really liked it, and he decided that he was going to surprise his girlfriend in the same way. He had to first find a Singapore video production company that would be able to create the perfect video for him. He works in a cinema and got special permission from his boss to show the video on one of the screens before the main film started.

The company he hired to create the perfect video for him did just that. He was able to give them different pictures and video clips that showcased their relationship for the last year. They also did mock interviews with their closest friends and her parents as well as my husband and myself. Everyone was in on this other than his girlfriend, but my son knew that everyone would be able to keep it a secret until the main viewing at the cinema.

The video company created a four minute video that showed pictures from their first date up to a date they went on the week before the video was premiered. There was animation as well, plus the interviews where my son asked her father if he could marry his daughter. It was a beautiful video, and I cried when I watched it for the first time, which was in the cinema along with everyone else. My son had someone videotaping her, which we all watched later, and it was beautiful to see her interest go from mild to euphoria. Needless to say, she said yes when he got down on one knee when the video was over!

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Products Can Be Made of Hundreds of Parts and Any One of Them Can Become a Problem

It takes thousands of hours to develop a product. You can have technicians on your team that are the best at what they do, and you can still end up with one annoying under-performing design on one part that can ruin a product. We have a reputation in our product industry of providing top quality products. However, a single rubber seal on the window of one product was leaking. We contacted a company that does epdm sponge rubber bulb trim seals to look a the design and make improvements. Not only that, the company knew what global manufacturers to use to make the new seal.

Consumers of the products we make do not know what goes into making them. And, I suppose, they should not have to. They are just paying for a product that works. We analyzed the chemical composition of the failed seals with samples that are intact. The raw materials matched up, but some of the seals were leaking and some were not. We looked at the assembly process. We looked at products that were leaking and ones that were not. We took them apart and saw no problem with the assembly process. We even looked at where the products that were leaking were coming from. Did they have more wet weather? Was it hotter there or colder? The company that does custom rubber seals pinned it down to cold tolerance of the seal. If it was almost freezing and there was rain with wind, the seal would leak.

There was no changing the composition of the rubber to make it more cold tolerant. However, a slight modification in the shape of the product eliminated the leaking under even extreme conditions. We are now using the new design on new products and replacing old ones on products consumers already have. This was one part on one window of one product. We are happy to have had the help of the company that specializes in making custom rubber seals.

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