Best Places in the U.S. to Cool Off Before Summer Ends

By Matt Schexnayder   August 22, 2014

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The neighborhood pool is nice and all, but where are the really cool places you can cool off at? SpareFoot was wondering this very thing, so we scoured the Internet to come up with the answer.

Taken from numerous “Best of” lists, we found the top spots all over the U.S. that are ideal for taking a dip. Find the one nearest you and go make a big splash before Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer!

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‘Professor Dumpster’ and the Art of Downsizing

By Veronica Meewes   August 22, 2014

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Major life changes, a shift in living situations, a new season approaching—these are all factors that compel us to re-examine our lives and pare down the belongings we’ve collected. But Jeff Wilson took his “spring cleaning” to the extreme when he sold all his belongings for $1 and moved into a 33-square-foot dumpster in February.

However, change did not come overnight. Wilson first left his 3,000-square-foot house to live in a 600-square-foot apartment, then stayed in his 144-square-foot office before relocating to Austin, TX. In Austin, he couch-surfed before settling into his current abode. “I had a slow-trickle transition,” said Wilson, associate professor of biological sciences at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin. → Keep Reading

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76-Year-Old Woman Looks Back on Two Months Living in a Storage Unit

By John Egan   August 21, 2014

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Winter isn’t kind to Minnesota. So imagine what 76-year-old Minne’ Fire was coping with when she lived in a storage unit for a couple of months last winter in the Minneapolis area.

In an interview, she told Minnesota Public Radio that during a period of homelessness, she made her home in a storage unit that she’d rented. She put her $721 a month in supplemental income toward storage rent, food and other expenses. → Keep Reading

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Investigation Into LEGO Thefts Leads to Storage Facility

By Alexander Harris   August 20, 2014

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A stash of allegedly stolen LEGOs valued at $200,000 was recovered from a suspect’s garage and storage units in Phoenix as part of an investigation into a local crime ring accused of swiping the plastic building blocks from several Toys “R” Us stores.

The LEGOs were discovered in three 10×10 self-storage units in Phoenix, as well as in the home of local real estate agent Troy Koehler. Police have arrested Koehler and three other people in connection with the alleged scheme, according to azcentral.com. → Keep Reading

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Bronko Box: Rebuilding the Packing Experience

By Kathryn Hawkins   August 20, 2014

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When you’re preparing for a move, a truck or van is just part of the equation. You’ll need people to lift your furniture and other items, and plenty of boxes to store all of your smaller possessions.

But packing for a move with traditional cardboard boxes can be a pain. In most cases, you’ll spend lots of money buying packaging materials, followed by hours of work taping up the boxes. Or if you manage to get some hand-me-down boxes from a friend, there’s a good chance they won’t survive another move.

Buda, TX-based startup Bronko Box has a solution to the packing problem. Founded by husband-and-wife team Bo and Brooke Cox in the spring of 2012, Bronko Box offers rentals of heavy-duty stackable plastic crates to help people with their household or business moves. → Keep Reading

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Harris Twins From ‘Storage Wars’ Land Their Own Show

By John Egan   August 19, 2014

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“Storage Wars” has launched the careers of reality TV personalities like recently returned Dave Hester, Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz. Now, two more stars have been born.

Twin brothers Mark and Matt Harris, appraisal experts who’ve been semi-regular cast members of “Storage Wars,” are starring in their own TV show, “The Harris Brothers’ World Of Wow!” The online show recently debuted on the FirstRun.tv Network. A FirstRun.tv news release says the brothers “have turned into famous pop culture icons.” → Keep Reading

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Contents of Former NFL Player’s Storage Unit Auctioned Off

By Alexander Harris   August 18, 2014

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An Ohio auction company has sold off the contents of a storage unit that had been rented by former NFL player Terry Glenn.

An unidentified storage hunter bought all of the contents of the unit at an auction in Columbus, OH. On Aug. 13, Auction Ohio conducted an item-by-item sale of the contents. → Keep Reading

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In ‘Storage Wars’ Return, Dave Hester Declares: ‘Time to Remind Them Who’s in Charge’

By Nick DiUlio   August 13, 2014

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Everyone who tuned in to the Aug. 12 season premiere of “Storage Wars” was waiting for it—the deep, resonant, antagonistic “Yuuup!” that would officially signal the return of storage auction “mogul” Dave Hester. And it didn’t take long for fans to get what they came for.

In the episode’s opening shot, Hester took a seat, looked straight into the camera and let his trademark cry echo through the homes of everyone who eagerly awaited his unlikely return from a two-season hiatus and highly publicized feud with A&E. And as he burst into a maniacal laugh before the opening montage rolled, there was no doubt about it. “The Man in Black” was indeed back, and the tension surrounding his return would dominate the majority of the show’s 30-minute season debut. → Keep Reading

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Top 12 College Towns for Commuting on Foot

By John Egan   August 13, 2014

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On his several-days-a-week walks to and from work in Ithaca, NY, Tom Knipe breathes in the scent of lavender plants during temperate months. Along his ¾-mile route between work and home, Knipe also spots creatures like otters, mink, turtles, ducks and heron. Or he stops to chat with friends and neighbors. During the winter, Knipe notices the “beautiful” changes in the ice patterns in Cascadilla Creek as the water freezes and thaws.

“I typically walk when the weather makes it uncomfortable or less practical to ride my bike. So, during the winter months when there is lots of snow on the ground, I tend to walk to work on average three out of five days a week,” said Knipe, the tourism coordinator for Tompkins County, NY. → Keep Reading

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Exclusive: What’s Next for Brandon and Lori Bernier After ‘Storage Hunters’ Cancellation?

By Deb Hipp   August 11, 2014

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Brandon and Lori Bernier made a living as bidders at storage auctions for 15 years before reality shows like TruTV’s “Storage Hunters” convinced cable TV viewers that treasures await crafty bidders in the most unlikely storage units.

The Berniers, the stars of “Storage Hunters,” spent four drama-filled seasons bidding against a cast of oddball characters intent on outbidding and outsmarting “Team Brandori,” the couple’s television moniker. Now, it looks like Brandon and Lori Bernier are heading toward new entertainment ventures. → Keep Reading

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