For Your Windows

WINDY WEATHER?

Is is windy where you are today? It sure is in most of the western US. Hopefully all the all-weather window cleaners were not too high up on their ladders today.

The Wind

by Robert Louis Stevenson

I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies’ skirts across the grass–
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all–
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

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MY MUSCLE MAN

All you window cleaners out there, take note! Years of ladder climbing and squeegee swirling builds muscle. Thanks to my friend, Bell, who created this very authentic re-creation of my window man and his caricature counterpart.

Although he is retired from the squeegee, I had him wash a few windows here last week to keep the “hot bod”.

If you need that spring-time window cleaning done, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL and contribute to making more of those impressive physiques.


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ALMOST LEFT MY HEART THERE ONCE

Windows have always intrigued me, especially old ones. Many years ago I owned and operated an indoor plant store in a mall. It was a kiosk, but a very different one constructed with the very old wood, gutters and glass from a dismantled greenhouse. I could die to have that little building now. It would look very cool outside my old sunroom/office windows.

My very first visit to San Francisco included  the CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS in Golden Gate Park. Talk about old windows. The structure and the displays are amazing. Click on the link to read about its great history and take a virtual tour. Better yet, go visit in person.

You would definitely need to hire a professional to wash those windows! Hey, I just happen to know of one in that area if you live there. They repair windows too.

Call WINDOW DOCTOR San Francisco .


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CONFESSIONS OF A DO-IT-YOURSELFER

Okay, fess up. You still cannot see out of your windows and the neighbors are complaining. It is a never-ending job, especially if you have any dog’s noses or grandkid’s gooey fingers.

Why not treat yourself. This will sound redundant I am sure, but HIRE A PROFESSIONAL, just this once.  You can even use my window man. Yep, that is why we used that name many years ago. We were willing to share him.

For a real MY WINDOW MAN try these:

Albuquerque, NM

Oxnard, CA

San Diego, CA

Portland, OR

JUST DO IT!

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WINDOWS TO WATCH

Why are there so few movie titles with the word “window” in them? I love talking about windows because there are so many possibilities with the meanings. But just try to find movie titles. And, a good portion of the ones that exist are foreign.

Probably the best is Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW from 1954. It had very strange stuff happening with Raymond Burr outside Jimmy Stewart’s windows. What a classic!

Personally, I was disappointed with SECRET WINDOW (2004) even though it did have Johnny Depp in it.

THE WINDOW has been used 3 times so far. Only the first one (1949) looks worth watching.

I have never watched CONFESSIONS OF A WINDOW CLEANER (1974). I know several professional window cleaners who have though, and what the learned had nothing to do with cleaning glass.

Speaking of glass; BROKEN GLASS has been used 2 times and neither one had anything to do with windows, which is probably a good thing.

Just a little movie trivia. I think the best scripts are what we watch outside our windows, especially when the window coverings are open and the glass is clean.

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WILL THE REAL WINDOW PLEASE LIGHT UP

Wow, this is just too cool! Now you don’t even need see-through windows. Check out this link:

Picture Windows

And, in the future, for anyone who lives in a basement, dark attic or a cave with electricity, take a look at this:

Phony Windows

Who needs real windows?

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HOLEY WINDOWS

Just for a minute, travel back in time, or at least change movie scripts in your mind. Imagine Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid shooting it out in the 1880’s not caring how many windows shattered. That all happened in Lincoln, New Mexico when Bill escaped two weeks before he was to be hanged and ran off to Fort Sumner where soon after Garrett caught up and shot him dead.

If you are ever in southeast New Mexico treat yourself to a visit. Lincoln is so authentic you feel like you could change scripts easily. Old buildings, wonderful pictures and amazing documentation all take you back to a very interesting, but violent era. Worth a tour through the town for sure.

Do you think they cared about clean windows or window coverings back then? Or, were they more concerned about replacing holey glass and blood-stained, fancy drapes?


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THE BRIGHT SPOT

Still having fun on vacation. The bright spot in our vacation, very literally speaking, was WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT.  Over 250 square miles of blinding white sand. Pretty amazing area, but I would not like it outside my windows permanently. The area has improved a lot since I visited 20 years ago. Now they have picnic areas with tables, outdoor grills and shade!

Really enjoying some down time in Ruidoso, NM. Gorgeous scenery and lots of history.

Window covering website almost ready to publish. Guess it is time to get back to work. When I get home I think I will hire MY WINDOW MAN in Albuquerque to professionallly clean our windows. They give us the best deal in town!

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NO WINDOWS DOWN THERE

Does being on a vacation mean less blogging is acceptable? I hope so. I think I need a blogsitter.

We just visited Carlsbad Caverns area. Even though I have been there before, it always amazes me. You walk down a path that must have taken eons to construct and descend 754 feet…that is 70 stories. The only window in the whole place is the main opening and you only have light from it to about one third of the way. After that, all that lives down there with no windows or light is different bacteria that eat each other. Very cool rock formations too, and one area even refers to window coverings. Well kinda. The rocks looked liked very fancy draperies. Does that count?

One thing for sure. There are no windows down there.

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THE REAL DEAL

Recently I posted a picture of me washing windows. Well, I want to clear up any confusion by posting a picture of the real window cleaner. The picture is also the logo for the window cleaning business we started almost 30 years ago.

If you decide to hire a professional, make sure he is as cute as this one.

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