My Vandalism Experience is Truly Unique

An IP camera used for video surveillance is very advantageous for homeowners and those who lease flats to have. My problem in my flat was not the security of my dwelling but the security of my automobile. We only have on-street parking where I live. I have my auto for holidays and for recreation on the weekends. I actually take the tube for my commute to work each day. I had scrapes on my car and had them repaired. It cost a decent amount of money. When it happened a second time, I got a hikvision ip cctv camera. I installed it just outside the window facing the street from my flat. It is a nice PTZ camera that is high resolution.

The camera can pick out facial details of a a person standing next to my car. This is not one of those old blurry black and white security cameras. This one is full color, has night vision and is super clear. The camera kept tabs on my auto for many weeks before it captured footage of what was involved in scratching up my car. A neighborhood stray cat ran from a nearby building and jumped up on the roof of my car. A large dog was racing trying to catch it. The dog had a collar and leash attached. When it got to my car that the cat was on, it scratched furiously at the side trying to get up to the roof. A few seconds later the owner grabbed the leash and quickly yanked the dog away.

I was able to identify the owner of the dog and report the incident to the police. The dog was not under the control of the owner. It managed to pull free when it wanted to chase the cat. I was able to retrieve the costs of the former and the recent damage of the car from the owner of the dog. Though not happy, the owner did admit fault. I have experience training dogs, and offered to teach the dog obedience at no charge. Now the dog does not yank the owner of her feet going after cats. Also, my car has been fixed, and I have actually made a friend in the owner and the dog. She is still making regular payments on my car repair bill. I’m not letting her off that easy!

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Getting New OEM Parts for Giant Construction Machinery

We have cranes and other giant machines that are so big that we have a dedicated maintenance guy for each machine just to lubricate them. He will start at one point on the machine and do work every day until he gets back to where he started. Then the process is repeated. They always need new hoses for hydraulics and other small parts. However, it is not often that windows break or need new seals. I had to find a company that does rubber window trims & seals for one of our older machines when a side window was broken out by vandals and the seal was destroyed.

I have no idea what they were trying to do. I suppose they wanted to start the machine and wreck it. It could have been anyone from kids to radical environmentalists. If they could have got it started, they could have used the machine to wreck other equipment. We do not leave the keys in any machine, and most of them need a professional to get them moving anyway. However, if someone could get the engine started, they could move levers and press buttons to get a machine moving. Just getting it moving forward could get one to wreck a whole construction site. We added another overnight security guard since the site is so big.

In one way the vandalism turned out okay because it let me find a company that provides OEM construction equipment window trims. I do not want any aftermarket stuff on any of our equipment. That is asking for trouble if something goes wrong. We stick with original stuff for warranties, liability and functionality within specs. Aftermarket stuff may look like OEM, but the stuff is rarely made up to the same standards. Metal parts are usually weaker and wear out faster, and rubber hoses and trims are more flimsy. No matter if you are fixing your family car or a multi-million dollar machine, stick with OEM parts.

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Spanish Food at Its Very Best

I was in Singapore for a friend’s wedding last year, and I decided to stay a couple of extra days because it was just so beautiful. On my first day alone there, I asked one of the hotel staff if they could recommend a good Spanish restaurant in Singapore. It took her all of two seconds to tell me to try La Ventana, and she also gave me directions, which were very easy to follow. I went there for dinner, and it is probably the best Spanish restaurant I have ever eaten at.

They had quite the selection for everything, including appetizers. Tortillas, anchovies, soups, prawns, fritters, oysters, cookies and chicken wings were just a sampling of the appetizers available. Since I try to eat mostly seafood and vegetables, I decided to have the miniature tortilla, which was an omelet with potatoes and onions mixed in it. For my entree, I decided to go with the seasoned vegetables that had the specialty house sauce on them. These were roasted in the charcoal oven and tasted absolutely out of this world. I had chosen a lighter entree so I could enjoy dessert as well, which is often my favorite part of the meal.

There were so many choices, including healthy ones! For me though, as soon as I saw the Chocolate Coulant, I knew nothing else would do. This is a rich cake that has berries and is served with a creamy vanilla ice cream. I sometimes cannot finish my dessert, even with it being what I look forward to the most, but I had no problem clearing this one up. Everything was so delicious, and I knew that I was going to eat there again because there were just too many other options that I really wanted to try before I had to leave this paradise setting.

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