Financial collapses take some time, you see. And so, this 28-story condominium is still going up within spitting distance of the Sawgrass Mills mall, on the very edge of the Everglades. Turns out that the architect screwed up the specifications for the awnings, which needed to be bigger. And so, who you gonna call?
Right! My older brother, pictured above, in the sunglasses. (You can also see the back of my cousin Larry's head.) My brother runs a contract air-conditioning company based in Fort Lauderdale. Larry and his brother Jesse started the firm and still own it: South Florida in the 1970s was the right place at the right time to start installing AC systems; they soon moved into service followed by contract manufacturing. (How d'ya think I found out about the Trinidadian air conditioning industry?) When I was a teenager, I spent summers cutting fiberglass for them at $5.00 an hour; $9.37 in today's devalued money.
And so, when you need to airlift a 2000-pound slab of concrete 28 stories in to the air, Thermal Concepts is the place to go.
That helicopter was built for the Army during the Korean War. More below the fold.