Thursday, September 24, 2015

Treating a Car for Hail Damage

I am sure you did not miss the awful storm we had last week. Ughhh! During the storm the only thing I wished for, was that my house doesn’t lose electricity. Well my wish worked, I didn’t lose the electricity, but boy, do I know regret not wishing for something else. It turns out this storm came with a hell of a hail storm. And this damaged my car L. Both the hood and the roof of the car were covered in small dents where the hail grains had hit it. That one was a terrible morning. And to make things worse I hadn’t gotten my car insurance renewed this year – Murphy was doing his best!

I did think I was out of options, but I also knew that the little dents and dings need to be fixed. As money is tight, dealer services were out of the question so I simply went online to search for cheap fixes for hail damaged cars that can be done here in Phoenix area. I wanted to see also other person experiences, so I focused my searches on blogs. Well on I found this pretty cool car dent repair blog. This blog explains in detail about a technique called paintless dent removal. Apparently this fixes small and big dents, dings and of course my sour apple hail damages. As it turns out this technique only works in the cases when the paint of the car is not damaged, but since that was intact on my car I figured that this technique should work for me. 

This very educating blog ultimately lead me to a company in Phoenix -, actually offering the hail damage and other dent and ding removal services. The webpage of this company offers a very easy way to get an estimate for their services, and this was another major deal breaker the price they offered was mind blowing. It was more than half of what I thought I would need to spend, and saved me from trying to get an advance of my pay check. I gave the company a call right the next day, and arranged for a time they could take my car in. They offer also mobile paintless dent removal services, i.e., they offered to come at any location where I would like and fix the car right there, but with the weather being so unpredictable, we both agreed that taking the car to them was a better option. 

Well my car was fixed yesterday! 
The service took around 4 hours in total and as a nice touch the company has thought about having their clients entertained while their car is being restored. They have an “entertainment room” with a selection of movies to watch on a flat screen as well as a high speed internet, this all with little snacks and beverages available. While you wait for the car to be finished another option is a shopping mall located just a ten minute walk from the company’s garage. After the four hour wait while my car was treated with the paintless dent repair service the results are awesome! I definitely recommend the paintless dent removal and the company Dent Removal Phoenix to anyone needing to deal with a dent or a ding on their car in the Phoenix area.

This awesome experience with a local company gave me also an idea for another story-line to include in this Phoenician blog – posts about companies located in Phoenix and offering excellent services for a bargain price, often small companies that solely rely on word of mouth advertising, and this would be me advertising them to my audition as a thank you for the great services that I received from them.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sites to see in Phoenix, AZ

Best Things to do in Phoenix both for locals and tourists

For both tourists as well as the locals Phoenix has more to offer than simply resort life in its hot and sunny climate. It is definitely advised to look in each part of Phoenix for what the district does best. In the morning you can visit museums in Downtown Phoenix, in the afternoon do some shopping in Scottsdale, and finish the day with a party in Tempe. The next day, go on a hike in Carefree and later catch a major league baseball spring training game in Mesa. If baseball is not your choice of sport then watch some football or hockey in Glendale. A walk through the Desert Botanical Garden and a hike up Camelback Mountain are also must do activities in the Phoenix area. To spend some of your money you can either choose to visit the city's outdoor and indoor shopping malls or those who are feeling that a little bit of luck is visiting them can try it out at one of the reservation casinos. Below in the first list I put together a number of indoor activities for both locals wanting to rediscover their home city and tourists exploring this diverse state capital. In the second part outdoor activities are collected.

Indoor activities

Desert Botanical Garden
The Botanical garden is home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world. This unique museum comprises 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. With a 63-year legacy of environmental stewardship, the Garden has become nationally and internationally recognized for its plant collections, educational and research programs.

Phoenix Art Museum
Housed within a prime example of contemporary architecture is one of the largest art museums in the Southwest (with more than 17,000 works of art, some of them dating as far back as the Renaissance). From Diego Rivera to Frederic Remington, Henry Moore to Frida Kahlo, the Phoenix Art Museum's permanent collection caters to a wide variety of tastes, and often welcomes top-notch traveling exhibits. Be sure to check out the popular Thorne Miniature Collection, and if you're traveling with kids, make sure to take advantage of the museum's youth-oriented activities.

Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum, located about 20 miles north of Phoenix, invites travelers to check out its collection of more than 6,000 instruments from around the world. On the first floor of the museum, visitors will find instruments, concert footage, clothing of renowned musicians and more. Visitors can see how instruments are preserved and restored in the first-floor Conservation Lab before actually playing instruments in the Experience Lab, also on the first floor. Many parents said their children especially enjoyed experimenting with the instruments in the Experience Lab, advising future visitors to make it the last stop on their visit because the kids will not want to leave.
On the upper floor, rooms are divided by geographic region, with each offering a unique collection of instruments. In each section, instruments are accompanied by streaming audio and video of the instruments being played to help put them in cultural context.
The museum also showcases live music, hosting approximately 200 concerts every year in its theater. The featured artists represent an eclectic variety of genres. You can access a full concert schedule and buy tickets on the museum's website. In addition to general admission, the museum offers summer camp, school tours and group tours.

Arizona Science Center
Seek refuge from the broiling Phoenix weather in the Arizona Science Center, where interactive displays teach kids about everything from electricity to weather patterns to outer space. Explore 350 hands-on science exhibits, experience the excitement of a five-story-screen theater, and travel to space in a planetarium. Other popular exhibits include exhibits on sound, gravity and psychology. An IMAX Theater also offers family-friendly, educational entertainment.

Outdoor activities

Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo is a great place to enjoy nature without your little ones dying of boredom. There are multiple trails that wind through the numerous habitats represented on this 125-acre chunk of land. The zoo houses a variety of animals, including baboons, Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, Galápagos tortoises and Komodo dragons. Take younger tots to the Big Red Barn petting zoo or to the giraffe encounter where they can get some facetime with the animals. When their little legs start to tire, consider the 30-minute narrated safari train tour, which only costs a few dollars and provides a good orientation of the zoo.

Camelback Mountain
As the highest peak in Phoenix, Camelback Mountain is probably the most scenic hiking spot in the city. Soaring 2,704-feet high, Camelback's summit offers spectacular views of Phoenix and Scottsdale and can be reached from the 1.2-mile (incredibly steep) Summit Trail. If you're looking for a more low-key hike, the 1.5-mile Cholla Trail on the east side of the mountain offers a more gradual incline, at least until you near the summit. You can also try one of the several beginner-friendly trails that circle Camelback's base. Hiking Camelback Mountain is best attempted earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when the desert heat is bearable. But no matter when you decide to climb, make sure you have plenty of water and sunscreen.

Desert Botanical Garden
Sprawling across 50 acres in Papago Park, the desert may seem like the last place you'd expect to find flora. Yet the Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers from all around the world. The garden's brightly colored plants sharply contrast the Sonoran Desert's cinnamon-red buttes, and numerous hiking trails — like the "Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert" and the "Desert Wildflower" trails — allow you to experience the region's natural wonders the way early settlers once did. The Desert Botanical Garden also hosts numerous events, including bird-watching expeditions and outdoor concert series.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Frank Lloyd Wright began building his desert masterpiece Taliesin West in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.

South Mountain Park

At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve is one of the largest municipally operated parks in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land. It boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Staying Safe During High Heat

Temperatures around 105F mark are not uncommon in the Sun Valley, and this year is no exception. But still reminding each other about the dangerous of heat are never out of place. Read here some of the most important points and don't forget to remind them to your family members and friends. Better safe than sorry, as the saying goes!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A little bit about Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the state of Arizona. Phoenix is the basis of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is part of the so called Salt River Valley. The city is the 13th largest metro area by population in the United States, with approximately 4.3 million people in 2010. In addition, Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County and is one of the largest cities in the United States by land area (the area of the city is 517.948 square miles.

Early settlements
For more than 2,000 years, the Hohokam peoples occupied the land that would become Phoenix. The Hohokam created roughly 135 miles of irrigation canals, making the desert land usable for agriculture. Paths of these canals would later become used for the modern Arizona Canal, Central Arizona Project Canal, and the Hayden-Rhodes Aqueduct. The Hohokam also carried out extensive trade with the nearby Anasazi, Mogollon and Sinagua. Hohokam civilization abandoned the area after number of sever periods of drought and severe floods between 1300 and 1450.

When the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, Mexico sold its northern zone to the United States and residents became U.S. citizens. The Phoenix area became part of the New Mexico Territory. In 1863 the mining town of Wickenburg was the first to be established in what is now Maricopa County, to the north-west of modern Phoenix.

Later the U.S. Army created Fort McDowell on the Verde River in 1865 to forestall Native American uprisings. The fort established a camp on the south side of the Salt River by 1866, which was the first non-native settlement in the valley after the decline of the Hohokam. In later years, other nearby settlements would form and merge to become the city of Tempe, this community would later be incorporated in Phoenix.

Founding of the city
The Phillip Darrell Duppa adobe house was built in 1870 and is the oldest known house in Phoenix. It was the homestead of "Lord" Darrell Duppa, an Englishman who is credited with naming Phoenix and Tempe as well as founding the town of New River.

The history of the city of Phoenix, however, begins with Jack Swilling, a Confederate veteran of the Civil War. In 1867 he saw in the Salt River Valley a potential for farming. He formed a small community that same year about 4 miles east of the present city. Lord Darrell Duppa suggested the name "Phoenix", as it described a city born from the ruins of a former civilization.

The Board of Supervisors in Yavapai County, which at the time encompassed Phoenix, officially recognized the new town on May 4, 1868. On February 12, 1871, the territorial legislature created Maricopa County, the sixth one formed in the Arizona Territory, by dividing Yavapai County. The first election for county office was held in 1871, when Tom Barnum was elected the first sheriff, actually running unopposed when the other two candidates, John A. Chenowth and Jim Favorite, fought a duel wherein Chenowth killed Favorite, and then was forced to withdraw from the race.

The town grew during the 1870s, and President Ulysses S. Grant issued a land patent for the present site of Phoenix on April 10, 1874. By 1875, the town had a telegraph office, sixteen saloons, and four dance halls.

By 1881, Phoenix' continued growth made the existing village structure with a board of trustees obsolete. The Territorial Legislature passed "The Phoenix Charter Bill", incorporating Phoenix and providing for a mayor-council government, and became official on February 25, 1881 when it was signed by Governor John C. Fremont, officially incorporating Phoenix as a city with an approximate population of 2,500.

The building of the railroad in the 1880s was the first of several important events that revolutionized the economy of Phoenix. Phoenix became a trade center, with its products reaching eastern and western markets. In response, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce was organized on November 4, 1888. The increased access to commerce, expedited the city's economic rise. The year 1895 also saw the establishment of Phoenix Union High School, with an enrollment of 90 in the first year.

1900 to World War II
On February 25, 1901, Governor Murphy dedicated the permanent state Capitol building, and the Carnegie Free Library opened seven years later, on February 18, 1908, dedicated by Benjamin Fowler. The National Reclamation Act was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902, which allowed for dams to be built on waterways in the west for reclamation purposes. The first dam constructed under the act, the Theodore Roosevelt Dam began in 1903. It supplied both water and electricity, becoming the first multi-purpose dam, and Roosevelt himself would attend the official dedication on May 18, 1911. At the time, it was the largest masonry dam in the world, forming Theodore Roosevelt Lake in the mountain east of Phoenix.

On February 14, 1912, under President William Howard Taft, Phoenix became the capital of the newly formed state of Arizona. This occurred just six months after Taft had vetoed in August 1911, a joint congressional resolution granting statehood to Arizona, due to his disagreement of the state constitution's position regarding the recall of judges. After statehood, Phoenix's growth started to accelerate, and by the end of its first eight years under statehood, Phoenix' population had grown to 29,053. In 1920 Phoenix would see its first skyscraper, the Heard Building.

During World War II, Phoenix's economy shifted to that of a distribution center, rapidly turning into an embryonic industrial city with mass production of military supplies. There were 3 air force fields in the area: Luke Field, Williams Field, and Falcon Field, as well as two large pilot training camps, Thunderbird Field No. 1 in Glendale and Thunderbird Field No. 2 in Scottsdale.

The explosive growth after the WWII
A town that had just over sixty-five thousand residents in 1940 became America's sixth largest city by 2010, with a population of nearly 1.5 million, and millions more in nearby suburbs. Hundreds of manufacturing firms were attracted to Phoenix, especially those that emphasized high technology, along with corporate headquarters.

When the war ended, many of the men who had undergone their training in Arizona returned bringing their new families. Large industry, learning of this labor pool, started to move branches here. In 1948 high-tech industry, which would become a staple of the state’s economy, arrived in Phoenix when Motorola chose Phoenix for the site of its new research and development center for military electronics? Seeing the same advantages as Motorola, other high-tech companies such as Intel and McDonnell Douglas would also move into the valley and open manufacturing operations.

By 1950, over 105,000 people lived within the city and thousands more in surrounding communities. The 1950s growth was spurred on by advances in air conditioning, which allowed both homes and businesses to offset the extreme heat experienced in Phoenix and the surrounding areas during its long summers. There was more new construction in Phoenix in 1959 alone than during the period of more than thirty years from 1914 to 1946.

The 1960s till present day
Over the next several decades, the city and metropolitan area attracted more growth and became a favored tourist destination for its exotic desert setting and recreational opportunities. In 1968, the Central Arizona Project was approved by President Lyndon B. Johnson, assuring future water supplies for Phoenix, Tucson, and the agricultural corridor in between.

In the 1970s the downtown area experienced resurgence, with a level of construction activity not seen again until the urban real estate boom of the 2000s. By the end of the decade, Phoenix adopted the Phoenix Concept 2000 plan which split the city into urban villages, each with its own village core where greater height and density was permitted, further shaping the free-market development culture. Originally, there were 9 villages, but this has been expanded to 15 over the years. This officially turned Phoenix into a city of many nodes, which would later be connected by freeways.

There was an influx of refugees due to low-cost housing in the Sunnyslope area in the 1990s, resulting in 43 different languages being spoken in local schools by the year 2000. The famous "Phoenix Lights" UFO sightings took place in March 1997.

Phoenix has maintained a growth streak in recent years, growing by 24.2% before 2007. This made it the second-fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States, surpassed only by Las Vegas. 2008 also saw Phoenix as one of the cities hardest hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, and by early 2009 the median home price was $150,000, down from its $262,000 peak in 2007. Crime rates in Phoenix have gone down in recent years, and once troubled, decaying neighborhoods such as South Mountain, Alhambra, and Maryvale have recovered and stabilized. Recently, downtown Phoenix and the central core have experienced renewed interest and growth, resulting in numerous restaurants, stores, and businesses opening or relocating to central Phoenix.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

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