Time Heals All Wounds

March 16th, 2011

One of our favorite meals is Cincinnati Skyline Chili. The best version of this recipe calls for chili served over a bed of spaghetti and covered in a pile of shredded cheese. Sometimes my wife, Joy Ann and I go to the restaurant but we are equally fond of buying frozen Cincinnati Skyline Chili at the grocery store and making a meal at home. We use to have this meal about once a week either at home or at  a local Skyline Restaurant.

About five years ago we were having our favorite Cincinnati Skyline Chili over spaghetti with cheddar cheese piled high and a tossed green salad with olive oil and red wine vinegar. Unfortunately, the observant, Joy Ann found a piece of gristle in her chili. It was a moment when all the clocks in Cincinnati stopped. Joy Ann not only failed to complete the meal but she also made a declaration making Cincinnati Skyline Chili off limit. Aucun  plus de chili!

I didn’t say it but I thought, “it wasn’t a mouse. It was only a little gristle.” But I am smart enough to know the limits of my culinary expertise.

Time heals all wounds. Today, unbeknownst to the forever vigilant Joy Ann, I prepared our old favorite chili lunch.

Joy Ann was a only a few feet through the door way when she announced, “It smells like Cincinnati Chili in here.”

I didn’t dodge the issue and admitted Cincinnati Skyline Chili would be up momentarily.

She didn’t mention the earlier so called “gristle” episode and I didn’t mention it either.

It was a fabulous lunch. An old friend revisited.

Sometimes we write off people, places and things. We fail to see that people, places and things can change. We are evolving. Time heals all wounds.

It is good to be back among the Skyline Chili eaters.

Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy. Give me a call if I can help.

Best Wishes,

Manzie

I Smashed My iPhone

March 9th, 2011

My wife, the athletic Joy Ann, and I really enjoy riding our bikes. I began riding a bike regularly a few years ago. We were living close enough to the office that I could ride my bike to work.

At first, the always cautious, Joy Ann was concerned about my safety. A woman she knew had fallen off her bike and broke her hip. “You’re too old to be riding a bike,” she kindly advised.

Before long we bought a bike for Joy Ann and safety not withstanding she was also happily riding.

We have a regular route we take most afternoons. We ride down to the beach, along the length of the key, cut across the bridge, shoot down Old Trail and then back home. The whole trip is 6 and a half miles. We actually average more miles on our bikes than in the family car.

But this story isn’t about bikes, it is about phones. More specifically it is about my $500 Apple iPhone. On a recent bike ride my iPhone slipped out of its case when I went over a bump. The phone launched a few feet in the air and came to rest on the roadway where a car was able to run over it even though there was plenty of room to miss it or go around it or stop before driving over it and scoring a direct hit and completely destroying a $500 piece of equipment.

After a failed attempt to repair my phone with parts available on eBay (at the advice of the AT&T rep) I am now using a $15 phone for the next 7 weeks until I am eligible for an upgrade phone. This so called upgrade phone is actually not an upgrade at all but an exact duplicate of the phone that was destroyed. Joy Ann was kind enough to point out the misuse of the word upgrade. Thanks honey.

I guess I have no one else to blame. I was careless in carrying my phone on the bike. I smashed my phone. Do you detect a little anger in my tone?

If you need help with 2 way radios give us a call. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie

Buying A Used Car Is Really Like Recycling

March 7th, 2011

Joy Ann is my wife and works at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. The Phil, as it is known, is only a mile and a half from our home. Because It is so close Joy Ann comes home for lunch every day. It is a 3 mile round trip and she makes the trip twice a day. That is only 6 miles a day or 30 miles a week.

My office is through the hedge and around the corner from our front door. It is not even far enough to make it worth taking my bicycle out of the garage. The biggest hazard during my commute is the potential for cobwebs as I pass through the hedge.

It is accurate to say, “we drive very little.”

We use to have 2 cars. Then it was only one car. The one car we still have is a leased Toyota Corolla. The Corolla costs next to nothing to operate. The lease is almost over. We have to return the car to the dealership in a couple of weeks. The lease agreement says we  can drive the car 36,000 miles during the lease period. We have about half that many miles on the car. So now the question is, “What to do? What to do?”

There are a lot of cool cars available but does a new car really make sense for us? It would be more economical to take a taxi cab every where.

On Sunday our sons Jay and Grayson, that work here at 2 Way Radio Express, and I found a car on Craigslist and went for a test drive. The car is a 1995 Buick Riviera with a super charged motor. Whew! That thing can fly and the woman that owned it only wanted $1500. It is the first used car I have bought since I don’t know when.

So now we are are like a couple of kids riding around in a 1995 hot rod will no lease payment. I am sure the Buick is not  going to get as good mileage as the Corolla but we don’t drive much. Our carbon foot print has got to be a size 4 or smaller. Buying a used car is really like recycling.

If you need help with 2 way radios give us a call. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie

2 Way Radios: Making Road Trips Safer

January 26th, 2011

Road trips are the norm this time of year. Everyone is heading to visit family over the holidays, college students are going home for their winter vacation and it’s not uncommon to travel in a couple of cars if you have a lot of passengers. That’s where 2 way radios can come in handy.

Imagine driving along and realizing that you’ve lost your friends in the other car. Maybe they turned off for gas or a bathroom break, maybe they just got caught behind a slow trailer. Either way, this can cause delays as you try to figure out where they are, often on a busy highway where it’s difficult to pull over.

Cell phones are in wide use these days, but they’re not infallible. In fact, they don’t work too well in a lot of places, especially the mountains. So if you’re driving along and need to communicate with the other vehicles traveling with you, it makes sense to have a two way radio to make life a bit easier.

Two way radios aren’t just good for finding lost vehicles, though. They’re actually very handy for a few reasons. Traveling in a group usually means someone is hungry at any given time and a radio lets you check in on everyone to see if enough people are hungry to warrant stopping off at the next fast food joint. Radios are also useful if there’s a delay or something on the road, you can let other vehicles know what’s going on.

Regardless of how you use them, 2 way radios can be extremely useful in many situations on a road trip. Any time you need to communicate, you’ll have the ability to do so without using your phone, so check out our selection today.

Do You Iron?

January 25th, 2011

Do you iron your own shirts? Most of the time my industrious Joy Ann irons the clothes in our home. About once or twice a week I iron my own shirt. Ironing can be very empowering. It demonstrates self-reliance, humility, concentration and you get to really know your clothes.

My favorite shirt is Strongman. Strongman is a teal green, long shelve, button down Ralph Lauren shirt. Strongman cost about $50 but has worn like iron. I bet I have worn Strongman a hundred times. I ironed Strongman on Monday for the first time in a couple of months. Strongman is over three years old. The cautionary Joy Ann has been warning me for sometime that Strongman is on his last leg. Strongman is made from 100% cotton. The material is like duck cloth or a light canvas. It might be called broadcloth. I’m not sure of the name but boy is he comfortable.

When she saw me pulling Strongman from the laundry basket, the stern Joy Ann said, “You can’t wear that thing. It’s worn out. The underarms are stained. Put on something else!” Basically she refused to iron Strongman. Not one to let go easily I put Strongman on the ironing board and turned the iron on high steam. If this was to be Strongman’s last trip I wanted him to go out pressed.

A few years ago I was taking flying lesson at Louisville’s Bowman Field. I usually wore the same shirt to most lessons. It was a shirt that was a lot like Strongman except the shirt had flap pockets, epaulets and was khaki colored. I felt very military when I wore that shirt.

One day after landing the plane, my flight instructor told me to stop on the taxiway. She got out of the plane and announced over the roar of the engine, “Today is the day you solo.” I responded with a feeble, “So soon? Are you sure? I’m not ready.” She told me I was in fact ready and she closed the door and walked away without looking back.

I may have looked military but I felt totally unprepared and pretty much scared to death. I taxied out and took off. I don’t remember much about my first solo except the constant blare of the stall warning horn and my apparent loss of all directional control of the aircraft.

Somehow I landed and returned to the flight school. I was soaked in nervous perspiration and on wobbly knees. My instructor met me with scissors and intent to cut off my shirttail. Cutting off the shirttail of a newly soloed pilot is an old aviator’s custom. I told her, “I nearly died and now you want to cut up my favorite shirt. ARE YOU NUTS?” I left and never returned. I wore my flying shirt many times after that day but never in the air.

So there I was ironing Strongman when I saw it. A hole! Strongman had sprung a leak in his left shelve. I can put up with fading. I can take some fraying. I could put up with a little yellowing under the arm but a hole….. This changed everything. I knew this was the end for Strongman.

I worn Strongman for the last time on Monday. When I got home I threw him in the hamper. The ever practical Joy Ann retrieved Strongman, held him in front of my face and said, “What’s this doing in the laundry? I thought today was the last time you were going to wear it.” I responded, “I can’t let him go out dirty.”

I tell you this my esteemed reader, it was with sadness and pride that I stuffed Strongman into the trash bin. Call it a rite or a ritual, it is hard to say goodbye to those that have served so well.

Do you iron your own shirts?

If you need help with 2 Way Radios give me a call. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie

Do You Like Your Job? Why I Love Selling 2 Way Radios

January 19th, 2011

I sell 2 way radios. That’s my job, as well as my business, and the truth is, I really enjoy it. These days, there are so many people who just don’t take joy in what they do, but for me, helping people find the right 2 way radio equipment is an enjoyable experience. Our clients often share what they plan to use the radios for or tell us about past experiences they’ve had with them.

The best part of this job is being able to communicate with my clients. I guess you could say I’m a people person, I really do enjoy the face to face contact with clients in the area. While the internet isn’t nearly as personal, it’s still possible to communicate with people through it and that works very well for anyone who doesn’t live here in Florida. In fact, it’s a bonus because I get to talk to folks all over the country!

Sure, I may not be doing something as exciting as being a spy for the CIA, but building awareness about how 2 way radios can help people stay safer and ease some of the stress of daily living is exactly what I want to be doing. I even got to write about my passion in my book “The Little Green Radio Book”, which is available on the website, if you’re interested. How many people can say that they’re doing what makes them happy? Not nearly enough.

Hi friends, Al Purnell here.

January 17th, 2011

I grew up in Louisville Kentucky. I graduated from the University of Kentucky and I still follow both University of Louisville and University of Kentucky basketball on television.

On Saturday the Louisville Cardinals squared off against Marquette and the Kentucky Wildcats faced LSU.

Both of my teams won but neither game was memorable. What was memorable was the Purnell’s Old Folks Sausage commercials that played during both basketball games.

Al Purnell is the owner and spokesperson for the Simpsonville Kentucky company and has a very distinct verbal delivery that includes his trade mark, “it’s gooo-od.”

I am told by my niece Ellie, who lived in Chicago for a few years while she finished law school, that several local bars feature Al Purnell impersonation competitions. The idea is to get a  dumb look on your face and say “it’s gooo-od” as slowly as you can. A lesser man may be insulted by these shenanigans but not Al Purnell.

In the television commercial Al Purnell is shown wearing his Old Folks baseball cap while he prepares a skillet full of his family’s recipe sausage. He declares, “Hi friends. Al Purnell here,” and then he lowers his voice and announces, “the Sausage Man.” He describes how to most effectively open the plastic container and slice the sausage into patties. It is a very appetizing visual display. Al tells viewers that a family of 4 can eat a delicious dinner of eggs, biscuits and Purnell’s Old Folks sausage for about $7.

Here is why I love these commercials; he’s honest and natural, the commercial is instructive and his product is a great value.

Too often I see commercials loose their message in an attempt to be funny or artistic or are simply too obtuse to be of real value.

We sell 2 way radios. Like Al Purnell I try to be instructive, honest, natural and provide a great value. Our 2 way radios improve safety, increase efficiency and boost productivity. Two way radios don’t cost money they save money.

I’m the radio man. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,
Manzie

Heading Out of the Country? Take Your 2 Way Radios

January 12th, 2011

Friends of ours recently traveled to Guatemala and they were doing a lot of sightseeing. At one point, one of them got separated from the group at Tikal, a large Mayan ruin. Trying to find everyone else in a gigantic archeological site full of tourists could have been a nightmare if they hadn’t brought along two way radios. Within minutes, they met up at one of the pyramids and continued on with their sightseeing.

One of the biggest problems with traveling in another country is that your cell phone might not work. Two way radios, on the other hand, don’t care what country you’re in. You could even be at sea and you could still communicate within the range of your 2 way radio.

The only thing you need to remember is to check which adapters you need to bring with you when you travel, since not all electric outlets are the same. There are kits available with all the possible variations you might want, no matter where you go in the world with your radios.

Two way radios can be very useful in all sorts of situations, as I’ve been sharing on this blog for months now, but that’s especially true if you’re in a foreign country where language barriers make it even more difficult to find someone who’s lost. Make sure you have your 2 way radios on hand for traveling, along with the appropriate adapters for charging them and you’ll always be prepared.

Want to Try Two Way Radios for Free?

January 5th, 2011

Not all radios work in all locations, that’s to be expected, but to find that out when you most need to communicate with a 2 way radio is a disappointment that no one wants. So, we figured out a solution for it, giving our clients free radios.

To make sure that the two way radios you want to use are actually functional in your area, we let you test them out for a week. If they don’t work well enough for you, just ship them back and we’ll gladly help you choose a better set of radios.

The fact of the matter is, two way radios just don’t help much if they’re not working properly. Since each set of radios is built differently, it’s entirely possible that another model of two way radio will function for you, but this way you can test them out to see what works best.

If you’re one of those people who hates to buy online because you can’t try the product for yourself, this is a great option. We aren’t in this just for the money, we want to make sure our customers are actually happy . . . . that’s how word of mouth advertising works, after all.

Our clients range from construction sites to schools, so we offer a range of two way radios to ensure that there’s something for everyone. If you’re interested in testing a couple of radios out, just fill out the 7 day trial form. After all, you don’t have anything to lose!

Do You Have a Loading Dock?

January 3rd, 2011

Tim lives in Melbourne, Florida and does our 2 way radio repair work. Tim is very inventive, in an unconventional way. He is kinda like Doc Brown, the character played by Christopher Lloyd in the movie “Back to the Future”. When it comes to electronics Tim is exceptionally smart and creative. I think Tim could have invented the Flux Capacitor, unfortunately he can be a little grumpy and stubborn.

John is our customer in Atlanta. John’s  organization has been using VHF 2 way radios for several years. VHF radios are best suited for outside use. The VHF signal does not penetrate walls and solid objects as well as the UHF signal. We typically recommend UHF radios for applications like John’s, however, John inherited the VHF-UHF problem when he joined his organization.

Recently, John asked if we had a way for him to economically make the switch from VHF radios to UHF radios. This is where Tim comes in.

Tim built an electronic device (we are calling it the Timulator in Tim’s honor). The Timulator receives a VHF radio signal on one side and rebroadcasts the signal as UHF on the other side. In other words, it allows VHF and UHF radios to talk to each other. Instead of having to replace all of his 2 way radios at once, our customer John, can continue to use his existing VHF radios and replace them with UHF radios when it is more convenient.

We can build Timulators with any combination of radio signals.

For example, suppose you have a bunch of loading docks at your business. All day long trucks are picking-up and dropping-off stuff. When truckers pull up to your gate they are talking on CB radios. You are probably using UHF radios in your facility so your radios and the truckers radios can’t talk to each other. If you want to direct a trucker to the correct loading dock you have to either carry an additional CB radio or walk up to the trucker and confront him mano to mano.

Please allow me to Introduce the “Timulator.” The Timulator will let you talk back and forth with truckers using your regular 2 way radios. How cool is that?

We haven’t posted Timuator information anywhere else on 2wayradioexpress.com yet but if you’d like more information give us a call at 239-601-1969.

Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie