Metro Construction and Restoration

A mid-sized construction and restoration company that specializes in damage restoration and multi-family housing

Over the course of two and a half years I provided website copy and content, blog content, newsletters, and social media management based around new construction of homes and multi-family residences for this Denver-based business.

 

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An Open Waffle House Means an Improving Situation

Love them or hate them FEMA’s job is to help manage emergencies and help the people of this fine nation get back on their feet when disaster strikes. Sometimes you can only see a small part of a whole picture, though, and the vastness of the damage done can’t be adequately judged. FEMA’s answer to that mystifying quandary? Waffle House. That’s right, the bastion of hope that is all things scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped, and diced has gotten its own namesake as FEMA’s tell-tale sign of the state of emergency: The Waffle House Index.

The restaurant has a reputation for staying open as long into severe weather as they can, and reopening as soon as possible. Based on the extent of the storm and the ability of the restaurant to operate, there are three levels:

Green: the restaurant is serving a full menu, indicating the restaurant has power and damage is limited

Yellow: the restaurant is serving a limited menu, indicating there may be no power or power supplied from a generator, or the food supply is limited

Red: the restaurant is closed, indication severe damage

This was created after the tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri in the spring of 2011 and is used in conjunction with other formal weather measures to determine the intensity and scale of storms.

 

To stalk or not to stalk: should you check a potential renter’s social media?

It’s hard to believe it has been twenty years since my fourth grade class dialed up the internet through a clear plastic Guess brand phone, only to be wowed by the fact that you could actually access information from this thing called the “internet”. Nowadays we have mild heart attacks when the cell phones that fit in our pockets can’t access any of the 90 different ways we have to keep in touch, share pictures, and find out useless facts to settle meaningless disputes.

There is no denying that social media is necessary in this day and age (you are, in fact, reading a blog right now…) if you want to stay connected, but how far is too far? California recently passed a bill that makes it illegal for a potential employer to ask someone for their passwords to their social media sites, which has me wondering: who ARE these people, anyway?

On one hand, you don’t want someone coming to work for you who appears to spend their weekends in a drunken mire, spending outlandishly, and acting like an all-around dunce. On the other hand, it is most likely that these same employers have had people working for them for years who do just that, and the employer has never been the wiser because the employee still performs.

So the question is this: if the person is spending their weeknights and weekends getting rowdy, partying, and causing a general disturbance, should you have the right to know about that before they move into your property?