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Even Film Companies Rent Dumpsters

DevonLarratt-TarasIvakinPerhaps you’ve seen the one of the newest series to grace AMC — and no, we don’t mean Breaking Bad reruns. We’re talking about Game of Arms, the series that chronicles the lives of competing arm wrestlers from all over the country.

Undertow Films, responsible for the Discovery Channel hits Shark Wranglers and Airplane Repo, was a recent customer of ours. Because this company is so unique, we thought they’d be a great example to share on our blog. According to their website, they have current projects open with Discovery Networks, Animal Planet, History Channel, Esquire, AMC and TLC.

However, Game of Arms seems to be the company’s most popular project at the moment. Its season finale aired back in April, but one search on Twitter will show you just how many viewers were tuning in episode after episode to learn more about how these competitors balance their careers, personal struggles, family lives, and reputations. In fact, many of those tweets were sent to remind others, “not to skip arm day.”

Undertow is known for its creative, character-driven storytelling abilities. Although the shows they produce are documentaries, viewers get to enjoy these true stories through a cinematic lens. This is what makes series about professional arm wrestlers and shark researchers accessible to all of us Average Joes.

We know we can’t what to see what else this company comes out with!

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RDD was Wowed by the Washington International School

planet-16673_640Not too long ago, we stopped by the Washington International School in Washington D.C. When we arrived, we found that this campus housed anything but your typical school.

This school was established in 1966 by Dorothy Goodman who realized the need for a Washington D.C. school that catered to the needs of the international as well as American families living in the area. The school started with only three preschool students learning in the basement of a house. Goodman dreamed that one day Washington International School would grow into a place where children would become multilingual while still gaining an educational foundation in math, geography, world history, and the arts.

Today, the school is her dream come to life. Now, 900 boys and girls from Pre-K all the way to Grade 12 take on an international baccalaureate program and learn to be what the school describes as “engaged global citizens.” In addition to rigorous academics, the students take on challenging sports schedules, get involved in arts programs like theater and music, and take part community service. The school even offers travel programs around the world.

Dorothy Goodman served as the school’s head mistress until 1985, at which time 530 students represented 80 different nations. We haven’t asked, but we’d guess it’s safe to say she’s pleased with the continued progress of her basement school. Despite the fact that we all graduated some time ago, we at Roll Off Dumpster Direct found ourselves wishing we could enroll here.

For more information, check out the Washington International School website.

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T-Mobile and Sprint to Merge?

Orange_and_T.Mobile_shops_in_LeedsThat’s right, the third and fourth largest telecommunications companies in the U.S. are talking of a merger that could possibly begin this summer.

Ever since delivering to a T-Mobile store in Charlotte, NC, we have been keeping up with the company’s news. So far, this preliminary deal is for $32 billion and lists that Sprint would acquire T-Mobile for $40 a share in cash and stock.

According to the NY Times, the two companies have been considering a merger for quite some time. It appears that combining is their best chance at beating out major competitors like Verizon and AT&T. In the cable competition, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have come to a deal that will blow other cable providers out of the water, and these deals will also offer landline and internet services.

Just last year, T-Mobile successfully acquired MetroPCS. This is likely what gave the company the confidence to finally go ahead with the Sprint merger. Still, it’s not clear if even the merged company will have the finances to compete with Verizon and AT&T over a long period.

What do you think about this merger? We’d like to know!

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Maryland Zoo is Building a New Penguin Exhibit

African.penguin.bristol.2.750pixLove penguins? Love the zoo? We do, and we were so excited to help out the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore with a dumpster delivery.

Right now, construction is underway for the African Penguin Exhibit, set to open this fall. By visiting the zoo’s website, you can see pictures of the progress as it goes on. In addition to providing a fun, safe habitat for the penguins, this new facility will allow visitors to get a closer look at the animals. Walking through the exhibit you’ll be able to watch penguins waddle on land or swimming underwater — you can even take part in a Keeper Chat where you can talk to a real zoo keeper. If you’re lucky, you’ll be around for one of the penguin encounters.

Currently, 60 penguins live in the Rock Island Penguin Exhibit. Although they’re happy where they are, the new exhibit will create space to expand the penguin colony to 100 birds. Also, the African Penguin Exhibit will provide innovative resources for the penguins and conserve millions of gallons of water each year.

The African penguin population has been in decline since the turn of the century, and wild penguins are forced to compete with professional fishermen and other wildlife for food. This new exhibit will provide an accommodating home for many of these birds.

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5 Tips For Summer Camping

Camping_at_Merlin_Meadows_-_Flickr_-_Graham_Grinner_LewisAfter delivering to Gander Mountain, a camping and hunting store in Fayetteville, NC, we felt like we could use a trip outdoors. Now that the weather is finally warmer, camping would be a great retreat. However, novice campers may not know what to bring — or expect. We’ve compiled some of our best summer camping tips for just that reason.

Early summer can be unpredictable, so here’s what you need to know to be prepared for anything:

 1. Pack Clothes from the Head Down. It’s easy to make sure you have everything you need when moving from the top downward. Pack items such as hats and sunglasses, then t-shirts and sweatshirts, and work your way down until you reach socks and hiking boots.

2. Keep the Tent Cool. In the early stages of Summer, some days are chilly while others are scorching hot. On the hotter days, keeping cool and comfortable becomes an issue. Make sure you pitch your tent in a shady area and sleep with a bed sheet under your sleeping bag. This will really help.

3. Be Prepared for Rain. You’ll probably have the foresight to bring along rain gear like coats and tarps. However, it’s also a great idea to bring along a bunch of plastic bags. These will help to keep your important personal items like phones, money, and even food dry from the rain too.

4. Keep the Bugs Away. Summertime bugs are so pesky, especially when you’re sleeping outdoors. In addition to spraying, there are some things you can do to limit your insect interaction. Only use light inside your tent when it is fully zipped and keep the campfire going whenever possible. Some campers also hang onions and garlic to ward off creepy crawlers.

5. Choose Ready-Made. Although it may seem less authentic, ready-made foods are easiest for transportation and preparation at a campsite. Granola bars, hot dogs, and canned beans will ensure your group receives decent meals and plenty of energy, without all the hassle involved in a four course meal prepared in the heat. Of course, no camping trip is complete without marshmallows and graham crackers.

What did we miss? Let us know!

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Philly Celebrates Beer Week

Samuel_Adams_beer_glassThose of you in the Greater Philadelphia area are probably familiar with Philly Beer Week, and know that Philadelphians are currently celebrating their favorite ales at their favorite venues all over the city.

After delivering to a Samuel Adams Brewery in Breiningsville, PA, we decided to look into the festivities a little further and find out what they’re really about. First, we discovered that the 10-day long celebration was founded in 2008 and is the largest celebration of its kind in America. It is run and operated by a nonprofit company in the hopes of promoting Philly’s beer and hospitality industries.

We’d say it’s pretty safe to say that so far, it’s been successful. Each year the dinners, tours, pub crawls, and drink specials attract thousands of beer lovers to the streets of Philly. In fact, over 100 cities have copied this Philadelphian tradition in the hopes of boosting business in a similar way.

We hope that any of you in the area find time to get out and enjoy the celebrations. The events run until Saturday, June 8 and can be found at PhillyBeerWeek.org.  However, if you’re specifically looking for some Sam Adams, we recommend you try the Field House at 1150 Filbert Street this Friday for Flight Night!

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Chick-fil-A Makes a Chicken-Marketing Move

ChickFilAYou may think you have zero options when looking for a healthier fast food option. This may seem like an oxymoron, but Chick-fil-A is doing something that will technically make its food healthier in the eyes of many. And our recent delivery to a location in Fredericksburg, VA opened our eyes to this great news.

In February, Chick-fil-A announced that it will be serving chicken raised without antibiotics. The phase-out will happen over the next 5 years. In doing so, the chain will be joining a wave of fast food restaurants, like Chipotle, concerned with the quality of meat being served.

Unfortunately, it has been commonplace to feed farm animals antibiotics so that they gain weight and end up making more meat for consumption. However, these antibiotics cause us to get ill and are becoming more and more difficult to treat. You may be thinking that Chick-fil-A is making this move as part of an effort to better American health — not quite.

Chick-fil-A has stated that the motivation to move to antibiotic-free chicken was purely the customer demand. According to NPR, the restaurant has been noticing this demand for a while and decided to capitalize on it. While we may never see the day where fast food restaurants are genuinely concerned with public health, it is refreshing to know that public is becoming more informed about food quality and demanding better.

What do you think? Let us know!

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Do You Remember on Memorial Day?

US_Flag_BacklitWhat do you think about when you hear “Memorial Day”? Many of us may be thinking about a day off from work, a weekend at the beach, or a family barbecue. While it’s certainly nice to have a day of relaxation, too often we neglect the real reason for this national day of remembrance.

On Memorial Day, we honor men and women who died in military service. This day is reserved for visiting cemeteries and memorials, and taking part in a national moment of remembrance at 3 pm.

The idea for Memorial Day began after the Civil War. Thanks to General John Logan, Decoration Day (its original name) was first recognized on May 30, 1868. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. At first, it was only recognized by northern states and many southern states commemorated their dead on different days. In 1971, Memorial Day was officially declared a federal holiday by President Nixon.

Most major cities held parades every Memorial Day, much like on Thanksgiving or St. Patrick’s Day. However, many cities have done away with the parades for financial reasons. This is just one indication of how far we may be slipping from this holiday’s original intentions. Still, there are some heartfelt traditions upheld each year. Since the 1950′s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. Then, they patrol the cemetery for 24 hours a day throughout the weekend to ensure each flag remains standing. Also, the Boys and Girl Scouts of America place a candle at each of the soldiers’ grave sites at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights.

A recent delivery to the medical center at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in Wilkes-Barre, PA inspired this post. We hope this Memorial Day, you celebrate your loved ones as well as honor those who have fought for our freedom.

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Happy World Cocktail Day!

Cocktails_mit_SchirmchenNot too long ago, we were able to help out with a bar remodel at Rick’s Sports Bar in Export, PA. That delivery got us thinking about some of the world’s most popular alcohol — and just in time for world cocktail day!

As a form of celebration, we’ve gathered some information and tips for creating classic drinks. If you’re of legal age, we hope you enjoy!

1. Martini

Available in endless flavors, this drink is a mainstay in virtually every bar on the planet. It is rumored to have been invented in the U.S. in the 1860′s, but not everyone agrees. For a basic martini, combine ice, 3 ounces gin, 1 ounce dry vermouth, and lemon twist for garnish in a chilled martini glass.

2. Long Island Iced Tea

Although the origins of this drink aren’t well known, its sweet, delicious taste certainly is. The Long Island is a classic summertime drink consisting of a half ounce of triple sec, gin, tequila, light rum, and vodka. Next, add one ounce of sour mix and fill the rest of the glass with cola. Viola.

3. Margarita

The margarita has been popular as far back as the 1930′s. Whether frozen or on the rocks, this cocktail is great enough to have several restaurants and songs in its honor. To make a basic margarita, moisten the rim of your glass and dip in sugar or salt. Then combine 1.5 ounces of tequila, a half ounce of triple sec, and lime juice and you’ll be ready for a fiesta!

These are just some basic suggestions, for more information visit The Most 10.

What are some of your favorite cocktails? Share below!

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Subaru Fights Hunger

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Photo Courtesy of Philabundance.org

At Roll Off Dumpster Direct, we’re always intrigued by a large corporation that is interested in bettering the community. And, that’s exactly what we found after making a delivery to a Subaru dealership in Trenton, NJ.

For our readers outside the Greater Philadelphia area, each year 93.3 WMMR, a local radio station, hosts a charity event called Camp Out For Hunger. For a week, the hosts of the show (Preston and Steve) camp out in a motor home to raise money and collect food for Philabundance, a Delaware Valley hunger relief effort.

Throughout the week, contributors can make financial donations or bring in non-perishable food items. Acme even partnered with this event to allow shoppers to purchase items specifically for Philabundance. The 2013 Camp Out for Hunger raised 772,461 LBS. of food  and $241,521. In total, that’s the equivalent of 1, 255,503 meals for Delaware Valley families in need.  Subaru of America came in first place as a business contributor, collecting 341,029 lbs.

Although Camp Out For Hunger happened back in December, loyal Preston & Steve listeners know that Subaru just recently received its first place prize — a live show at the Subaru of Cherry Hill, NJ. Not only has Subaru been a great contributor to Philabundance and Camp Out For Hunger in 2013, but they donate annually. In fact, they’re constantly coming up with ways to outdo themselves and motivate others to join in the cause.

But, Subaru doesn’t stop there. Subaru employees can be found volunteering at food banks, soup kitchens, food drives, and other community events throughout the year. Who doesn’t love a corporation concerned with the community?

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