The close of the decade is nearly upon us. We've had a good run so far: three different iPod sizes, an increased awareness of gluten allergies, and the diplomatic quelling of the cetacean suffrage movement. But don't crack that champagne bag open just yet—there's still time to mess everything up. Make your last good decision of 2009 by purchasing the Groupon Says 2010 Desk Calendar at cost for $8. Usually, Groupons offer products and services for a dramatic percentage off, but since we have no idea what the actual value of this Groupon is, and estimate it at between $28 million and $0, the safest route seems to be giving it away for what it costs us to pay our legion of dryad scriveners to hand-ink one. Shipping to anywhere within the United States (including current and future colonies) is included. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Chefs at Friendship Chinese Restaurant forge their pan-Chinese dishes with an intense pride and dedication to the tradition of well-crafted cuisine. Entrees include macadamia-nut-crusted fresh cod, almond-crusted shrimp, and "barbarian" steak with sauteed asparagus, mushroom, and chili cabernet sauce. The eatery's authentic tastes and modern twists are available for delivery as well as dine-in eating amid the dining room's dark hardwood decor and rows of Buddha-head statues.
The fertile soil of the Loess Hills boasts a rich history, dating back to 1857, of sprouting wine-yielding fruit. Under the umbrella of the Western Iowa Grape Growers Association, a confederacy of local wineries opens its doors to host informative tours, tastings, and seminars on extracting rumors from grapevines. Palate-broadening enophiles can peruse the listings of area award winners, and at-home winemakers will enjoy Pick Your Own Grapes get-togethers and amateur-level awards. Other events include annual festivals, contests, and elegant wine dinners.
Around the clock, the technicians at Brasch Heating and Cooling stand ready and waiting by the phone, eager to head out and help homes breathe easier. The technicians—members of the Heating and Cooling Contractors Association—are more than ready to fix stubborn heat pumps, clean clogged air ducts, and install new appliances from Heil, Bryant, and Goodman. Heating and cooling systems may even experience a boost in energy efficiency after visits, as if forever spurred on by a tiny rowing instructor.
Advanced Carpet Restoration has been brewing eco-friendly carpet and textile cleaning solutions for more than two decades. Upon arrival, bootie-clad technicians protect domiciles with entry mats, floor blankets, towels, and corner guards before carefully moving most furniture with the help of sliders and protective blocks. Then, they can prep their surfaces for a gentle machine scrubbing, restoring twisted and damaged fibers on matted lanes and removing loose allergens and dust mites with a HEPA-filtered vacuum. Fibers are pretreated with an eco-friendly, clinical-grade disinfectant and green detergents, and can be followed by a rotary-machine shampooing process using microfiber bonnet pads to remove soils. Revitalizing soft-water steam from a truck-mounted system occurs next, with subsequent suction removing stubborn dirt and allergens without leaving a dingy residue. Techs don't leave the cleaning to chance, wielding hand tools after each initial pass to meticulously steam clean along all baseboards, stairs, and edges. Once satisfied, they let their fans finish up, leaving carpets dry in a fraction of the normal time.
In addition to carpet cleaning, the expert techs specialize in many other textile and carpet maintenance services. They break down pets' organic stains and odors with safe acids, enzymes, and oxidizers after a complimentary black light inspection. They can also treat carpets with an advanced green carpet protector application to prevent staining and keep carpets cleaner for longer. Along with fine fabric upholstery services, techs also restore treasured area rugs in their in-plant submersion tanks. They even venture beneath rugs and carpets, restoring water- and fire-damaged flooring and cleaning hard surfaces such as tile and grout, garage floors, and even natural marble and granite surfaces.