Holiday Party

Holidays are my favorite time of the year. Every year during the holidays, my family and I host a huge holiday party. This year we are expecting so many people that we had to rent a space for the party. Planning a party can be overwhelming, but planning a holiday party is definitely overwhelming. If your family is like my family, they like to do it big when they host an event. The preparation for this year’s holiday party started one month before the date of the party. The reason for such an early start is to make sure everything is done right. The first step that we take before we begin planning is having a family meeting to determine who is going to be in charge of what. This year I was going to be in charge of everything that needed to be printed. That meant I was in charge of finding someone to design and print.

I went online searching for a printing company that I could trust. I searched google for printing companies. I found many different companies, but the one company that seems to saScreen Shot 2015-12-18 at 12.53.13 PMtisfy all of their customers based on their reviews was this company called Cornerstone Printing. They are the number one political printing company in the entire country. All of those sounded good to me, but the main thing that made me go with Cornerstone Printing for the job is their great deals. For a company that is as well known as they are I have to admit that I was expecting them charge me an arm and a leg for printing. Surprisingly, they didn’t; in fact, they had some of the best deals compared to the competitors.

Working with them was even easier. I was able to place my entire order online in under 10 minutes. I didn’t have to call in and be put on hold. I didn’t have to deal with anyone. I just wrote a short detailed description of what I wanted them to do and that was it. After I had placed the order my job was done. It was a pretty big order, so I was a little unsure if they would be able to finish the order in one month. That was out of my hands now, all I could do at this point was wait and hope they could get the job done in time.

il_570xN.283659962A week had went by, which means they had three weeks left to complete the order. After that first week of waiting I had forgotten all about the order. I was expecting them in three weeks. Later during the week when I arrived home from work, there was a mysterious box sitting on my door steps. I wasn’t expecting anything in the mail, so the first thing I thought was they must have the wrong house. As I got closer and saw the writing on the box, it said Cornerstone Printing. I was in total disbelief; there is Read More...

A Leader in Medical Instrumentation

Sunrise FloridaThe best trip I ever took was when I visited my cousin in Sunrise, Florida. Since she was a doctor, we didn’t get to hang out as much as we use to before we both got careers. The visit was a surprise for her birthday, but, being as excited I arrived down there three days before her birthday. When I arrived to at the airport, I thought it would be a good idea to catch a cab and surprise her at the door. When I arrived at her house, she was dressed up and already standing outside. I wondered how she knew, but that wasn’t important I was too excited to see her.

I ran out of the cab, and ran up to her and hugged her. She screamed in panic as if some stranger just hugged her. That’s when I realized she wasn’t expecting me; she was going out. I hadn’t seen my cousin in 5 years, so where ever she was going I was coming along. I ask her where she was going, and she said Marina Medical sponsored the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Surgery International Course at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center in Celebration, Florida.

Vaginal SpeculumI didn’t understand a word she was saying, but I went along with her. I found out that Marina Medical has been an established leader in the manufacturing of surgical instrumentation for OBGYN and Aesthetic Surgery. Become a part of our Community, and you’ll have access to educational materials, special offers, a Rewards Program, a Residents’ Program, innovative surgical instrumentation, and equipment… not to mention a stellar staff of dedicated people committed to making your Marina Medical experience hassle-free. The Course included an anatomical dissection lab with 17 workstations equipped with a cadaver, the MOR System, and various Marina Medical instruments. Over 30 surgeons from 12 different countries were trained in the most up to date surgical procedures while utilizing the versatile MOR System.

Marina Medical Sponsors 2nd Annual OSAS Surgery International Course The MOR System is a Modular Oral Retractor System that offers versatility and unrestricted workspace for the surgeon. A wide range of tongue blades and dual rotating mechanisms provide exposure to a variety of patient demographics. Combined with the Martin’s Arm, it is useful in many procedures such as OSAS, TORS, microsurgery, laser surgery and as a chest support for tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy.

Sleep ApneaObstructive Sleep Apnea Hypopnea Syndrome (OSAHS) is a disease with increasing prevalence. The application of surgery to the treatment on OSAHS is a growing field that dramatically improves the lives of those who cannot tolerate non-surgical treatment options. The OSAS Course seeks to provide a strong foundation for those surgeons who wish to explore a specialty in sleep breathing disorder surgery. Marina Medical was honored to provide its innovative instruments for the education of surgeons from around the world. By the end of the meeting, I was practically an expert in Marina Medical Supplies. Read More...

Who Really Needs Plastic Barrels?

I have been a curious person all my life, even as a child. This explains why I chose this career. I could never pass up an opportunity to learn something new, meet new acquaintances or even visit new places. Normally, layovers bother me. Who wants to spend 6+ hours in the airport waiting for the next flight? However, I tend to focus on the bright side of things and automatically, my frown turns upside down.

On this perfect Tuesday evening, we landed in Chicago and the next flight was scheduled 6 hours away. I should be accustomed to my job by now, but I still find myself fatigued 17199169223_77a0804a6b_bevery now and then. Too tired to even go sightseeing. I promised myself that the next time I visit Chicago, I’d visit the great Chicago 360. The thought of being in a building that’s 1000 feet above ground tickles my fancy. Did you know that while on the 94th floor of Chicago 360, you can see up to four states and 55 miles out? Enjoying this view while fine dining is definitely on my bucket list.

As tired as I was, I just knew that the only option I had was to roam around the cafes and shops within the airport, but even that got boring. What better way to glide through the hours than hanging out at the bar? So I headed there. To my surprise, the place was packed. When I spotted an empty stool at the counter, I didn’t hesitate to take it. It’s was a strategic place to kill boredom by staring at the TV the entire time.

I am a social person and I just can’t help talking to strangers and making friends. An hour into sipping my flavored water, I noticed that the guy sitting next to me looked kind of tensed. A chat might do him some good I thought. “Hey man, I’m Barrington.” I casually introduced myself. To my surprise, he reached out to my stretched hand and gave it a firm handshake. “Nice to meet you, I’m George.” It seemed like he was open for a conversation, from anyone. Almost like he needed it. I told him I had a few hours to kill before getting back to work on the plane and that’s why I was stuck on that bar stool for more than an hour. “Oh, so you’re a flight attendant? You work in the plane?” I responded in the affirmative.barrels

He told me that he works with Youngstown Barrel and Drum Co. This is something that I’ve never heard of before. Reminds me of the perks of this job. It allows me to meet totally different people who introduce me to things I’d probably never have known if I was stuck in my hometown. I guess he knew I was green in that field and quickly added “We sell plastic barrels among other things. “This left me, even more, perplexed, I mean, who really needs plastic barrels?

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Grandpa George and The Boat

When it comes to hands-on, I like to get my hands dirty. There’s nothing like the feeling you get after you spent a long time working on a project, then watching it come to life when it’s complete. Growing up, I was always fascinated by the thought that a group of small things could be used together to create something bigger.

The first time I ever worked on a handyman project, I was seven years old, and my grandpa had a small boat that he was putting together. He had started with just one piece of wood. I use to spend most of my free time sitting outside the garage and watching him work on the boat. I saw him turn a regular piece of lumber into the most beautiful sailboat I had ever seen.Our Sailboat

Grandpa George always to worked on the boat alone, and I was happy just watching him work on it. One day, while working on the boat grandpa George called me and asked me to get him a tool. I jumped up and ran to get the tool box trying to find him a wrench. Finding the wrench was the only thing on my mind. This was the first time grandpa ever asked me for help with the boat, so I didn’t want to disappoint him.

Although I was only seven years old at the time, I knew exactly what a wrench was. I went through the entire tool box, and I couldn’t find a wrench. I didn’t want to disappoint him, so I went through the tool box a second time and still, there was no wrench to be found. Grandpa called me and asked what was taking so long; that’s when I told him that I couldn’t find a wrench. His answer surprised me, because he wasn’t expecting to find one in there.

He told me to go inside and grab his cell phone for him. I ran and got the cell phone, when I gave it to him I ask “who are you going to call grandpa?” He replied and told me about a company called National Tool Supply. After he had got off the phone with National Tool, I was curious about why he had called them, so I asked him. That’s when I found out where all tools came from. National Tool is a supply company; they have tools for every hatools and suppliesndy job you can think of from construction supplies to something as simple as a screwdriver.

The National Tool Supplies company had been my grandpa’s tool supplier for the past four years, and he said they never let him down before. So a week had went by and my grandpa didn’t work on the boat, but one day he got a special delivery from the UPS guy, and it was the wrench tool that he ordered from the National Tool Supplies company. I had never seen my grandpa so happy to receive something in the mail. The National Read More...

Solar Powered Airplanes?

When I was growing up, electricity was the only form of energy we used. Fast forward 20 years into the future, and you will find more forms of energy than you can count on your fingers. Technology is a beautiful thing; it makes everything around us do what they do. One of the most popular types of energy that is used all over the world today is solar energy. Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world.Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 1.04.43 PM

Solar energy is energy that comes from the sun, so that explains why it’s the cleanest form of energy that we use today. For the use of solar energy, companies create large solar panels that are placed on top of roofs in homes to help save on the owner’s electric bill. At first, I thought the solar panels could only be used on houses than I started hearing about things like phone chargers.

Then one day I received news that the airline company that I worked for, Spirit Airlines, were going to start using solar panels on the airplanes. It was at that moment that I realized how useful solar panels could be. At the time, I thought the news announcement was something that was going to be happening in the future. There was no way they could build that many solar panels in a short period. That’s when one of my co-workers informed me that the airline company was getting the solar panels from a company called Roller Die. Roller Dies is a company who is known for manufacturing solar panels.

I wanted to know more about solar panels, so I did some research on the Roller Die company. It turns out; they are one of the leading manufacturers of solar panels in the entire world. They specialized in anything that could use solar energy, which explained why the airline I work for chose them to work on the solar panels for the airplanes. They did more than just make the roller panels; they even made custom roll forming that the solar panels use to get direct contact from the sun.

3025215-inline-s-airplane-11Within one week of receiving the news, the airline company was introducing new solar powered airplanes. After the first month, nearly every airplane at the airport was solar powered. The use of solar power in genius, the sun has been producing energy for billions of years. It’s about times we figured how to put all of this energy to use. Solar power is a renewable source of energy unlike non- renewable sources such as fossil fuels. Solar energy technologies use the sun’s energy to light homes, produce hot water, heat homes, and electricity. The most important thing about solar power is that we are saving the planet by using it. I am proud to work at an airline company that cares. Read More...

Visiting Central Florida

Lake Whales FloridaI didn’t like Lake Wales. Check that, I liked Lake Wales, I just didn’t love Lake Wales. For years now, my baby cousin has been telling how much she loves Lake Wales and how much she wants me to visit. It’s so much fun here; there’s great food, incredible drinks, and beautiful nightlife. You’ll never want to leave,” she would explain as if she was talking about paradise. When I started traveling to Florida, I rarely heard the name Lake Wales mentioned. It was far from a top tourist attraction, and I wasn’t one to take boring trips. Over the years, my baby cousin grew more fond of Lake Wales and continued to ask me to visit. After all these years, I decided on this trip that it was time for me to finally check out what all the fuss was about.

The flight to Lake Wales, Florida was smooth. When I arrived the first thing I did was call my baby cousin. She was so excited to hear from, she made me leave the taxi, and she picked me up from the airport. As I explored the city later that day, I started to see why my baby cousin felt the way she did about Lake Wales. Lake Wales is the perfect little town for raising a family. Nature and wildlife really come to life in Lake Wales. Everything was picture perfect that day, and I was impressed. In fact, the only thing that stood out from this picture perfect day was a big truck with Petersen Industries written on the side that was parked outside near a construction sight. Honestly, I had know idea what kind of truck it was, but through a quick Google search, I realized that this type of truck was known as a Knuckle Boom Crane Loader. It’s quite strange that I didn’t know what it was, as I pride myself on knowing as much as I can. Either way, it was quite a sight and I’m always eager to learn more about a subject that I don’t know about. That’s what makes me a great flight attendant is that I love learning about the most random of things.

But my Knuckle Boom Loaderfavorite place that I saw that day was Bok Tower Garden. Bok Tower Gardens is located right in the center of Tampa and Orlando in Polk County, Florida. Which made my trip to Lake Wales even more interesting. Going to Orland was the highlight of the entire trip to me. Orlando is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Although its most know for being the home of Walt Disney World, a theme park that comprised of 4 parks, including Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and two water parks. Another major Tourist attraction, Universal Orlando, offers two parks: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter straddling both. The possibilities here are endless. After visiting Orlando, we went back to Lake Wales for the perfect Read More...

JJ’s Paradise

Now Entering Fort LauderdaleWhen most people think of South Florida, they think of places like Miami, South Beach, and West Palm Beach. When I went to South Florida last year for my 23rd birthday, I might have discovered the most beautiful part of South Florida. The beautiful city of Ft. Lauderdale is located right in between West Palm Beach and the city of Miami. Surprisingly, such great location still doesn’t bring much traffic to the city of Ft. Lauderdale. Most people who come to visit Florida, unfortunately, overlook this hidden paradise.

When I first went to the city of Ft. Lauderdale, I was trying to get away from all of the traffic on the highway. I got off on an exit that was in the city of Ft. Lauderdale; The first thig I saw was the great nightlife environment that they had down there. I wasn’t alone on the trip. I brought my best friend with me. JJ my best friend, is also my dog. I don’t always travel with him but it was winter time, and I didn’t want to leave him home alone for two weeks.

JJRiding through the city of Ft. Lauderdale that night was so beautiful that I decided to cancel the reservations that I had at the hotel in Miami, and I booked at one of the hotels in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. I knew I had made the right decision right after I booked the room. I saved over $125 by switching my hotel to Ft. Lauderdale from Miami. The only negative part of the new hotel was the fact that they were not pet-friendly. Which means I had to find a doggie daycare for JJ.

I asked the hotel manager for advice since I wasn’t from the area. She told me that she has a cousin that works at a pet grooming school in Ft. Lauderdale called Merryfield School Of Pet Grooming. She told me that her cousin is friends with most of the pet daycare centers in the city and that she would be able to find me the best place for JJ for the week. He found me the most luxury pet spa that I had ever seen in my life. It was like a vacation for dogs. This place had everything from swimming pools for the dog to even a doggie jacuzzi. I wasn’t sure if I had gotten the best deal here or if JJ had the best deal. Read More...

My Top 10 Travel Tips After 3 Years of Traveling

I have been traveling all over the world now for three years. I always knew I wanted to travel, so I gave up a lot to see my dream come true. This is a list of my top 10 travel tips for anyone who loves to travel.

Patient Is Important

Don’t worry about the things you can’t control. Life is short, so don’t be angry and annoyed all the time. If you miss a deadline, don’t worry, there will always be another one. Sometimes, freakouts sneak up on us regardless.

Practice your breathing by taking a deep breath, and remind yourself that everything is going to be alright.

Wake up Early

Rise and shine with the sun and you will increase your chances at getting all the best attractions to yourself. The soft diffuse light from the morning also makes it the best time to take the best picture.

Stash Extra Cash

Cash is king around the world. To make sure you are always prepared for all type of emergency make sure to keep a stash in some different places. I recommend that you stash a few hundreds just incase you lose your wallet or your cards stop working.

Meet Local People

Make it apoint to meet some of the locals where you are visiting. Meeting other travelers is fun too but the experience you will gain from meeting the locals is priceless. Basic English is spoken all over the world so communicating with someone in a different country might be easier than you think. Read More...

Barrington’s Travels

Hi Barrington here, welcome to my blog! I am a flight attendant from California; I love traveling to new places. When I was growing up as a kid, my family didn’t travel as much as I wanted to. Traveling has always been a passion of mines for as long as I can remember. Growing up as a kid I always knew I wanted a job that would allow me to travel. I scored my dream job when I became a flight attendant. I am being paid to do what I love the most.

As you can imagine, I have seen a lot of different cities in the United States. In this blog, I am going to tell you about all of my adventures in different cities from around the country. I will reveal some of America’s best little towns and the great things they have to offer. So if you love traveling like I do, this is the blog for you! Read More...

The Can Maker

Trip to CaliforniaSoda cans, we drink them and then toss them in the recycle bin and that’s it just like that their journey is over. I never really thought much about soda cans. To me, they were just here to protect the soda from going flat. That was the case until I met an employee from OKL Can, on a flight to California. Her name was Sarah, and she was a project manager for OKL Can, a company that is known for selling parts of the machines that makes cans.

Her Favorite BodymakerMaking cans is not at the top of my interest list, but Sarah was easy on the eyes so I would be interested in just about anything she was interested in. I spent over an hour talking about how cans were made with her. The whole flight we talked, she invited me to come by whenever I was in town to see how that can making process goes. She also told me about her favorite machine, the Standun Bodymaker.

When the flight landed, as usual, the flight attendants let the passengers get off the plane first. Being that I was a flight attendant, I had to leave Sarah and do my job. We escorted all of the passengers off the plane and did the same routine to get the plane ready for the next flight. It wasn’t until 15 minutes later that I had realized that I never exchanged contact info with Sarah.

I could leave it alone but what were the chances that I would run into her on a flight again? That chances didn’t matter because I was not going to leave it to chance. I ran out to the terminal looking for a girl in a red dress with short brown hair. When I got to the terminal, everyone looked at me because of all the commotion that I was making. She was nowhere to be found though I looked everywhere I could in the short period I had but still no woman in a red dress.

I had given up; I told myself if it was meant to happen it would have happened and accept the lost. I went back to work and took my mind off her. One of my coworkers asked me why I looked so disappointed, I explained to her my situation, and she gave me the best advice anyone could. She said, “check on Facebook.” I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before.

At the end of my shift, it was finally time for me to go home. Jacquline’s face was in my head the whole rest of the day. It was a face that I didn’t want to forget. When I arrived home later that day, the first thing I did was grab my laptop and log into my Facebook account. I typed in “Jacquline OKL Can” in the search bar, and I couldn’t believe my eye she was the first account that popped up. I knew it was Read More...