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Stevenson Klotz Monthly Calendar—November of 2017

Daylight Savings Time, Nov. 5. Get an extra hour of sleep or partying when you dial back the clock in the wee hours of the morning on this first Sunday in November.

Color the World Orange, Nov. 6. The first Monday in November helps to raise awareness for those diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS/RSD). Wear your favorite orange scarf or shirt to show your support. Look for orange decorations and lights on landmarks and buildings around town.

International Tongue Twister Day, Nov. 12. Observed on the second Sunday in November, this day is a fun way to challenge your pronunciation skills.

Take A Hike Day, Nov. 17. Head to the nearest state park or nature preserve and follow the path to wherever it may lead.

Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. Whatever you eat, this day is all about gratitude, togetherness and sharing. Please be kind.

Also Inside This Issue:

Recipe of the Month

English Apple Pie

This is my favorite apple pie recipe.

My grandmother made it for me every Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp water
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 4 large cooking apples, peeled and sliced (about 6 cups)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Blend butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy.
  2. Stir flour, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 3 tbsp of water into sugar mix until smooth and thick.
  3. Stir pecans into mix. Set aside pecan mix.
  4. Mound apples in a 9-inch pie plate.
  5. Mix granulated sugar with 1 tsp of cinnamon. Sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mix over apples.
  6. Spoon pecan mix over apples in dollops using a spoon.
  7. Bake on lowest rack of preheated 375° F oven for 45–50 minutes until apples are tender.

What’s up at SKLF?

Every once in a while we get to do something really fun with the awesome people who work together at the Firm. We all just had a big Halloween Firm outing and went on a super fun haunted bus tour of Pensacola on the “Go Retro” bus (Go Retro is also a past community business spotlight).

Afterwards, all of the Firm and our families blew off some steam and enjoyed some quality socializing during a firm dinner at Pensacola’s Union Public House Restaurant.

At the Office, we have started painting holiday colors on our recently acquired “Santa’s Bookshelf”. The SKLF team has been designing the green and red color scheme for our huge garage-sale-bookshelf that will hold our donated children’s books for our Christmas philanthropy.

This past month was maybe one of our best Gallery Nights ever. The crowd watching the young musicians at our SKLF Palafox Youth Music Stage was the biggest yet. We have some great acts lined up for this coming month too.

Back at the office, our case management software company just came out with a major update, which makes it much more user friendly and easier for us to use.

Chris, Lauren and Cheryl attended a practice management conference and learned new ways to improve our customer service skills for the benefit of our clients.

As always, we are working to use all of this new knowledge in order to deliver to our clients the best client experience and service ever. Thank you for trusting us with your case!

Driverless Cars Coming to a Street Near You?

Drivers can’t wait for self-driving cars, according to a survey by Bosch Mobility Solutions. Out of 1,000 United States based new car buyers 18 years or older, 52 percent said they expect to own a self-driving vehicle within the next 10 years. Only 14 percent said they’d never buy a self-driving car, and 14 percent were undecided.

Although 72 percent of survey participants signaled worries about lack of control in a vehicle they don’t drive themselves, 61 percent said they believe self-driving cars could lead to a decrease in traffic accidents, and 55 percent highlighted more free time and less stress as a benefit to driverless cars.

Community Spotlight: Kent's Tents

Community Spotlight

Each month, we like to feature people we work with, our neighbors, or people who are influential in our community. This month, we would like to feature Kent's Tents.

Kent’s tents have provided the stage we use for the Stevenson Klotz Youth Music Project (YMP) each month at Gallery Night.

Every month at Gallery Night downtown on Palafox, we sponsor a stage for young musicians to perform to the Gallery Night crowd.

Since the inception of the YMP, we have rented the actual stage the musicians perform on from Kent’s Tents. They deliver and pick the stage up to and from our office.

You may have seen a Kent’s Tents truck around town delivering party tents for weddings and other special events.

Kent’s Tents is a full service party and special events rental and sales company. If you are having an event or party, no matter how big or small, they can supply almost any equipment or decoration you need.

They have a great website, KentsSpecialEvents.com and can be reached at (850) 932-3505.

Thanks for being a part of our Youth Music Project, Kent’s Tents!

Eric's Corner

October was full of outdoor activities. Lucy Adams’ soccer team is amazing. Those girls are beyond their U12 years in soccer expertise.

Cole’s football team has played hard all season and has a winning season. We have one more game before we know if we make the playoffs.

This is Cole’s last year of youth league football. He will be in high school next year. Where has the time gone? Dad won’t be on the sidelines coaching and cheering next fall. Sitting in the stands and watching is good too. He still is deciding where he is going to high school. He is looking at West Florida, Washington, or International Baccalaureate. Whatever decision he makes, we will cheer him on.

We also spent a weekend up in Alabama where we hunt. The weekend was full of cleaning, planting, and getting ready for the upcoming season. We were able to see a meteor shower, which was a fun event.

I Wrote a Book!

After a few years of starting and stopping, and with a lot of help, I recently finished writing a book about personal injury claims. The book is titled Your Step-by-Step Guide to Car Accidents and is sold on Amazon. The book is designed to help people navigate the confusing process of insurance claims, medical treatments, and other aspects of an injury claim. We have several copies at the office. Let us know if you would like one. ~ Eric

Practice Area

It has come to our attention that some residents of Escambia County may have been given an excessive fine by the Escambia County Code Enforcement Department.

We are investigating the extent that people may have been overcharged by Escambia County for code violation fines.

We are investigating this claim and would like to talk to you about what you have experienced if you have been cited or fined.

Please give us a call if you have been fined more than $500 for an Escambia County code violation in the past.

Seven Riddles to Wake up Your Brain

Take a few minutes to wake up your brain with these seven riddles. Can you figure out the answers to these brainteasers in twenty seconds or less?

Q1: A father and son’s combined ages equal 66 years and their respective ages contain the same numbers. How old are they?

A1: There are three possible answers: 51 & 15; 42 & 24; and 60 & 6.

 

Q2: Without using the names of the days of the week or dates, name five consecutive days.

A2: The day before yesterday, yesterday, today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow.

 

Q3: A woman has two sons. They are not twins, but they were born in the same year, on the same day and in the same hour? How can this be?

A3: Along with their sister they are triplets.

 

Q4: What is in a minute, appears twice in a moment, but will never be found in a 1,000 years?

A4: The letter M.

 

Q5: Can you figure out the relationship of these numbers? 8549176320.

A5: The names of each number are in alphabetical order.

 

Q6: A man pushes his car in front of a hotel and loses all of his money. Why?

A6: He’s playing monopoly.

 

Q7: My mother is a chemist and my father is a mathematician. Their nickname for me is Iron59. What is my real name?

A7: Felix (Iron is Fe on the periodic table and the roman numerals for 59 are LIX).

Follow These Fireplace Safety Tips

The Fall is a perfect time for a fire in the fireplace. You’ll want to make sure your fireplace is not a hazard to your home, though. Here are a few tips from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association:

  • Make sure to clear the area around the fireplace and chimney. Debris too close to your fireplace could cause a fire in your home.
  • Always use a fireplace screen.
  • Don’t overload your fireplace with too many logs.
  • Don’t try to burn your Christmas tree or other refuse in your fireplace.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand and equip your home with smoke detectors. Don’t forget to check your batteries on a regular basis.
  • Place your logs to the rear of your fireplace on a grate.
  • Never leave the fire unattended. Make sure the fire is extinguished before you go to bed.
  • Keep firewood stacked, covered and out of doors— away from the house and off the ground.
  • Have your fireplace inspected annually. Make sure it is cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.

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