Big Brother or Big Bother? – The Rise of Video Surveillance

Surveillance cameras are ubiquitous – we are so used to seeing them in stores, in places of business, and even on streetlights around town, that we no longer even question just what is being recorded and just who is watching.  The cameras we see – are they for our security and safety?  Or are they … Continued

3D Wallpaper. Who knew?

The year was 1957, the place, a small garage in Hawthorne, NJ. Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, two engineers with a creative streak, were attempting to create a 3D wallpaper.  They sealed two vinyl shower curtains together with heat, in a way that would ensure enough air was captured in the middle to create the … Continued

Lines, Fibers and Cracks – Oh, My!

As Dorothy, Scarecrow and Tin Man walked the yellow brick road and came to the forest, their minds were filled with fearful images of the potential dangers that lay ahead – “Lions, tigers and bears – Oh, my!” For those individuals who contemplate storing their precious, heirloom furniture in a storage unit, the concern instead … Continued

Storage of Seasonal Items

The week before Halloween, during a trip to the local, big-box hardware store, I was startled to see the store employees setting up a display of Christmas-themed yard decorations. It would appear that we are now going from baseball season to Christmas shopping, with no traditional Fall in between. Seemingly lost in this abbreviated season … Continued

Of Moisture, Mold, And Cantaloupes

In 1941, during the early stages of WWII, researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Northern Regional Research Laboratory in Peoria, Illinois were conducting tests on numerous varieties of mold samples to uncover a strain of mold that would best produce penicillin. After a global search, with samples sent from around the world, the most … Continued

Are Your Storage Habits Typical?

Just how typical are your storage habits? While everyone has their own, personal reasons for requiring a self storage unit, there are certain items that are routinely found among items in storage. The top 5 item types most commonly found in storage units are as follows: 1. Baby strollers, car seats, baby toys and other … Continued