Tip of the Month: November
Do you have a hard time finding light switches in the dark? Here is a simple solution for you: paint the tip of your light switch with glow-in-the-dark paint or use a glow-in-the dark sticker (yes, they have them!). Next time you come home in the dark, you will easily be able to find the switch without fumbling around the wall! (Family Handyman)
W.A. Coolidge Company
W.A. Coolidge Company is a full service construction company serving the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Maine, and Northern Massachusetts. The owners, Wayne A. Coolidge and Wendy A. Wentworth Coolidge have been partners for over 30 years. We specialize in high quality residential and commercial building, renovations, and restorations.
The Coolidge Company is about flexibility, innovation, and results. Our company will focus on your precise wishes in order to deliver cost-effective solutions to any project. We strive to offer superior quality by using and overseeing the best and reliable subcontractors and suppliers in the area. We believe that every project that we undertake will be completed within a timely fashion as if it was our personal home. We offer first class craftsmanship and attention to detail from start to finish. We want to make your dream project a reality along with providing a fun and memorable experience.
A renovated dining area to go with the kitchen we had renovated, featuring custom built columns and open shelving. (Rye, NH)
Keeping Up With the Times
Written by: Wayne Coolidge
I had an incident checking out of Dick’s Sporting Goods recently, which has shaken the foundation of my beliefs. Even as I approach 60 years old, I feel like I have kept up with the times. Be it new technology in the building trades, to current events, to advanced currency options. Admittedly though, there are so many changes to keep track of, it is tough to stay on top of. In the old days it was easy- we used cash. Then it was checks, then credit cards, then electronic transactions like PayPal and Venmo, and now crypto mining like Bitcoin and the new Vertcoin (which uses 95% less energy). See, I’m pretty savvy with the new ways.
As I was checking out of the store, I decided to use a credit card. It is one of those fancy ones with a ‘chip’ in it for security. I learned, after a little trial and error, that all you have to do is insert the chip end of the card into the processing machine, no longer having to swipe the card. I inserted the card with my right hand to pay for my transaction, but it didn’t work.
The clerk, a young man in his early 20’s, said, “I guess it isn’t working, just tap the screen.”
I was a little puzzled but did as instructed. I tapped the screen with my left hand. That didn’t seem to work either.
Then the clerk looked at me, cocked his head sideways like a dog that doesn’t understand, and again said, “Just tap the screen.”
Again, I tapped the screen with my left hand. Again, nothing happened.
This time the clerk’s head rolled over to his other shoulder and he looked totally dumbfounded. I was thinking that he must be thinking there was a glitch is this modern system that just wasn’t working, and even he was confused.
Then he said very slowly, like talking to someone who needs more time to process words, “Taaaap theeee screeeen wiiiith yourrrrr creditttt caaaard”.
So, I did – and it worked. Wow. So much for keeping up with the times…
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