In the early hours of March 28, 1979 the largest nuclear accident the United States has ever seen is about to unfold. At 4:00am, the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station suffers a pump failure and cooling malfunction which leads to a partial nuclear melt down. Fortunately, this partial meltdown did not lead to any loss of life, and the lessons learned have helped to make America’s power plants safer than ever.

Most manufacturing facilities don’t have the potential to devastate an entire region like a full nuclear meltdown could. But the health and safety of employees is at serious risk if safety procedures aren’t followed, or if they aren’t in place to begin with.

A recent article we presented outlines the CDC’s Hierarchy of Controls. At Three Mile Island, the nuclear reaction (the most dangerous part) cannot be eliminated or replaced. Therefore, excellent engineering and administrative controls were in place to isolate the most dangerous effects of the meltdown away from the operators and inspectors monitoring the situation.

Below is a timeline of key events on this day 45 years ago and some of the aftermath.

March 27, 1979 – Setting the Stage

Maintenance efforts to clear resin filters have created a dangerous situation for the plant operators. Water enters air lines through a stuck valve creating a ticking time-bomb that unfolds the next morning.

4:00am March 28, 1979 – The Accident Begins

A pump failure leads to a reactor shutdown. The stuck valve from the previous day does not allow cooling systems to work in the reactor, causing it to quickly overheat. The meltdown has begun as operators are notified with alarms.

7:45am March 28

A small release of radioactive gas is recorded off-site and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is notified.

8:00am March 28

Additional support is needed quickly. Response teams from the NRC, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are mobilized.

9:15am – 11:00am March 28

In Washington DC, President Jimmy Carter is briefed on the accident. Back in Pennsylvania, non-essential personnel are ordered to leave the premises to limit unnecessary exposure.

Afternoon into Evening March 28

In the afternoon, the first air samples are taken by helicopters to monitor radioactivity in the atmosphere. As the day comes to a close, the situation is stabilizing, and the core continues to cool to safer levels.

March 30, 1979

Radiation from an auxiliary building is released which causes a new wave of concerns. Pennsylvania governor Dick Thornburgh is worried for citizens in the area and begins discussing an evacuation plan. Vulnerable citizens within a five-mile radius are advised to leave the area.

March 31 to April 1, 1979

A large hydrogen bubble has been identified inside the pressure vessel that contains the reactor core. If this hydrogen bubble were to breach the pressure vessel, large amounts of radiation could escape. Fortunately, the hydrogen bubble reduced in size, and since there was no oxygen present, there was no risk of explosion.

President Jimmy Carter visits the site.

Mid-April 1979 – Investigations

Two investigations are set in motion. The President appoints a 12-member commission while the NRC forms another group to investigate. The purpose is to identify what happened and determine if there are any health and safety risks for those on-site and in the area.

The President’s commission releases a report several months later. They suggest industry standards be developed to better manage nuclear power plants. It also cites the need for operators to receive better training and closer supervision.

1980’s – Cleanup and Health Studies

In July 1980, over a year after the accident, the first manned entry of the reactor building is done.

Throughout the 1980s, the “head” (roof) of the reactor vessel is removed. Reactor materials are removed and shipped off-site. By 1988, the facility’s license is changed to “possession-only” to enter a state of long-term monitoring.

Epidemiological studies are done to study the health effects of the accident. In 1981, they find that the amount of radiation released was too small to detect any negative effects to those close to the plant. In 1982 and 1988, two different studies find that infant mortality rates were not affected. In 1985 and 1989, two studies find that no significant abnormalities in cancer rates were present either.

1990’s to Today

In the 1990s, the site continues to be decontaminated of radioactive materials and waste.

Additional health studies continue to find that cancer rates did not increase in the area. However, some residents and employees felt psychological stress from the event for up to six years in some cases.

By 2009, the reactor is permanently shut down and defueled, but it will remain monitored for years to come.


As mentioned in the beginning, manufacturers don’t typically face the large-scale environmental and ecological risks of a nuclear reactor melting down, but the risk to life and limb is very real for millions of tradespeople. What lesson can we, as manufacturers, learn from an accident like Three Mile Island?

Engineering controls create safer work environments by separating employees from the source of hazards. Solid administrative controls and sufficient training on them will help employees understand how to work safely, and what to do if something goes wrong.

Sadly, regardless of great safety controls, accidents still happen. When they do, it’s critical that they are reported, and that an investigation is done to determine the root cause. With additional information, updated safety measures and training can be incorporated to prevent a similar accident in the future.

Dear High School Students and Those Considering Your Next Steps,

You’re at a crossroads, facing one of the most significant decisions of your life: What comes after high school? While college is often presented as the primary path, it’s not the only route to a successful and fulfilling career. The world of manufacturing and skilled trades offers a wealth of opportunities that align with the practical, financial and personal aspirations of many young adults.

Quick Entry to the Workforce & Financial Benefits

Entering a trade can provide a faster transition to starting your career, often requiring less time than the four-year commitment to college. Trade programs typically last from a few months to two years, allowing you to gain the necessary skills and start earning sooner. The financial aspect is also compelling. Trade school can significantly reduce educational expenses compared to university tuition, lessening the burden of student debt. For example, the average cost of trade school tuition in the United States is around $5,000 per year, compared to the tens of thousands spent annually on a four-year degree.

Breaking Barriers & Building Futures

Trade school isn’t just for men; it’s a viable and rewarding path for young women who are eager to build a successful career. Women in trades can thrive in environments that value skill, determination and creativity. Pursuing a skilled trade career offers stability, competitive salaries and the satisfaction of hands-on work. The diversity in trades means there are numerous opportunities to find a niche that aligns with personal interests and strengths, from construction and automotive to technology and renewable energy sectors. Women entering the trades are breaking stereotypes, contributing to a more diverse workforce and proving that these careers are not defined by gender but by expertise and passion.

Growing Demand & Job Security

The demand for skilled tradespeople is on the rise, with sectors like manufacturing, construction and green energy experiencing particularly high growth. For instance, solar panel installer positions are projected to grow by 52% through 2030. This demand creates a robust job market and offers job security that is often unmatched in other fields.

Hands-On Learning & Real-World Application

Many of you thrive with hands-on learning and practical application, traits that align perfectly with careers in the trades. Apprenticeship programs offer the opportunity to earn while you learn, gaining real-world experience under the mentorship of seasoned professionals. This approach not only provides a solid foundation of skills but also allows you to apply what you learn immediately, making education both relevant and engaging.

Opportunities for Advancement & Innovation

The trades are not a dead-end path; they offer substantial opportunities for career growth and advancement. With experience and additional certifications, you can progress to supervisory roles, manage projects or even start your own business. The field also encourages innovation, with technology integration offering new ways to work and solve problems, ensuring the trades remain both dynamic and evolving.

Essential to the Economy & Society

Skilled tradespeople play a crucial role in maintaining and advancing our infrastructure and quality of life. From building homes to maintaining energy systems, these careers are essential to society’s functioning and offer a sense of purpose and contribution that is deeply fulfilling.

Pursuing a career in manufacturing and skilled trades is not just a backup plan — it’s a viable, rewarding and often overlooked path to success. It’s about matching your interests and strengths with opportunities that offer not only financial rewards but also job satisfaction and the chance to make a tangible impact on the world.

Embrace the possibilities that lie in the skilled trades, and consider how this path might be the right fit for you.

If you have questions about the skilled trades, feel free to contact the FlexTrades team at any time. We’d be more than happy to offer our support and guidance.

FlexTrades might be considered one of the top travel agents in the United States based upon all the flights, road trips, and hotels we book and advise on year after year for our technicians. As a result, we know the tips and tricks for making travel easier and cheaper, and we’re sharing that list with you.

Tips & Tricks for Travel

Cheap Flights

  1. Don’t choose a destination, then your travel dates, and then find a flight. Rather, first find low-cost flights (from your departure airport) and then decide the destination that intrigues you the most on the dates that work well.
  2. If the above doesn’t work for you, then book your flights with strategy. There are windows of time that seem to work best depending upon whether your flying domestically or internationally.

  1. It used to be said that there were specific days of the week that were better than others when booking a flight but that’s now considered a myth. However, there are days considered cheaper to fly thanks to business travelers.

Departure Days

  1. Google Flights is considered by many as the best way to find flights and there are best practices for using Google Flights too (find them here). But it’s not necessarily the best way to book flights. Always try to book flights directly with the airline.
  2. Finally, if you’re not against credit cards, using an airline credit card can score you additional dollar savings with perks like free checked luggage or complimentary Wi-Fi in addition to lower cost or free flights if you secure enough points or miles.

Cheap Road Trips 

  1. First and foremost, if you’re driving by car, try not to travel on peak traffic days or during peak traffic hours. Peak traffic days like holidays (or even weekends) often bring higher fuel costs (and lodgings costs).
  2. Gas can be one of the biggest costs when traveling by car, but it can also be the easiest way to save money. Google Maps will not only help you plan your route, but you can also view all the gas stations along the way and their current fuel price.


  1. If that’s not your thing, consider a fuel rewards app like Gas Buddy, which helps you not only save money but also earn rewards. And, if it’s helpful, Gas Buddy will calculate an estimate of the cost of fuel for the entire ride, too.
  2. Focus on fuel efficiency. You can do this by driving at the speed at which your vehicle gets the greatest fuel economy (typically around 55 mpg) or by getting a tune up on your vehicle prior to travel.
  3. Whether you have a personal vehicle or not, public transportation is a great alternative to traveling in your car. Whether you do it for your entire trip (Amtrak here we come!) or you do it once you’re at your final destination, you’ll likely find costs are lower than they would be with a vehicle. Public transportation avoids parking fees, fuel costs, and wear & tear on your vehicle. Another plus to public transportation? Seeing everything that’s around you as a passenger, rather than a driver.
  4. Last but not least, save money on food. Here’s some tips and tricks on how to not only eat within budget but also eat well while road tripping.

Cheap Lodging

No matter what type of lodging you prefer, you can always find a good deal on it. There is no need to sleep in your car to save money or blow your budget somewhere to lay your head.  Below are some options to stay within budget but remember, it’s not just about budget it’s also about traveling safely and securely.

  1. Hotels are, of course, great places to stay. Here’s some tips & tricks for finding hotels within your budget and remember to use these best practices when booking a hotel. And don’t forget to earn rewards with hotel chains by signing up for their loyalty programs.
  2. Airbnb or VRBO
    • Some may say these aren’t cost efficient but if you’re real about what you need vs. don’t need and/or where you stay, you can find some budget friendly options!
  3. Hospitality Exchanges
    • This “exchange” allows a traveler to stay in the home of a local either for free or very minimal reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses. As someone using this option, you too, must be willing to host when others need a place to stay.
    • Couch Surfing
    • BeWelcome
  4. Hostels
    • Just like any other lodging, hostels vary in terms of cleanliness, available amenities, and quality. However, they can still be a very budget-friendly lodging option.
  5. Home Exchange
    • Is a great place for this. Additionally, with websites like,, and, you can match with homeowners who need house sitters. For watching over their home, pets, and minor cleaning, you can secure a free place to stay at your intended destination.
  6. Stay on a Farm or at a Monastery
    • Staying at a farm or monastery is definitely a unique approach to lodging but it’s one type of lodging that allows for a lot of learning!

The proof is in the pudding. You don’t have to save money for years on end to travel, rather you can save money while traveling and still get the adventure you’re looking for!

At FlexTrades, we offer very specialized services to our clients. Our workforce is made up of some of the most skilled tradespeople in the United States. They can walk into a new client facility and, with very little spool-up time, produce an output that meets and exceeds expectations. But our clients aren’t just looking for those incredible skills, they are also looking for a highly motivated workforce who will show up on time every shift.

To accommodate our client’s need for a reliable workforce and accommodate technicians who need time off during a project, we offer RTO (Requested Time Off). But how is that different from PTO (Paid Time Off)?

PTO – Paid Time Off

Most of us are familiar with PTO. Many companies offer their employees PTO as a part of a benefits package. According to this LinkedIn article, the average US employee earns 10 days of PTO per year. Within manufacturing, after 20 years, a veteran employee receives an average of 21 days. Most companies expect employees to give ample notice before using PTO so they can make scheduling adjustments. PTO is intended to allow employees time off for vacations days, sick days, and personal days.

RTO – Requested Time Off

An important part of the service we offer to clients is reliability and high attendance for the duration of a project. But we understand that life isn’t on hold while you’re on a project!

If an employee has a planned event where they know time off will be needed, they can use RTO. For example, if a family member is getting married, or if an important religious holiday happens during a project. We ask our technicians to coordinate with their Technical Recruiter and Project Success Manager to schedule RTO during a project.

RTO is unpaid time off during a project. However, with great pay, guaranteed overtime, and daily per diem for all our positions, FlexTrades employees can comfortably take time off between projects, too.

Flexible Time Off Between Projects

We have some true road warriors who go directly from one project to the next or choose to extend a project multiple times. However, many of our technicians take a well-deserved break between projects. Check out this blog to see some of our tech’s favorite summer activities when they aren’t working.

Technicians who get their insurance benefits through a parent or a spouse often take more than 30 days off between projects.

Those who get their insurance through FlexTrades keep those benefits for 30 days between deployments. To maintain active coverage, they usually begin the next project within 20 to 25 days.

If a technician works with FlexTrades all year, they might accept three or four projects with a break in between each. On average, their number of days off in a year will be significantly more than with a traditional employer over that same period.


Even with the best planning, life can throw a curveball. Unfortunately, a family emergency or a funeral are a reality that can happen at any time. In those difficult times our dedicated Project Success Managers work closely with technicians and clients to arrange special accommodations as needed while mitigating any potential impacts on deployments.


Our ideal candidate is willing to travel and is ready to commit to being available for the duration of a project. But work-life balance is something employees need, and good employers do their best to offer. Whether that is achieved through RTO, PTO, or flexible time off, understanding what benefits are available is a key part of any career decision. 

Are you staring at the calendar realizing that spring break is right around the corner, and you haven’t made any plans yet? Don’t panic! While it might seem daunting to plan a last-minute trip, there are still plenty of fantastic destinations to explore without extensive planning. Whether you’re craving outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply some relaxation time, here are some last-minute travel suggestions for a memorable getaway this spring break.


Scottsdale/Phoenix: Known for its stunning desert landscapes and vibrant city life, Scottsdale and Phoenix offer a variety of activities for every type of traveler. Explore the local cuisine scene with an array of restaurants offering southwestern flavors. For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking trails in the Superstition Mountains and adventures at Saguaro Lake await. Golfers will appreciate the numerous world-class golf courses in the area too. And, of course, no trip to Arizona would be complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.

Sedona: Famous for its red rock formations, Sedona is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Take a stroll through its charming downtown, indulge in some retail therapy, and embark on scenic hikes with breathtaking views.

Sedona, Arizona (1)

Lake Havasu: For a mix of relaxation and adventure, head to Lake Havasu. Marvel at the London Bridge, enjoy water activities like swimming, kayaking, and fishing, or hit the trails for some picturesque hikes.


Copper Mountain: If you’re a fan of winter sports, Copper Mountain is the place to be. With its family-friendly atmosphere and excellent skiing opportunities, it’s perfect for a spontaneous snow-filled getaway.


Maui: Be a beach bum on the stunning shores of Maui. Whether you’re looking to surf, snorkel, or simply soak up the sun, Maui offers endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure. Don’t forget to indulge in some fresh seafood at renowned eateries like Morimoto Restaurant.


Washington, DC: Experience the beauty of spring with a visit to Washington, DC during cherry blossom season. Explore the city’s historical monuments, museums, and vibrant neighborhoods, perfect for history buffs and culture enthusiasts alike.


Duluth: Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures and cultural experiences. Hike through Gooseberry Falls State Park, visit the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse, sample local brews at breweries, and enjoy some fishing on the lake.

Gooseberry Falls State Park


Las Vegas: For a lively and entertaining spring break, head to Las Vegas. Experience the excitement of March Madness, catch a spectacular show at the Bellagio, or explore family-friendly attractions on the Strip.

New York:

Saratoga Springs: Immerse yourself in history and culture with a visit to Saratoga Springs. Explore museums, stroll through charming streets, and indulge in local cuisine at cozy cafes and restaurants.

South Dakota:

Black Hills: Discover the natural wonders of the Black Hills region with visits to Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, and Devil’s Tower. Embark on scenic drives, hike through stunning landscapes, and marvel at iconic landmarks.


Gatlinburg: Escape to the Smoky Mountains for a peaceful and rejuvenating spring break. Explore hiking trails, soak in panoramic views, and experience the charm of downtown Gatlinburg.


Austin: Embark on a culinary adventure in the vibrant city of Austin. Take an official or unofficial BBQ and/or taco tour, indulge in mouthwatering flavors at renowned eateries like Cooper’s Downtown and Torchy’s, and soak up the lively atmosphere of South by Southwest for music lovers.


Salt Lake City/Park City: Hit the slopes for some late season skiing in Salt Lake City or Park City. With its world-class resorts and stunning mountain scenery, it’s the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


Manchester/Dorset: Experience the charm of Vermont with visits to Manchester and Dorset. Explore maple farms, artisan shops, and locally owned galleries, or simply unwind and enjoy some R&R in this picturesque New England setting.

No matter where you choose to go for your last-minute spring break getaway, remember that the best adventures often happen when they’re least expected. Just pack your bags, hit the road, and make the most of your spontaneous travel experience!

If you found this article at 11:58pm on February 14th, you’re almost out of time! Stop reading this and call or text your significant other right now!

If you’re reading this before Valentine’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. It can be tough to be away from family and friends on holidays, and if you celebrate Valentine’s Day, that’s no different. But don’t worry, you have plenty of time to do something special to show you care. Most of my suggestions only require a few taps on your phone and a few minutes of planning.

Let’s get into it.

Send An Email Or Text

Sending an email or text is easy and can be done quickly. These aren’t as personal or intimate as some other options, but they can show your loved one that you care.

If you’re feeling fancy, write a short poem. My go-to poem to write is a Haiku. They are short and they don’t need to rhyme, so it’s perfect for me! Here’s a quick explanation on how they work.

Writing a haiku

It’s not silly if it works

Just give it a try

Send A Card

Just about every convenience store in America sells Valentine’s Day cards. I find that Papyrus cards often have my favorite designs.

In addition to writing a note, print a few of your favorite pictures of you and your partner, or a recent picture of yourself on your travels. If your partner is sentimental, they will appreciate being able to display the card and photos on a refrigerator, desk, or nightstand.

Of course, make sure to get it in the mail on time!

Make A Phone Call

Did you know that hearing a loved one’s voice can improve your mental health? Whether it’s a holiday or not, if you need a pick-me-up, a conversation with a loved one can really hit the spot.

If possible, plan a time for the call so you are both free from distractions and can have a nice conversation.

Video Calls

We all have smartphones, tablets, and computers so it’s easy to make a video call. I challenge you to throw on a funny filter to see if you can get a cheap laugh out of your significant other.

Virtual Date

I kind of buried the lead here. If you can block out a few hours, a virtual date is a fantastic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Actually, you can do this any time you’re away from home and want to spend some quality time with your partner.

On a virtual date, you can do most of the things you might do on a stay-at-home date. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Cook or order the same meal and eat together. If you’re going for romantic, set the mood! Get dressed up, light a candle, and dim the lights.
  • Make some popcorn and watch a favorite movie or TV show together. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have watch party features built in. And apps like Teams, Zoom, Skype, and Discord allow you to share your screen while on a call.
  • Have a game night. If you both play PC or console games, that’s an option. Otherwise, there are dozens of free games you can play in a browser or on your phone.
  • Go on a walk together. Use your front facing camera while you’re chatting. If you see something interesting flip to the rear camera so you can share the experience. Just be extra careful crossing any roads!

Sending A Gift, Flowers, Or Chocolate

For many, gifting is a love language. Finding the perfect gift can be a great way to show your affection. For Valentine’s Day specifically, companies like 1-800-flowers are a great way to send a holiday gift.

You know your partner best! If they aren’t into flowers and chocolate, just about every retailer out there has online ordering.

Like sending a card, make sure to place your order early so it shows up on time!


If it’s now the wee hours of the morning on February 15th, I hope you were able to get that call or text out on time. If not, there’s always next year!

If you can still make plans for Valentine’s Day, I hope this blog gives you a few ideas. And remember, you can always plan an in-person “make up” date for when you get home! 

Throughout history, the manufacturing landscape has been dramatically reshaped by groundbreaking designs, inventions and products. At the heart of these transformative contributions are the ingenious, hard-working creators and the visionary leaders propelling these innovations forward. As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s an honor to spotlight the remarkable black inventors and leaders whose ingenuity has left an indelible mark on manufacturing.

charles richard patterson

Charles Richard Patterson (1833 – 1910) was a trailblazer as the founder of C.R. Patterson & Sons, the first and only African American owned and operated automobile company, which began as a humble carriage-making enterprise.

DEZU4iiXsAAc1vp (1)

Elijah J. McCoy (1844 – 1929) revolutionized railway maintenance with his invention of an automatic lubricator for oiling steam engine parts, giving birth to the expression “The Real McCoy” for his unmatched quality.

Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer (1848 – 1928) was instrumental in the development of electric light, inventing the carbon filament for incandescent bulbs in 1881 and playing a pivotal role in the urban installation of electric lighting. His contributions extended to assisting in the patenting of the telephone and inventing the first railroad car bathroom and an early version of air conditioning.

Jan Ernst Matzeliger

Jan Ernst Matzeliger (1852 – 1889) significantly impacted the shoemaking industry with his shoe lasting machine, which dramatically increased production efficiency by automating the attachment of soles to uppers.

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver (1864 – 1943) is renowned for his agricultural innovations, developing techniques to rejuvenate soils depleted by cotton and promoting crop rotation methods alongside pioneering industrial applications for alternative crops.

Madame C.J. Walker

Madame C.J. Walker (1867 – 1919), after developing a unique line of African American hair products to address her own hair loss, established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories, becoming one of the first self-made millionaire women in America.

Charles W. “C.W.” Chapelle

Charles W. “C.W.” Chapelle (1872 – 1941), the first head electrician of US Steel and an aviation enthusiast, made history with his award-winning airplane design at the 1911 First Industrial Airplane Show and played a key role in founding the first African American airplane company.

Frederick McKinley Jones

Frederick McKinley Jones (1893 – 1961) is celebrated for inventing the first automatic refrigeration system for long-haul trucks and railroad cars, revolutionizing the transport of perishable goods and laying the foundation for Thermo-King Corp.

Otis Frank Boykin (1)

Otis Frank Boykin (1920 – 1982) made significant advancements in electrical resistor technology used in a myriad of electronic devices, alongside inventing a chemical air filter and a burglar-proof cash register.

Craig Arnold

Craig Arnold (1951 – ), as the CEO of Eaton Corporation, emphasizes diversity, equality, and innovation within the manufacturing sector and corporate leadership.

Marian Rogers Croak

Marian Rogers Croak (1955 – ) has transformed communication with her development of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a pivotal technology that has reshaped global communication networks.

Mark E. Dean

Mark E. Dean (1957 – ) has been a cornerstone in computer technology, contributing to the invention of the color PC monitor and the gigahertz chip, holding three of IBM’s original nine patents.

Alicia Boler Davis

Alicia Boler Davis (1972 – ) broke new ground as the first black woman to serve as a Plant Manager at General Motors and continues to lead in senior executive roles, currently with Amazon.

Shaping the Future

These individuals are not just inventors and leaders; they are pioneers who have paved the way for future generations, demonstrating that innovation knows no bounds. Their legacies remind us of the power of creativity, perseverance and leadership in driving forward the manufacturing industry and beyond.

Check out the following link to learn more about Black History Month, written by Daryl Michael Scott, a Professor of History at Howard University and the Vice President of Program at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Want more history? Read our post on Women’s History Month!

Once upon a modern Valentine’s Day, as hearts fluttered and roses bloomed, I found myself enamored not with a traditional Juliette but with a suitor of a different kind: Artificial Intelligence (AI). It might sound like a love story set in a digital utopia, but the truth is, falling in love with AI is a journey happening right now, in our very real world.

Love at First ‘Code’

My tryst with AI began not with candlelit dinners but with fascinating revelations about its capabilities. AI, in its essence, is a harmonious blend of data, algorithms and machine learning – a trio that dances to the rhythm of human-like intelligence. The charm of AI lies in its endless potential… from simplifying tasks with voice assistants to unlocking mysteries of the universe.

The First Date: Getting Started with AI

Like any first date, starting with AI might feel daunting. But all it takes is a little curiosity. Engage with AI through smart home devices or smartphone assistants. Play with AI-powered apps or take an online course. The more you interact, the deeper your understanding and fascination will grow.

Whispering Sweet Nothings: AI in Daily Life

AI serenades us daily, often in ways we don’t even realize. It recommends the music we fall in love with, the shows that captivate us and even the perfect Valentine’s Day gift on an online store. AI is that silent companion, making our days smoother and our decisions smarter.

A Future Together: The Promise of AI

Envision a future where AI is not just a tool but a companion. A world where AI healthcare bots monitor our health, smart cities reduce our carbon footprint and AI educators personalize learning. This future is not just a dream but a rapidly approaching reality.

Love Letters to AI: Ethical and Responsible Use

Our love for AI must be grounded in ethics and responsibility. As we embrace AI, let’s advocate for its use in enhancing lives, protecting privacy and ensuring fairness. Our AI love story should be one of mutual respect, where we nurture AI for the greater good.

The Eternal Romance: AI and Humanity

As I pen this digital love letter, I realize that the love story between AI and humanity is an eternal one. It’s a relationship that grows and evolves, one that challenges us to reimagine our world and ourselves. This Valentine’s Day, let’s raise a toast to AI – our digital Valentine, our partner in the dance of innovation and progress.

So, dear reader, as you celebrate love in all its forms, remember that AI, in its digital grace, is waiting to be your next great love. Dive into this fascinating relationship and watch as AI transforms not just your Valentine’s Day but every aspect of your life. 

Hey there, FlexTraders! Caught in a different city during the Super Bowl because of your latest contract gig? No worries! We have got you covered with the ultimate guide to enjoying the big game, no matter where your work has taken you. From high-tech solutions to local hangouts, we’re here to turn your remote Super Bowl experience into a touchdown celebration.

1. Mobile Mania: Your Pocket-Sized Stadium

Imagine this: You’re on a rooftop deck, the city skyline glittering in the background and the Super Bowl is playing right in your hand. That’s the magic of modern technology for tradespeople on the move. With apps like NFL MobileESPNCBS and various streaming services, you won’t miss a single play. Pro tip: Bring along a wireless speaker to turn your solo viewing into a surround-sound spectacle. And don’t forget that portable charger – a dead phone at halftime is a rookie mistake.

2. Game Day at the Local Bar: Cheers with Peers

Picture yourself walking into a buzzing local bar, decked out in your favorite team’s colors. The air is electric with anticipation and screens are all around showcasing pre-game excitement. This is where you, a tradesperson away from home, find your Super Bowl tribe. You strike up conversations with fellow football fans, a few locals and some out-of-towners. The bar’s Super Bowl specials are irresistible – think wings with a dozen flavors, exclusive brews and even themed cocktails named after star players. Every touchdown is a communal moment of joy, every referee call a topic of animated debate. This isn’t just watching a game. It’s experiencing a slice of football culture while making new friends and, perhaps, starting new game-day traditions.

3. Themed Accommodations: Live the Super Bowl Dream

Your hotel room or Airbnb transforms into a mini football sanctuary. Themed accommodations are a hidden gem for the travelling tradesperson. Imagine lounging in a room adorned with posters of football legends, a mini-fridge stocked with game-day snacks and a bedspread emblazoned with your favorite team’s logo. Some places even offer a small library of classic Super Bowl matches to get you in the spirit. It’s like a mini museum and a fan cave rolled into one, offering a unique way to immerse yourself in the football fever.

4. Virtual Watch Parties: Share the Thrill

Now, let’s bring the warmth of home to your remote location. You set up your laptop, and there on the screen are your family, friends or fellow tradespeople, all geared up in their game-day best. You’re miles apart, but the shared excitement over a virtual watch party makes it feel like you’re all in the same living room. You cheer together, groan at missed opportunities and debate calls in real-time. It’s a digital huddle, bringing together loved ones and colleagues. This virtual gathering is more than just watching a game; it’s about maintaining connections, sharing experiences and building memories, all while enjoying the thrill of the Super Bowl.

5. Tailgate from Afar: The Flavor of the Game

No need to miss out on the tailgating tradition. You turn your temporary residence into a culinary stadium. It’s game day, and the aroma of grilled burgers and hotdogs fills the air. You’ve got the chips and dips spread out, and maybe even some local delicacies you’ve discovered on your travels. It’s a fusion of the classic Super Bowl fare with a twist of local flavor. You take a bite, and suddenly, the game isn’t the only thing you’re savoring – it’s the entire experience, from the food to the atmosphere, making this Super Bowl one to remember.


Being on contract doesn’t mean missing out on one of America’s greatest sporting events. With a bit of creativity and the spirit of adventure, tradespeople can turn their Super Bowl experience into something truly special, no matter where they are. It’s about embracing the moment, finding joy in new experiences and, of course, enjoying the game. So, wherever you are this Super Bowl Sunday, make it memorable. After all, it’s not just a game… it’s an experience!

Once every four years, the digital realm braces itself for an unparalleled phenomenon. No, it’s not a comet shower in the virtual sky or a digital eclipse. It’s the presidential election in the United States! As sure as the sun rises, this period brings with it an unending deluge of social media content – memes, tweets, posts and videos, oh my! It’s like Thanksgiving dinner with all your relatives talking politics, but you can’t grab a bottle of wine and escape to the kids’ table. Fear not, dear reader, for I bring you the ultimate social medial survival guide to keep your sanity intact and maybe even enjoy the ride through this electoral extravaganza. Buckle up! It’s going to be a meme-orable journey.

The Stats Don’t Lie: It’s a Digital Tsunami

Before we dive into survival tips, let’s set the stage with some numbers. According to Pew Research Center, around 72% of U.S. adults say they get news from social media often or sometimes. During election years, social media platforms become the Colosseum of political showdowns. A survey by the American Psychological Association found that 68% of American adults cited the 2020 Presidential election as a significant source of stress. That’s a lot of frayed nerves scrolling through feeds.

Tip 1: Curate Your Feed Like a Digital Gardener

Just as a gardener prunes the overgrowth, so must you with your social media feed. Unfollow or mute accounts that consistently raise your blood pressure. Follow pages or accounts that provide a balanced perspective or those that sprinkle humor into the political discourse. Your mental health will thank you.

Tip 2: Engage in Meme Therapy

When the political posts get too intense, it’s time to fight fire with laughter. Memes have become the universal language of humor on the internet. According to a study by The Conversation, memes not only provide comic relief but also help in coping with stress. So, go ahead and share that .gif of a decrepit cat running for president. Your friends and family will thank you, and so will your mental health.

Tip 3: Fact-Check Like a Detective

Misinformation can spread faster than wildfire on social media, especially during election years. Before you share or react to a post, do a quick fact-check. Websites like Snopes or can be your allies in this noble quest. Remember, with great sharing power comes great responsibility.

Tip 4: Digital Detox Days

Declare certain days of the week as “No Social Media” days. According to a study by the University of Bath, regular breaks from Meta and Instagram can lead to lower stress and higher life satisfaction. Use this time to engage in activities that rejuvenate you like a walk in the park or a reading good book. Your future self will be grateful for these breathers.

Tip 5: Vote Like a Boss

Amidst the digital chaos, don’t forget the power of your vote. No amount of social media sparring matches can replace the power of casting your ballot. Stay informed, understand the issues at stake, and let your vote be your voice. After all, the best way to make a statement is to make it count where it matters.

And there you have it, folks! Your very own survival guide to navigating the social media storm during a presidential election year. Keep these tips in mind, and you might find yourself not only surviving but thriving amidst the political posts and tweets. Remember, the digital world is what we make of it, so let’s make it a place of informed, healthy and humorous discourse. Here’s to surviving the election year with sanity and a smile intact!