Tuesday
Apr172012

A Word from your Cold Weather Friends

Hey there. Remember us? We’re your cold weather friends. Snowblowers, snowmobiles, snow shoes and the like. In other words, we’re your winter survival kit. We stuck with you through ice and snowstorm, sleet and biting cold, and that long, long winter. We were always up for the task on the coldest of days and the deepest of snows. And now we think we need a vacation. We think we’re owed a clean, uncluttered space to call our own. But what do you do? You shoved us in a corner on the side of the garage, piled other things on top of us, covered us with torn tarps, leaving us to battle with the elements. Sun. Bugs. Small furry animals. We don’t like bugs. They are not winter folk. This is not fair people. What did we do to deserve this kind of torture?

 Snowblower here can trace his fine lineage back more than a hundred years. Proud inspired Canadians with innovation in their very genes were responsible for creating an automated snow removal system. Those ancestral snowblowers now occupy places of honor and reverence in museums – which are nice, climate controlled buildings. And were it not for snowblowers milk would not be delivered in winter. This would be bad for chocolate chip cookie eating, and … well let’s just not even go there. Plus, you would be stuck in your driveway for six months. If you think about it, snowblowers are the only things standing between you and six months of dark, misery. So, all we are asking is for a little respect here.

Meanwhile, let’s not forget snowmobiles. They don’t go back that far in history, and they don’t really like to discuss the fact that they were originally called motor toboggans. Oh the teasing and name calling they endured in that era. But they are major players in the history of fun. Without snowmobiles, people would have to ski uphill, backwards. Also, without the snowmobile there wouldn’t be cute snowmobiling outfits for men and women. Everyone would be wearing old fashioned military parkas, which are good for the military but not that good for the dating scene. Snowmobiles could be the very essence of survival of the species – so to speak.

Oh yes. We could go on and on about our importance in your lives but we’re not the nagging kind, although, it is said that “Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.” Instead of nagging we’ll just tell you plain and straight. We’ve seen a Sherman Pole Building and it is us. It is us in the sense that such a shelter will keep us safe and leave us to a peaceful summer of slumber and relaxation. And when that summer sun is waning, as it surely will, we’ll be back, with renewed vigor to get you through the winter again. So do us a favor, make that call to Sherman Pole Buildings. And get some bug spray, please.

Tuesday
Apr172012

Metal has Many Faces

The Silver Dome stadium in Detroit is not really made of silver. It’s a Teflon-coated fiberglass. On the other hand, copper roofs have been around since the Duomo in Italy. And you can tell a copper roof by its colors. Metal roofing can be as varied as coffee flavors – almost. Copper, zinc and titanium are used in some specialized cases while aluminum and steel are more commonly used. In agricultural and commercial settings, corrugated steel panels are the preferred choice for barns, sheds and other structures. This roofing material lasts for several decades and it usually has a painted coating to prevent rusting and other damage. All metal roofing can be painted in desired colors.

In residential uses, metal roofing can be made in a variety of styles. A wide variety of coatings, paints, molding and cutting means that a metal roof can look like shingles, slate or tiles. Some metal shingles look almost identical to cedar shakes, while others look like old world Italian tiles or flat clay tiles or with different “rib” styles. There’s a metal roof for every personality. However, there is not necessarily a personality for every roof. Regardless, all metal roof styles are quite durable, able to withstand extreme weather conditions and more.

Tuesday
Apr172012

Keeping Fish and Women Happy

Austin’s giant koi pond was one of the more popular spots on the water garden tour. Cars and people stacked up to the point where passersby with no knowledge or interest in water gardens were stopping by to check out the commotion. Soon enough all were oohing and aahing about the amazing ponds with spectacular specimens of koi that Austin had built next to his deck.

For hours Austin explained the finer points of koi pond logistics. Feeding them carotene will help them to maintain a nice red color. But too much will turn their white spots pink. Someone joked that blueberries would turn their brown eyes blue, which didn’t amuse Austin. He was very serious about raising koi, which is possibly why he was still single.

But things were about to change when she showed up. All of a sudden Austin blocked out all the other people and was just talking to her about his grand pond. He told her about his annual trip to Japan to look for the latest and the best koi. His favorite so far was an artistic white and black fish, Shiro Utsuri, which he had bought for $1,500.00. That much? Wow. And did she know there was once a famous koi in Japan that lived for 226 years? She was impressed.

She casually inquired how Austin kept the koi alive through the winter. Where did he store them and how? This was a lot of stuff. It was obvious that he needed a large space for the filtration system. Not to mention the food and what not.

Austin hesitated. Then he admitted that people were no longer allowed inside his house over the winter because he had ponds taking up the entire basement. That’s not so bad, she told him. Then Austin added that the spare bedroom was another winter destination for koi accessories. Still, she didn’t think that was too bad. Well, actually, it was his whole entire living room and dining room, and he only had a small space in the kitchen and his bedroom for human occupation.

Why would someone want to give up their house to fish in the winter? Had he never considered getting a Sherman Pole Building for his koi? Surely by now he realized the koi needed their own winter home. For a moment, he seemed about to argue against that. But the wheels were turning in his head. He realized that he wouldn’t let this fine species of woman swim out of his life without at least exploring the idea. Hmmm. A Sherman Pole Building. An excellent idea. He smiled. Could they meet and discuss this further?