Happy March, NextGen customers! It’s a month of leprechauns, and pots of gold at the ends of rainbows. But don’t rely on luck when it comes to maintaining the health of your HVAC and Solar Power systems, or your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Those systems running smoothly is best achieved with regular maintenance and tune ups. NextGen Air is lucky to be North Texas and Fort Worth’s HVAC and Solar Power Systems specialists, but we work every day to make sure we earn our reputation through hard work, reliable technicians, and staying on top of all the latest advancements in our field. We also make sure to always have the best cost-effective, energy-efficient, and allergen reducing solutions in stock from Bosch, Daikin, Honeywell, Rheem, Goodman, Mitsubishi Electric, American Standard, Aprilaire, and Fieldpiece. Get your HVAC and Solar needs met by calling or clicking: 817-420-7070 www.nextgenac.com. In the meantime, enjoy this list of traditional good luck charms and talismans from around the globe (and our own back yard.) It never hurts to supplement optimism, and hard work, with your “lucky (insert lucky thing here)”!
The fuzzy ones evoke 1950’s rearview mirrors and poodle skirts, and the non-fuzzy- high times in Vegas and Monaco. Either way, dice are a symbol of taking chances, throwing caution to the wind, and betting on Lady Luck, herself. Faith, and moxie set the best stage for any audacious task we seek to accomplish. Beyond those connotations, how did dice of any texture come to be such popular symbols of luck? In WWII, fighter pilots knew the odds of making it out alive were slim and would carry lucky charms to help nudge the odds in their favor. Gambling items were popular choices, and dice were among the most popular. Following that trend, in 1959, the Deccofelt Corp. began manufacturing and marketing fuzzy dice to hang on rearview mirrors. And boomers boomed!
Many cultures believe ladybugs bring good luck. In Germany, Belgium, and throughout the United States, people of all ages get a delightful feeling when they see a ladybug. In fact, in German, the word for “ladybug” is “Gluckskaefer”, which translates to “lucky bugs.” It’s said that if a ladybug lands upon you, if you don’t brush it off, you’ll see your luck improve. Another belief is that if two people see a ladybug at the same time they will fall in love, or if a ladybug crawls across a maiden’s hand, she’ll soon be married. Seeing a large ladybug population in the spring was thought to be the harbinger of a bountiful harvest. The deeper red their color, the luckier.
Imagine two strangers, both of whom happen to be witches, crossing paths in a forest. How can they be sure the other deigns not to hex them? By giving them an acorn as a friendly gesture of benevolence, of course! The acorn is also associated with the Norse god Odin, who hung himself from an oak tree to gain knowledge, so the acorn has come to symbolize wisdom and would be displayed in windows to deflect lightning. Many years later, acorns are a good luck symbol in England, and are thought to ward off illness, aches, and pains, and speed recovery.
So grab yourself something lucky this March. We hope to remain your lucky charm for all things HVAC and Solar.
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