Archive for November, 2013

Thanksgiving, 2013: The Presidential Turkey Pardon

Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Nick Cohen

Thanksgiving began in 1621, but didn’t become a national holiday until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared it in hopes of bringing a divided nation together. We have many Thanksgiving traditions in this country, from turkey at the meal to the annual Cowboys and Lions games on television. But one of the most beloved is the annual Presidential turkey pardon, in which the U.S. President “pardons” a turkey to life in a petting zoo rather than ending up as someone’s main course. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, we thought you’d like to know a little more about the history of this fascinating tradition.

Farmers have sent turkeys to the White House as far back as the 1800s, hoping to have the honor of providing the President’s annual meal. There have been scattered stories of individual turkeys being “pardoned” throughout that time, including one in which President Lincoln’s son Tad successfully convinced the president to spare a bird intended for the family’s Christmas dinner.

Starting in 1947, the National Turkey Federation became the official supplier of the President’s Thanksgiving birds. The White House arranged for an annual photo op that year with the President receiving the turkey in the Rose Garden. Sadly, there was no pardon as yet; those birds all ended up on the Presidential table.

The push for an official pardon picked up steam in 1963, when President Kennedy ask that the bird be spared just a few days before his assassination. President Nixon opted to send each of the birds he received to a nearby petting zoo after the photo op, though there was no formal pardon attached.

But it wasn’t until 1989 that the pardon became official. On November 14 of that year, President George H. W. Bush made the announcement, and sent the bird to a Virginia game preserve to live the rest of its life out in cranberry-and-stuffing-free bliss. Since then, every President has held an annual pardoning ceremony, with the lucky turkey spared the axe and sent off to live in peace. Since 2005, the pardoned birds have gone to Disneyland in Anaheim, California where they have lived as part of a petting zoo exhibit in Frontierland.

No matter what traditions you enjoy this holiday, or who you enjoy them with, all of us here wish you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving weekend.

What Can Professional Concrete Contractors Do for You?

Monday, November 18th, 2013 by Nick Cohen

Building a house is a huge undertaking. A lot of different people are involved in the process, and it is extremely important to ensure that everyone playing a role in the construction process is a qualified professional. This is as simple as contacting a Los Angeles concrete contractor on the Advanced Builders & Contractors team. When you call us for your concrete contractor service needs, you get the benefit of working with a company boasting more than 25 years of service and technical experience. If you have any concrete needs on your property, call in a professional to handle the job. (more…)

Signs You Need To Repair Your Roof

Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Nick Cohen

Repairing your roof may not be the most exciting way you can think of to spend your hard earned money. However, if your roof is in need of repair and you ignore these needs, you may wind up spending a lot more down the road to replace your roof entirely. Your property may also suffer unnecessary water damages as a result of a leaky roof. When you notice any indicators that your roof may be in a state of disrepair, it is very important that you contact a professional roofing repair contractor immediately. When you need professional roof repair service in Los Angeles, call Advanced Builders & Contractors. (more…)

Why You Need a Professional Remodeling Contractor

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Nick Cohen

There are a lot of different reasons why a home or business owner may decide to contact a professional remodeling contractor in Los Angeles, CA. It is possible that your business is growing at a fast pace, and you are simply unable to handle its demands in the space as it exists. You may have bought a home within the confines of your budget years ago, but now find that you’d prefer a different look or layout. Whatever your reasoning for considering a remodeling project, you need to know that your remodeling contractor is a skilled, trained professional. That is as simple as scheduling service with Advanced Builders & Contractors. (more…)

Three Services Which Demand a Professional General Contractor

Monday, November 4th, 2013 by Nick Cohen

Homeowners love to feel self-sufficient, and this is totally understandable. The truth is, though, that there are many services around the house which simply must be completed by a trained, experienced professional. When you encounter the need for any such service, it is important that you find a professional general contractor in Los Angeles, CA immediately. Attempting to take on a project that is beyond your ability level can have serious consequences for the condition of your home, the amount of money left in your budget, and even your own personal safety. Here are a few examples of jobs which necessitate the services of a professional general contractor such as those at Advanced Builders & Contractors. (more…)