Tips and Quips

Summer Stuff To Do: Deal With Your E-Waste

July 6, 2015
The following is an article submitted by Desert Arc to the Desert Sun regarding E-Waste.  I think you’ll find it interesting as well as a good resource for your future needs.
Desert Arc Recycling is a Division of Desert Arc, which is a nonprofit organization that concentrates on creating opportunities for people with disabilities, while helping protect the environment.  One facet of Desert Arc’s ...

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Leaving the Desert in a Cloud of Red Heiffer Dust

May 8, 2015
Bucking up for the summer in our Coachella Valley:  The polo & jumping horses have headed for more refreshing climates, tennis players (and fans) are heading for the French Open, and music festival-ers moved on to other cooler venues (pun intended).  Many of our seasonal residents are following suit and returning to their “other” homes in the much more temperate areas of our country .  ...

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Here We Go Round the Round-A-Bout

March 6, 2015
If any of you are headed for the La Quinta Arts Festival or out to catch a polo match or watch the horses jump at the Horses In The Sun horse show in Thermal – you may encounter a “roundabout” at Jefferson Street and Avenue 52 in La Quinta.
 
Roundabouts are much more common in the United Kingdom than they are in the U.S.  They are on the rise here which is a good thing considering that statistics ...

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Decisions to embrace in 2015

December 31, 2014
 
Ringing in the new year…I came across the following post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/regretting-decisions_n_5921768.html  It is most apropos to the start of a new year.  Look it over during half time or while the ham is basting.  Bear in mind these “tips and quips” apply more to self-management rather than property management
 
Six Decisions You’ll ...

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First Day of Autumn, REALLY?

September 22, 2014
From D.H. Lawrence (English author 1885-1930):  “The autumn always gets me badly, as it breaks into colors.  I want to go south, where there is no autumn, where the cold doesn’t crouch over one like a snow-leopard waiting to pounce.”
Ah reckon Mr. Lawrence would be very content with our lack of a definitive autumn in our desert cities.  No cold spells crouching around here!  I must ...

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Lightning, thunder, and haboob; OH MY

August 20, 2014
Gracious great balls of lightning and thunder, we certainly are encountering colorful clamor in our Coachella Valley weather.  Monday’s dust fall-out from some distant windstorm was just enough to provide a most lovely back-ground (pun intended) for Wednesday morning’s rainfall, really making a mess of cars and patios.  I reckon there must have been a hellacious haboob somewhere to create ...

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Before taking the Solar Panel Leap . . .

July 30, 2014
It is amazing to see the proliferation of solar panel companies in Coachella Valley.  Not unexpected but definitely amazing.  Before you all jump on the all too alluring solar panel wagon, consider several things that should be done prior to hitching on those panels.  After all, the benefits of using solar energy fails to be truly realized if you are using it to run horribly, inefficient and outdated appliances ...

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Bye Bye Elephant Bar

June 12, 2014
Today marks the passing of one of Palm Desert’s iconic restaurants.   The Elephant Bar and Grill on Highway 111 closes its doors for good tonight at 10pm.  AND IF THOSE WALLS COULD TALK – oh my gracious great balls of fire – quite a few of us would be in prickley predicaments to say the least.  The “E-Bar”, as we say in local parlance, has entertained multitudes of locals, ...

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Omphaloskepsis for Mother's Day

May 12, 2014

 

This past Sunday (Mother’s Day) found me engaging in omphaloskepsis.  What better day to contemplate one’s naval than on Mother’s day!  Revisited favorite memories, reveled in a whole lotta love, and yes, removed a little lint!



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Trekking Joshua Tree National Park

April 22, 2014
Tip for Trekking J.T.
A few weeks ago I went on a Saturday (mis)adventure to Joshua Tree National Park.  A few friends were camping out.  The plan was for me to meet them for lunch on Saturday.  Just a lil ol day trip for me - to the area known as Jumbo Rocks.  We checked with each other on Friday morning via emails.  Everyone had all the pertinent info.   I went on with my work day.  ...

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Enter the Equinox!

March 20, 2014
March 20, 2014 Enter the Equinox
A most jubilant Vernal Equinox to one and all!  And if we were in Japan we would be having a national holiday – called Shunbun No Hi!   The Japanese celebrate both equinoxes, spring and fall, as national holidays.  Why not?  They are special days.  During an equinox, The Earth’s North and South poles are not tilted toward or away from the Sun, ...

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Leaping Leprechauns!

March 17, 2014
March 17, 2014  LEAPING Leprechauns!
Aye lads n lassies, go kiss the Blarney Stone and have a most Irish St. Patrick’s Day!  Did you know that all the partying and parades we associate with St. Pat’s day are really American and Canadian contrivances?
Did you further know that the leprechauns were leaping along with Grand Prix equestrians yesterday out at HITS (Horses In The Sun) facility in Thermal, ...

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The Lowdown on Low-Flow Toilets

March 14, 2014
March 14, 2014  The Lowdown on Low-Flow Toilets
http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/the-lowdown-on-low-flow-toilets/index.html
No longer the bane of bathrooms, the modern low-flow toilet saves water and provides ample flushing power.
By Jenny Nash
Ever since the mid-19th century with the invention of the siphon-flush toilet — by Joseph Adamson, not, as urban legend has it, the more-famous Thomas Crapper — ...

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Fairly Full of Festivals and Fun!

February 13, 2014
It seems every burg in the Coachella Valley is sporting some sort of Crafts and Art Festival or crafting some sort of Sports Festival.   I, for one, just love em all!  Check on line and I am sure you will find an art and or sport event nearby.  #1 Ranked La Quinta Arts Festival is coming up March 6 through March 9.  A person of limited means, such as Shawnee, is able to enjoy oneself immensely ...

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Light Bulb Moment

January 27, 2014
134 years ago Thomas Alva Edison received the patent for the electric incandescent lamp.  Now that is what I call a Light Bulb Moment!  Hard to say how Edison would have reacted to The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 as it heralded the phase-out of the good ol’, incandescent light bulb due to its comparative inefficiency.  Something like 95% of the energy used to light up an incandescent ...

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Orange You Glad It's January 2014?

January 17, 2014
A few of our seasonal clients have questions about the state of their citrus trees.   Our landscaper extraordinaire, Sohnco Landscape Inc., gave me a quick lesson on citrus issues and care in our desert environment.  Specifically, regarding an orange tree that began producing nasty tasting fruit...
 
The first thing I was instructed on is that all citrus, regardless of variety, is the product of grafting ...

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85 degrees Farenheit on Christmas! Surely you jest!

December 26, 2013
It seems like yesterday that our crew was out buying client Christmas trees and putting up client Christmas lights and décor but that began well over a month ago.  December is soaring by with January 2014 on its tail.  And speaking of soaring, the temperatures in Coachella Valley were definitely on the rise for Christmas Day.  85 degrees Fahrenheit.  All the folks who winter here must have ...

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"X" may mark the spot or may be the Greek letter "Chi"

December 13, 2013
In my efforts to avoid being too cliché, I went to look up synonyms for “anticipate”.  I did this because, well, it is Christmas time and face it, we spend a lot of this time in a constant state of anticipation.  Off I went to good ol’ www.dictionary.com.  As is often the case when I go to the dictionary, I became completely sidetracked.  See the following blog article from ...

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Rebuilding of www.golangloisconstruction.com is COMPLETE

November 22, 2013
The Grand Rebuilding of our www.golangloisconstruction.com website IS COMPLETE AND THE SITE IS LIVE!  We proudly implore you all to visit and survey the results.  As with our www.golpropertymgmt.com website, we thank the exceptionally talented and beautifully creative team at Stellar Active.  We look forward to promoting our construction and millwork capabilities on this site.  The site features an ...

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Joyous Anniversaries for G. O. Langlois Construction, Inc.

October 30, 2013
Happy 37th and 32nd Anniversaries!  Thirty-seven years ago (October, 1976), Gerry Langlois became a licensed contractor in the states of Nevada and California.  Five years later (1981) G. O. Langlois Construction became incorporated.  Although the milestone anniversaries of 35 years and 30 years were missed, let’s just go ahead and give the company the traditional gifts of coral for 35 and pearls ...

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October-fest-ive

October 10, 2013
It certainly feels October-festive with most of the scalping and reseeding completed and with temperatures so comfortable that we just want to spend all day and all night outside!  Ladies & Gentlemen, start your BBQs!  Oh and don’t forget the Golf Cart Parade Oct. 27!  This is an annual Coachella Valley event that inaugurates the beginning of fall and all that the new season will bring!  ...

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Fall Equinox Sept 22

September 26, 2013
Fall is here, as the equinox of last Sunday heralded in.  Our crews in property maintenance are busily preparing our managed homes for our seasonal property owners' arrivals.  Landscape maintenance at this time includes scalping, reseeding, tree trimming, annual flower planting.  These activities are followed by cleaning windows, patios and patio furniture, to name several of the many items we attend to ...

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Cleanly Coils are Heavenly Coils

September 19, 2013
September 19 is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day!   Garrr and shiver me timbers!  Ay Matey and it's a great time to get some of those oddball yearly maintenance items taken care of like cleaning the refrigerator's coils and condensor.  This will not only add to cleanliness of your home but will help keep your refrigerator running smoothly.
 
"Find the good.  It's all around you.  Find ...

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Dry As A Bone

August 23, 2013
Drizabone is an Australian trade name originating from, you guessed it, "dry as a bone".  It is what Aussies call the long coat a cowboy wears to project himself from the elements.  It also most certainly describes our Western United States this summer, DRY-AS-A-BONE!  Fire danger is EXTREMELY HIGH everywhere.  Please use caution and common sense when barbequing or smoking or any activity that invovles ...

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Halfway through...

August 5, 2013
August finds us about half way through the hot, hot, hot months of summer in Coachella Valley!  Thankfully we performed the majority of our roof maintenances in the months of May and June.  Scheduling and performing roof maintenance is a bit of a dance between the weather, the clients, and our staff.  We try to wait till the end of spring / beginning of summer as most of our seasonal clients have departed ...

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Welcome to our new Property Management Website

July 25, 2013
The dedicated efforts of many have produced the website we have devoted to our property management division of G. O. Langlois Construction, Inc.  It has been a most interesting process, collaborating with the web designers and of course, our property management crew.  The resulting site promises to be a most lucrative endeavor.

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