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Self-storage has many uses; people store their holiday decorations, seasonal clothes, old furniture (just to be clear, I don’t mean haunted old furniture), and even mementos and priceless trinkets of nostalgia. But these (normal) things are not the only possessions people store.
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It was raining and alligators were maliciously wandering (well, probably) in Florida, when an innocent self-storage manager was going to auction off the contents of an unpaid storage unit. (One of the reasons you shouldn’t fall behind in rent). But when he notified the owner, he was told not to. Why? Because, the storage unit held a secret, and that secret was… (cue creepy music)…the owner’s dead grandmother, in a homemade blue coffin. (You can make up your own Twilight Zone twist). Read the rest »
Even if the only exposure you’ve had to wine is watching that I Love Lucy episode where Lucy is stomping the grapes, you can still learn to make wine a bigger part of your life, whether that means you want to know more to impress the oenophiles in your family or circle of friends, want to become an actual wine connoisseur, or just want to know what wine to pick when you go out to a restaurant.
To accomplish any of these, you need to start with the basics. First, you should know about the common wine, or rather, grape varieties; then you should figure out what types you enjoy most; finally, you should decide how to continue your wine education. Read the rest »
Everything has a starting point and a history. Bubble wrap has a history, Western civilization has a history, even Mickey Mouse has a history; so it is no surprise that public self-storage also has a history. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much information about the evolution of public self-storage. We do know that there is historical evidence of publicly available storage all the way back to ancient China, but it wasn’t until about the 1960s that public storage, to the exclusive accessibility of the owner, was available. One of the first self-storage facilities in the U.S. was Lauderdale Storage in Florida.
So we have an overall beginning to the story of self-storage, but what happened in the middle? Since there’s a lack of facts here, I think we should make an educated guess about how self-storage that started in ancient China evolved into the modern system we know and love today. Read the rest »
…which means that the holiday entertaining will soon begin! Sure, it’s just the beginning of September, but before you know it, it’s going to be Halloween, and then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas, Hanukkah and, of course, New Year’s! Sorry, I’m already getting excited…
The bottom line is, the holidays are our opportunity to really show people a new level of hospitality, respect, and kindness. When you welcome people into your home during the holidays (or onto your front porch in the case of Halloween), it is warm, inviting, clean and usually decorated in the theme of the occasion, but this is only really possible if you have the space to keep all your holiday decorations. But holiday decorations are not limited to hanging skeletons, wreathes, and Christmas lights. There are table linens, serving ware, plate ware, and other practical items that come out only during the holidays. Read the rest »