Archive for 2010

Cork Dorks… did u know?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

WHISTLER TREE
The “Whistler Tree” near Aguas de Moura, Portugal—named for its resident songbirds—
is the world’s largest and oldest cork tree. Planted in 1783, it’s said to
produce the world’s finest wine corks and is cultivated every nine years, each
harvest yielding enough bark to cap 100,000 bottles

Dog vs Cat… from BooBoo

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

How to give a cat a pill…

1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered Doulton figures from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9. Check the label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus jab. Throw Tee shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.

13. Tie cats front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed, pry cat’s mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour a pint of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call at furniture shop on way home to order new table. Arrange for SPCA to collect cat and ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How to give a dog a pill:

1. Wrap it in bacon.

Note: This was emailed to Temco Air’s dog, BooBoo, from a fan of Boo’s newsletter column, Mike Z.  BooBoo just had to share this with y’all! Remember, bark less, wag more.

p.s. Cat lovers, this of course is in fun. No cats were harmed in the production of this post to our blog!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Just Imagine! A campaign for a better Tucson.
NOTE: This grassroots program is still hot off the presses, more details will be provided in the next few months.  The website is still under construction, but the momentum is rolling forward nonetheless. Display your flags, and stay tuned for more information on this Campaign for a better Tucson.

Wine… red, white, …or GREEN?

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Organic Vs. Biodynamic Wine
By Solvie Karlstrom Published: January 27, 2010
Selecting the right year, grape varietal and wine region used to be options enough for picking the perfect wine. But as more and more eco-friendly wines are finding reknown among wine enthusiasts and more and more green claims are gracing bottle labels, wine drinkers who prefer a greener varietal can now add eco-certifications to their list of preferred characteristics. Like the difference between an Australian Shiraz and a Californian Syrah, eco-certifications for wine have subtle, yet meaningful, differences. Before picking out the perfect pairing for your next candle-lit meal, read on to find out which label, USDA certified-organic or Demeter USA certified-biodynamic, indicates the better bottle.
USDA Organic
With 23,430,900 pounds of synthetic pesticides applied to wine grape crops in California alone in 2007, it’s no wonder that growing numbers of wine drinkers now prefer a more natural grape juice. And an organic label on the bottle is a good indicator that the grapes are greener. USDA certified organic ingredients come from farms and vineyards that have refrained from using herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified seeds for at least three years. But since USDA organic standards allow the consumer product to come in varying shades of green, it can be difficult for the consumer to know just how natural the wine is. Here’s a breakdown of the different claims you'll find on bottle labels:

•“100% Organic”: The wine is made from 100% certified organic ingredients, processed without synthetic agents and contains no added sulfites; naturally occuring sulfite levels in these wines are between 10 and 20 ppm. The label will bear the USDA organic seal, with the phrase “100% Organic”.
•“Organic”: The wine is made with 95% certified organic ingredients, and contains no added sulfites. Winemakers must prove that certified organic ingredients aren’t available for the remaining 5% of ingredients. The label will bear the USDA organic seal.
•“Made with Organic Grapes” or “Made with Organic Ingredients”: The wine is made with 70% certified organic ingredients, and sulfites can be added up to 100 parts per million. The label cannot bear the USDA organic seal.

Do you quack or soar?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Customer service is number one at Temco Air. If you shop with us, you know that firsthand. Here is a wonderful story about customer service from an industry you would least expect it… enjoy…

No one can make you serve customers well…..that’s because great service is a choice.
Harvey Mackay tells a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point.

He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey .

He handed my friend a laminated card and said: ‘I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’

Taken aback, Harvey read the card… It said: Wally’s Mission Statement: To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment…

This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, ‘Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.’ My friend said jokingly, ‘No, I’d prefer a soft drink.’ Wally smiled and said, ‘No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice…’ Almost stuttering, Harvey said, ‘I’ll take a Diet Coke.’

Handing him his drink, Wally said, ‘If you’d like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.’

As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card, ‘These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.’

And as if that weren’t enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. Then he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of day. He also let him know that he’d be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.

‘Tell me, Wally,’ my amazed friend asked the driver, ‘have you always served customers like this?’

Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. ‘No, not always.. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years.. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day.

He had just written a book called You’ll See It When You Believe It. Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, ‘Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.’

‘That hit me right between the eyes,’ said Wally. ‘Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.’

‘I take it that has paid off for you,’ Harvey said.

‘It sure has,’ Wally replied. ‘My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don’t sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can’t pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action.’

Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I’ve probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn’t do any of what I was suggesting…

Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles.

So, do you quack or soar? At Temco Air, we prefer to soar.

Love Letters

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

We love reading our fan mail.. here are just a few love letters we received this week:

“It was big decision time three years ago. My home air conditioning system was ready to “retire”. It was an easy decision. My Fellow Rotarian Marshall Dennington, Owner Temco Air Environmental lives the Four Way Test with his employees and CUSTOMERS!!! Every Spring and Fall, Temco Air Environmental inspects my system. I am pleased to say—I made the correct decision three years ago.” – Joe Nevin

“Everyone at Temco is top notch. Every technician who has ever come to our home has been courteous, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable.” – Linda Evans

“Carlos is a sweetheart, does thorough work, explains everything clearly, and puts up with me! If I had gold stars, he’d get gold stars!” -Lucinda Larson

How Efficient Are You?

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Take our heating and cooling quiz: Energy Star Quiz

Remember THE EVENT this weekend!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

If you do not already have your tickets for The Event, go to
theeventtucson.com

The number ONE charity event for spring – “THE EVENT” April 18, 2010 – taste food from Tucson’s best restaurants, sample libations from wineries and enjoy live music under the stars! Help the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson. Hope to see you there!

When Too Much is Too Much

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I was reading an article on the Wine Enthusiast/Wine Mag website and I thought you would enjoy it, too. Here is just a preview…

When Too Much is Too Much
Published on Dec 29, 2009
By Monica Larner WINE ENTHUSIAST website

“From a $100 cup of coffee to a $25,000 ice cream sundae, when is expensive taste just bad taste?
Afew months back, I wrote a news brief about a luxury coffee bean that is making rare, but steadily more frequent, appearances on restaurant menus in espresso-addicted Italy. For $30 a single shot, or up to $100 for a more generous “Americano” mug-sized portion, you too can savor the dubious delights of Kopi Luwak, an Indonesian coffee made from beans that have passed through the digestive track of an indigenous weasel called the Asian Palm Civet, which pre-selects the tastiest, most mature beans before defecating them whole. Stomach enzymes reportedly make the coffee taste much better—to the tune of $1,000 per kilo.
Who would pay that much for a cup of coffee from the back end of a rat?
I did, actually. Following the umpteenth chance encounter with Kopi Luwak on my various culinary travels, curiosity got the best of me. I ceremoniously shelled out the big bucks for a shot of espresso. The coffee was indeed good but I definitely don’t feel the need to revisit any other weasel-based beverages, especially at those prices.
As the stock market makes cautious gains since Wall Street lows on March 9, 2009, I’ve noticed more absurdly expensive foods along the Kopi Luwak lines.” ….. more on their website…

www.http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/December-01-2009/When-Too-Much-is-Too-Much/

Attention Chocolate Lovers!

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Saturday February 13th……An all day event, right here in Tucson, for chocolate lovers! Don’t miss this one.