Show Us That American Spirit

The Thompson Group would like to thank all our U.S. Veterans & Armed Forces for their service, sacrifices and for protecting us on a daily basis. Our hearts beat Red, White & Blue thanks to them.

Were you aware that only 2 founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776? The majority of the signers penned their signatures on August 2, 1776.

The 4th of July doesn’t celebrate the signing of the Declaration, it celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

There are 5 branches to the U.S. Armed Forces. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy and there are over 1.4 million active personnel.

The Army is the oldest branch of the military and was established in 1775. The Army is also the largest branch of our military.

We would like to show our patriotism by giving away a 30 inch flag to the first 100 folks to call our office at 602-753-0177. Winners must be able to pick up the flag at our office located in Tempe Arizona.

“It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.”  ~ George Washington

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Save $1000s and Headaches!

Inspect the primary and secondary drain pipes on your house monthlyNotice the picture to the left — you will see two pipes coming out of the exterior of the home. The lower pipe is called the primary drain and is for the air conditioning’s primary drain pan. The upper pipe is called the secondary drain and is for the air conditioning’s secondary drain pan.

On any given day, the primary drain will discharge 8 to 12 gallons of condensation or water from cooling the home. When the primary drain and secondary drain become clogged, the drain pans overflow into the attic and cause water damage where the HVAC unit is located. This usually results in damage to the ceiling of the home directly under the HVAC unit and the insulation in the attic.

An easy way to prevent this from happening is to inspect the primary and secondary drains monthly. At any time, if you see water flowing from the secondary drain, this means that the primary drain is clogged and it is time to call out an A/C technician. Most A/C techs will be able to clear the primary drain and disaster will be avoided.

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April Trivia!

When I first moved to Phoenix in 2000, all my friends and family that came to visit wanted to go see one thing — The Grand Canyon!  What a beautiful and amazing place to see, hike and explore!  Here’s an interesting trivia for you.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

In 1999, the USPS printed 100 millions stamps with a picture of the Grand Canyon but with the WRONG STATE labeled on it! Which state’s name was printed on these stamps resulting in a $500,000 blunder?

Enter the drawing by choosing one answer below.  One winner will be randomly drawn to win a pair of movie tickets! Contest ends 4/30 and winner will be notified early May.

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Thanksgiving Contest Winner

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Congratulations to Blake Kaplan for winning our Thanksgiving contest!

In lieu of a December contest, we are doing a special event for our e-newsletter subscribers.  But be sure to lookout for our January event!

 

Wishing you and your family the best this holiday season!

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners 2014

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted their photos!  It was a tough decision but the winners are:  Michael C., Heather T., and Tricia B.  Congratulations!

If you weren’t able to submit an entry or didn’t win, no worries!  We have a Thanksgiving Contest for a chance to win a Turkey for Thanksgiving!

 

3rd Place:  Despicable Me!   This was too funny!

1st Place: Despicable Me!
This was too funny!

 

2nd Place:  Skull Pumpking

2nd Place: Skull Pumpkin
So Scary!

 

3rd place:  Cactus, Clown, Cat  Very cute!

3rd place: Cactus, Clown, Cat
Very cute!

 

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Thanksgiving Contest 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last November our family made a Thanksgiving Tree.  We took a poster board, drew a tree and cut out leaves of various shapes, sizes and colors.  Then we spent the rest of the month writing things we were thankful for on the leaves and gluing it on the tree.  It was really fun to see the different things we were thankful for – from food, family, God … and yes, iPhone and Zumba!  This was my inspiration for November’s contest.

 

Thanks Giving Tree 2013

Our Thanksgiving Tree 2013

 

November Contest:

Please submit one separate comment entry for EACH of the items below.  This means you may have up to 4 entries in the drawing.  One winner will be drawn by random to win a turkey for Thanksgiving.

1.  What are you thankful for

2.  What else are you thankful for

3.  Follow The Thompson Group on Facebook, Twitter or RSS (or say you already do).

4.  Share via Facebook our Page or Post

 

 

Contest is open to anyone in the US.  Don’t eat turkey?.. no worries, we will have other options.  Winner will be notified Nov 24th.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Thompson Group!

Official Rules:

Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Winners will be contacted Nov 24th via email and will have 48hours to respond.

 

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest 2014

 

Pumpkin Fun!

Pumpkin Fun!

Show off your decorated pumpkin for a chance to win in our monthly drawing!  Whether you’ve carved, painted and/or simply decorated your pumpkin, we want to see it!

To submit your entries:

* Like our Facebook page and post your photo on our wall

* 1 photo entry per decorator (an adult can submit photos for each child’s pumpkin – please include each decorator’s name)

* Entry Deadline is Friday, October 31.

* 3 Winners will be chosen by our team after Halloween

 

Prizes!

1st place – $25 Target gift card

2nd place – $15 Target gift card

3rd place – $10 Target gift card

Winners will be contacted by Facebook message

 

Official Rules:

Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Facebook.

Winners will be contacted Nov 1st via Facebook message and will have 48hours to respond.

Be Safe and Have Fun!!

 

When Are We Playing Golf?

As I answered the phone, my best friend asked me, “So, when are we going to hit some golf balls?” Ten years ago, you would most likely find us on a golf course on a Saturday morning. We enjoyed the “get away“ from responsibility and the friendly competition that the golf course would provide.

Unfortunately, my golf clubs have collected more dust than use in the last few years. As my friend and I discussed when we would play next, I tried to wrap my head around how much responsibility I had now compared to 10 years ago. One would think with all that extra responsibility, I would deserve a round of golf once and a while. Or maybe I need that “get away” now more than I did ten years ago. LOL, I also need a lottery ticket!

Do you have a “get away?” I would love to hear about it.

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Growing Family Means Thinking Differently

Plan today for peace of mind tomorrowI can remember it like yesterday. After a day of waiting, my wife was exhausted and sleeping, but all was quiet. There in that quiet little room only two us were still awake – my new baby girl and me. Until then, I really did not need to plan a whole lot and I certainly did not think much about the future. But at that very moment, I realized that things in life had changed.

It was at that time that I took the next step. I completed my will and testament so that all those around me would know what to do for my daughter if something happened to me – or worse, if something happened to me and my wife.

One sure thing in life is that change is certain to occur. You, too, may have had some recent life changes to consider. That’s why I’m pleased to be hosting a seminar with David Harowitz, attorney and estate planner, at our office on Thursday, May 15th from 6:00-7:00 PM or Saturday, May 17th from 9:00-10:00 AM. David will be speaking about the decisions you should make now to protect your estate and the ones you love. This seminar is free but seating is limited. So, reserve your spot today by contacting us at admin@thompsongroupaz.com or 480.776.5214.

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Mendenhall Retires from NFL at Age 26

I must make a confession; my favorite time of the year is football season. During the fall when I get extra time, I will inevitably turn on a football game, watch my fantasy stats or track the story lines of my favorite teams. This past season, on the college level, Auburn University managed to resurrect their football program. On the pro level, the Arizona Cardinals had one of their best seasons since their trip to the Super Bowl.

At this time of year, football news is relatively boring unless you like to follow free agent news and the NFL draft. However, the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, running back for  the Arizona Cardinals, caught my attention. Mendenhall did not have a press conference, but posted these comments to his blog:

“But I am not an entertainer. I never have been. Playing that role was never easy for me. The box deemed for professional athletes is a very small box. My wings spread a lot further than the acceptable athletic stereotypes and conformity was never a strong point of mine. My focus has always been on becoming a better me, not a second-rate somebody else. Sometimes I would suffer because of it, but every time I learned a lesson from it. And I’ll carry those lessons with me for the rest of my life.”

Impressive! Thanks, Rashard!

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