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Skaer-Tactics: Merkel: A Ray of Sunshine

October 28, 2008
The economy is going down the toilet. Or, so you hear every time you turn on the radio. Or listen to the TV news. Or read the newspaper.
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Murphy's Law: What Business Are You In?

October 27, 2008
If you were at a reception talking, and you said “I’m in HVAC,” it might not spawn much conversation. But, what if you said you were in the health and safety productivity business?
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Powell's Ponderings: Putting Beliefs Into Practice

October 27, 2008
The theme of the FMI Energy Conference held in Florida in early September certainly stressed sustainability and conservation.
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Murphy's Law: Will the Real Joe the Plumber Please Stand Up?

October 23, 2008
Since the third Presidential debate between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, Joe the Plumber (Joe Wurzelbacher) has gotten more than he bargained for.
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Skaer-Tactics: Local RETA Chapter Does the Right Thing

October 20, 2008
A few weeks ago, I was happy to report that Grainger had expanded its technical education scholarship program. I’d now like to point out a positive gesture from the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA).
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Taking Care of Business: Sorting the Sock Drawer, Er, Inventory

October 20, 2008
The other day I opened up my sock drawer and saw several orphan socks. But it got me thinking: Do you have time to sort socks, er, sort your inventory?
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Adventures in Construction: That Will Be $49 for Parts and $99 for Fuel

October 16, 2008
I just returned from Atlanta where a gas shortage is creating havoc. At one point, I became mired in a line of cars when I simply attempted to turn into my hotel parking lot.
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Taking Care of Business: Life (and Death) Can Be a Distraction

October 16, 2008
Two events recently happened that reinforced my belief that my job, my profession, and the trade I serve are just secondary plateaus in life. There is one thing that is more important - and that is life itself.
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Skaer-Tactics: I'm Still Feeling the Pain

October 15, 2008
More than a month ago I noted here Meier Supply Co.’s attempt to help its employees lose weight. I am happy to report that the HVACR wholesale distributor’s eight-week “Biggest Loser” contest concluded recently.
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Powell's Ponderings: All This for HVAC?

October 13, 2008
The hike to the Purdue University campus usually was pretty routine during the recent four-day compressor and refrigeration-air conditioning conferences. But one day there was quite a fuss.
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