ASK THE OWNER Hear From Jimmy Cayton on Business and Life
Q: How can others save on their power bill during winter?
had a ton of success, and I’m not going to go screaming if we don’t win a championship every year, but they are certainly my favorites to win.
A: It’s best to start with a heating season tune-up. Making sure your system operates at maximum efficiency is essential to keeping costs down. Another tip is to not to set the heat above 72 degrees, especially if it’s an electric heater. If a cold spell comes through the area, it’s not uncommon to see a bill upward of $350 from an electric system. We recommend keeping your heat set to 68–72 degrees. A: Man, I have to say, I have a place that’s a well-kept secret. Altamonte Springs has an Embassy Suites hotel, and in the hotel is a restaurant called Omaha Steakhouse. Every time I go there, I always get a great steak and the best food. It’s never overly busy, and you can always get a table. The service is good, and the steaks are amazing. Q: What’s the best restaurant you’ve been to recently?
Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever have happened to you on a job?
A: Oh boy. Well, I had a customer a few years back who just kind of froze up and couldn’t make it to his bed. I asked his wife if we should call 911, but she was insistent that he’d be fine if we could get him to the bed. He was an elderly gentleman, and I wanted to help, so I got underneath him and picked him up. I walked him over to his bed, and when I set him down, I looked on my side and saw wetness. He had urinated on me, so after the bill was paid, I assured them it wasn’t an issue and ran out to my truck. I took my shirt off, zipped over to my apartment, got a new shirt, and went about my day. It wasn’t a big deal, but that’s why I always carry a change of clothes with me everywhere I go. Stay tuned next month to learn all the unique tips and tricks from the team at Service Plus. Who knows, with it being a February edition, you might learn a little bit about love.
To grow closer with our clients and develop more meaningful relationships, we wanted to start a series this year called “Ask the Owner.” Each month, we’ll ask Jimmy Cayton, or someone at Service Plus AC & Heating, some questions on what’s going on in business and life. This January has some fun insights, and we’re really excited to share Jimmy’s responses. A: I’m not much of a personal resolution person, but we definitely have some business goals. We’re trying to grow in 2019 to serve more clients while keeping our community close. We’re excited to offer more air quality testing and also a new bidding system on our website that allows prospective clients to get real- time bids for their projects online. I think this will create a better experience for everyone we work with. Q: What are some of the business or personal goals you’ve set for 2019?
Q: Who is going to win the College Football Playoff?
A: Well, I might sound like a bit of a homer, but I have to say Bama. I’ll be happy with whatever the Crimson Tide do, because I’m not a picky fan. We’ve
EVENTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
With the new year just beginning, you might be looking for something to do that opens you up to fun and engaging experiences. Here’s your chance to get involved with your community this month! Trivia Night at Roque Pub Where: Roque Pub, Orlando When: Every Wednesday, 7:30–10 p.m. Admission: Free! Website: RoquePubOrlando.com/events If you love trivia, you’ll be sore to miss this exciting event. Head over to the pub for an evening of games, drinks, and merriment. With every game you play, you increase your chances to win a bar tab and merchandise provided by the pub! Trivia night is hosted by Trivia Nation and welcomes anyone 21 and older to join in the fun. JDRF One Walk Family Rally at SeaWorld! Where: SeaWorld, Orlando When: Saturday, Jan. 19; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission: $0–$10 Throughout the year, there are many running and walking events that you might have your eye on. If you and your
family plan on participating in one of these events, the JDRF family walk will help prepare you for what lies ahead. After the walk is over, you are welcome to stay for lunch and experience SeaWorld for the day. Be sure to register before Jan. 11 and visit their Eventbrite page to purchase your tickets. If you have any questions, contact Morgan Fluhrer at (407) 774-2166. Zora! Festival Where: Various locations in and around Eatonville When: Jan. 26 to Feb. 3; start times vary Website: ZoraFestival.org Coming back for its 30th year, this month is the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. The event celebrates the life and work of the acclaimed author, who’s best known for her works “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” and “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” The event includes museum exhibitions, public talks, a three-day outdoor festival of the arts, education programming, and theatrical productions. Join thousands of people worldwide as they celebrate Zora’s legacy. Visit the website to learn more about this amazing festival.
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THIS MONTH IN FLORIDA SPORTS HISTORY The 1995 Sugar Bowl
There’s perhaps no greater rivalry in all of college football than Florida and Florida State, especially in the glory days of both schools. When these two goliaths collided in the ’90s, it made for must-see TV. Every matchup pitted Bobby Bowden against Steve Spurrier in a battle of wits that captivated the attention of college football fans everywhere. While every game between the two schools during this decade was tantalizing, the 1995 Sugar Bowl stands out for many as one of the top five contenders. A month earlier, both teams played to a 31–31 tie in Tallahassee — a game that goes down in infamy for many Gator fans, known as the “Choke at Doak.” Up 31–3 to start the fourth quarter, everything looked good for Spurrier’s team, but Florida State came roaring back. It tied the record at the time for the largest fourth-quarter comeback in NCAA history. The Gators took the field at the Louisiana Superdome on Jan. 2 for a chance at redemption, but the Seminoles had different plans.
Because of the previous tie and where the game was being played, the rematch was titled “The Fifth Quarter in the French Quarter.” Announcer Brent Musburger kicked the game off for television by famously stating, “Welcome to overtime in New Orleans! The fifth quarter!” The game started with both defenses flexing their muscles, but early in the second quarter, Florida State icon Warrick Dunn put the Seminoles on the board by using a lesser-known skill. Famous for being a multipurpose running back who could both run and catch, Dunn caught a backward lateral from quarterback Danny Kanell and threw a dart into double coverage, but receiver O’mar Ellison miraculously pulled it down and broke free of the defenders for a 73-yard touchdown. Florida legend Danny Wuerffel would help his team battle back, but future NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks intercepted a late fourth-quarter pass to seal the game.
CHICKEN CHOP SUEY
• 2 large or 4 medium chicken thighs
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 4
• 3 pounds bok choy,
cut into 3–4-inch ribbons
• 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
• 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• 2 teaspoons sugar
1. In large pot, boil three cups of water. Add chicken and reduce to simmer, cooking for 30 minutes. Remove chicken and let cool. Once cooled, remove skin and bones, chop, and set aside. Reserve the cooking liquid. heat, heat vegetable oil. Once shimmering, add bok choy and cook for 1 minute, stirring throughout. Add half of reserved cooking liquid, cover skillet, and 2. In a large skillet over high
cook for 2 minutes. Remove cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer bok choy to a plate. 3. Add remaining cooking liquid and chicken to the pan, maintaining high heat. Heat chicken, then add oyster sauce,
sugar, cornstarch-and-water mixture, sesame oil, and bok choy. Season to taste, toss together, and serve over rice.
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GET MORE LIFE OUT OF YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES
When was the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? If you’re like most people, you may not remember. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your wiper blades about once a year, assuming they’ve been through a normal level of wear and tear. However, with a few easy steps, you can make your blades last longer without compromising visibility. • Keep your windshield and wipers clean of debris, dirt, dust, and other particles. Anything on the window or the blades can cause damage. Simply wiping them off with a microfiber cloth can go a long way. • In cold weather, always clear your windshield of ice and snow before activating your wiper blades. Ice can shorten the life span of most wiper blades significantly. • Every time you gas up your vehicle, take a moment to clean your windshield and the wiper blades. You can run the squeegee sponge over the wiper blade or use a paper towel. • Watch your washer fluid levels and top it off regularly. When you run a cleaning cycle without washer fluid, the wiper blades deteriorate.
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