From Odessa with Cherries!

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My sister is hosting a wedding for a friend of hers over the weekend and I’m now staying in Odessa, TX for many nights. I say I’m “coming from Odessa with cherries” because I got a wedding cake and it’s loaded with cherries right now!

Hopefully on my vacation here I can stay healthy and not have to do any appliance repairs. We be doing good here. Got the drinks flowing and the food toasting and now you got the updates! So cheers from Odessa, Texas. My sister’s friend is getting married and we’re not holding back!

Back to Amarillo another time!

My Experience at Home Plate Diner Amarillo as a Kid

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Going to that restaurant as a kid was one of my favorite memories with my mom. We would go, sit down and receive great service and always had a good time going there. One special day we ordered a lot of food to take out on a picnic and had the whole family enjoy the restaurant’s food. There’s no other dining experience like it in Amarillo. We enjoyed the food greatly and had so much fun we had a similar picnic the next week just to bring back the happy times.

If you’re in Amarillo, I highly recommend you check out our favorite restaurant there. You’ll love it!

Some of my best memories as a kid revolve around that place because we lived so close to it. Even my memories of playing outside with the neighbors have that restaurant in the background as we would play tag across the street.

Such good times, and we’ll continue to have them!

Thinking of Becoming an Appliance Repair Expert? Here are some tips!

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This article is designed to give young people a few tips if they’re thinking of becoming an appliance repair expert. Choosing appliance repair as a career is a big decision, so these are some things you should know before making it.

These tips come from direct experience, because when I was in college I did appliance repair odessa services, although the amazing company I used to work for no longer exists but other new ones do who have taken up the call of action, supplying careers for young people like you. I wish I had known these tips at the time, but I didn’t know them until after my brief career as an appliance tech because I had to learn them the hard way, by first hand.

Tip #1:

Get a reliable, fast-acting source for appliance replacement parts. This is something my company never did, and we were expected to find parts on our own as we needed them. Most appliance repair companies won’t have a problem with this, but it’s important either way. People who take it for granted will still agree that they would be at a loss without a good source for shipping in appliance replacement parts.

Tip #2:

Don’t wear the same clothes every day just to wash them on the weekends. A lot of tradesmen make this mistake, and this tip is pretty universal. It applies to appliance repair specifically because often we get to choose our own clothes. Some people wear overalls, others normal civilian clothes, others special technician one-pieces. I recommend having a set of sturdy work clothes for every week day, so that you arrive to work looking and feeling fresh. If you become lazy and where the same overalls everyday like I did when I was new at this work, it’ll affect your confidence and in turn your work.

Tip #3:

If you can, start by creating your own appliance repair company and contract your services to other companies until you have a steady work flow. I learned this mistake from observing old guys who’ve been in this business all their life and wished they were self-employed by the time they were in their late 50s. If you’re young, it’s better to start your own business now while you have the energy and while you’re able to take bigger risks with your finances. To learn more on what a good company is, read this article.

Tip #4:

Work with people you get along with. If you’re currently working with people you don’t get along with, I suggest you quit right now and take tip #3 to heart. Life is too short to fix appliances alongside people you despise, and having a work life that you enjoy is more important than most young people can understand. This is something that makes more sense the older you get, because stress adds up over time.

Tip #5:

Take good care of your appliance repair tools. Even if you didn’t pay much for your tools, taking good care of them is more than just about saving money. It’s about creating a good habit and keeping an orderly work environment. It’s often said that the way you do one thing is the way you do everything, and if you have the habit of abusing your tools that means that habit will leak into other parts of your life. Also, having healthy tools will make your job easier as you can repair appliances faster.

Tip #6:

In the appliance repair industry, the customer is rarely right. Don’t listen to the advice of people who have no idea what they’re talking about. This will make your job harder. If you’re dispatched to repair a fridge and you hear the client say they think they know what’s wrong, never take their word for it. Always assess the appliance yourself with fresh eyes and find the problem that way. Assuming an inexperienced owner, just because they use the appliance every day, knows what’s wrong will make your work harder if you just take their word for it. They might be right half the time, but other times you’ll be glad you didn’t listen to them and replace a part that never needed replacing.

Amarillo Apple Sauce Recipe


Today I want to share a special recipe for what my household calls “Amarillo apple sauce.” To submit a recipe of your own, please send me an email and I’ll consider adding it so a featured post. Thanks!


  1. Either home-made or store-bought apple sauce. The more the merrier.
  2. Raisins.
  3. Cinnamon, powdered.
  4. Fresh banana, diced.
  5. Chocoholic chips.


  1. Mix raisins and chocolate chips with apple sauce.
  2. Heat in microwave till chocolate melts.
  3. Stir again to mix melted chocolate with apple sauce.
  4. Place in fridge to cool.
  5. Mix in rest of ingredients until it looks like a tasty dessert.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

This recipe has been in my family, used in Amarillo since for as long as I can remember. Now I pass it on to you and hope you find it delicious!

Why Trusting Local Companies is a Rule…


Many of us, whether we’re looking for an appliance repair or a bicycle pump, love to see the words “local business.” It’s a given that locals should support local businesses, and I have a prime example of that (more on this in a bit). But why? That question is the subject of this post.

I’ve only thought about this somewhat recently, so forgive me if my ideas seem a little scattered, but it’s something I want to discuses nonetheless. Why do we stride for the local business when often the national ones are cheaper and more experienced? The obvious answer is local pride. People in Portland OR for example would much rather give their money to a local business owner than a some international giant who really doesn’t need the money. But I think there’s more to it, and for a good reason. I’ll keep using Portland OR as an example, because that city is awesome!

Before I get into what I think is the most major reason why people in any given location would rather do business with a locally owned and operated company, let me share a list of some other minor reasons I thought of.

A List of Reasons Why People Support Local Business

  • We might personally know the business owner or a staff member in the company.
  • We see their advertisements more often.
  • We have pride for where we live (already touched on this).
  • They can reach our location faster and they’re base of operation is closer.
  • Their phone number is a local area code and not a 1-800 number.

The Major Reason Why We Prefer Doing Business With a Locally Operated Company and Not an International or National One


Using an appliance repair company as an example, I think the major reason why the human race all this time has made the right choice by preferring local companies is obvious but hidden and rather subconscious. I think it’s because we can expect a local company to actually care more about our satisfaction than a national or international company because they live in the same city as us. It might be because we live so close that they don’t want to disappoint us because we can show up at their office and complain at any moment, or it might be because they also have local pride and sincerely want to see their fellow locals better off with a quality job well done.

Still taking Portland OR as an example, just imagine a family wishing for the best service possible. Now taking all the bullet points mentioned above into the equation, we might subconsciously choose a company like Appliance Repair Portland for our fridge repair because they also have local pride and want to see people in Portland OR living comfortably with working appliances, whereas a nation-wide appliance repair business could care less if people in Portland OR specifically are more satisfied that people in Las Vegas NV. Does this make sense? Let me rephrase it in other words just in case my major point went over your head.

Since November we’ve been talking generally about “everything from commercial appliance talk to home oven recipes” and things will stay that way, and all of us who’ve owned a home in any given city for over a year might agree that we care more about our neighbor across the street than we care about some random guy in Russia we’ve never seen or heard about before. We, with all we’ve been talking about, should agree with that statement. Now, with that statement mentioned, try to apply it to our Portland OR appliance repair example. If we care more about our neighbors than we care about some random Russian’s neighbors, than we should perforce care more about our local appliance repair business than we care about some random international appliance repair franchise. And, likewise, a local appliance repair business should then care more about their fellow locals then they do about some randoms on another continent. That’s my main point here!

That’s why I think we subconsciously prefer local businesses over foreign ones. We care about each other! It’s amazing how the mind works. Whether or not you agree, I’m settled on this conclusion. We care more about our locals, and our local businesses care more about us, so we choose them because deep inside we know we’re choosing to work with a business that cares about us, a business that drives up and down the same streets we do. We care about each other, and that says a lot.

The Lifestyle of an Appliance Technician Named Stanley, and Video Games Today…

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As a blog that discusses lifestyles at home and at the diner, it’s only relevant to discuss one very interesting lifestyle of a guy named Stanley who has a home and works for diners fixing commercial dishwashers. Stanley’s lifestyle is fascinating for what we’ve concluded to be three major reasons. Those reasons are:

  1. Stanley, although he fixes commercial dishwashers for a living, ironically prefers to wash dishes by hand at home.
  2. While Stanley preaches that everyone should do what they love, he works 12 hour shifts 7 days a week!
  3. All of Stanley’s spare time is spent–can you guess it?–eating, showering and sleeping…

Why is Stanley the Dishwasher Repair Man’s Lifestyle Interesting Enough to Blog About Today?

We believe that Stanley’s lifestyle symbolizes what children who play video games all day fear most. We love the irony in this because Stanley loves his life and is smiling more than aught. Let us expound further.

Today, children play way too many video games and they dread what the future holds. The truth is, kids loathe the reality of adult life because they believe working a job like Stanley’s would not only take away time from video games but would be miserable. Why work so much, they might ask. Honestly, if these kids decided to do something productive sooner than later then they could end up creating the job of their dreams for themselves like Elon Musk did. Maybe we don’t fully understand why lazy children fear having a life like Stanley’s. Maybe it’s not a big deal for in the future lifestyle’s like Stanley’s might not exist anymore as robots take over the appliance repair industry.

At the end of the day, we still think the symbolism and irony that Stanley’s lifestyle brings is worth talking about because it allows us to ask questions about the future jobs for our children. It also pulls a blanket of contrast over the lifestyles of people today compared to 50 years ago, because when Stanley was a kid he never would have been allowed to play video games all day. He was forced by his parents to find a job at the age of fourteen-years-old and so this story brings forth a lot of interesting thoughts.

We hope you enjoyed thinking about this as much as we did. Someone’s lifestyle can say a lot behind the scenes, and that’s why we’re here to talk about them. Enjoy your new year!

Enjoying Christmas 2019 The Old School Way

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Christmas 2019 is almost here, and it’s about time to think about how you’re going to celebrate the holidays. Perhaps it’s your home lifestyle not to celebrate Christmas. That’s cool and all, but if your lifestyle is anything like mine then you’ll be celebrating this holiday season in full flourish. But part of my obligation in writing for this blog is to not talk about my lifestyle. I want to talk about all the possibilities out there so the most people possible can relate. For more on that, click here.

What Do I Mean by “The Old School Way”?

I’m not old enough to reflect back on Christmas in the 1920s or anything, but I am old enough to remember when Christmas was more than just a time to get bargains on shopping. By enjoying Christmas the old school way I mean decorating the home, cooking Christmas dinner in the oven, pouring good quality wine, inviting friends over as much as possible, and sending post cards to all my loved ones.

If you still don’t have plans for Christmas 2019, here are some ideas:

  1. Getting the family together to clean the kitchen top to bottom, including behind all the appliances like the fridge, oven, dishwasher, etc. This will make Christmas dinner more beautiful, but you might have to clean the kitchen again after the dinner is over…
  2. To create good vibes in the home and save money on buying gifts, you could get everybody in your home or circle of friends to write a letter for each other saying all the good things you like about them.
  3. If you live alone and don’t plan on having anyone over you could watch some good Christmas movies.
  4. You could offer your services in a Christmas carol, putting up lights for your neighbors or removing snow to make some extra cash.

If none of these ideas speak to you, simply take the time to start planning. Create a planner and get your holidays started early. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to enjoy this time of year to the fullest! Either way, I hope your Christmas is the best it can be according to your home lifestyle!