John Egan

John is editor of The SpareFoot Blog. He first moved to Austin in 1999, when downtown Austin wasn't nearly as lively as it is today. John's loves include pizza, University of Kansas basketball and puns.

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Harris Twins From ‘Storage Wars’ Land Their Own Show

By John Egan   August 19, 2014

Mark and Matt Harris

“Storage Wars” has launched the careers of reality TV personalities like 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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Top 12 College Towns for Commuting on Foot

By John Egan   August 13, 2014

Ithaca NY

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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Police: Man Lived at Storage Facility With Nine Malnourished Dogs

By John Egan   August 11, 2014

Tommy Lee

A man who police say had been living at a West Virginia storage facility for about a week with his wife and nine malnourished dogs now faces criminal charges.

Tommy “Ninja” Lee, 44, of South Charleston, WV (pictured above), has been charged with nine counts of cruelty to animals, along with property destruction and reckless driving, according to WCHS-TV. → Keep Reading

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Four SpareFeet Get to Spring Into Action as Guest Chefs

By John Egan   August 4, 2014

Lily Youn

When Lily Youn arrived the morning of July 30 at SpareFoot’s off-site kitchen in Austin, TX, she was bracing for a Gordon Ramsay-style, hot-under-the-collar, screaming-at-the-top-of-your-lungs nightmare. Instead, she was treated to reggae music playing in the background, small talk from the assembled chefs—and bushels of fun but hard work. Definitely not a scene from Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Youn (pictured at top), a member of SpareFoot’s Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team, was one of four SpareFeet who earned the privilege to work as “chef for a day” at our company after winning an in-house contest. At a June 25 cooking class taught by SpareFoot’s chief chef, Ari Dvorin, four two-member teams were assigned the task of concocting a dish from “mystery” vegetables, protein and up to five other ingredients. Two teams tied to claim victory. → Keep Reading

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Chris Garrett: A Customer Service Superhero at SpareFoot

By John Egan   July 29, 2014

ACE Team at SpareFoot

It wouldn’t be a stretch, and actually would be pretty appropriate, to proclaim Chris Garrett as a customer service superhero.

Garrett, a full-time member of SpareFoot’s Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team and a part-time comic-book creator, recently won an in-house contest to recognize the delivery of an amazing customer experience. SpareFoot judges reviewed phone calls from storage-seeking customers that were answered by ACE Team members. A call taken by Garrett (at left in top picture with SpareFoot’s Josh Lipton) was declared the winner. → Keep Reading

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Question: Who Is RJ Gossett? Answer: SpareFoot’s Resident Pub-Quiz King

By John Egan   July 15, 2014

RJ Gossett

Alex Trebek, eat your trivia-loving heart out. You’ve got nothing on SpareFoot’s resident quiz host, RJ Gossett. Well, at least we humbly think so.

Could the “Jeopardy!” host keep up with Gossett? We doubt it. Every Monday and Tuesday night, you’ll find Gossett plying his part-time trade as a quizmaster at two venues in Austin, TX, that aren’t nearly as cushy as the studio where “Jeopardy!” is taped.

For Gossett, a member of SpareFoot’s Client Relations Team, working as a quizmaster is no trivial matter. (Yes, the pun is intended.) → Keep Reading

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What Happens to a Storage Unit When the Renter Dies?

By John Egan   July 7, 2014

casket

When the renter of a storage unit dies, the aftermath can be almost as messy as a Tom Cruise divorce. What happens to the contents of that storage unit depends on an array of factors.

Typically, the contents of a dead tenant’s storage unit become part of the tenant’s estate, and a judge decides what happens to them. → Keep Reading

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‘Storage Wars’ Star Dan Dotson Released From Hospital

By John Egan   July 1, 2014

Dan Dotson

Given a 4 percent to 20 percent chance to live after a double brain aneurysm, “Storage Wars” star Dan Dotson was released June 29 from a hospital in Palm Springs, CA. → Keep Reading

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Enter SpareFoot’s Clean & Green Portland Giveaway!

By John Egan   June 27, 2014

SpareFoot Portland giveaway

A lot of cities are green with envy when it comes to Portland, OR. Why? Portland regularly pops up on lists of the greenest cities in America. → Keep Reading

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We’re a Winner: SpareFoot Earns Award for Blog Covering Self-Storage Industry

By John Egan   June 24, 2014

trophy

Charlie “Winning” Sheen would be proud of us.

At SpareFoot, we really love to win. In January, we won the Austin Startup Games. Last year, we won recognition as the best place to work in the Austin area in two programs: one sponsored by the Austin Business Journal and the other by the Austin American-Statesman.

Now, we have another win to add to our virtual trophy case. In the 2014 Ragan’s PR Daily Awards program, SpareFoot picked up first place in the “Best Online Newsroom” category for The Storage Facilitator blog. SpareFoot oversees the blog, which is published on SelfStorage.com. → Keep Reading

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