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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Burt, the imaginary Service Care technician.

Although imaginary, Burt is an excellent technician and is always courteous and friendly.

He's also quite handsome, don't you think?

Burt, our number one imaginary Appliance Technician in Birmingham Alabama (A portrait by Xander)

(Drawing credit: Xander)

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 9:21 AM
Categories: Miscellaneous

Monday, May 26, 2014

Free lab mix puppies to a good home

One of our employees has six FOUR remaining puppies (they're going fast!) from a litter of ELEVEN, and needs to find homes for them all.

The puppies are a lab mix, and will be in the 70-90 pound range when fully mature.

UPDATE!: They remaining four are spayed and neutered thanks to Two By Two Animal Rescue and Crossroads Animal Hospital! They've also had their shots. Thank you!

Check 'em the remaining cute pups!

Hoss (Male): http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/10925172-helena-alabama-labrador-retriever-mix (a.k.a. Forrest)

Abbie (Female): http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/10925173-helena-alabama-labrador-retriever-mix

Ping Ping (Male): http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/10925174-helena-alabama-labrador-retriever-mix

Sadie Mae (Female): http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/10925175-helena-alabama-labrador-retriever-mix

Two By Two Rescue and Their Facebook Crossroads Animal Hospital

I am adopting two of these adorable lil' pups!

(Update on that, too: They're fitting in well with my family, and are a cute as can be. Puppies = work, but it's worth it).

lab puppies for adoption Birmingham Alabama

lab puppies for adoption Birmingham Alabama

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If you're interested in adopting one or more of these dogs, please contact us at one of the following:

puppies@servicecare.net

or

205-956-3777 and ask for Jackie.

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 9:50 AM
Edited on: Monday, June 16, 2014 9:37 AM
Categories: Miscellaneous, Pets

Memorial Day 2014

On this Memorial Day, everyone at Service Care remembers those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and liberties.

Thank you for your service.

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 9:25 AM
Categories: Holiday, Miscellaneous

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gobble Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving!

Service Care is closed on the 28th to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families.

It's time to say what we're thankful for, and enjoy our bounty.

Well, we're thankful for the team of awesome professionals that we get to work with every day.

We're thankful for Alabama's good people, especially those that allow is to be there for them.

We're thankful for friends and family.

We're thankful for a lot of good things, and hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving.

Just remember, it's not the perfect turkey or side-dish, it's the people we love that matter the most. (Although the food is awesome, too)

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 6:43 AM
Categories: Company, Cooking, Holiday, Miscellaneous

Friday, November 22, 2013

Clean your car interior with a coffee filter

Keep a pack of coffee filters in your car, and you’ve got instant access to a semi-absorbent, good scrubbing paper towel alternative that stacks neatly.

Oh yeah, it’s also really cheap.

Add a few drops of vegetable oil and you’ve got a shiny dash.

Read more here: http://www.savvysugar.com/Clean-Your-Car-Coffee-Filter-32119805

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 6:33 PM
Categories: Miscellaneous

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The mysterious appliance repairman who fixed my dryer...

In the category of strange service stories:

We were contacted by a customer for dryer repair, who gave her house number at 734, in the 35206 zip code.

Our technician went to a house, on that street, with the number 734, and a sweet elderly lady let him in. He introduced himself, told her he was there to fix her dryer, and she showed him into the house to look at it.

She said “I don’t know what’s wrong with it” and he said “That’s okay, I’m sure I will figure it out.”

He tested the unit, and it appeared to be working fine. The temperature was hot, it was spinning and air was blowing.

But of course, some problems are intermittent, so he partially disassembled the unit and tested the major components. Everything seemed to be working fine.

Our technician told the customer the good news, and said that if her dryer has the problem again after he leaves we would happily apply the service fee to the repair costs.

This sweet lady said that she didn’t have any money, she wasn’t expecting to have to pay for service. Assuming that the person who called for service was this woman’s daughter, he called the phone number we had and asked for payment for service.

Then came the surprise… “You haven’t been to my house yet.”

After a little confusion, and confirming the house he went to was the same street and the number 734, he said he would do a little investigating and call her back.

A short ways down the street, he found *another* house with 734 on the same street, and rang the doorbell.

“You’ve got the wrong house,” they said. Hmmm.

A little bit further, he found a third, yes a *third* house with the same house number. Getting a little crazy, right?

Once again, it was the wrong house with 734 on it, on that same street.

Finally, after calling her, the customer came out in the middle of the street and waved her arms so that our technician could find her. Hooray!

When he got to her house, the number on it was 604… heck, that’s okay, we’re just glad we found the right house so that we can take care of her dryer. A little strange, but all in a day’s work, right?

But the funny part that keeps me laughing, is thinking about the nice elderly lady who will tell people about the mysterious appliance service man who came to her home, took her dryer apart, and left without any charge at all.

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 4:40 PM
Categories: Appliances, Miscellaneous

Remembering April 27, 2011 Tornado Outbreak

(Republished)

This morning at 7 am I got five calls from the office. The server was down, the telephone was down, and several computers had no power. There was a hint of frustration and anxiousness behind these calls from people who wanted to get their work done in a timely manner.

I must admit, there was a small part of me that was irked by 5 calls about a problem I could not solve from my home. (I was walking the dog near my home, many miles away from the office). The best I could do was to phone in instructions on where the backup power supply was, how to turn on the server, etc.

When I arrived, we were partially revived with phones and server. Many of the specialty programs I have written for the operation of our business were not functioning, and there was the natural annoyance that is caused by a disturbance in our routine. Things weren't running smoothly, and we didn't like it.

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But we all, each one of us, are aware that these are merely tiny, tiny obstacles compared to the disruption, pain and confusion that was to follow this day, one year ago, when the tornado outbreak caused so much damage across the state of Alabama (and of course, in other states).

There are people still trying to recover even today, and we have to remember that. Yes, there were members of the team at Service Care and their families that were touched by the devastating effects of the tornadoes, but on the whole we were spared the worst, and we are thankful.

But we are also mindful of those that were not spared, and remember them this day.

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 4:38 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:39 PM
Categories: Birmingham, Community, Miscellaneous, Weather

Whirlpool has built the better water filter?

I love Brita water. It’s tasty and clean.

I don’t really like how long it takes to filter the water though.

Whirlpool claims to have invented a filter that work almost as fast as the water can come out of the tap, which costs about the same as other filtration methods.

I’m excited, if this is the real deal.

I will update if I test this out:

https://www.everydropwater.com/product-details.html

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 3:49 PM
Categories: Miscellaneous, Whirlpool

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013

Thank you for your service to our country.

We’re proud of you, and glad that you’re out there protecting America’s freedoms and liberties.

Thank you!

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 11:38 AM
Categories: Holiday, Miscellaneous

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Mark Twain quote

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:25 PM
Categories: Miscellaneous, Quotes

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Excellence is just a more effort than average.

"It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that make the master’s fame." — Orison Swett Marden

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:08 PM
Categories: Miscellaneous, Quotes

Yelp reviews: 20% suspicious?

According to “the web,” 20 percent of Yelp reviews are “suspicious.”

According to Yelp, they filter for that automatically.

How? By looking for extremes.

If you’re too glowing and positive (and not detail specific) they might filter you under the assumption that you own the business.

If you’re too angry and outraged (and again, not detail specific) you may be labeled as a crank, or worse, a competitor out to sabotage their fellow business owner (it happens).

The key appears to be details, and avoiding extremes. Maybe also avoiding exclamation points. ;-)

Read more here: http://consumerist.com/2013/10/02/how-to-make-sure-your-yelp-restaurant-reviews-arent-completely-worthless/

If you Yelp, and have used Service Care before, we’d love and totally appreciate your review.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/service-care-birmingham-4

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 7:20 AM
Categories: Internet, Miscellaneous

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"Laughter is an instant vacation." — Milton Berle

"Laughter is an instant vacation." — Milton Berle

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:07 PM
Categories: Miscellaneous

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"If you make it plain you like people, it’s hard for them to resist liking you back." —...

"If you make it plain you like people, it’s hard for them to resist liking you back." — Lois McMaster Bujold

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:25 PM
Categories: Miscellaneous, Quotes

Friday, September 20, 2013

"There is no old age. There is, as there always was, just you." — Carol Matthau

"There is no old age. There is, as there always was, just you." — Carol Matthau

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:08 PM
Categories: Miscellaneous

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Good quote.

"I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum." — Frances Willard

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:11 PM
Categories: Miscellaneous

Quote about living!

"We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out." — Theodore Roosevelt

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 6:43 AM
Categories: Miscellaneous, Quotes

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I can't versus I don't.

Have trouble saying no… to yourself?

Lots of people can’t consistently say no to themselves when it comes to things like diet temptations, exercise routines disruptions and other behaviors that generally are bad for you.

Research now shows that changing one word could improve your personal successes. (Think 70-80 percent better, which is amazing really).

I’m sure this works with saying no to other people, too.

http://blog.bufferapp.com/a-scientific-guide-to-saying-no-how-to-avoid-temptation-and-distraction

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 7:55 AM
Categories: Miscellaneous

Friday, September 06, 2013

STRESS!!! (An informative article)

"According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 90% of all illness and disease is stress-related."

Whoa.

Read. This. Article.

http://blog.bufferapp.com/the-science-of-stress-how-its-breaking-down-your-body

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 6:43 AM
Categories: Miscellaneous

Friday, July 05, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Have fun, cherish your freedoms and your loved ones!

We’ll be doing the same!

:D

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 11:07 AM
Categories: Holiday, Miscellaneous