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Region: Texas

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Onion Rings Day
National HVAC Tech Day
National Chocolate Éclair Day

Quotes of the Day:
“Screw it, let’s do it.” - Richard Branson

“Keep going. Be all in.” - Bryan Hutchinson

“My life is my argument.” - Albert Schweitzer

Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln

“Broken crayons still color.” - Unknown

Music of the Day:

5 Seconds of Summer - Old Me (Official Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0jZJtE1KhU

On This Day In History:
1990 Florida passes a law which prohibits wearing a thong bathing suit

1992 Two skeletons excavated in Yekaterinburg, Russia identified as Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra

1992 Supreme Court rules "hate crime" laws violated free-speech rights

2015 South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in wake of killings in a Charleston church

2015 JAMA Internal Medical Journal announces obese Americans now outnumber those just overweight

2018 Eurozone countries agree debt relief deal for Greece, signalling end to the country's economic crisis

2018 President Trump spokesperson Sarah Sanders is asked to leave Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia over her support of Trump's policies, igniting debate

2019 Russian volcano Raikoke erupts from 700m-wide-crater, seen from International Space Station. Turns sunsets purple across the Northern Hemisphere all summer.

National HVAC Tech Day

With the days heating up, June 22nd is a perfect day for National HVAC Tech Day!

Why should we show appreciation for our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Technicians?

A variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times. However, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900s. New inventions, like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.

This newfound power was more than a luxury; it shaped the growth of the country. Sun Belt cities with triple-digit summer temperatures became much more attractive places to live and vacation, once they more widely adopted AC in the 1960s.

Today, many of us take the indoor comfort for granted. But it’s the technicians who keep our HVAC systems running, day and night, that we value just as much. If that’s not reason enough to show them a little love, here are a few more:

Extreme conditions are just another day at the office for an HVAC hero.

A few hours without AC or heat may be uncomfortable for us, but imagine working in those conditions every day of the week! HVAC technicians tirelessly brave the sweltering heat and numbing cold to restore our comfort, often at the hottest and coldest times of the year.

They go everywhere you’d hate to be!

Crawl spaces, attics, and all points in between—that’s where you’ll find an HVAC pro. Depending on the age and condition of the building, they may run into anything from dust and debris to cobwebs and pests, mildew and claustrophobically close quarters.

HVAC technicians can save you some green…

Want your next HVAC system to maximize your energy savings? An HVAC expert can help you choose the right equipment for your home’s needs and your family’s heating and cooling habits. He or she can even recommend different thermostat options that range from set-it-and-forget-it simplicity to real-time smartphone controls with power usage tracking.

The savings don’t stop there! Regular maintenance, provided by your trusted HVAC technician, helps keep your system running at peak efficiency. That prevents energy waste and minimizes wear and tear that can shorten the life of your HVAC investment.

…and they help you live greener!
Don’t forget that saving energy means saving the earth’s valuable resources. When an HVAC professional helps you select and maintain efficient heating and cooling systems, he’s also helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHVACTechDay

Celebrate the day by showing appreciation to your HVAC technician. Give them a shout out using #NationalHVACTechDay when using social media.

NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY HISTORY

In 2016, ARS/Rescue Rooter, a national provider of home services, created National HVAC Tech Day to show appreciation for all HVAC technicians in the industry.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on June 22nd, annually.

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-hvac-tech-day-june-22/

Coronavirus updates: Largest single-day increase in cases worldwide; university re-opening plans; bicycle trend
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/06/22/coronavirus-updates-rising-cases-worldwide-unemployment-bike-trend/3234146001/

Protest updates: Minnesota jail officers allege discrimination; Junipero Serra statues toppled in California; 2 shootings in Seattle
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/22/protest-updates-minnesota-officers-complaint-seattle-shooting-california/3233223001/

Who will face Mitch McConnell? 3-way Kentucky Democratic primary comes to a head Tuesday
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/06/22/kentucky-elections-booker-broihier-mcgrath-wrap-up-senate-campaign/3234593001/

Passengers sue American Airlines alleging racial discrimination
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2020/06/22/american-airlines-faces-racial-discrimination-lawsuit/3234255001/

The 10 best TV shows of 2020 so far, from 'Jeopardy! GOAT' to 'BoJack Horseman'
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/06/22/best-tv-2020-10-greatest-shows-year-so-far/5333175002/

UT-Austin removes Confederate statues in the middle of the night
https://www.texastribune.org/2017/08/20/ut-austin-removing-confederate-statues-middle-night/

Texas leaders offer mixed responses to UT-Austin's late-night removal of Confederate statues
https://www.texastribune.org/2017/08/21/lt-gov-dan-patrick-calls-ut-austin-removal-confederate-statue/

Gov. Greg Abbott weighs in on Confederate monument debate
https://www.texastribune.org/2017/08/18/abbott-weighs-in-on-confederate-monuments/

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Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 15: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

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