Day 8 – Out of the desert?

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

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 2 – Mason, Sugarcreek, Spring Valley, OH

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

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!

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

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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