Here’s to enjoying the company of good friends and family. Everyone at EXAIR wishes all of you a happy Thanksgiving, and would like to express our gratitude for being our customers and vendors – we appreciate you.
EXAIR will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23 to be with our family and friends.
As many of us celebrated the Holidays we revisited some traditions. Like a lot of families do, my family also has a number of traditions. Ours include:
A turkey grilled on my trusty Weber™ kettle.
A thorough cleaning of the house, because my wife says if we don’t, my mother-in-law will want to hire us a maid. I’m still trying to understand how that’s a bad thing.
A post-dinner family card game. After all, this is the cleanest our dining room table gets all year.
Some late-into-the-evening TV. This usually consists of our favorite holiday movie, “A Christmas Story.” If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a cult classic about a boy named Ralphie Parker, and his mission to obtain a BB gun, his struggles with the neighborhood bully, and, of course, his father’s uncanny fascination with a very peculiar sweepstakes prize:
From left to right: Mr. Parker’s “Major Award” lamp, and the lamp that our Mr. Edwards prefers instead.
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Black Friday love it or hate it, it’s just a way to drum up Christmas sales. The concept is nothing new though. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to move the official Thanksgiving date to earlier in November to encourage a longer Christmas shopping season as a Depression recovery strategy. His idea was shut down by Congress, and the official date was declared permanently as the fourth Thursday in November via Public Law #379. So today we have Black Friday.
I do not know about you, but my idea of shopping is an internet connection and a credit card. I do not have to fight the crowds and all the traffic. Being an engineer enamored the details of the product, I can find more information on the web than from some part time clerk working the aisles.
You can shop for your compressed air products on EXAIR’s website. There you will find specifications on all our products, you can download 2D drawings or 3D models, catalog pages, etc. from our Knowledge Base. If you need assistance, we have a team of Application Engineers available by phone 1-800-903-9247, email or by live chat – click the chat button in upper left corner.
I am an application engineer and would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I’m blessed beyond measure to be able to spend this day, for the twentieth consecutive time, at the home of Grandpa Harry…my wife’s grandfather. I’ll be having dinner with him, his six children and their spouses, most of their children (my wife included), and THEIR children (among them, my sons). It takes four rooms to seat everyone, but nobody leaves hungry.
Speaking of being blessed, it’s not the only – or even the first – Thanksgiving dinner for me this year. Last Sunday, the boys and I had dinner with my best friend Andrew and his son – the ones we’ve spent the last eight Father’s Day weekends camping with – at his mother’s home, which we’ve also been doing for years now. After dinner, the five of us always take a hike down the railroad tracks that run through Pleasant Plain, Ohio. Sometimes we head east, sometimes west…this time, we went west. As Andrew and I watched the boys run ahead of us, we decided to turn and head back when we reached a certain pond. As we walked on, we both marveled that the boys, who surely hadn’t heard us, took a sudden turn towards that very pond. It could have been coincidence, but we chose to believe that the five of us are all just like-minded. Which is true, regardless of the reason they might have actually headed for the pond.
Also on the subject of being blessed…and turkey dinners…my wife brought home a modest-sized bird from the grocery store the other day, to cook up on Friday. Plans are to spend the day at home, decking the halls and putting up the Christmas tree, and playing board games.
EXAIR, like a lot of American businesses, will be closed until Monday. Whatever your plans are for the holiday weekend, I wish, for you and yours, the richest of blessings. If you’re spending this time treasuring each others’ company, then that’s a wish well wished.
I spent the past two Saturday afternoons with some really great guys. See, the boys in my Cub Scout Webelos Den will be “crossing over” into Boy Scouts in a few months, and we had the opportunity to visit three Boy Scout Troop campouts over the course of the last two weekends. They all included a family dinner on Saturday evening, and, since it was November, the obligatory main course was turkey.
While most Thanksgiving turkeys are still oven-roasted, the deep-fried method is gaining quickly in popularity for those who don’t mind spending some time outside this time of year. I say this because basic safety rules dictate that it is NOT to be done indoors. In fact, even outside, there are safety precautions you’ll want to take:
Two of the Troops we visited successfully deep fried their turkeys, and I heard they were awesome (I, regrettably, wasn’t able to stay for dinner.) The third Troop (and the one my oldest son belongs to) prepared their bird, as they have for years, in a trash can. The leaders of this Troop are all seasoned (pun intended) Dutch oven enthusiasts, so the Trash Can Turkey is right up their alley.
There are, of course, safety precautions that apply to making a Trash Can Turkey as well, most of which concern the handling of the charcoal. An important one, though, involves the trash can itself: most steel trash cans are galvanized, which means they’ve been coated in zinc. If you get this coating hot enough, it’ll release toxic fumes that, when inhaled (or ingested by eating turkey that’s been directly exposed to them), can cause what welders call “zinc fever,” which exhibits flu-like symptoms for a day or two. While there’s still debate about long-term effects, the short-term effects – I assume I’m not the only one with an aversion to “flu-like symptoms” – make a strong case to avoid this at all costs. Good news is, you can easily prep your Trash Can Turkey trash can by building a fire in it first. Do it outside (of course) and don’t hover around it. This “burns off” the zinc oxide, and, assuming you handle the raw bird properly, and cook it to an internal temperature of 180F (best measured in the thick part of the thigh), you should avoid any ill effects, except for a tryptophan-induced drowsiness, which is arguably NOT an ill effect, if you have access to a comfy sofa on Thanksgiving Day afternoon.
At EXAIR, we’re committed to safety as it relates to the use of compressed air in general, and our products in particular:
*Always wear eye protection when using compressed air for blowing off materials. Even if you’re using a Safety Air Gun fitted with a Chip Shield…it’s a protection enhancement, not a safety replacement.
*OSHA prohibits the use of compressed air for cleaning unless the pressure is reduced below 30psig, or (and this is where EXAIR products come in) a relief is provided for, to prevent dead-ending, which can cause a dangerous air embolism. All EXAIR products are impossible to dead end, making them safe for operation at those higher pressures that are sometimes necessary to do the job.
If you ever have any questions about the safe use of compressed air, give us a call…we’re here to help.
This past weekend I had the honor of walking with a team of 14 people from EXAIR in the Saint Jude Give Thanks. Walk. This walk went on across the nation in 90 cities. This was all to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a whole EXAIR donated $455 to the St. Jude Foundation to help the fight against cancer. My family and I had the joy of riding in the elevator from the parking garage with a survivor who St. Jude helped. He had been diagnosed when he was 12 and is now 24, he wasn’t the only survivor there either.
The walk started out from a local mall, Newport on the Levee, and then crossed the Ohio River using the Purple People Bridge, then up through Lytle Park along the river. Finally we crossed the bridge again and ended right back where we started. The total raised for the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk was $35,439.04. That’s an impressive amount raised while enjoying our families and good company, and supporting a great cause.
Yet another amazing reason to be part of the EXAIR team. Thanks for supporting us.