Unique Air Services, Inc. keeps Floridians cool. It's a simple business plan, but it works. Its crews have installed air conditioning systems in local homes since 1951; now, with a fleet of fully equipped vans at their disposal, they also maintain plumbing, electrical, and swimming pool systems. The master technicians in charge of these duties come well-equipped for the challenge; they undergo rigorous training on onsite labs and receive licenses in their fields, prepping them to service air conditioners, install furnaces, and repair plumbing. To keep these services efficient, Unique Air Services, Inc. monitors calls to make sure no one is waiting on the line, and tracks its vehicles to notify customers that their technician is arriving within the half hour.
On June 1, as the early-morning sunlight bathes Formosa Gardens in a pale late-spring light, strange shapes will begin to billow up from the nearby landscape. They belong to more than 25 hot air balloons, which will take to the skies to mark the beginning of the Kissimmee Blue Skies Adventure Race at Formosa Gardens. As the balloons observe from on high, runners will navigate 3.5 miles of rodeo-themed obstacles. During the cowboy-inspired race, feet will slap muddy trails and clamber over bronco hurdles, as racers meet challenges ranging from a wagon trail to a feeding troth on their quests to finish first. Medals and T-shirts proclaim victory for each participant who sails over the finish line.