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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!

 




 

 

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!

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!

 

Thanksgiving Football Fun Facts

It’s the third week of November, and our customers here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, are gearing up for Thanksgiving.

Yesterday, while I was doing the inventory on our packing supplies, I heard the front door swing open, and felt the cold wind blow through the rental office. I looked up to see one of our storage tenants, Mr. Allman, bundled up in his puffy winter coat, gloves, and wool hat. “Hey Mr Allman!” I called out – “You all ready for Thanksgiving?” “Sure am” – he replied. “Ready for the four F’s – Family, Friends, Food and most importantly, FOOTBALL!”

As Mr. Allman made a truck rental reservation, we agreed on the 4F’s and discussed our favorite Thanksgiving football games. This conversation made me wonder – when did all this football on Thanksgiving Day tradition begin?

Below are a few fun facts about the Thanksgiving football tradition!

Where it all Started

Thanksgiving football started on the college level in the late 19th century. Yale and Princeton began holding regular Thanksgiving games starting in 1876. By the time the NFL was founded in 1920, Thanksgiving football was already a tradition.

We Love Thanksgiving Football!
Based on TV viewing and retail statistics, Americans will actually spend more time watching football over the Thanksgiving Day Holiday then they will spend shopping!

Which NFL Team Has Played The Most?
The Detroit Lions have played the most Thanksgiving games. They have hosted Thanksgiving games since 1934 and only took a break during WWII.

Which NFL Team Has The Most Thanksgiving Wins/Losses?
Having played the most games, The Detroit Lions claim both of these records. Their combined Thanksgiving Day record is 37-38-2.

Which NFL Team Has Been The Second Most Successful?
The Dallas Cowboys trail the Detroit Lions in all facets of Thanksgiving. They’ve hosted the second-most number of games and have a combined Turkey Day record of 30-18-1.

Which Team Has The Second Most Losses?
The Green Bay Packers have a total of 20 Thanksgiving losses.

Are There Any NFL Teams That Have Never Played A Thanksgiving Game?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the only NFL franchise to not be featured in a Thanksgiving game.

What Was The Biggest Thanksgiving Day Blowout?
The largest point differential came in 1980 when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Seattle Seahawks 51-7. The Lions had a blowout game in 1983 against the Pittsburgh Steelers—they won by 42 points.

Was There Ever A Time When Thanksgiving Day Games Were Not Played?
Yes. There were no Thanksgiving games played from 1941-1944 due to WWII.

Best Winning Percentage
The Minnesota Vikings are 5-1 in Thanksgiving games.

Most Rushing Yards
OJ Simpson has the record for most rushing yards in a Thanksgiving game. He put up 273 yards v. the Lions in 1976.

Most Receiving Yards
This record goes all the way back to the 1940s with Cleveland’s Jim Benton putting up 303 receiving yards.

Most Passing Yards
Troy Aikman threw for 455 passing yards against the Minnesota Vikings in 1998.

Most Touchdowns
Ernie Nevers scored 6 touchdowns in a 1929 Thanksgiving game for the now defunct Chicago Cardinals.

So, now that we’re all caught up on our Thanksgiving Day football history, it’s time to get down to the business of eating until we have to unbuckle our pants, sink into our favorite lounger, and turning on the game – Hopefully we’ll wake up in time to catch the second half!

Happy Thanksgiving from The Storage Inn !

My Veteran’s Day Visitor

It’s been a cold and blustery start to November in South Jersey, but things at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, are as busy as ever. Yesterday our rental office was buzzing with new customers securing storage units or buying packing supplies, as well as current self storage customers just stopping in to check grab items from their units.

In the middle of all the hustle and bustle in strolled a young man in uniform. I recognized him instantly! It was my nephew, Ryan, on his way home and on leave from the Army, just in time for Veterans Day weekend.

I came around the counter and gave him a big handshake and hug! “You here to store the Army’s arsenal of equipment at The Storage Inn?” I asked laughing.

He just grinned and said,”You would need a lot more space than you’ve got here!”. We had a nice conversation after which we both laughed and promised to visit again before he returned to base.

That got me thinking, I wonder just how much equipment the US military would actually have to store? I did some research…

Manpower

The U.S. Military has over 2,000,000 personnel including active and reserve! (We won’t be storing personnel)



Airpower

Total Aircraft Strength – 13,362. Including over 4,000 fighter and attack aircraft and nearly 6,000 helicopters!

Land

5,884 Combat tanks
38,882 Armored fighting vehicles
950 self-propelled artillery vehicles
795 pieces of Towed Artillery
1,197 Rocket Projectors

Naval

20 Aircraft Carriers
65 Destroyers
10 Frigates
66 Submarines
13 Patrol vessels
11 Minesweepers

So there you have it, the latest published inventory of our United States armed forces equipment.

I saw my nephew Ryan at a family gathering last night and showed him my research, very proud of my facts and figures. He stared at it for a moment, looked up at me and grinned and said “Uncle Jerry, this is just the stuff that you’re allowed to know about”. We laughed as I thanked him for his service, and gave him a big hug before heading home.

Well, my research has certainly taught me one thing… Even though The Storage Inn is the largest self storage facility in the EHT area, we would need a pretty significant major expansion to store all of the military’s items. Happy Veterans Day!

 

It’s a “Boo”-tiful day in the Neighborhood!

Happy Halloween from The Storage Inn

It’s almost Halloween here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey (cue spooky music) – Time to stock up on candy for the storage rental office ! The 31st will bring costumed visitors from some of our storage space tenants, as well as some of our neighborhood kids. One thing that I have noticed on my drive home from our self storage facility, is that it seems that more people decorate the exterior of their homes for Halloween than ever – some of those decorations are quite spectacular, and I assume, pretty expensive! This got me wondering just how much time and money is spent on Halloween in this day and age, so I did a little digging. Here is what I found.

A Brief History of Halloween

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Halloween is a holiday that straddles the line between Fall and Winter, plenty and scarcity, and even life and death. The ancient Celts celebrated their New Year on November 1st, making October 31st a sort of New Year’s Eve for them. It was said that on this day, the ghosts of the dead would return to Earth. This is believed to be the origin of celebrating Halloween by dressing as ghosts, witches, and skeletons. Eventually Halloween evolved into the secular, community-based event that we know today, characterized by Halloween parties and trick or treating.

Halloween by the Numbers

$69 Billion – Total that will be spent on Halloween this year!

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$360 Million  – On Halloween greeting cards (Wow – who knew!)

$4 Billion – Will be spent on candy and decorations

158 Million will celebrate Halloween in some fashion

36 Million ages 5 – 13 will go Trick or Treating

51% of families will decorate their yards

20% of families will carve a pumpkin

24% of US households do not celebrate Halloween – Boooooooooooo!

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Costume Ideas

Where do we get our inspiration from?

35% – Halloween/Costume store

32% – Social Media

20% – Print Media

11% – Friends / Word of mouth

OK – so now you have some facts and figures about Halloween that you can spring on your friends while they’re bobbing for apples at the Halloween party! To all our readers of “The Storage Inn blog”, I’ll leave you with a Halloween joke.

What does a ghost use to wash his hair?
Shamboo!

Happy Halloween everyone!



National Cholesterol Awareness Month!

I was sitting in an our storage rental office here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, eating a bacon cheeseburger, when in walked Dr. Ron, one of our long-time self-storage customers. He informed me (as he stared at my bacon cheeseburger) that October has been designated as National Cholesterol Awareness Month and that maybe I should stop by his office where they’re doing free cholesterol screenings as part of the cholesterol awareness program. I told him that I would “try to come by”, as he grabbed some packing tape and boxes, and headed for his car.

Good cholesterol, bad cholesterol? What exactly is cholesterol, and how much is too much? I swung by Dr. Ron’s office on my way home, and picked up a pamphlet on preventing high cholesterol.

Here are some interesting tidbits about cholesterol…

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in all your cells. It can tell you about your future heart health. High cholesterol doubles your risk for heart disease.

A blood test will tell you what your levels of total cholesterol, bad cholesterol, good cholesterol, and triglycerides are.

About 74 million U.S. adults have high cholesterol. Less than half of them are getting treatment.

You can’t live without cholesterol. We’re born with cholesterol in our bodies. Infants get added cholesterol from their mother’s milk. Cholesterol is even added to baby formula.

One out of every three adults has high cholesterol. Everyone over age 20 should get their cholesterol checked every five years. About about 75 percent of people actually do.

High cholesterol can be genetic. Current research says the main influencing factor for high cholesterol is your genes.

Children can have high cholesterol – Especially kids with obesity or a family history of heart attacks.

Sweating can raise your good cholesterol levels. You can raise your good cholesterol levels, which protect against heart disease, by working out. The key is to use interval training by exercising at a medium-intensity, sprinkling in periods of high-intensity.

Supplements may work to lower cholesterol. Supplements need to be taken daily and they don’t work overnight. Diet and exercise should always be your first options.

Cholesterol-lowering medications work quickly. You can take a cholesterol-lowering pill today, and your levels may be down by 3 to 4 percent tomorrow.

So there you have it – A combination of diet, exercise, and possibly medication, can keep your cholesterol in check. As for me, I am cutting back on the bacon cheeseburgers and trying to get more exercise. Maybe I’ll start walking around our storage facility instead of driving the golf cart!

Top 10 Fun Fall Facts

Yes, Fall is officially here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey. The days are getting a little bit cooler, and a few leaves are beginning to fall from the trees around our self storage yard. We’re also beginning to notice our storage customers placing summer storage items back into their rental spaces, and pulling out their Fall /  Halloween decorations. We love Fall here at The Storage Inn – It is a time to meet local students returning for the fall College semester, as well as folks who have put off their moving day until the hot weather chilled out!

Here are ten great facts about this wonderful season that will both inform and entertain you. Shoot, you may even get a chance to sound smart while sippin’ on that pumpkin spice latte.

1. Americans typically refer to this time of year as “Fall,” while the British use the word “Autumn.”
Historically, Fall was originally called “harvest” because of the “harvest moon” that occurs close to the autumn equinox.

2. Fall is caused by the Earth’s tilt, not our distance from the sun.
When the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, we get warmer. When it tilts away, we get colder. Fall and spring are the times of transition.

3. Weight gain around this time of year may not be from all the food.
Researchers have found that lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage. So, the lack of sunlight has more to do with the extra gain than all the pumpkin spice lattes. Well, at least some of it.

4. Pumpkin spice does not contain pumpkin
Pumpkin spice is actually the spice mix used for pumpkin pies. It is made from 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves. You can make it at home or buy it pre-mixed at the grocery store.

5. Fall colors are caused by the amount of sugar in leaves.
The more red in the leaf, the more sugar that leaf is storing. That is why Maple trees are so vibrant. Evergreens don’t change because their leaves have a thick wax covering that protects the chlorophyl (green) in the leaves.

 

6. Fall is for lovers.
More people go from “single” to “in a relationship” or “engaged” in fall than any other season. That may be because both men and women experience a higher level of testosterone in the colder months. We don’t have a great answer as to why that is, but more babies are conceived in cold months than any other time of year.

7. Ancient people wore Halloween costumes to hide from ghosts
The Celtic tradition believed that ghosts roamed the earth on Halloween. Wearing a disguise would help you avoid these spirits.

8. Birds spend most of the fall migrating.
Whether traveling from one state to another, from North America to South America like Swainson’s Hawk (14,000 miles), or from the North Pole to the South Pole like the Arctic Tern (44,000 miles), many birds spend this season traveling to mating grounds or finding food.

9. Fall tourism, aka “leaf peeping,” brings in big money for New England states.
The seasonal change brings around $3 billion in tourism dollars to the small region.

10. Children born in the fall are statistically better students and live longer.
According to the Department of Education and the University of Chicago, Fall is the best time to be born.

So, there ya’ go – some Fun Fall Facts from The Storage Inn. You can take it from me (I was born in the Fall), whether biking, hiking of just sitting around the campfire. Autumn is Awesome – Enjoy!