Pop-A-Lock - January 2019

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JANUARY 2019 Excitement for the Future Shaped by Our Past Success

Happy New Year From Pop-A-Lock!

W e’re starting our 24th year in business, and the team at Pop- A-Lock couldn’t be more excited. 2018 was our best year ever, and we were fortunate to help a lot of people in need. From big businesses getting their factories rekeyed to helping individuals locked out of their cars, it’s been rewarding to see our presence in the community. Our impact is something we don’t take lightly, but when I reflect on this past year, there’s one accomplishment I can’t help but see as the most profound. Everything we do starts with our team, so while it’s wonderful to provide exceptional service to the Lexington and Louisville area, we couldn’t do so without great people. That’s why, when I look at

I look at our company now, and I see the best staff in its history.”

book focuses on a mailman who came to be known for his exceptional service. We want to take some of the ideas from this book and apply them to our own methods of operation. Personally, I don’t set a lot of goals, but I do have a few I look at every year. Every day I want to read for at least 30 minutes, do at least 10,000 fitbit steps, and try to purposefully encourage one person a day. It doesn’t matter who it is, but I want to meet someone wherever they are at and find a way to help them feel better about life. You don’t need to own a business or be a celebrity to make a difference. It just takes a heart to serve. I also have health goals of course, because it’s important to take care of your body, but ultimately my yearly focus comes down to learning, working, and being better at life. -Doug Barnes

the past year, I see the streamlining of our staff as one of the most significant achievements. We promoted technicians, hired new team members with advanced skills we haven’t had before, and retooled our customer service. I look at our company now, and I see the best staff in its history. This directly affects our clients, and we receive feedback constantly on our level of service. All of this success doesn’t happen overnight. It starts in a planning meeting with our general managers in which we set goals for the company for the new year. Each area of the company is given a specific focus and set of benchmarks. One of our goals for the upcoming year is to provide above-and-beyond customer service. We want to make sure we’re training our employees on how to give quality attention to the needs of our clients. We’re going to start the year by reading a book called “The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary.” The

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MOM REALLY DOES KNOW BEST

3 Wives’ Tales Proven True

“Make a face like that, and it’ll stay that way forever.” You may have heard something like this from Mom’s book of wisdom. Maybe you never disputed the idea that mother knows best. But as you grew up, it slowly became clear that hair doesn’t grow back faster and thicker if you shave it, cracking your knuckles doesn’t cause arthritis, and gum doesn’t stay in your stomach for months after you swallow it. After a whirlwind of wives’ tales over the years, many common claims have been put under scrutiny. Wives’ tales have been known as pseudoscience and blind intuition, but even as many were disproved, some surprisingly proved to hold weight. Here are three wives’ tales that have proven to be true. GARLIC CURES COLDS For decades, moms have professed the healing properties of garlic, suggesting

properties that strengthen the immune system and nutrients that help combat illnesses. The effects of garlic can actually be more effective than over-the-counter flu medications. Some studies show that regular consumption of raw garlic lessens the likelihood of getting a cold, so if you feel a tickle in your throat, try a clove before you open the medicine cabinet. HEARTBURN MEANS A HAIRY BABY It’s hard to list wives’ tales without bringing up one about pregnancy. Many are solely based on intuition, but a few that sound odd are legitimate. In 2007, a study done by Johns Hopkins attempted to debunk the myth that heartburn during pregnancy would mean a hairy baby at birth. Instead of proving it wrong, they found that 82 percent of women with severe heartburn during pregnancy gave birth to hairy babies. Turns out the hormones that cause heartburn in pregnant women also affect fetal hair growth.

JOINT PAIN PREDICTS THE WEATHER Did you ever look at your mom with skepticism when she would predict rain because her knees hurt? If so, you might owe your mom an apology, because there is a scientific connection. The drop in barometric pressure that’s common during storm weather causes pain in arthritic joints.

it can cure colds and help the body fight sickness. It turns out they were absolutely right. Garlic has antiviral

THE ANATOMY OF A KEY

Did You Know These Facts?

BITTING

Without the proper bitting, the key would not work. The cutting of the blade to the appropriate bitting will make sure the key pins inside the lock are raised to the proper height, allowing for entry.

NUMBERS

These numbers correspond to the bitting cuts, and each key receives them to ensure the proper cuts are made on the blade.

Most of us don’t think twice about our keys. We see them when we unlock our houses, cars, or businesses, but what matters most is that they work, not how they’re made — until you need a locksmith. To help you better understand what we do, we wanted to explain a little bit about the anatomy of a key.

WARD

The groove down the middle of the blade is known as a ward and is specific to the maker of the lock. Kwikset and Schlage locks both use different wards, so while a Kwikset key could match the numbers on a Schlage, it will only work with its own brand of lock due to its unique ward. These are just a few of the nuances that we deal with every day. Take a look at your keys and see if you can identify the different parts for yourself.

BOW

The bow is the area that you grab when inserting the key into a lock. It usually has a space for a keychain at the end and is often the sturdiest part of the key.

BLADE

The blade is the part of the key that enters the lock. Depending on the type of lock — deadbolt, padlock, handle/knob — the blade will vary in size and shape.

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MORE THAN JUST CARS We Do Homes and Businesses Too!

It’s common for people to view Pop-A-Lock as a company that will help you if you lock yourself out of your car. While we pride ourselves on world-class customer service for our automobile customers, we also wanted to take a moment to describe our abilities in other areas.

recipe title Unfortunately, it’s not a matter of if you’ll get locked out, but when. That’s why we are here to help, and for the last 24 years we’ve been serving the community’s automobile, home, and business needs. The next time you run into an issue with a lock or key of any kind, give us a call. Our team of experts is here to help. cause key fobs to no longer work. We’ve helped many businesses in the local area that need their locks rekeyed or have an emergency situation where everyone is locked out. These aren’t just traditional keys or locks. We service a wide variety of digital and electronic mechanisms.

HOMES

That’s right — the next time you’re locked out of your house, don’t try shimmying your way to that open second-story window. Instead, give us a call and let the experts take care of it. We don’t just do lockout services either; we can also repair your deadbolts, rekey your house, and do a complete home-security audit to assess your property for any potential threats.

BUSINESSES

Getting locked out can happen to anyone. As the world becomes faster paced, it’s easier to misplace items or make mistakes that

TAKE A BREAK

HAZELNUT BERRY CHOCOLATE BARK

This easy, delicious vegan chocolate bark is the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Make it a few days in advance, bag it up, and share it with your loved ones.

Inspired by Simple Vegan Blog

INGREDIENTS • 7 ounces dark chocolate • 1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts • 1/4 cup dried cranberries • 1/4 cup dried cherries

Tools: • Candy thermometer

DIRECTIONS

1. Chop chocolate and place into a mixing bowl. 2. In a double boiler, melt chocolate. Stir frequently and remove from heat as needed to prevent burning. Keep chocolate under 115 F. 3. Once melted, pour chocolate into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly. 4. Add hazelnuts and dried fruits. Let sit at room temperature until set. 5. Break into shards and serve.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

WELCOME, 2019! PAGE 1 3 WIVES’ TALES THAT ARE TRUE THE ANATOMY OF A KEY PAGE 2 WE’RE HERE FOR ALL YOUR LOCK NEEDS HAZELNUT BERRY CHOCOLATE BARK PAGE 3 THE BEST SKIING DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD PAGE 4

The sound of the first carve through fresh powder is the anthem of all winter sports enthusiasts. Here are three of the world’s best places to experience that powder you’ve been craving all year. BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO John Denver’s anthem “Rocky Mountain High” is about the freedom he felt here. Where there are great mountains, there’s even better snow. The ski resort boasts five peaks, 187 trails, 34 lifts, four terrain parks, and a renowned 3 OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST WINTER SPORT DESTINATIONS Who’s Ready for Some Powder?

cross-country trail. After a day on the slopes, head into the town of Breckenridge for dining and activities that ditch the glitz and glamour of Vail or Aspen and take you straight to the heart of fun. WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA A destination that looks like a cross between a Nordic paradise and Olympic-level runs, Whistler is filled with true magic, winter activities, and a town that captivates the senses. When you see the mountains of British Columbia, you’ll understand why they hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. The location’s beauty is only part of your stimulating experience, because every curve of fresh powder makes your pupils dilate. Once you’re done flying down the hill where Bode Miller took the bronze, head over to the winter wonderland of the old Olympic Village for a cozy night in a picturesque town. ST. ANTON, AUSTRIA If you want a great location for next year’s Christmas card photo, there’s no better place than the Tyrolean Alps. Nestled in a valley between perfectly molded mountains, the Austrian landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for your winter excursions. The densely wooded areas and the bright reflection of the snow frame the vibrant town that’s just waiting to be explored. When you’re ready for world-class runs, hop in one of the 11 gondolas and zip down the hills that hosted the 2001 Alpine World Ski Championships.

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