Janet Davis Cleaners - April 2019

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APRIL 2019

IN HONOR OF TEACHER APPRECIATIONWEEK Some of My Most Influential Educators

Long before I married a teacher, I had the utmost respect for the work they do. I think my admiration for those in the profession stemmed from my experiences with my own teachers, both the ones in my family and the ones at school. In fact, it wasn’t until I sat down to write this article that I realized the sheer number of educators I have as relatives: My wife, my aunt, sister- in-law, great grandmother, my great-aunt, my great-uncle, and my mother-in-law have served as teachers for various age groups and subjects. Growing up while having the good fortune of seeing their pertinacity and hard work, I’ve been able to understand — at least from a third-party perspective — just how much effort goes in to being a good educator.

organizing field trips to historical locations like Washington D.C. I’m continuously impressed by her ability to manage it all on top of being an amazing wife and mother. Whenever I consider all of Laura’s hard work, I can’t help but remember all the inspiring teachers I had growing up. One sticks out in particular. Coach Kus was my favorite instructor throughout middle school, then he served as my high school cross-country coach. While I felt particularly close to him in those early years, he actually knew who I was long before I met him. Apparently, Coach Kus and my dad played on a softball team together when I was a newborn. In fact, I later learned that there were several instances during games where Coach Kus’ wife would hold me while cheering on her husband and my dad! Due to the great bond my parents shared with Coach Kus and his wife, it seemed I was almost destined to build a great relationship with him, and fortunately, I did. In the four years that he was my coach, Coach Kus served as a mentor for me and all of his other athletes. He was supportive, encouraging, and always helped us strive to do our best. He had this amazing ability to turn our entire cross-country team into its own kind of family.

Even in the years after I graduated, Coach Kus and his wife managed to stay in touch. For example, every summer, they invited their high school athletes to a cross-country camp. They also invited former athletes to help out as assistant coaches. In the week we were there, we all took turns washing dishes and helping out with chores, but his wife took on the responsibility of feeding all of us. Additionally, every year around Christmastime, they host a huge spaghetti dinner for all of their former runners, which, after a couple of decades of coaching, equates to a house filled to the brim with people. This tradition now goes back at least 25 years, and it’s amazing to see that they are still fostering those close relationships with their athletes after all this time. My whole life, I’ve always regarded myself as an intrinsically motivated student. I know that I would have completed all my coursework simply because I wanted to earn a high grade in the class. But having known so many enthusiastic and influential teachers, whether part of my family or not, my relationship with Coach Kus played a vital role in shaping who I’ve become today. As you prepare for Teacher Appreciation Week, I encourage you to reach out to the educators who have made an impact on your life as well!

“Growing up while having the good fortune of seeing their pertinacity and hard work, I’ve been able to understand — at least from a third-party perspective — just howmuch effort goes in to being a good educator.”

Now that I’m married to a great teacher, I’m even more aware of the long hours that go hand in hand with the role. I see how arduously Laura works to keep up with lesson plans and grading as well as

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The Sultan of Swat! The King of Crash! The Colossus of Clout! The Great Bambino!



We Are a Safe Bet!

In this increasingly connected world, there are businesses offering up every type of service you can think of. From the stranger companies touting their abilities to help you rent a chicken to the more pragmatic ones, like a barrier against bed bugs, it seems there’s something out there for everyone. Here are three of the weirdest and wackiest companies that have reached success in recent years. THE SMASHING PLACE Have you ever intentionally broken a plate and noticed that the act actually reduced your stress levels? That’s the whole idea behind the company The Smashing Place. This business, located in Tokyo, allows clients to come in, buy a plate or a cup of their choice, and smash it against a concrete wall. They can swear, stomp their feet, or do anything else they want to relieve stress. I DO … WAIT! When business owner Josh Opperman’s fiancée left him after a three-month engagement, he took the ring back to the jeweler to return it, but he got a nasty shock. They only offered him $3,500 for the ring he had paid over $10,000 for. To help others in similar situations, he started the business I Do, Now I Don’t, which is a website that allows people to sell their engagement rings (or any other fancy jewelry) to other users for way more than going to a jewelry store. THE PET LOO The Pet Loo is a square of fake grass that sits atop a simple waste containment system you put inside your home or apartment. It’s just like a mini backyard where your dog can relieve itself. This product was invented to help out a variety of pet owners and their dogs, but it’s especially useful for seniors who might struggle to take their pup on several walks throughout the day. While these business owners were definitely creative, they might have a hard time getting their clients to refer their services to family members or friends simply due to the outlandish nature of their services. Here at Janet Davis Cleaners, we offer services that can help anyone, so you don’t have to be embarrassed about referring us to those around you. If you know someone who could benefit from our assistance, please feel free to send them our way!

On April 27, 1947, the New York Yankees hosted the first Babe Ruth Day to honor the ailing baseball star, who had terminal throat cancer. As he rose to give a speech for the 58,339 fans in the stadium, Ruth’s condition caused him to have a coughing fit. With the thunderous cheers from the stands encouraging him to continue, he lovingly spoke to the thousands of people who had followed his career from his early years as a free-spirited Baltimore school kid to the world-renowned baseball legend he became. Even legends have to start somewhere, and Ruth began his baseball career in the minor league Baltimore Orioles, where his teammates gave him the nickname “Babe.” He was soon acquired by the Boston Red Sox, and he helped them win the World Series in 1916 and 1918. The following year, he was traded to the Yankees. His popularity in the Big Apple allowed the Yankees to move from a shared ballpark to one of their own in the Bronx, which was aptly known as “The House That Ruth Built.” Even through the 1919 World Series gambling debacle, which cast doubt over the sport’s future, the fans’ attention was still centered on the Sultan of Swat and what he would do next. The New York Times reported that as “home runs began to scale off his bat in droves, crowds jammed ballparks in every city in which he appeared.” All those home runs resulted in his record-breaking year in 1927, when he hit 60 over-the-fence home runs in a single season. While his home run record was eventually broken in 1961, the continued celebration of Babe Ruth Day keeps his love for the game and unmatched ability alive. To quote the classic baseball film “The Sandlot,” “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” In the Great Bambino’s case, the legend of his baseball career has survived for over a century and will continue to do so for decades to come.

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Let Us Take Care of Your Tablecloth

It’s doubtful that your linens made it through Thanksgiving dinner without any pesky stains soaking into your tablecloths and napkins, and the festivities surrounding Easter tend to also be full of splatter potential. You start by helping your kids or grandkids dye Easter eggs a variety of different colors. Then you spend hours prepping, cooking, and baking a delicious meal chock-full of scalloped potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, and baked ham, among other Easter food staples. To ensure that this celebration is a wonderful time shared with your family and closest friends, you’re more than likely going to break out your finest table linens. But you shouldn’t have to spend the entire day worrying about stains. That’s where our team here at Janet Davis Cleaners comes in.

Whether you need your tablecloth and napkins laundered prior to your Easter festivities, or you want us to help you with the cleanup after the events die down, we will take great care in ensuring that your fine linens are

professionally cleaned and expertly pressed. We will start by soaking them to remove any lingering stubborn stains, then gently wash them to remove everything from food stains to candle wax. Hand finish to complete the process. If you’re the one in charge of hosting this annual holiday meal, you already have a long to-do list. Between cleaning

your house, purchasing ingredients, and entertaining guests, you deserve a helping hand. We want to help! Let us take this one task off your plate. Our team’s attention to detail will not only get your linens ready for your next big event, but it will keep your tablecloth and napkins looking brand-new for years to come. For more information, come on down to the store or give us a call at (248) 543-0340.




With no fancy sauces, no frills, and no cheese, these all-American burgers are perfect for the start of baseball season.


• 1 pound ground chuck, 80 percent lean • 4 soft, white hamburger buns, split • 4 1/4-inch-thick tomato slices • 12–16 pickle rounds

• 4 small leaves iceberg lettuce • 4 1/4-inch-thick yellow onion slices • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil • Salt and pepper, to taste • Condiments of your choice


1. Lightly grease a small nonstick skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high. 2. While heating, gently shape meat into four patties 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Be careful to handle the meat as little as possible to prevent tough burgers. Season liberally with salt and pepper. 3. Sear patties on each side, about 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until desired doneness, about 1 more minute per side for medium-rare, 2 more per side for medium-well. 4. Let meat rest for a minimum of 3 minutes. 5. To assemble, place patty on bottom bun and top with tomato, pickles, lettuce, and onion (in that order). Spread condiments on top half of bun and place on top of onion. Serve. 3 (248) 543-0340 Inspired by Saveur Magazine


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1 In Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week 2 April 27 Is National Babe Ruth Day! (248) 543-0340 www.janetdaviscleaners.com INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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3 Are Your Tablecloth and Linens Ready for Easter? Opening Day Hamburgers 4 3 Travel Myths Debunked


3 Travel Myths You Should Stop Believing

Traveling has many social and educational benefits, but some people have hesitations that prevent them from jetting off on new adventures. Below are three debunked travel myths to give you some ease as you plan your summer vacation! MYTH: VACATIONS ARE EXPENSIVE. FACT: You can travel anywhere on a budget. Tracking flights to score the best deal, setting spending limits, and packing meals are a few ways to save money. Hostels and Airbnbs are great alternatives to spendy hotel stays. Additionally, you don’t have to cross the country to have a great trip. Every state has museums, unique roadside attractions, historical sites, and a booming nightlife. When you know your price limits and what you want to do, traveling can be a fun and inexpensive venture. MYTH: TRAVELING IS DANGEROUS. FACT: If you’re smart about what you do and where you go, traveling can be safe. Go with your gut and only stay somewhere that is approved by travel guides. Visit places you feel comfortable in, and do your research by reading travel blogs, websites, and books to find places that have been vetted by

others. Traveling in groups can also be a great way to lower your risk of danger. As long as you plan ahead, you will have a safe trip.


FACT: While jet lag can make you sleepy, it’s actually caused by a disruption in your circadian rhythm. Our bodies are cyclical, and the circadian rhythm is set by both a natural need for your body to reset and outside forces, such as your job, time zone, and diet. Travel can disrupt this rhythm and routine,

which leaves you lethargic during and after your vacation. Sticking to water before and during your flights and staying physically active during and after traveling are great ways to fight jet lag and get back into your normal rhythm. Don’t let these travel myths keep you from seeing the world. Set a budget, go with your gut, and prepare for a shifting rhythm to make your next adventure the best one yet.

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