Wednesday, September 1, 2021

What is Labor Day?

 

    We all know Labor Day as the farewell party for Summer and the first holiday for the back to school kids. How did Labor Day start and what is the meaning of the holiday? Courtesy of History.com, we can help with some of those answers!

    Dating all the way back to the 1800's, particularly during the Industrial Revolution, people of all ages (as young as 5) have worked long hours, every day and in harsh conditions. The workers consisted of the very poor and immigrants trying to make enough money for food to feed their families. Unions began forming as more manufacturing companies came about forming more jobs with no benefits became more frustrating to the employees. Many violent riots were held killing many people and officers, the most famous being Haymarket Riot in 1886. To rise up and avoid another major riot, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off in New York to march from City Hall to Union Square and this was known as the first Labor Day in US history.

    It took 12 years for Labor Day to be recognized and legalized by Congress. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed the holiday into law. Labor Day has a dark history prior to its recognition and thanks to all the union workers putting their actions to work, we have gained better wages, benefits and working hours in business places everywhere.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Fall into a Decluttered Home

 

    

    With the kids heading back to school and out of the house, now is the best time to get the ball rolling on cleaning it out and getting rid of the summer mess! It's tough to get organized and stay clutter free when there are so many obstacles and bodies in one household. Coming up with a simple game plan and stress free process is the best way to declutter a home. 

    Taking some tips from other articles online, we have combined the best hacks for simple one room at a time decluttering with little stress or thought. 

  1. Pick one room and spend five minutes picking up trash in the room. Spend another five minutes just picking up items that do not belong in that room. Use five more minutes filling a box or bag with items to donate that are in good condition but do not get used anymore. That's a total of 15 minutes for one room. Move to the next room.
  2. Give yourself a deadline to finish decluttering your home. A realistic deadline. If you're a busy person with little time to spend at home, take a month or two or six but give yourself a deadline goal to finish your declutter project.
  3. There's something called the 12-12-12 Challenge. This seems to be the most popular declutter hack and works as follows: find 12 items to donate, 12 items to trash and 12 items to keep. Do this in each room two to three different times.
  4. Consider three basic principles when decluttering the house. Has an item been used within a year? Is the item something that is enjoyed or sparks joy? Can the item be replaced under $5?
  5. Use drawer, cabinet and closet organizers. If items can't fit within the range of the organizer or overflows, figure out if it's worth keeping and toss it or donate it.

    Five basic steps to follow for a stress free and less work road to decluttering! If you do try it, let us know how it benefited you or if it didn't!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

What do you know about August?


    So many things happen in the month of August. It's harvest time and usually the final stretch of summer for school aged kids as they prepare for heading back to school. In the southern hemisphere, it's known as the last months of winter and spring starts to come in play! After some fun research, we were able to find facts about August and how it came to be. 

    Back during the Roman calendar, the month of August was known as Sextilis, the sixth month, in Latin. It wasn't until 700BC that January and February were added to the calendar and it was pushed back to the eighth month of the year. During this time, August also only had 29 days to it's month. It wasn't until Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar and he changed it to 31 days and there it stood for the rest of time.

    The first ever sandwich was created on August 6, 1762 when the Earl of Sandwich requested a meal that consisted of meat between two pieces of bread. The quick meal was thought up during a gambling game he did not want interrupted. Quick thinking for someone with an appetite, who knew it would be such a meal that is made by many franchised restaurants to this day!

    More current history in August brings us to the Civil Rights Movement when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I have a dream" speech on August 28, 1963 to millions of people at the Lincoln Memorial to bring an end to racial discrimination and call for equal rights.

    In European countries, August is the month of Holiday. Most locals from popular European countries leave but their cities are still overrun by tourists.

    August has two birth flowers and one birthstone. The birth flowers are gladiolus and deep crimson poppy. The birthstone is periodt, which is a unique green gem.

    There are so many more facts about August that we did not cover and if you're interested in learning more, visit thefactsite.com/august for 20 Awesome Facts About August!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Equipment Rental Insurance


     The cost to rent equipment can seem like a pretty penny but it's worth it to get your project completed at a flat rate. How often is the cost for rental insurance considered? Is it just a gimmick to get more money spent? What are the chances that the insurance will actually get used? So many questions for such a little additional cost.

    For starters, the rental insurance usually covers any damages caused by the renter, the outdoor elements or other unforeseen events out of the renter's control. The damages can include floating away in a flood, someone without authorized use vandalising your rental, the rental blown away by a tornado, a worker running it over on accident or the rental being stolen. 

    Unfortunately, you can't just apologize to the company you rented the equipment from and be on your way. You usually have to pay for the damages caused which can run from hundreds, to thousands, to hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially if the equipment has to be completely replaced. What does the rental insurance fee cost? Insurance fees can be as low as five dollars to maybe fifty dollars. Much better than paying out of pocket for renting a piece of equipment that will never be owned by the renter. 

    Remember, rental insurance is to protect the equipment and a consideration for the renter that never knows when the unfortunate event may occur!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Service Standards for our Potty Standards

Our Service Standards

We’ve all been there; you walk into a port-a-potty to find that it is the most vile, filthy experience you’ve ever encountered. 2 Pees in a Pot’s service standard strives to make sure you never have to undergo that again. With a combined 50 plus years of customer service knowledge, Michael and Neenah share the same desire to provide the highest quality and sanitary experience for their customers.

How we are going to bring the portable toilet rental experience to a whole new standard:

 2 Pees in a Pot

  •  Always answering the phone
  •  2 ply toilet paper
  •  Deodorizer
  •  10 step cleaning process
  •  7 gallons of blue water
  •  After Hours Services
  •  Friendly service
  •  Well maintained equipment
  •  Residential friendly experience
  •  Locally owned and operated
  •  All our units have sanitizer included

 Other Providers

  •  They don’t always answer the phone
  •  1 ply toilet paper
  •  Have to pay extra for deodorizer
  •  2 step cleaning process
  •  4 – 5 gallons of blue water
  •  After hours services not always available
  •  Friendly service if you’re lucky
  •  Old, rusty, filthy equipment
  •  Not on your life for a residential friendly experience
  •  Not always locally owned and operated
  •  Units don't have sanitizer included

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Truth About the Blue


     Every portable toilet has it, the blue stuff. Over dramatic commercials or comedy skits show a portable toilet exploding or falling over and the blue stuff all over the patron inside. So what is it? 

    Keep in mind that a portable toilet does not flush, so there has to be an alternative to keep the bodily fluids and solids at a sanitary and deodorized tolerable level over the period of time until the portable toilet is to be serviced next. The blue liquid does just that, keeps the toilet sanitized and deodorized.

    The blue liquid is the updated and improved alternative to the past use of formaldehyde. There are some instances where a formaldehyde based deodorizer is used but most portable toilet services have turned to  more biodegradable and environmentally friendly formulas. These newer formulas even have beneficial enzymes and microbes that feed off the bacteria left behind by patrons, causing odors to diminish. There are also formulas that help decompose the matters left behind in the liquid much faster causing less trips for the toilets to be serviced.

    The next time you're using a portable toilet and see the blue liquid, remember that it is always hard at work with a purpose to make your potty usage more pleasant!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

It's all about the Red, White and Blue


     Fireworks, barbeque, and freedom! That's how we celebrate our nation's freedom. Just remember to be safe and have fun! The Fourth of July is our date to celebrate independence from British rule. In 1776 the Declaration of Independence was created and signed to break the original 13 colonies to their own laws. It was a glorious day for the the founding fathers and the people of the original colonies.

    Today, we continue these celebrations with plays, parties, carnivals, fireworks and lots of food. The appreciation for Fourth of July goes far beyond what the founding fathers could have imagined. Because of all their hard work and fight for the people they so proudly believed in, we get to continue living our best lives with our dreams coming true. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Landfill or Dump?

 

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    Some people use landfill and dump site as interchanging words but there really is a significant difference as to what they are and how they're operated and regulated. It's very important for our environment to carefully mind which one is used and how. Landfills are strictly designed and regulated by the government. Dump sites are big holes in the ground used to bury waste not regulated by the government and can be hazardous to any surrounding areas.

    Before a company can open a Landfill on a site, the site itself has to go through rigorous studies to determine if there will be an environmental impact on the surrounding area, how much land is needed, ground water testing and water tables, if there are any historical and archeological values to the site, and proceed by following all local regulations put in place for the site itself. The other most important requirement for a landfill is to line the area with a heavy duty liner made of reinforced plastics to keep any liquid waste from penetrating the ground causing hazards to any water supplies or earth. Once all regulations are set in place the dumping begins. Every truck load of waste is compacted by bulldozers to eliminate air space and allowing more waste to be dumped. The site is then covered with layers of soil daily to prevent pests from entering and smells from exiting the site. This process repeats for years until the site reaches its max and is closed down. The site is then monitored for another 30 or more years to make sure there are no environmental hazards and can be eventually turned into a useable piece of land such as a park. 

    Dump sites have a less rigorous process as they are not regulated by any government. They are simply large excavated areas used to dump trash and waste. Dumps are more commonly found in rural areas but can really be found anywhere and typically are not controlled with the layering of soils to keep smells and pests away. They tend to be hazardous to groundwater systems as they lack the regulated liner at the bottom of the site to avoid any seepage of liquid waste. Because of such hazards, dumps are considered illegal but there might be a dump site here or there that does slip through the cracks.

    The next time you interchange the words 'landfill' and 'dump', remember that hazards can come with the sites themselves. Always use your better judgment and avoid creating your own dump site, stick with landfills and keep your environment clean and healthy!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

June is the New Fiesta in San Antonio


    There's tons of history in San Antonio, TX ranging from the five missions, including San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion, Espada and the infamous Alamo to one of the largest MLK marches in the U.S and finally, Fiesta! What is so historical about Fiesta? It's just a huge party, right? Yes, but there's so much more to this huge party! The history of all the events that total Fiesta is quite amusing and all having meaning for both the event itself and for San Antonio.

    The Battle of Flowers is the largest parade in San Antonio, the second largest parade in the nation and the only parade in the country to be planned and directed by only women. This parade brings groups from all over the nation to march and represent themselves to San Antonio. How did it start? With more than 125 years of tradition, the first Battle of Flowers was hosted by a group of citizens in 1891 to honor those who bravely fought in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. In horse drawn carriages, heavily flower decorated bikes and floats the citizens threw blossoms and flowers at each other. This event became so popular that every year more events were added to the line up taking place in the month of April.

    There are so many events that take place during Fiesta, 10 main events in 10 days and then followed by 100 other events that have grown within it. These events are sponsored by nonprofit organizations that earn money for scholarships, rejuvenation projects to keep the city's downtown historical buildings and cultural heritage maintained, including the San Antonio River.

    For more information and in depth details on the History of Fiesta in San Antonio or to purchase tickets for Fiesta events, please visit https://fiestasanantonio.org/history-of-fiesta/ You can also find the option to donate to the Fiesta San Antonio Foundation on the website that helps go to the planning and money distribution of the Fiesta events. 

 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

What is Memorial Day?


    As a country, we know Memorial day as a day to honor and mourn those who died in battle while serving in the U.S Military. There is much history behind Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday in May, that some of us do not know about and was presented by History Channel. 

    Before it was Memorial Day, Americans celebrated Decoration Day in the years following the Civil War. In 1971, it was officially named a federal holiday observed by Americans by visiting cemeteries or memorials and holding family gatherings or participating in parades. Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the summer season.

    The Civil War claimed more lives than any other conflict in U.S history requiring and establishing the first national cemeteries, which then encouraged Americans from all over to hold tributes in Spring for fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and holding prayers for them. This tradition began in 1865 and was named by General John A. Logan in 1868 as Decoration Day to be held on May 30th every year. He chose that date as it was not the anniversary of any battle. 
    
    As the United States started seeing itself in more conflicts throughout history, Decoration Day shifted from only honoring those who died during the Civil War to honoring those who died in all wars and later known as Memorial Day. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act that established Memorial day to be the last Monday in May to purposely create a three day weekend for federal employees which went into effect in 1971.

    Unofficially marking the beginning of Summer, Memorial Day is celebrated by honoring our fallen heros with barbeques, parties, visiting cemeteries and memorials. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Sanitation Station


    Returning to normalcy from a year and a half of quarantine and Covid policies is a relief but we're not completely safe yet! Don't forget the importance of continuous sanitation, which is an always policy. At 2 Pees in a Pot, we know the importance of sanitation and not spreading germs, especially after using the restroom or one of our wonderful and clean portable toilet rentals. 

    We offer wash station rentals equipped with paper towels, soap and hand sanitizer. We just hook it up to the closest water hose and you pump the water out of the faucet with a foot pedal. This helps you stay completely hands free post hand washing!

    Our toilet rentals come equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers and are sanitized once dropped off. Our drivers make sure the toilet rental is completely wiped down with sanitizing product and ensure the sanitizer dispenser is filled with hand sanitizer, along with fresh rolls of toilet paper.

    The Elite Trailer rental is a gorgeous four stall restroom, two stalls for men and women, with wood floors, mirror, decor and running water for the soap provider. This rental is also sanitized with drop off by our driver and is a perfect rental for weddings, or elegant event!

    2 Pees in a Pot guarantees sanitized rentals before, during and after Covid policies begin to lift. We want nothing more than our customers and people all over to stay safe and healthy! 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Importance of Shopping Locally

    It's been quite a popular topic lately, 'support and buy locally', 'stop using corporations', 'give your local vendors your business'! Before Walmart, Target or even Amazon, what did we do? We bought from our local farmers markets, from our neighbors who could do trades others couldn't like make clothes, jewelry, landscaped, or went to our local general stores owned by someone in our community. Unfortunately, we started seeing a lot of that fade and started shopping at bigger chains where we could find items less expensive and more convenient. That's not a bad thing at all but we tend forget the benefits and importance of shopping locally. There's the environmental benefits, local economic benefits, and benefits for the community, including job retention and non profit support! 

    Large chain grocery stores, clothing stores, Amazon all use some sort of transportation to get the products in stock for your enjoyment. It's great when our product is in stock but we don't think what it took and what it did to our environment to get that product on the shelf. Planes, trains, 18 wheelers all add to the pollution! Buying locally does help reduce that because items are already available within your community and majority made in the backyard of the shop. That means less travel for everyone to get a product on the shelf. 

    Local businesses provide economic benefits to communities by providing jobs that usually have a higher retention rate. A higher job retention means employees are happy with their employers which gives a better customer experience. Who wouldn't want that?! Another benefit to shopping locally is knowing your money does go back into the community. Typically a local business has a heart for the community and neighborhood they're established in leading them to be the best donors for local non profit organizations that they believe to help continue making their neighborhood strong. If you pass a cute looking shop, would you have no temptation to walk in? Let's not forget the pride that local business owners have of their shops by providing aesthetics for the neighborhood with uniqueness to their shops. It's hard to not want to walk in! The more unique the shop, the more unique the product as well.

    The next time you pass a shop that is locally owned, just walk in, even if you don't buy anything, it will show so much respect for the owners to know that anyone had the slightest interest in what they do and bring to the neighborhood! That alone is rewarding for our local vendors, general stores, floral shops and more!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Summer Health

    

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    Now that Summer is creeping upon us, we need to think about going outside more, being able to go to pools, events, lakes, camping, etc. The most important thought should be staying healthy and cool to get through the Summer to survive the all the fun activities.

Surviving the heat while being outdoors is important. Think about all the precautions you can take while staying active. The most common and practical step to take is drinking plenty of water. Avoid all sugary drinks that don’t provide any hydration. Also, don’t wait until you’re thirsty to get in some water. Drink constantly to avoid getting thirsty as it only leads to dehydration. Wear light clothing as in lightweight, light colored, and loose. This help sweat evaporate and keep you cooler. Try to keep exercise outside in the early mornings or later in the evenings to avoid the hottest times of the day. Try to stay in shady areas as well and if it’s too hot, take the workout inside an air-conditioned building. 

Sun safety is another important tip to keeping healthy in the Summer. The most important and most commonly expressed precaution is the use of sunscreen. It helps and works when used consistently. Using a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF every two hours (before and after swimming or sweating) will help with UV protection to protect your skin. Sunglasses are the eyes sunscreen when using a dark lens that can block 99% of UV light from your eyes.

Taking basic and simple precautions during the Summer will help provide safer and longer outside time to spend with family and friends and enjoy your time in the sun. Definitely do not let your fun distract you from your health! Have a great and safe Summer!!