Car Detailing

Car Detailing Services In OKC

auto detailing servicesYou are probably aware that car detailing is a crucial part of maintaining your car’s value, but might not understand why it’s so important. We reached out to a car detailer in Oklahoma City to get a better understanding of the process and the benefits from detailing your vehicles. Continue reading to find out more about the significance of car detailing, and get an estimated idea of how often you should be getting your car detailed.

Exactly What Does an Auto Detail Comprise Of?

Car detailing is the art of cleaning the interior and exterior of your car, truck, or boat to maintain it’s value and keep it looking nice. Many car owners run through the wash, but few take the time to have the vehicle thoroughly inside and out.

Not every vendor providing the service uses the same chemical treatment or same techniques, but most will clean your motor, headlights/taillights, and brakes — while eliminating any unwanted debris which could be hiding on either inside and outside your vehicle. Basically, any component of your automobile that requires cleanup, will get cleaned.

Why Are They Significant?

Not only will a detailed cleaning make your vehicle look sharp, but it also helps to remove any funk that might be stinking up the interior, it’s also beneficial for stain removal. That beer your buddy spilt in the backseat, or that wild Friday night you had back there with your lady – there might be some stains to remove.

Taking care of your vehicle should be a priority, for some, it’s the second biggest investment behind a home. By keeping the exterior clean and waxed you can prevent sun damage and any damage that may occur from tree sap or fallen debris that may stain your paint surface. Also, engine issues can be costly, which explains why it’s far better to keep up your car or truck today so that you can reduce the odds of something going on later on. Full engine details keep unwanted debris out of the vehicles engine compartment.

All this is also added benefit for maintaining resell value. When it is time to sell, any potential buyer will take notice of a well-detailed car and your asking price should be met with approval if valued fairly.

How Frequently Should You Detail?

Most specialists recommend a complete detail every four to six months, which equates to 2-3 times annually. However, that is only a guideline, there are obviously other variables to consider like weather conditions that may dirty your car quicker than normal, and any unexpected interior spills that would require detailed attention.

Bottom line, the more frequently you can detail your car, the better shape your car will be in. People who wash, wax, and clean their car on a constant basis will require less detailing than someone who neglects the vehicle. If you are a generally tidy person, detailing your car annually ought to be good enough for you. All you pigs out there that can’t keep your car clean, time to pay attention!

Ultimately, it is never a bad idea to get your car detailed before selling it. Details are comparatively cheap, and also a clean car may make a significant difference on how much somebody is willing to pay for it.

Wash And Wax

When you get the opportunity, take some opportunity to wash and wax your vehicle. Not only can this help to make your vehicle look newer for longer, but it will also make sure that any contaminants which might have stuck to the surface of your vehicle are properly removed and the surface gets sealed to protect it against unwanted debris and chemical contaminants.


Many people who see chiropractic doctors swear by their care; there are others who believe chiropractic care is not even medical care. How do you know if a chiropractor is the right choice for your particular situation, and what should you believe and not believe about chiropractic care in Owasso, OK? We will explore the many myths surrounding chiropractors and their care, and hopefully point you in the right direction!

Probably the biggest misconception about chiropractors is that they are not “real” doctors. A chiropractor is a doctor, just not a medical doctor. A chiropractor is a specialist; just like you wouldn’t want a chiropractor working on your feet, you don’t want a podiatrist working on your spine! Chiropractors endure an extremely challenging educational process, similar to that of a medical doctor with the absence of surgery and pharmacology classes. As a matter of fact, some chiropractic majors also require 2 to 4 years of premed undergraduate classes before they begin the next 4 to 5 years in chiropractic college. Classes include radiology, neurology, physiology, pathology, bio-mechanics as well as the proper chiropractic techniques. Additional health care classes are required for graduation. In all, chiropractic students attend more classroom hours than medical students while both are in school!

Next, a chiropractic student must finish several hundred hours of real patient management in a clinical setting, much like an externship. The student is supervised by a professional chiropractor as the student chiropractor hones his or her skills. At such time the student is prepared to graduate from the program, the new chiropractic doctor must complete four sets of national examinations and the state board examination. If the student passes, he or she has achieved their license to practice, also known as a DC degree, or Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Chiropractors are considered licensed health care providers and they must complete continuing education classes to stay abreast of the newest technology and techniques.

Once a doctor of chiropractic care is licensed in his or her state, they are subject to additional testing, licensing and monitoring by state and national boards. Chiropractors, like their medical doctor counterparts, can write sick leave certificates and are sanctioned by federal and state programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Workers’ Compensation. The biggest differences between medical doctors and chiropractic doctors is that the former can prescribe medication and in some instances, perform surgery. If you have an illness or require surgery, a medical doctor would be your best bet. If you have soft tissue damage, an injury to the spine or a misalignment of the spine, a chiropractor would be your best option. Chiropractors are excellent at healing back pain, spasms and headaches by enlisting muscle and massage therapies, exercises and of course, spinal adjustments.

Another misconception? That medical doctors and chiropractors aren’t on the same team. While some medical doctors feel they are superior to chiropractors, and vice versa, both sets have come to acknowledge that patients can benefit from various kinds of treatment, and that the patient’s well being is the most important aspect of their jobs. Hospitals now employ chiropractors on staff, debunking the myth that chiropractors aren’t real doctors.
And what of chiropractic care itself? There are many misconceptions about chiropractic care, including the thought that it is painful. Just the opposite is true. The release of pressure of the spine—the “cracking” or “popping” of the back—is a pleasurable experience when administered by a chiropractor. Many people believe that chiropractic care is reserved for just the neck and back, when it is actually useful in many areas of the body. Chiropractic care can be used to treat all types of soft tissue disorders and joint problems, as well as headaches, allergies and in some specific cases, even ear infections.

You may be asking yourself—is chiropractic care safe? Chiropractic spinal adjustments are extremely safe but only when administered by a chiropractor. There have been countless research studies to confirm that the risks of serious injury or problems resulting from spinal manipulation are rare; as a matter of fact, it is recommended that this method be used in the majority of lower back pain problems, as opposed to a more invasive solution, like surgery. To quash the rumor that chiropractic care is “quack medicine”, it has been around for over 100 years, and numerous scientific studies have been conducted to provide chiropractors with the safest and most effective healing methods available. Ongoing research provides the doctors with the newest diagnostic methods and treatments, ensuring the most up-to-date, scientific measures for patient care.

Once you commit to Frisco chiropractic center, don’t worry; it is not a lifelong commitment! Many patients see a chiropractor to ease an ailment or injury, while others maintain an ongoing relationship with their chiropractor, engaging in preventative care. While preventative care is best—just like well check-ups with your regular doctor or cleanings and exams you’re your dentist—regular adjustments to your spine would be most beneficial. Your spine experiences normal use by walking, sitting, driving—all can take their toll. By continuing chiropractic care, a patient is less likely to sustain an injury because their body is adjusted for it. While this may not be true for every instance, it is just like preparing your muscles for a long run; the likelihood of injury is diminished due to preventative care. This proactive care can help you avoid problems in the future and help you feel better, move with more freedom, and stay healthier throughout your lifetime. While it is not necessary to continue chiropractic care once you start, it is a recommended part of the preventative care of your body.

To round out the misconceptions about chiropractic care, many people believe it is very expensive. Quite the contrary; chiropractic care is often very affordable and very worth the cost. Just like anything else of value, there are maintenance costs involved and none more important than your body! There are some insurance plans that cover chiropractic care costs and many doctors accept payment plans, depending upon your situation. Overall, the cost of chiropractic care versus the care of a medical doctor is substantially less.

The myths about chiropractic care are commonplace and often just that: myths. It is important to know that manipulation of the spine is best left to the professionals and that “cracking” your own back or having someone press on your spine can cause more harm than good. As with any major life decision, from buying a house to contemplating health care, make sure you have conducted ample research to make informed choices.

Note from Ann: Last week I shared a dataviz how-to guide. Paul Denninger has a great alternative solution to share! He uses hidden bars, also known in the Excel community as floating bars or white bars, to build “two” charts in one. Enjoy!

Getting excel to do complex work is easy; making the output look nice is a different matter. I took the challenge to recreate Ann’s graph because I’m always looking for better ways to display information.

The solution required a stacked bar chart, so the only problem was lining up the starting point for the second dataset. A buffer needed to sit between the end of the first set of bars and the start of the second so that it would force the second set to line up correctly. Hidden data had to fill the gap. Here’s how I did it.

First, start by inputting the original data. Sorting the rows from large to small will help make the chart easier to build.

Original Data

First, input the original data

The next step is creating the dummy data. Insert a column between the two existing datasets and populate it by subtracting the first column from “1.” This gives you a series of percentages that start at the end of the first bar and end at “1.” The problem of lining up the second dataset is solved at this point.

Dummy Column

Create a column of dummy data

With all of the data in place, creating the chart is easy. Use a stacked bar and include all 3 columns.

Setting Chart

Insert a stacked bar chart

Once the chart has been built, it’s time to hide the dummy column. Highlight the red data series and choose the format menu. Fill the series with the same color as your background. This makes the bars blend into the background and leaves them invisible. Do the same for the data labels. The dummy information is now hidden and your second dataset lines up properly.

Removing Dummy Bars

Make the dummy data invisible

The y-axis still needs to be fixed since the values are organized from low to high. Invert it by highlighting it and opening the format axis menu. Tick the “categories in reverse order” radio button to have the bars arrange themselves from high to low.

Fix the vertical axis

Flip the y-axis

Here is the primary display difference between this solution and Ann’s. Due to the hidden data, the x-axis begins at 0 and goes up to 200%. Since it’s a big challenge to make repeating axes in one chart, and one that I haven’t solved, it’s probably best to remove the x-axis altogether. Since the data values are shown in the bars, removing the axis should not make data interpretation more difficult. In fact, it will be easier for people looking at the chart since they don’t have to rescale the second data series in their heads.

Finally, decrease the gap between the bars and invert the fill and text colors for the overall bar. This makes it stand out from the other series. It’s personal preference whether you want to make the data labels bold or not.

Expand, invert the colors and remove the x-axis

Expand, invert the colors and remove the x-axis

Your chart is finished and you have improved on excel’s built in data presentation immensely. Other than the problem with the x-axis, this solution gives the same result as Ann’s. It’s a visually appealing way to compare two or more groups across the same categories.

When he isn’t playing with Excel and learning to use R better, Paul Denninger is trying to start a company. He currently manages investments for people and is on a constant search for data to analyze. He spends enough time working with nonprofits that he might make a career change and do it full time. You can see more of his work on his blog, Risk Assets.

Two weeks ago, I challenged readers to re-create the “after” version of a side by side bar chart. You can read the full post here.

Congratulations to the 9 contestants! Click on the contestant’s name to see their chart.

  • Regan Grandy
  • Sara Vaca
  • Alex Kadis
  • Katrina Brewsaugh
  • @CaptainCane64
  • @PD_ssp
  • Will Fenn
  • Angie Ficek (Check out how she used her own data!)
  • James Coyle (Check out how he used his own pre-post data!)

Now it’s time to post the how-to guide.

Step 1: Study the chart that you’re trying to reproduce in Excel.

We’re trying to re-create a side by side bar chart like the one shown below. We’re comparing how Coalition A and Coalition B scored on Innovation Network’s Coalition Assessment Tool.


Step 2: And the secret to making side by side bar charts in Excel…

…is that we’re going to make two separate bar charts, one for Coalition A and one for Coalition B. When we copy and paste the charts from Excel into PowerPoint or Word, they’ll look like a single cohesive chart.


Step 3: Type the data into Excel.

Make sure you choose a purposeful order to your data, like the highest percentage on top and the lowest percentage on bottom.

Excel often flips the data table upside down when creating charts, i.e. if you want the overall scores to be at the bottom of the chart, then you need to put the overall scores in the top of your data table. (Or, you can reverse the order of the categories later on.)


Step 4: Create the first bar chart.

You know the drill: Add data labels inside the end of your bars. Choose a color palette that matches your client’s logo or your own logo. Use an action color to draw the reader’s eye where you want it (in my example, the overall score). Delete unnecessary ink like the tick marks, grid lines, and border. Use gray to de-emphasize things like (n=7) and the axis labels. Reduce the gap width.


Beginner Excel users: If you need extra instruction, check out how to make a basic bar chart and my Excel for Evaluation chart tutorials.

Step 5: Copy the first chart.

Rather than re-create the wheel when making the second bar chart, let’s save some time by simply copying the first chart.


Step 6: Populate the second chart with Coalition B’s data.

Use the “select data” feature to put Coalition B’s percentages into the chart.


Step 7: Adjust the second chart’s bar color and title.


Step 8: Delete the second chart’s axis labels.

Yep, you’re right, the second chart’s bars are going to get waaaaaay too long. We’ll fix this in Step 9.


Step 9: Re-size the second chart.

Here’s my super scientific secret for making sure each chart is the same size: I measure the plot area with a business card.

First, adjust the first chart's plot area so that it's the width of a business card or post-it note.

First, adjust the first chart’s plot area so that it’s the width of a business card or post-it note.

Next, I adjust the second chart's plot area so that it's the same width as my business card.

Next, I adjust the second chart’s plot area so that it’s the same width as my business card.

Step 10: Paste the charts into PowerPoint or Word.

Select both charts and paste them into PowerPoint or Word at the same time. Here’s what it looks like on a slide. Looks like a single chart!


Thanks to everyone who participated in the first and second dataviz challenges! I hope these challenges give you a chance to practice and build upon your Excel and visualization skills.

Last time, we made a streamlined version of the basic bar chart by adjusting Excel’s default settings. Basic bar charts are great when you’re just looking at simple patterns, like one series of data at a time.

However, sometimes we need to compare several series of data at one time. For example, the Innovation Network team and I recently compared the capacity of 12 different coalitions using our coalition assessment tool. We calculated coalition capacity in 7 different areas, such as Basic Functioning and Structure and the Ability to Cultivate and Develop Champions. To learn more about the tool, check out some materials from a recent presentation here.

The “before” chart: Here’s a clustered (aka cluttered) bar chart based on fictional data from the coalition assessment tool. The default Excel chart to compare Coalition A and Coalition B might look something like this:


A default clustered bar chart in Excel. Bleh.

Or, you could use the switch row/column feature to make a default chart like this:


Another default clustered bar chart in Excel.

These default clustered bar charts work… kind of. Well… not really. Actually, no, they really don’t work at all! My brain needs a couple minutes to read the default charts and really think about comparisons.

The “after” chart: Luckily, with a little Excel elbow grease, we can make the patterns pop out even faster. Here’s a side by side bar chart:


Now, my brain can see the patterns almost immediately: Both coalitions scored highest on Basic Functioning and Structure. Both coalitions scored lowest on Sustainability, with Reputation and Visibility scoring pretty low as well. Coalition A scored higher than Coalition B on every section of the assessment. The overall scores were 80% for Coalition A and 50% for Coalition B. Phew! This is much easier for my brain.

The dataviz challenge: Re-create the “after” version of the side by side bar chart in Excel, R, or some other free software program. When you’re finished, email me or tweet a screenshot to @annkemery.

Tips for beginner Excel users: First, learn how to make a basic bar chart. Then, check out this powerpoint for tips on making a side by side bar chart.

Bonus for advanced Excel users: Instead of copying this dataset exactly, think about how you might use a side by side bar chart in your own work. Can you re-create this chart using your own data or your own color scheme?

The prize for playing: Beer or coffee, my treat, the next time you’re in DC; a professional development opportunity; and bragging rights.

I’ll post the how-to guide in two weeks, on June 10, 2013. Happy charting!

Two weeks ago, I challenged readers to re-create the “after” version of a basic bar chart.

Congratulations to the 9 winners: Molly Hamm, David Napoli, Susan Kistler, Jon Schwabish, Ethan, Mike, Sara Vaca, Samantha Grant, and Kevin Gilds! You’ve officially won bragging rights and a beverage of your choice, my treat, the next time you’re in DC.

Now it’s time to post the how-to guide!

Step 1: Study the chart that you’re trying to reproduce in Excel.

We’re trying to re-create a basic bar chart like the one shown below. We’re examining how a nonprofit has grown over the past six years. This is a simple metric so we don’t need anything more complicated than a basic bar chart.


Step 2: Type your data into Excel.

Here’s how I typed my data into the spreadsheet.

Hot tip for advanced users: I wanted to abbreviate the years (i.e., ’07 instead of 2007). If you type 07, it will turn into 7, because Excel automatically removes zeros at the beginning of numbers. To fool Excel into keeping the zero, you must add an apostrophe; typing ’07 will turn into 07. So, if you want to get ’07 as your final result, you must add two apostrophes; typing ”07 will turn into ’07.


Step 3: Insert a bar chart.

Highlight or select the data table. Go to the Insert tab. Click on the Column icon. Select a 2-D Clustered Column Chart. For additional help with inserting charts, check out this tutorial.

Now we’ve got our default bar chart (shown below). There’s nothing technically wrong with this bar chart. However, with a few small tweaks, we can really improve the formatting.

We’re going to manually adjust 9 settings in Excel: the axis labels, the data labels, the border, the bar color, the font size and color, the gap width, tick marks, the legend, and the grid lines. We’ll go through each of these steps, starting with the axis labels and working around counter-clockwise. These tweaks just take a few seconds each to make. When added together, they can make a big difference.


Step 4: Delete the axis labels.

Click on the axis labels themselves. Then press delete on your keyboard. I do not advocate for removing the axis labels on every chart. This is a matter of personal preference. In this example, the data are so ridiculously straightforward that we really don’t need the axis labels.

step4Step 5: Add data labels.

Data labels are the numbers inside the bars that show how many participants were served each year. To position the data labels inside the bars themselves, we need to use a 2-step process. First, right-click on one of the blue bars and select “Add Data Labels.” Second, right-click on one of the labels and select “Format Data Labels.” You’ll get a pop-up screen like the one shown below. You can tweak the label position. In this example, I selected “Inside End.” Then, you can simply click on one of the data labels and change the text color to white. For more help with data labels, watch this tutorial.


Step 6: Remove the border.

Right-click on the border and select “Format Chart Area.” Click on “Border Color” and select “No Line.”

Removing the border is also a personal preference. I started deleting my borders after reading one of Edward Tufte’s books in which he advocates for charts being situated inside and alongside the narrative – rather than sticking charts in the appendix or adding awkward “Figure 1.4″ labels. Border-less charts tend to help the reader’s eyes glide down the pages of your report a little more seamlessly.

Step 7: Adjust the bar color.

This chart was originally designed for an Ignite session. You can view the slides here.

After giving the presentation, there were a few audience questions. One man, with his (first? second? third?) glass of wine in his hand, asked how I selected the turquoise color scheme. He was laughing (with me? at me?) because I was wearing a dark turquoise shirt, a light turquoise blazer, a turquoise necklace, a turquoise bracelet, and turquoise earrings. Yes, even my toenails were painted turquoise. I mumbled something like, “I guess I just really like turquoise!” and promptly ran off the stage. #npfail

The correct answer would’ve been that colors should be used strategically so that the reader’s eyes are naturally drawn to certain patterns in the data. For example, I purposefully drew the reader’s attention to the 2012 bar. The key is to select a plain color (e.g., gray, or light turquoise in this example) and what Stephanie Evergreen calls an action color (e.g., dark turquoise). For examples of plain colors and action colors, check out Stephanie Evergreen’s post on assigning a color system for graphs.

I like to professionalize my charts by tweaking Excel’s default color scheme. During fun projects like this, I select color schemes from Design-Seeds and use the Instant Eyedropper to determine each color’s RGB code. I selected the Cherry Palette for this Ignite presentation (shown below). During real projects, I match colors to the client’s logo.


Sometimes I save my color palette and RGB codes within the Excel workbook itself for safekeeping and easy reference.

So how do you adjust the bar color? Click on one of the bars. Click on the paint can icon. Select “More Colors.” In the pop-up window, select the “Custom” tab. Type in the RGB codes for your plain color and the action color.

Step 8: Adjust the font size and colors.

Here’s another spot where personal preferences come into play. When I’m going to be pasting my chart into a report, I often match my chart’s font to the report (e.g., Calibri size 11, which we typically use for the body text). When I’m going to be pasting my chart into a single, standalone handout, or into a powerpoint slide, I use much larger font sizes (e.g., 14, 16, or 18 point font). When I’m using data labels within the bars (see Step 5), I often use bold font to make the text pop.

Gray can be used strategically to dull-down the least important features of the chart – like the horizontal axis labels (’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, and ’12).

We’re getting closer! Not there yet…


Step 9: Adjust the gap width.

Gap width is a lesser-known, but very cool, feature of Excel. The gap width is the amount of space between the bars. The default setting on most computers is 150%, which means the distance between the bars is 1.5 times wider than the bar itself.

To adjust gap width, right-click on one of the bars and select “Format Data Series.” In the pop-up window, you can increase or decrease the gap width, as shown below. I often use 50-75% rather than the default 150%.


Hot tip for advanced users: The gap width feature is also very useful for histograms. You can decrease the gap width to 5% so that only a sliver of space remains between the bars.

Step 10: Remove tick marks.

For help with tick marks, watch this tutorial.

Step 11: Remove the legend.

In this simple chart, the legend doesn’t serve any purpose. To remove the legend, simply click on the legend and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Step 12: Remove the grid lines.

Again, because this chart is so simple, we don’t need the grid lines. For help removing the grid lines, watch this tutorial.

We’re all done! Here’s the finished product.


Step 13: Add a caption (optional).

Charts are inserted into a variety of communications modes: within the body of a report, as a standalone chart that’s printed out and hung on a bulletin board, as a standalone chart that’s printed and used as the handout at a meeting, on a powerpoint slide…

This particular chart was flashed on the screen for 15 seconds during my Ignite session, so there was no need to add a caption. My voice served as the caption.

However, when creating standalone charts, you’ll want to add contextual details so that the reader who passes by your chart on your organization’s bulletin board can quickly grasp the chart’s key takeaway message. One of the best ways of adding contextual details is to add a caption within the Prime Real Estate at the top of the chart. For an example, check out this post by Cole Nussbaumer.


I hope this was helpful! Click here to download my Excel file. Thanks again to the dataviz challenge winners, Molly Hamm, David Napoli, Susan Kistler, Jon Schwabish, Ethan, Mike, Sara Vaca, Samantha Grant, and Kevin Gilds!

Discussion Questions

What are your favorite tools for selecting color palettes and determining RGB codes? When do you add captions to your charts, and what are your strategies for selecting the most important findings to emphasize in that caption? Have you adjusted the gap width for any of your charts, and if so, in what situations?

Things To Consider When Going In For Bone Marrow Transplant

We might have heard about bone marrow transplant but we might lack the right knowledge and information about it because we may never have any reason to know about it. However, each year there are thousands of bone marrow transplants happening in your state and many thousands more in the country as a whole. In most of the cases, bone marrow transplant becomes absolutely essential and could be the difference between life and death. It would, therefore, be interesting to know more about it and have some basic understanding of leukemia bone marrow transplant. Before doing it, we should know some basic information about bone marrow. It is basically a spongy and small material inside the bones. This is the area where the body produces and also stores blood cells. When the bone marrow gets damages, it leads to reduced manufacture of blood cells and there are not enough cells left for taking care of your immune system. Bone marrow makes red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets amongst other cells required for normal body function and also for fighting off infections and keeping the immune system intact.

When Does A Person Require Bone Marrow Transplant?

When a person gets affected by certain types of cancer such as lymphoma, leukemia, or multiple myeloma the bone marrow becomes diseased and in many cases, it gets completely destroyed. Further, when a person is put through some high dose cancer treatments and chemotherapy, the radiation and drugs could also damage the bone marrow either partially or fully. In such cases, bone marrow transplant could help your body to produce the right kind of stem cells from where healthy white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets are produced. People suffering from aplastic anemia could suffer from a situation where the bone marrow is unable to make the right quantity of red blood cells. It also could be helpful in treating certain autoimmune diseases, where the healthy immune system of the body are attacked and destroyed.

How Is BMT (Bone Marrow Transplantation) Decided

The doctor is the right person who will decide whether a person requires BMT or not. The patient is run through a routine physical exam and several tests are also conducted. These tests include complete blood sample profiling and also they try and find out the condition of other vital organs such as the heart, lungs, kidney, liver and the brain. Based on the findings and the overall condition of the patient, a decision is taken whether a person is fit enough for bone marrow transplant or if he or she needs it.

If a transplant is a good option, a donor has to be found or the transplant can also be done from other parts of the body, if feasible and possible. Family members are often considered to be good for bone marrow donor match, but donors can also be found from the national registry.

Things To Bear In Mind

While bone marrow transplant decision has to be taken by the doctor, you must weigh the pros and cons associated with such transplants. There could be the risk of infection, rejection and other continuous problems, especially in the long term.


Contact US:

Gift of Life Marrow Registry

Address: 800 Yamato Rd suite 101 Boca Raton, FL
Phone: (800) 962-7769

Pros And Cons Of Auto Detailing

There is no doubt that there is a difference between full-scale auto detailing and ordinary car wash and servicing. When you are choosing a good car detailing company you are actually being eligible for something extra or some add-ons are offered. Hence, you must be sure of your exact needs and requirements, do your due diligence and find out the pros and cons of the same as best as you possibly can. We are listing down some of the things that one could expect from auto detailing professionals and service providers.

 What Services Can You Expect

 When you choose full-service car washes, you get much more than a thorough was of the exteriors of your vehicle. It will also clean the inside of the vehicle and also offer other services such as checking tire pressure and fluid levels. However, this can be done only by professionals who have rich experience and expertise in this area. They should be able to clean the wheels, headlights, chassis, taillights and also the exterior trim. Interior detailing is one of the important reasons why many customers choose the services of these professionals in your city and surrounding areas. The cost could vary anywhere from $50 to $150 and would depend on the location, the types of vehicle that you drive and the packages that you choose.


 One of the biggest advantages of auto detailing is the fact that you will get almost everything that the car needs in one place. Good full-service car washes will not restrict thorough washing to the outsides of your car. Many of these professionals have a quality water reclamation program. This is designed to keep chemicals and detergents out of the car water system. This will protect the environment. But before choosing them, be sure that the water that is used is again not recycled for high-pressure washing.

 These car detailing service providers are professionals. Once you are able to identify the right professional, you will get all services under one roof. You need to spend too much time explaining what exactly you need. They have standard and specialized packages and once you look at them, you will be able to understand that they know more about your requirements, than perhaps you know. Therefore you have reasons to feel comfortable with the services that are provided by these professionals.

 You will be able to ensure that your car looks spick and span and the durability and longevity of your vehicle will also increase significantly. When you resell the car, you might be able to get a higher price.



 There are some downsides as far as car detailing is concerned. If you are not able to identify the right professional, you can be sure that the whole thing could get quite expensive. Different car detailing services come with different price tags. Some are referred to as standard packages while others come with additional costs. You must know what exactly are the “other services’ so that you do not get cheated for something that might perhaps be a part of standard services.

However, at the end of the day, it is quite obvious that there are some undeniable pros and cons associated with auto detailing that cannot be ignored.

Contact US:

Chase Detailing

3730 W Rock Creek RD
Norman, OK
Phone: (405) 458-4444

Advantages Of Being PCI Compliant

There are many online companies including some big names like Yahoo, Wendy’s, Target and GameStop who have experienced data theft. This has led to sensitive information pertaining to payment cards, customer identification and other such vital information being shared across the internet on a massive scale. In spite of the best technologies and other such protections being in place, there are reasons to believe that there could always be the risk of data theft and pilferage. This is where being a PCI compliant organization could be useful in more ways than one. Customers should be aware of the fact that it is important for them to ensure that their data is protected at all points in time. This is because many businesses by their nature are allowing their customer information to become a target of breach and pilferage. The main basis for doing business between organization is trust and when a company is PCI compliant it goes a long way in improving the level of security. Here are a few points that could throw light about the various benefits and advantages pertaining to reasons why organizations should go in for PCI compliance.

 Reduce The Risk Of Security Breaches

Gone are the days when your business could be considered safe just by locking the physical doors after the end of the business in the night. Today most business does not run their enterprises using the brick and mortar model alone. They use the power and reach of the internet to run their business. While this certainly is a force multiplier, it does come with its own problems and challenges. There is always the risk of data and personal information being pilfered and hacked. However, when you use PCI technology you have some compliance regulations in place. These help you to lock your shop digitally. They will safe and secure access control, two-factor authentication and other such processes. This will go a long way the customer data safe and the same will be the case with your data.

Peace Of Mind

 Breaches in an online transaction are a real threat and there is no point brushing it under the carpet. The best way to handle it is to be prepared and find out ways by which the problems and risk associated with data breach and online theft can be avoided. Having the right PCI protocols and procedures in place can most certainly help to pre-empt any such nefarious designs and most importantly will help organizations to be proactive rather than being reactive as far as the date as safety and other such factors are concerned.

 Improve Customer Confidence

 Customers would certainly want to deal with online business enterprises that ensure total safety and protection of their data. They certainly would not like to be associated with organizations that are lackadaisical about the sensitive information that they handle on a daily basis. Towards this objective, being PCI compliant certainly helps and it does improve customer confidence quite a bit.


 In fine, with the internet defining commercial transactions over a period of time, it is quite obvious that the importance of PCI compliance is extremely important, to say the least.

How To Hire The Best Property Maintenance Professionals

Owning a number of properties, both residential and commercial is just one part of the story. There is a need to ensure that they are properly maintained. Towards this objective, you must not spare any effort in identifying the right property management in Bethany OK. With so many choices being available the onus lies on the customers to do some research and go through the right due diligence process and then pick and choose the right property experts or manager. Here are a few important points that we believe are considered extremely important when it comes to identifying these professionals. These are based on experience and expertise and therefore they are aligned to the actual position in the ground rather than being based on hearsays and opinions. It certainly will help in identifying the best service provider in a highly competitive and tough market condition.

Be Sure About Your Requirement

You must be sure about your requirement as a customer failing which you will not be able to find the right OKC property management professional. The more the number of properties, the lower will be the cost, in case you decide to outsource the entire task. However, in case you are planning to hire a property management staff then you must be sure that you let him or she handle only those properties that are possible for him or her.

Do The Service Providers Own Properties Of Their Own?

This is a critical question that you must ask before hiring these professionals. It would be a bad idea to hire a property management firm or individual if he or she has properties of their own. They would most certainly give more preference to those properties instead of taking care of yours. Hence, this is a due diligence process that must always be kept in mind while hiring these professionals and there cannot be any laxity on this.

Will They Offer Regular Inspection

This is yet another important point that must be considered before hiring property management professionals in Oklahoma City and other surrounding areas. In some cases, the managers could be accommodating and in some cases, they may not be. Hence, this is an important aspect to be taken into account only after which you should get into an agreement.

Do They Have Licenses To Operate

This is one of the most important aspects to be kept in mind when you are planning to hire these professionals. This is a mandatory requirement and therefore as a prospective property owner, you must ensure that you check on this important point and only then should you move forward. There cannot be any laxity on this and failure to do so could prove costly and counterproductive.

The Final Word

Apart from the above, there are other aspects pertaining to property management that should also be given the importance it deserves. Further, the rates that they charge is also something that ought to be examined carefully and you must compare with the market before actually taking a decision. In fine, there are reasons to believe that there are quite a few important points that must always be borne in mind before hiring these professionals.

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RE/MAX Energy Property Management

335 S Mustang Rd,g
Phone: (405) 919-0460

How To Become A Successful Photographer

Why is there a big growth for photography colleges in Massachusetts and other surrounding areas? The answer is quite simple. There is a growing demand for quality photographers. By this, we mean still photographers. There is a gradual shift toward video photography but even today, there are millions who have a liking and love for still photographs. Though most mobile phones have inbuilt cameras, when it comes to special events and other such occasions, it is quite obvious that they turn to professionals for doing a good job of it. Hence, if you are keen on looking for a different approach to your career, you could look at becoming a good photographer. However, you need to understand a few basics without which it may not be easy. We are therefore happy to share some pertinent information about the various points that could help in becoming successful as a freelance photographer.

Get Professionally Qualified

This without any doubt is the first step for you to become a successful photographer. You must spend some time and join a good college or institutions and complete the basics as far as professional photography is concerned. This could take a couple of years but it is worth it because of some obvious reasons. The course tenure would vary depending on the kind of course that you choose. You must get in touch with a good photography school and get to know more about the various courses available. You must choose the course taking into account your exact needs and requirements.

Invest In Equipment

If you are serious about your photography profession, then you must be ready to invest some money and buy the right camera and other accessories. While a few may suggest hiring the cameras, buying own camera and other tools always is a much better option. You must invest in a modern and state-of-the-art camera, and also invest in a quality flash and lenses. These are the basics and you must not cut corners on the same under any circumstances.

Try To Go Online

Though you could start off your career as a photographer with the help of local references, you must be ready to have your own website because of obvious reasons. This will help you to broad base your presence. You will become popular across the city and your name will not be restricted to the neighborhood and the locality alone. You could do this over a period of time if you do not have the right resources to have a quality website.

Build Your Portfolio

This is a very important point that you must keep in mind if you wish to become a successful photographer. You must slowly and steadily start building a portfolio. You could get started with friends and relatives and even do some photography sessions free of cost. This will help you to gain confidence and you will be in a position to correct the mistakes as you move from one level of proficiency to the other.

Pay Attention To Delivery And Efficiency

You should never bite more than what you can chew. You must take only those assignments that you are capable of handling. Customers want speedy and efficient delivery of their Massachusetts photographs and you must not be found wanting on this point.

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Montserrat College of Art

23 Essex St
Beverly, MA
Phone: (978) 921-4242

Reasons To Choose Assisted Living

While living in homes of one’s own is a preferred choice as you age, this may not always be possible for many. Hence they look at other options and this is where the role of assisted living homes could make a big difference. It certainly does offer a number of benefits which are not available to those old people who prefer to live in their homes. When you age, while convenience and comfort are important, there are other important aspects that one must take into account. We will, therefore, some useful and pertinent information about the various reasons as to why it makes sense to go in for hospice care. We are sure it will throw some new light into the whole thing and help everybody to have more information and knowledge about the same.


This is perhaps one of the most important reasons for choosing to live in assisted homes. The days of joint families are well and truly over. Hence, many aged people have to live alone in their homes and this certainly does not increase safety and security in any manner whatsoever. Older men and women living alone in homes are open to various threats and hazards. They could suffer a serious fall or they also could suffer from medical issues and many of them could also be victims of burglaries. In such situations, staying in an assisted living home is always better. This is because these homes are designed keeping in the mind the safety and security of elder people. The entrances are fully secured and these homes also offer emergency alert systems in apartments. This could help aged people to call for help should there be an emergency.

Easier Way To Socialize

Many elderly people suffer from depression and in some cases, depression is born out of being lonely and feeling alone and neglected. Their family members and children could be living thousands of miles away. In such situations, being a part of assisted living could be a great way forward for these old people. They will have company at all points of time. This could be in the form of other members of the assisted living community. Additionally, there are many common meeting places where the old people can get to meet others and spend time. There are many entertainment avenues like libraries, sports facilities, and private parks for walking and so on. Hence, at no point in time will the elderly people feel lonely and neglected.

Dining With Others

Taking socialization a step forward, many assisted homes have meal times. This creates the right environment for getting to meet others over a meal and exchanging pleasantries and views. Old people like to talk about various subjects and this certainly provides them with a good opportunity. It also provides them with the right nutrition and healthy food eating choices in a very positive and mood enhancing environment.


Many adults may not find driving safe or they may find it a bit taxing on their finances. In such situations, staying in an assisted living always helps in more ways than one.

Hence, there are obviously a number of reasons as to why it makes sense to go in for assisted living.

Why Feelings You Get While Visiting Your Dentist Should Not Matter

If you polled most Americans and asked them how they feel about going to the dentist, you are likely to get unfavorable responses. Going to the dentist is NOT like the days of old, with drill sounds and the prospect of pain. All in all, dentists get a bad rep—but times have changed. Dentists today offer a variety of treatment options to ensure the overall comfort and care of their patients. Excellence in oral health care is the standard, not the exception. Dentists today are equipped to provide thorough, gentle dental care by offering the most advanced dental health care available. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile you will want to show off!

One major difference in oral health care is the advancement of sedation dentistry. Today, dentists utilize   an entire spectrum of sedation techniques and forms of localized anesthesia. A skilled dentist also knows the types of sedation and anesthesia that work best in conjunction with one another, to manage a variety of dental procedures, from root canals to extractions, and everything in-between. In addition to a local anesthetic used to dull the pain, there are additional steps available to dental professionals, based on the complexity of the patient’s case and his or her anxiety level.

One such option is nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. The gas is administered right before the dental procedure, and the client breathes it in while wearing a mask. The patient feels an extreme sense of relaxation and some patients even fall asleep during their procedure. Nitrous oxide is an excellent choice for those who suffer anxiety when going to the dentist and for those who have a strong gag reflex. The use of laughing gas also increases a patient’s pain tolerance, so the dentist can perform several procedures at one time, if necessary. Another benefit of this type of sedation dentistry is that it takes effect quickly, within minutes. It is easy to reverse, as well, simply by administering oxygen to the patient. Laughing gas has been in use since the 1800’s and is a safe bet for most dental patients.

Of course, if laughing gas is not for you, your dentist may offer oral sedatives. Your dentist will give you medication before your procedure that will relax you but still keep you conscious during your dental work. Since oral sedation is used just to relax a patient and not necessarily as a pain reliever, it can be paired with another sedation method, local anesthesia, to eliminate any discomfort a patient might feel. Oral sedation is a great option for people who don’t care for nitrous oxide or may have an allergic reaction to it.

There is, of course, IV sedation, where the medication is introduced to the patient intravenously. Much like oral sedation, it is used to relax a patient but they are still aware and able to respond to the dentist. Deep sedation can be used to completely relax a person to a state of unconsciousness under the doctor’s watchful eye. This sedation, like the oral sedation, can be combined with local anesthesia to alleviate any possible discomfort.

dentistLastly, general anesthesia, which actually puts a patient to sleep, is reserved for complex cases, or for multiple procedures that require extra time. General sedation can be administered in-office by trained medical personnel for procedures like simple extractions, dental implants and wisdom teeth removal. For procedures such as reconstructive surgery or for patients that have certain medical conditions, general anesthesia is administered in a hospital by an anesthesiologist. General anesthesia carries certain risks, including a slight chance of death, and the dentist or oral surgeon can help you determine if this method is the right one for you and your particular situation. Unlike other methods of sedation, a patient who had this type of sedative will often not be able to drive for several hours after the procedure, and so it is recommended that the patient arrange for a ride home from the dentist’s office or hospital.

With advancements in dental technology, virtually any dental procedure can be performed without any fear of discomfort. In addition to sedation options, digital x-rays are replacing the more cumbersome, traditional radiograph x-ray technology. Instead of the uncomfortable plastic appliance that is placed in your mouth to take the regular x-rays, digital x-rays are taken using intraoral cameras and deliver immediate results and can be viewed on a computer screen. Traditional x-rays need to be developed, prolonging the time the dentist can view the film; with digital x-rays, it’s instantaneous. Also, digital x-rays can be enhanced, letting the dentist in OKC see the teeth, gum, bones and surrounding tissue is greater detail. Another added benefit: digital x-rays expose patients to less radiation. While more expensive for dental offices to use than traditional x-ray equipment, many dental practices are investing in this breakthrough technology, another way they are making dental appointments faster and less intrusive for patients.

You know when you go to the dentist and he or she prods around in your mouth with the sharp instrument, poking your teeth and gums, searching for cavities? Welcome to a new age of dentistry, one where dentists use lasers to detect cavities and other abnormalities. The diode laser emits a fluorescent light that will glow if the tooth shows decay. No more poking and prodding; another revolutionary breakthrough!

So say the diode laser determines you need a filling, but you really don’t want an obvious silver filling in your mouth? Gone are the days of limited options. Previously, dentists filled cavities with silver fillings, also called amalgam fillings, a combination of silver, copper and tin bound together by elemental mercury. Concerns have been raised about the mercury in the fillings, as well as their structural integrity. Silver fillings can become unstable over time and possibly break. They also show a sensitivity to heat and cold, making the sensation uncomfortable for the person with the filling. The good news is new, stronger, more aesthetically pleasing options are now available. Cavities can be filled with gold, porcelain, ceramic resin and composite resin, depending upon what you would like, what your dentist offers, and the varied costs considered. If you choose porcelain, ceramic or composite resin, these can be fabricated to match your actual tooth color, a welcomed alternative to the silver fillings.

According to Dr. Himesh Kana, dentist from Highland Village, “dentistry has made tremendous advancements in the last few decades and new and exciting new techniques and technology make caring for your oral health easier, more comfortable, and less intrusive than ever before. Ask your dentist if he or she offers the newest improvement in dental care.”

Upgrading The Learning Center

Technical Upgrades To The Learning Center

recycled windows computersOut with the old, in with the new. Our evaluation stations have been long do for an upgrade. The computers had previously been running Windows XP with old CRT monitors and clunky keyboards. The operating systems could no longer be updated because the hardware wouldn’t support it. Now we have state of the art computers and flat panel monitors that will allow are students to move through these online training modules at a faster more efficient pace. E-Learning courseware developers like Pearson and Skillsoft have developed learning modules for some of the biggest corporations on the planet, however the technologies that they used were far more advanced than our Windows XP systems were capable of processing. So, we recycled the outdated equipment and brought it some new Macintosh computers that have now anchored out learning center and made us one of the premier learning centers in the market.

Recycling Old Electronics

When we began upgrading the facility we knew we were going to be stuck with outdated equipment that nobody would want. We checked with the local second hand shops and they concluded that they would not be able to resell the equipment because of how outdated it all was. At that point we did’t know what to think and begun to search online for proper disposal options that would allow us to part ways with the old equipment while staying green with our e-waste. We ended up finding a company through Facebook called CDR Global and they sent out a representative to take inventory and give us an estimate. The following week they dropped off a container and group of recyclers came in and started breaking down all the old computers. They shredded hard drives on site, took apart the computers and separated the metals from the plastics. They ordered everything into bins and hauled it all off to recycle. After all the electronics were shipped off to be recycled, it was time to bring in the new equipment.

Upgrading To Mac Computers

The moment of truth was here, our computer labs were emptied out and it was time to bring in the new computers. new macintosh computersWe made the decision to purchase iMac computers to consolidate space. The iMac computers were all in one computers that didn’t have separate computer monitors and towers, the actual motherboard and computing took place within the flat panel monitor. This consolidation saved so much space we were actually able to add two more work station and therefore added two more computers giving our students more opportunity to learn in computer lab. The Mac operating system was compatible with the Pearson and Skillsoft training modules and the transition happened flawlessly. If you have a chance and are in the area, swing by and check out one of our new workstations for the ultimate e-learning experience.