Self Storage Unit Discounts for College Students!!

Most students welcome the end of the school year, but for college students here in South Jersey, the summer can create a different kind of stress. Leases are ending, roommates are graduating and moving away, and students are finding themselves in flux, trying to secure housing for the next semester while still enjoying a break from their studies. One way to ease the stress and make the transition smoother is by visiting The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township and renting a self-storage unit. The Storage Inn is offering all college students and their families discounted rates, as well as a free moving truck to help secure their items until the Fall semester!



Here are a few ways that extra storage space can help our college students get through the summer vacation with peace of mind that their items will be safe and sound until the Fall.

Where’s my old room?

Many students return home for the summer, only to find that their parents converted their old bedrooms into a home office, sewing room, or man cave. If you’re a college student planning to spend the summer at home, it could be difficult to fit your belongings beside your mom’s sewing machine, or your family’s movie collection! A better strategy is to put your stuff into self-storage and enjoy your summer with less baggage.

Road Trip!

Some students may keep their apartment or room rental lease intact through the summer, and sublet to another party until the Fall. Even if you get someone to lease your space while you’re out of town, you’ll still want to store your valuables somewhere safe and sound, not to mention that your sub-letter will need space for their own belongings. A self storage rental unit is a safe, secure, and convenient way to store your stuff while you are traveling or working a summer job back home..

Student Sizing

Most college students don’t have a ton of furniture or belongings—or, for that matter, a ton of money—so they don’t need and can’t afford a huge storage unit. Luckily, The Storage Inn Self Storage offers units in 45 different sizes, including many that are no bigger than a single dorm room. Your belongings will feel right at home while you travel, work, or visit friends.

The Storage Inn is proud to offer the college students of South Jersey an affordable way to keep everything safe and secure until the school bells start ringing in September – Let’s not rush things though – Happy Summer Break!

The Season for Sneezin’ and Wheezin’

Spring has sprung here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, and the storage facility has been buzzing like a beehive. Our storage tenants are shuttling to and from their rental spaces like there’s no tomorrow! Time to open the office window and get some fresh….ah,ah,ah,CHOO – Allergies!  Yes, ’tis the Season for Pollen and Sneezin’ !

Just yesterday, one of our long-time customers, Lois, walked into our storage rental office to rent a moving van, wearing a surgical mask.

”You sick?” I asked.

“No – allergies” she replied.

I asked her what  type of medication she was taking for her allergies.

”No doctors for me – I’m all natural” .

Turns out Lois takes a combination of bee pollen and something called Nettle Leaf to relieve her symptoms. Lois completed her storage unit rental and drove off.

That got me wondering about what other natural treatments might be available to all of us allergy sufferers.

I did some research…

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing natural allergy remedy, as it can help reduce mucus production and cleanse your lymphatic system. The quick and dirty approach is to swallow a tablespoon. For a more palatable option, try adding a tablespoon to a cup of hot water with a small bit of honey.

Local Honey

Allergy symptoms are your body’s reaction to a substance it deems hazardous to your health.

Unfortunately, you can’t simply tell your body that grass and pollen aren’t bad for it. But you can help your body learn that the local habitat isn’t deadly by giving your body small doses of the grass and pollen that are irritating it.

Local honey contains trace amounts of the very pollen that could be making you feel sick. It can help naturally reduce your allergy symptoms over time. Start administering it to immediately begin seeing results.

Bee Pollen

Like honey, bee pollen contains the natural substances of the bee hive locale. It offers an alternative way to introduce these substances into your immune system. It tastes great sprinkled on fruit or tossed in salad and offers a bit of a sweet crunch. Google your local farmer’s market or search for “local honey farmers” to find products close to your home.

Exercise

The last thing you probably want to do when you feel crummy is workout, but researchers have found that moderate to intense activity for just 30 minutes can result in substantial allergy relief. Relief occurs because exercise produces an anti-inflammatory effect in your nasal passages, helping to naturally reduce allergy symptoms.

Typically, an indoor workout will most likely be more beneficial as it will reduce re-exposure.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture treats a wide variety of health issues, including depression, digestive issues, general pain, muscle weakness, and immune deficiency. 

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf can help naturally block your body’s ability to produce histamine, which can provide allergy relief naturally. You can get it in capsules or buy the leaf whole, which is my preference. Steep it with peppermint leaves and a small amount of honey to create an herbal tea that will be tasty and beneficial.

Water

Hydrate like it’s your job. That sounds simple, right? You’d be surprised how many people are dehydrated! Being dehydrated can make you tired and make it difficult for you to get a full night’s rest. It can cause headaches, breakouts, and bloating. And, it can heighten any allergy symptoms you’re experiencing. The more water you can drink, the better you’re going to feel.

So, there you have it – some tips to help you manage your allergy symptoms this spring,  courtesy of The Storage Inn. As for me, it’s time to head home, and curl up on the couch, with a nice apple cider vinegar, honey, and Nettle Leaf cocktail – Cheers!

 

Motorcycle Self Storage Tips for Spring!
Time to Ride!

April is on and there are plenty of motorcycles cruising past our office at The Storage Inn Self Storage facility here in Egg Harbor Township in South Jersey. I’ve also noticed a few of our storage space customers getting their bikes out and who could blame them on a days like these?

As I was making my rounds, I ran into one of our long time motorcycle storage customers, Chuck, who had his storage unit door open. He appeared to be staring intently at the inner workings of his Harley Road King.

“Headed out?” I yelled to him.

“ Not until I do my Spring safety check “  he shouted back at me.

Upon closer investigation, I found that Chuck had a paper checklist that he follows every spring. Being a rider myself, I was curious to see what his list included.

Here is Chuck’s checklist…

  1. Check your battery – This the heart of your ride’s electrical system. Chuck says that any biker worth his salt will have already been connected to a trickle charger, and should be good to go, but if you don’t have your battery on a charger, the first thing to make your motorcycle ride-ready is to charge your battery.
  2. Change the oil & filter – It’s best to change your bike’s oil before you store it for the winter, but if not, now’s the time to do it. Swap that stale lubricant out for fresh clean oil and a new filter. If you don’t do the work on your bike, make arrangements with your favorite cycle shop to get it done.
  3. Kick the Tires : We don’t really want you to kick them, but you should do a full 360 degree check on each tire for any cracking or punctures. Also, check for wear. On many tires, tread wear indicator bars signal a need for replacement. But there also the old trick of using a penny. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head  when facing down and inserted into the tire tread… it’s time for a new tire. If your tires pass the wear test, inflate them to the manufacturer’s inflation specs and your rubber is ready to go!
  4. Fuel up  – Ideally, you should have stabilized the fuel in your motorcycle during the winterizing process before you placed it into storage. If you didn’t winterize, and also didn’t fill the tank before storing, check the fuel tank for rust, which may have formed due to water condensation. If the tank is clean, fill it and ‘ride-on’. If there are signs of rust, you’ll live with the consequences – fouled carburetor, clogged fuel filter, etc. – until you replace the tank.
  5. Check your Connections – A Spring tune up of cables, plugs, and pivot points is time well spent. Check all electrical connections, cables, and all moving parts that might require lubrication. Things tend to dry out over the winter, so take the time to make sure that the moving parts are kept moving!

    Mature man,working on motorcycle in garage

  6. Lights! Camera! Action! Turn on your motorcycle’s power and check all the lights for any that have inoperative bulbs and replace them. (i.e.  brake lights, turn signals, headlights, etc.) Often, replacement bulbs come in twos, so save extras for the next time you need one. If a new bulb does not light, it’s time to check the fuse box. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to visit your local cycle shop. Electrical problems are best left to the experts.
  7. Ready, Set, Stop! Stopping your motorcycle safely is just as important as ensuring your bike can accelerate. Before you hit the road, thoroughly check all the components of your brake system – lever adjustment, cables, calipers, brake pads, etc. If things don’t seem right and you’re not comfortable making adjustments, seek professional help. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  8. Stay Hydrated – Check all of the motorcycle’s fluid levels – brake, clutch, oil, coolant. Top them off as needed. Look for any leaks on the floor where your motorcycle’s been stored. Another way to check for leaks is to start and warm your bike to running temperature, then turn it off and check for leaks.
  9. Keep it Clean – The old adage, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” is true – especially for your motorcycle. When you’ve taken all the steps to prepare your motorcycle mechanically, thoroughly clean the exterior. Your bike will look as good as it runs and you’ll look good riding it!!!
  10. Ride safe! Always watch out for other drivers! 

So there you have it. Chuck’s checklist. Get ready, get that bike out of storage, and get riding!

 

The Storage Inn Blog About Women's History Month

Women’s History Month | Innovators, Artists, Athletes and More!

Well, March came in like a lion here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, but we know that spring will soon be here, along with Saint Patrick’s Day and daylight savings time.  What I didn’t know, is that March is also Women’s History Month. I found this out when one of our self-storage tenants, Jane, was in our office packing supply store, and saw me using White-Out.

“You know, White-Out was invented by a woman, right?” she said proudly.

I told her that I was not aware of this fact, and asked her how she knew this. Jane told me that she belongs to the local League of Women Voters and that they were celebrating Women’s History Month.

One of their activities included making a list of women’s achievements throughout history. I told Jane that I would be interested in seeing her list.

“I’ll email it to you this afternoon” she replied, as she headed out the door and walked toward her storage rental space.

Sure enough, I received an email from Jane that afternoon.
It included the likes of Cleopatra, Rosa Parks, Mother Theresa, and Amelia Earhart, but it also included some other very interesting tidbits as well…

By the Numbers
Today, 71% of moms with kids under 18 have to go to work. In 1975, fewer than 47% did.

In almost every country in the world, the life expectancy for women is higher than men.

Approximately 14% of active members in the U.S. armed forces today are women. In 1950, women comprised less than 2% of the U.S. military.

Over 60 percent of college degrees awarded in the U.S. every year are earned by women.

The two highest IQs ever recorded, through standardized testing, both belong to women.

More American women work in the education, health services, and social assistance industries than any other. These three industries employ nearly one-third of all female workers.

The Sporting Life
No women or girls were allowed at the first Olympics, but the Games of Hera, featuring foot-races for women, were held every four years.

At the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, the only event open to women was figure skating. Women were not allowed to compete in track and field events at the Olympics until 1928.

Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run and finish the Boston Marathon in 1966. Of course, she didn’t get official credit for it, as women were not allowed to enter the race until 1972!

Virne “Jackie” Mitchell, a pitcher, was the first woman in professional baseball. During an exhibition game, she struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Mary, Queen of Scots is reported to be the first woman ever to play golf.

Famous Firsts

The first country to grant women the right to vote in the modern era was New Zealand in 1893.

The first woman to rule a country as an elected leader in the modern era was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, who was elected as prime minister of the island nation in 1960.

In 1756 Lydia Chapin Taft became the first woman to legally vote with the consent of the electorate. Taft was allowed to vote because her husband had passed away right before a major town vote. She was allowed to vote in his place.

The first woman to run for U.S. president was Victoria Woodhull in 1872

The first female governor of a U.S. state was Wyoming governor Nellie Tayloe Ross, elected in 1924.

The first female member of a president’s cabinet was Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor under FDR.

The first woman elected to serve in Congress was Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana. She was elected in both 1916 and 1940.

The first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel was Annie Edson Taylor, a forty-three-year-old schoolteacher from Michigan plunged over the falls and survived with only a small gash on her head.


The Arts
The world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, was published in Japan around A.D. 1000 by female author Murasaki Shikibu.

In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Age of Innocence, a story set in upper-class New York during the 1870’s.

Women often wrote under pen names like Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Mary Ann Evans (perhaps better known by her pen name George Eliot), and Louisa May Alcott.

In the early years of the blues, from 1910 to 1925, the vast majority of singers were women.


She Did What?
Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes. Her first award was for physics for her work on spontaneous radiation with her husband, with her second being in Chemistry for her studies of radioactivity.

Hatshepsut was the one and only female pharaohs in recorded history. While accounts seem to paint her reign as a favorable one, her images have been defaced on temples and inscriptions as though they meant to wipe her existence from history.

The earliest recorded female physician was Merit Ptah, a doctor in ancient Egypt who lived around 2700 B.C.

Upon her husband’s death, Cherokee leader Nancy Ward took his place in a 1775 battle against the Creeks, and led the Cherokee to victory.

African-American performer Josephine Baker, while working in France during WWII as a singer, dancer and actress, smuggled messages to French soldiers by hiding them inside her dress, or concealed with invisible ink on her sheet music. She was also the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, perform in a concert hall and played a big role in the Civil Rights Movement.

40’s movie actress, Hedy Lamarr wasn’t just a pretty face, she also developed a radio-controlled torpedo device which used “frequency hopping” to prevent the signals from the torpedoes being jammed. While the technology wasn’t adopted for WWII, it was used in subsequent conflicts.

In 1903, Mary Anderson was granted a patent for the windshield wiper. She isn’t alone in her inventiveness. Women have also invented such things as industrial lathes, white out, bras, non-reflective glass, the dishwasher, disposable diapers, petroleum refining methods and much, much more.

Okay, so now we are fully prepared to discuss Women’s History Month, should the subject arise. Thank you, Jane, for your email, I learned a lot! Now it’s time to lock up the storage unit rental office for the night and head home to dazzle my wife with my new found expertise, but first I’ll need to stop at Staples – I am almost out of White-Out!

 




 

 

Winter Weather Driving Tips for Seniors

It’s February here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, and the snow has been falling here and there. This hasn’t slowed down our customers in the least. Good thing our staff is always ready at the crack of dawn to shovel, salt, and plow the entire storage rental property!

In the midst of all this winter wildness, I received an in-office visit from one of our oldest storage rental customers – Beatrice. She pushed open the entrance door, brushed the snow from her hair and exclaimed, “89 years old and I drive better in the snow than most everyone else!”

Beatrice purchased a couple boxes and some packing tape.

”Watch out for those crazy drivers!” I shouted to her as she headed towards her car.

Beatrice’s visit got me thinking about the challenges that seniors face driving in the snow, so I searched for some specific tips to share with everyone.

Check Out the Rubber

Be sure you have the proper tires for winter driving. But unless it’s an emergency, it’s better to stay home during bad weather conditions. Put off non-essential trips for another day.

Keep Calm and Slow Down

As we age our reaction time slows so leave extra distance behind the car you’re following. Be patient and reduce your speed.  Many serious incidents happen with just the slightest covering of snow on the road or patches of ice that are impossible to see.

Be Prepared

Seniors can do a number of simple things to be better prepared for harsh winter conditions. Have your car battery tested so that you’re not stranded in the cold with a dead battery. Make sure your tires have enough air and adequate tread. In case of emergency, store flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kit, warm clothes, a blanket, and other essentials in the trunk.

Check Your Brakes

Make sure your brakes are working properly.  On wet and icy roads avoid abrupt braking, unnecessary lane changes and rapid acceleration to avoid losing tire traction. If your vehicle is equipped with four wheel drive, engage it during wet or icy conditions for better traction and control.

Drive During Daylight

Avoid driving at dusk or in the dark. Driving in bad weather conditions can be very fatiguing. Do not drive during heavy winter storms.

 

 

Conclusion

Winter weather can certainly present unique challenges for drivers. And I’m sure Beatrice will make it home safely… just after she stops doing those powdery white donuts in our parking lot! – Happy Winter driving everyone!

 

The Storage Inn – Family Owned and Operated

The Storage Inn – Family Owned and Operated

It’s Winter here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and Baby, It’s Cold Outside! This is the time of year when our self storage customers like to chat and get warm by stopping into the Storage Inn office and packing supply store on the way back from accessing their storage spaces. Last week, one of our storage rental customers remarked that “the family atmosphere” here makes him feel comfortable stopping in, just to chat and warm up.

That was nice to hear and it got me wondering about family owned companies versus national chains. The Storage Inn is a local, family owned business – a fact that we’re very proud of. But what actually makes a “family owned” storage facility better than a national chain? I decided to put some thought into it. 

Customer Service, Quick Response Time and Perks

The level of responsiveness and quality of customer service at a family owned business versus a national chain will often be better as they tend to have less management turnover. It’s comforting to see a familiar face or hear a familiar voice when contacting a family owned facility. The management team can offer a quick response to customer concerns, and take a personalized approach to helping storage tenants.

Here at The Storage Inn, we offer perks such as a resident security manager, free use of a moving truck, help loading or unloading your vehicle and we even have an “Office on the Go” for tenants who need to use a copier, fax machine, or free wifi.

Customized Options and Flexibility

Whether you’re a small business owner, professional, or apartment resident, your storage needs are unique to you. Family owned facilities can offer customized solutions without having to adhere to strict corporate guidelines.

At The Storage Inn, we offer a wide variety of storage space sizes, as well as outdoor space for vehicles, RVs, and boats. We even offer free moving truck and moving van rentals

Cleanliness and Security

Family owned facilities tend to take personal pride in cleanliness and maintenance of their properties. When you’re evaluating a storage facility take a good look at the property’s curbside appearance. You can tell a lot about the facility by how well it’s kept up!
 
Security is also an area where family owned facilities tend to excel. The Storage Inn offers 24 hour video surveillance, a fully fenced storage facility complex with upgraded security gate, as well as ample lighting for both indoor and outdoor areas. We also offer the added security feature of a resident security manager!

Access Hours and Storage Facility Location

While most national chain facilities offer 24 hour access, you must ask yourself  “do I need 24 hour access, and more importantly, do I want others being able to access the facility where my items are stored at all hours of the night?” At the Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, NJ we give tenants access from 6AM to 9PM. Our resident security manager is available for emergency access 24/7.

The facility’s location should also be convenient, but don’t sacrifice cleanliness, security, and personalized service for the sake of a couple of miles.

There you have it! So if you’re in need of extra space storage, consider your local, family owned self storage facility. There’s always room at The Storage Inn for one more family member!

That New Year’s Song

Happy Holidays everyone! It’s that odd stretch of days between Christmas and New Year’s here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, but that has not slowed down our storage rental customers one bit. Our storage tenants are shuttling in and out of the storage rental office preparing for 2019!

Yesterday, I was working at the front desk when into the rental office burst one of our wonderful, long-time customers, Mike. He was waving a champagne bottle and singing Auld Lang Syne. He stopped long enough to say “Happy New Year – this is for you!” I thanked him, and wished him a Happy New Year too! He strolled off towards his car singing that song, Auld Lang Syne, at the top of his lungs.

The champagne bottle sat in front of me as I listened to Mike’s singing trail off into the distance. “What the heck is Auld Lang Syne?”

Thinking back, I can remember hearing this song as a child and wondering who is “Lang” and why does he have a sign? This needed some investigation for clarification’s sake.

Origins

Auld Lang Syne was an ancient song that roughly translates as “for old times’ sake”. The song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year. Does anyone remember the 1937 Little Rascals Episode below where they sing this song?!

Blame it on The Scots

It has long been a much-loved Scottish tradition to sing the song just before midnight. Everyone stands in a circle holding hands, then at the beginning of the final verse (‘And there’s a hand my trusty friend’) they cross their arms across their bodies so that their left hand is holding the hand of the person on their right, and their right hand holds that of the person on their left. When the song ends, everyone rushes to the middle, still holding hands, and probably giggling.

Lyrics

Below is a video and a copy of the lyrics of the entire song with the original Gaelic version (in bold), followed by a more modern translation for each individual verse and chorus – enjoy!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

Translation
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And long, long ago.

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

Translation
And for long, long ago, my dear
For long, long ago,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Translation
And surely you’ll buy your pint mug!
And surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Sin auld lang syne.

Translation
We two have run about the hills
And pulled the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered – many a weary foot
Since long, long ago.

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
Frae mornin’ sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.

Translation
We two have paddled in the stream,
From morning sun till dusk;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since long, long ago.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.


Translation

And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand of yours!
And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will
For long, long ago.

Now that we have a little history, and translation on Auld Lang Syne, we can sing it loud and proud as we raise a glass and remember the year that was, and the one that will be.

I am just happy that I no longer have to wonder “Who is Lang?”, and “What does his sign say?”

Happy New Year everyone!

Mr. Nick in his moving truck

Mr. Nick is one busy storage unit renter

So, it’s the day before Christmas here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey – Almost time for my annual visit from one of our biggest customers, Mr. Nick. Mr. Nick’s been a storage unit tenant with us for as long as anyone can remember. He’s an unusual guy – older – the outdoorsy type – from up North somewhere. You know, big bushy beard, wears a lot of red flannel shirts with suspenders. That sort of thing.

Mr. Nick has seven of our extra large storage spaces with the extra high ceilings. He stops in every year around this time to let us know that even though he’ll be emptying out the storage units, he’s not moving out.

 

feature_christmas-elf-featMr. Nick is certainly a bit on the eccentric side and I’m assuming pretty wealthy since he’s mentioned renting storage units like ours all over the world. Each year right around Christmas time, his crew pulls in with a couple of giant, red S.C. Moving and Storage vans, and empties out out all seven of his storage spaces. The funny thing is, beginning in January, I’ll see his helpers back again and on a monthly basis, refilling the storage units with electronics, toys, sporting goods, and all sorts of goodies.

This year I decided to have a little chat with his crew. Nice guys – unusually short, but very well mannered and hard workers too. They all refer to Mr. Nick as “The big guy” which is quite true in height and around the waist line.

While his helpers were in the yard the other day,  I decided to be a little nosey.

“Excuse me guys. Just curious. What type of business is Mr. Nick in if you don’t mind me asking?” I questioned.

“Import/export” replied one of his of helpers.

“Oh, so he buys and then resells things” I asked.

“No, no – He gives it all away!” answered a particularly short man, who appeared to be the leader of the crew.

“Wow, really? That’s great – a wealthy philanthropist!” I gushed.

“I guess you could say that, but the big guy really doesn’t care about money – He just likes to make people happy!” came a high pitched voice from behind a pile of toys.

If that don’t beat all I thought to myself. I tipped my Storage Inn hat and wished Mr. Nick’s crew a good day and Happy Holidays. I walked back to the rental office thinking about my conversation with Mr. Nick’s helpers. Hmmmm, I thought – Puzzling. A guy from up North, with a bushy white beard, dressed in all red, with an import/ export charitable organization?… who collects toys and other goodies throughout the year, only to give them away at Christmas time? If I didn’t know any better I would guess he’s… omg…. I think I know what the “S. C.” in  S. C. Moving and Storage stands for!  Happy Holidays from The Storage Inn!

The Reindeer Revue

“Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus!” 

Yes, December is here and the storage staff and storage customers here at The Storage Inn Self Storage in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, are getting into the Christmas spirit!

Earlier today, one of our storage space tenants, Derek, stopped into the storage rental office to retrieve holiday decorations and pick up storage supplies including cardboard boxes and tape.

We got to chatting and it turns out that both of our granddaughters go to the same school, and they’re playing reindeer in the same holiday play! My granddaughter Madison is Vixen, and Derek’s grandaughter is Rudolph. We joked about how his granddaughter had the more famous part and agreed to see each other there.

Our conversation made me wonder, “why reindeer?” –  “why not horses?”, so I decided to check it out…

Reindeer are a well-known part of Christmas lore, but you might not be aware that their part of the Christmas tradition is less than 200 years old. Here are some fun facts about reindeer and their role in Christmas legend!

Reindeer Fun Facts

In North America, reindeer are known as caribou.

Reindeer live in the northernmost parts of the world like the Arctic, Northern Europe and Siberia. This explains why reindeer lead Santa’s sleigh – he needed animals that could live at the North Pole!

The name “Reindeer” comes from the Norse word “hreinn,” meaning deer.

Both male and female reindeer grow antlers; there’s no way to be sure, but that could mean that Santa’s reindeer were in fact female.

Reindeer are good at surviving in harsh and cold environments. Their noses actually warm the air before they breathe it in, so that their lungs don’t freeze.

Santa’s Reindeer

Santa’s reindeer made their first official appearance in 1823 in Clement C. Moore’s poem “The Night Before Christmas,” where he introduced the “eight tiny reindeer” that lead Santa’s sleigh through the night.

The original reindeer were Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder, and Blixen (later known as Donner and Blitzen). The names Dunder and Blixen translate from German as thunder and lightning.

 

Some people leave carrots for Santa’s reindeer as a special treat on Christmas Eve, but you might want to think about leaving moss instead – that’s a real reindeers favorite food!

Originally, Santa only had 8 reindeer until…..

Rudolph is a newbie!

Rudolph wasn’t an original member of Santa’s reindeer team – The little red-nosed reindeer didn’t make an appearance in popular culture until 1939, when department store Montgomery Ward hired writer Robert L. May to write a book starring a brand new Christmas character.

In 1949, Rudolph’s story was adapted into the famous song, originally recorded by singing cowboy, Gene Autry.

The beloved, stop-motion movie version of Rudolph’s story first aired on December 6, 1964, and has aired countless times each year since then!

To celebrate his 75th birthday, the United States Postal Service issued a set of Rudolph stamps in November 2014.

Reindeer clearly have a lot of significance in Christmas legend. It’s amazing to think how important Rudolph is to the modern North American concept of Christmas, considering that he’s only 76 years old!

As for me, all of this talk about Santa and his Reindeer has made me hungry for some warm Christmas cookies and a nice glass of milk!
Happy Holidays from The Storage Inn!

 

Santa’s Little Secret

Santa’s Little Secret

Santa's Secret Hiding Place Revealed

Santa’s Secret Hiding Place Revealed

Well, here it is December, and the holiday season is upon us at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey. One of our recent storage customers, Mr. Robertson, came in today for a van rental. “ You just moved into your storage space last month –  you’re not leaving us already, are you?” I asked. “ No, just doing some Christmas shopping”, he replied.  It turns out that Mr. Robertson  has three sons, ages 13 through 18, and he was on his way to shop for a bicycle, a surfboard, and a big screen TV!  “Pretty hard to hide gifts like that around the house” he said. “I would ask a friend to hide them for me, but the only people that I know that would have space, and don’t have kids in the home, are my parents, and they live in the next state.”

So we completed the van rental, and off went Mr. Robertson. What a great idea, I thought to myself. What better place to hide gifts, then under lock and key, in a totally secure, weatherproof storage space, that only you have the passcode to?  “That’s one smart Santa” I thought to myself.

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Mr. Robertson returned late that afternoon, and stopped in the office. “ How did you make out?” I asked.  “Great!” he replied. “I even found some really good sales on TVs and bicycles – My wife will be so happy”. So after purchasing some boxes, tape, and bubble wrap for the additional gifts that he had bought, Mr. Robertson went back to his self storage unit to unload.

So if you’re a secret Santa in need of a great place  to hide your holiday gifts from prying eyes, stop into your local self-storage facility, The Storage Inn for a convenient solution. No matter what the size, or how many gifts you have to hide, I’m sure we can find the perfect storage space for you. Well, I’ve got to go now – just heard about a place that’s having a great sale on big screen TVs! Happy holidays!