Day 8 – Out of the desert?

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Started off the day with inspections in Indio, CA. It was 94 degrees when I started my day, way too hot. I have decided that the desert is a nice place to visit, but I would not want to live there. It was supposed to hit 108 again there. My second inspection was a homeowner who’s HVAC system died on the 120 degree day they had back in June. 120 degrees? Way too hot.

Leaving Indio I passed through Palm Springs, and saw their massive wind farms.

Then, I went on to Lake Arrowhead, CA which included 17 miles up (and then afterwards) back down a mountain with switchbacks and emergency truck ramps.

Once off the mountains I moved onto La Verne, CA where I had to inspect an evaporative cooler on a mobile home. For those that don’t know, evaporative coolers blow outside air across a wet pad and that cools the air. Only work in extremely dry environments. Once it gets humid they do not work anymore.

Finally my last claim of the day was in Pasadena, CA which was my “welcome to the LA area traffic jam.” Really nice insured who has been living without A/C for the last month because he was worried about turning it on because smoke from the forest fires may have damaged it. Nope, all good to go. He was happy to be feeling cool as I left it running when I left.

Got into my hotel and poked around a bit while I was trying to find the grocery stores. Here are a few pictures of the area around me.

And with that I will see you tomorrow from near LAX getting ready for my return home on Wednesday.

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Day 7 – Goodbye Arizona: California Bound

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Once again up before the sun, time zones kill me, when I was younger it used to be so much easier, now I just do not adjust so well.

Today, being Sunday, I only had two HVACi appointments and one StrikeCheck appointment. One in Tuscon and one in Vail. Once I was done with those it was time to leave Arizona and head to California.

Spending the night in Indio, CA, a few miles from my first appointment and then tomorrow I start working my way towards Los Angeles. I am sort of looking forward to getting back to green. The desert is a nice place to visit, but I would not want to live here. Everything is tan, no green.

The area around the hotel is barren, there is a housing development close by, but I am not sure exactly what the industry is, maybe the two casinos that are here. I was able to find the downtown area, and was actually able to get some real food for dinner tonight (real food = healthy).

I then wandered out to what at one time was a lake, now dry, with the exception of another gated housing development that appears to have the only real lake in the area. Look at the difference between the “with water” and the “without water” areas.

A couple other things I noticed as soon as I crossed over into California. First, gas prices are 4.25 per gallon for the cheap unleaded. Second, masks are the in things unlike the other states I have visited so far. I watched two people get booted out of Walmart for being the only two people in the store without masks on.

And, as a special addition to today’s pictures I decided to get some after dark pics of Indio, CA.

See you tomorrow evening from Valencia, CA

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Day 6 – Goodbye Phoenix, Hello Tuscon

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Day 6 of my trip took me out of Phoenix, then way East to Kearny, AZ, and then worked my way South to Tuscon. I loved the drive out to Kearny. If I didn’t have a number of appointments I would have probably spent some more time poking around the back roads. Hey, I have a 4-WD truck as a rental, what good is it if I don’t use it. But, alas, this is a business trip.


As always I met some interesting people, had some interesting conversations, learned a whole lot about peoples lives as they told me the life story when I asked, “can you tell me what happened?” No, seriously this is OK because I learn so much about local issues, politics, schools, sports, neighbors… you get the point.

Because timezones kill me, I was up way before dawn so I was able to get some early morning sunrise pictures. Take a look, and remember those with the VR are panoramic views and you can click into them to get full 360 views.


Then onto Kearny where I stopped in a number of places to get some pictures and kill some time because I was running way early.

And some sort of neat (or at least I think so) 360 Panoramic views. For a for a few of these, I was ABOVE the drone as it was down in a gully on the side of the mountain.

Finally in for the evening in Tuscon, Arizona. I will check in with you all tomorrow evening at my next stop. Let’s just say, “headed West.”

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Day 5 – Last Day in Phoenix

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And we bring day 5 of my trip to a close. It was my last day in Phoenix and unlike yesterday it was smooth sailing all day. Started off with an 8 system hail inspection on an office complex roof, some really great scenery from that roof. Here are a few pictures.

Then moved onto a commercial chiller, which made me actually think a little, and then moved onto 4 different residential claims to finish off the day. I was all over the place today, I think wrapping up the hard to schedule claims. Also, managed to take care of all my tags (Technical Field Manger requests when a processor needs some technical help to write a report) without having to hand any of them off.

I left the hotel this morning earlier than planned in order to get some morning pictures of the mountains. Didn’t quite make dawn, but still got some nice pictures. Remember to click into the VR pics so you can see the full 360 degree views.

I will see you tomorrow in Tuscon.

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Day 4 – Phoenix, Phoenix, and more Phoenix

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Thursday arrived with a bang this morning, no seriously. I started off my morning finding out that IT was “experimenting” with new security settings on our office platform and somehow in the process changed my rights so that I could no longer add systems when doing inspections. I lost a significant amount of time this morning dealing with and trying to work around that problem. I was about ready to throw my phone, laptop, other phone, etc anyplace. They finally got it fixed and all back to normal, thanks folks.

Sometimes you just have to do a “reset” around lunch time once something like this happens.

So, spent the day doing 3 or 4 (I forget now) commercial HVAC claim inspections, and then two residential inspections. Then came back to hotel and cleaned up, my last claim was interesting, and then went to find a grocery store. I have stayed at this hotel for a number of visits and never have found a good grocery. Well, I went and found one. Would have never guessed where it actually was.

On the way back from the grocery found a neat place to get some pics with the drone, no I do not leave home without it because there are so many things to see out there. Here are a few, and remember those with VR on the image you can move them around, click on them, do neat things with them and your phone, and in general get a good 360 or 180 degree view, up down, and all around.

Good night for now, and see you all tomorrow. I am beat. This was my travels for today:

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Day 3 – Cincinnati, Houston, and Phoenix

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Today was a day of travel. Early start to the day in Cincinnati to catch an 8:15am flight to Houston. Arrived in Houston around 9:30, and my flight to Phoenix does not leave until 1:12pm.

Some pictures coming into Houston.

Some pictures showing the smoke from the CA wildfires along the way.

Upon arrival at Phoenix I went through the usual luggage, rental car pickup, and then had to rush out of the airport to go do an inspection South of Phoenix that has been lingering. Here is a picture from the roof of the building I was on. What a difference in scenery from yesterday.

After I was done with my inspection, I took some time to take some pictures of the mountains and the smoke that is rolling in from California. Air quality is awful right now.

Then back to the hotel to answer a ton of email, call home and talk with Jesse, and try and figure out what happened to my perfectly planned trip while I was in the air. Yes, there have been some changes, but you will get a chance to see what they are later this week.

I start with a very busy day tomorrow morning at 8.

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Day 2 – Mason, Sugarcreek, Spring Valley, OH

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Second day of travels took me from Mason, to Sugarcreek, Spring Valley, Ohio, and then back to my hotel for the evening in Erlinger, KY. Had two large loss claims (commercial and high dollar value), and one residential claim with geothermal systems. I like geothermal, if I am in the area I will always take geothermal claims.

Day 2 Travels

Along the way I came across this neatest little park in the woods that deserved some attention. Had a replica of an old blacksmith shop and a maple sugar house. Of course we can’t forget about the wasps in the ground that almost got me.

Spring Valley
Didn’t know there was a Little Miami

Then headed back to the hotel to find something to go see in the evening. I try to find something every afternoon or evening to see in the area I am traveling to. Today I wanted to find someplace to access the river. Finally found a spot in Giles Conrad Park on the Kentucky side of the river.

As always if you click on the images below you can do neat things with them. They are panoramic.

Tomorrow I start early, fly to Houston and on to Phoenix. See you there.

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Mason, OH

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Finally arrived for night 1 in Mason, OH. This will be a one night stay before I complete three inspections tomorrow. No daylight pictures of Mason, but here are some nice evening shots I got. I love the lights in the 360 Panoramic views.

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On the road again!

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That should be “In the air again … almost.” Flying out of Tampa this afternoon for a 10 day trip that will take me to five states in the process. I rarely blog about my trips, but I decided that this time I would have some fun doing this. As many of you know I am a Technical Field Manager for HVACi (HVAC Investigators) which is part of Consolidated Claims Group IQ. We do Cause of Loss investigations for most of the major insurance companies in the country when there is a claim regarding anything HVAC/R, electrical, or electronics. There are four of us who are Technical Field Managers, and during the busy season one of our roles is to go help the local technicians get caught up when they fall behind, provide support and training to our technician base, provide technical support to our processors and report writers, and do loss evaluations on the large commercial claims which require special handling.

Getting Ready – Tampa International Airport Gate E75

So, once this thunderstorm clears and we can leave the gate, I am on my way to Cincinnati to start the work week.

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Firmware Update Success

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As I am getting ready to leave on another business trip I decided to make sure that the firmware on my DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone was up to date. Then, because I do not trust developers, I always test. It was a nice sunny afternoon in Babson Park, FL. Enjoy a few 360 Panoramic views. Stay tuned and see what else comes your direction this week.

If you click on any of these pictures you will be able to move the 360 panorama around with your trackpad, mouse, or smartphone movement.

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