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December 7 - 21, 2010

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A World of Well WishesFirst Snowfall November 21st, 2010 We wish you and yours all the happiness in the world as you celebrate the season. May the holiday season warm your heart with friendship, love and goodwill. May the gifts of health, wealth, happiness, and abundance be with you in the coming year. Thanks to all for helping us support our wonderful community. Best wishes, from all of us at The Loop.

The decorated Railroad Depot and brand new Christmas Tree in Downtown Tehachapi. Photo by Sam White

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Where’s Simon Real Estate Spotlight Stay in the Loop Fun Page “I Can Make That Vegan!” Adopt-A-Pet Do-It-Yourself Debugging • More on Bankruptcy Tehachapi Creative Community Holiday Gift Guide Wrangler Round-up Bob the “Wine Guy” • Shop Tehachapi Saving Coupons Shag Says • The Butcher’s Wife Business Directory • Classifieds Yoga 101/Meet Your New Neighbors Dr. Brady - the “Spine Guy” • Lost in the Stars A Minister’s Musing • Thank You from Dr. Hall Short Flights Grandma D.TalksReal Estate • Mortgage Matters J Williams

THE LOOP Next issue will be on stands Wednesday, December 21 Deadline is December 15, 2010 Publisher: Claudia Henson

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Our email address is: Phone: 661-822-8188 • Fax 661-822-5646 Classified Ads: Call or fax info. Deadline Friday at 4 pm before publication date. For rates please call our office. Don't keep us a secret! Take a minute to tell your friends about The Loop! Distribution to Tehachapi, Bear Valley, Stallion Springs, Keene, Walker Basin, Mojave, Rosamond, California City, Edwards Airforce Base, Bakersfield and Lancaster. Mailing directly to homes for just the price of mailing. THE LOOP has been East Kern’s guide to entertainment and local news since 2001. It is picked up and read by over 10,500 readers (21,000 monthly) and delivered to over 250 locations, two times a month. Subscriptions are available for price of mailing. EDITORIAL POLICY: Opinions of contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of staff or management. All humor is strictly meant for fun and not intended to offend. All contents of are the property of Hilltop Publishers.

Where’s Simon? We’ve hidden an image that looks like this: Can you somewhere in this find me? issue. If you locate it and enter our Where’s Simon game, you may win a free dog wash at Canine Creek and/or a surprise gift from a local business. To enter, email with your name, address, phone number, and a short description of where you found Simon. We will have a drawing and post the winner’s name on theloopnewspaper and in the next issue of The Loop after December 21, 2010. Also, to learn

more about Simon the GDA puppy, go to http:// The winner for our November 23 issue was Tanya Williams. Tanya says, “It’s about time I found him! He’s at Vinnie’s Dance Classes and Cruises!” Thank you for playing Tanya! Tanya won a gift certificate for a free dog wash at Canine Creek. Special thanks to Canine Creek for donating the prize! Official Rules: No purchase or payment is necessary to participate. Odds of winning will depend on the number of correct entries received; no prize will be awarded if no valid entries are received. There will be no substitutions for the prize(s). By participating, each participant agrees to these Official Rules.

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Red House BBQ Offers Country Food for Country People By Eileen Parra Mano Lujan grew up eating Indian cuisine. He became interested in creating great tasting Indian food when he took his wife Mei Mei to a Pow-wow so that she could taste real Indian food. He bought her an Indian taco and he looked at his brother and said, “This is terrible!” he turned to his wife and said, “I can make this way better.” That sparked the idea in his head to open a restaurant. Mano has done many things from culinary school to roadside barbecue and catering. This summer, he and Mei Mei opened Red House BBQ here in Tehachapi. At Red House BBQ, they want to educate people on what barbecuing is. Mano says, “Barbecuing is cooking over a low temperature using hard wood to smoke meat over a long period of time. You go low and slow – there is no way to fake it, there is no baking or boiling. All the meat is hand-trimmed; we use our own spice rubs and sauces made from scratch. The meat is put into a smoker and smoked over hickory for hours; Red House BBQ does this every day – we don’t even own a microwave.” Mano went on to say how there are two different types of barbecue – wet and dry. Red House does dry barbecue – they rub meat down with a dry rub and then they smoke it. When the meat comes out, all the seasonings have made a crust on the meat. Wet rub is where they put sauce on the meat; this is like a Kansas City style where the meat is soaking in sauce. Red House serves the sauce on the side because their ribs are not about the sauce – they are about meat and cooking technique. Mano says, “There are certain things in barbecue that you can’t fake. You can’t boil a rib, you can’t bake pulled pork. True

smoke has a distinct taste and the biggest thing to see on the meat is the smoke ring; I tell people all the time, every time you go to a barbecue place, look at the meat. There should be a reddish pink ring in the meat; there is no way to fake this and it is only caused by hard wood smoke. You look for the smoke ring and you’ll know you’re eating real barbecue.” Some of their meats smoke 10-12 hours every day. They do four briskets a day (briskets are huge) – that is 65 lbs of brisket a night. They do 40 lbs of chicken per day, and 30 racks of St. Louis ribs a day. Red House BBQ menu changes each day because of the “freshness” of the ingredients he uses. Their emphasis is on flavor, texture, and taste. You may not get the same side dish every time you stop by, but there will always be something fresh and delicious for you to enjoy. Mano says, “If it’s not perfect, it’s not leaving my kitchen.” All their vegetables are hand washed/cut and if they don’t use it by the end of the day, Mano takes them home and feeds them to his sheep. Mano speaks very highly of his staff. He says, “I have a great staff, they bust their butts!” Red House employs 11 people and its youngest staff member is 17 years old; eight employees are under 20 years old because Mano believes that they should be given a shot. “We treat them great with a lot of incentives; they are treated like adults and must be to work on time.” Red House gives an employee of the month bonus of $200 cash each month. The first one to win it was his 17 year old employee. They also offer all expenses paid outings once a month – last month, they went bowling; another past trip was to The Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Pacino’s offers fun for the Holidays Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory presents Elvis, Santa & a New Year’s Eve Celebration to be remembered!

Their one year trip is coming up next year and it will be a day trip to Catalina Island, Mano says, “It’s my way of saying thank you.” He believes in putting the money back into his employees and wants them to know how much he appreciates how hard they work. Mano says, “I think it’s a shame that people go and work so hard for their money and when they actually have enough money to go out and spend it, they spend it at a place that isn’t working as hard as they did to get it.” He tells his workers all the time, “We need to bust our butts. People work hard for their money – we need to work hard to get their money.” Red House customers buy a lot of

take-out, but those that dine in can enjoy the vintage jukebox and country atmosphere. Out back, there are several Teepee’s to dine in, as well as a fire pit with bales of hay to sit on. Pricing for menu items range from $6.95 to $22.95 and if there is something that you want a sample of, just ask – they will let you try it before you buy it. At Red House BBQ, they are not big on presentation, they are not a fancy restaurant; Red House serves country food to country people on paper plates. Mano says, “Come and try what real barbecue is.” They are located at 426 East Tehachapi Boulevard, (661) 822-0772. You can also check them out on

Elvis & Santa Claus are coming to town, Saturday, December 11: Jolly Old Saint Nick will be visiting Pacino’s to pass out gifts for those who don’t have much this year. If you’ve fallen on hard times, bring your kids to Pacino’s for a present that will put a smile on their face; you can see Santa from 12-3 pm. Brendan Paul is one of the most “in demand” Elvis impersonators in the world and he is coming to Pacino’s the same day as Santa. Tickets are $29.95 for the show that starts at 8:40 pm or $49.95 with dinner that starts at 7:30 pm. And if Santa, Dinner and Elvis weren’t enough, Club Pacino’s has an opening act from Richie Begin, a one-man band. He has authored over 2500 songs and he will be performing his talent right before Brendan Paul performs as Elvis. Open for Christmas Eve: Pacino’s would love to be part of your Christmas Eve fun. They are taking reservations for those wanting to dine on December 24 and will be open till 8 pm. New Years Grand Celebration, December 31, 8:30: The best time awaits those who join Club Pacino’s for their New Year’s Eve Celebration. Keith Margo’s Murder Mystery is back by popular

demand with an event that promises to be both mysterious and fun! In addition to the show, you will get an incredible 5 course meal, party favors, and a champagne toast to ring in the New Year. Dinner includes: • Shrimp Cocktail • Caesar Salad • Baked Manicotti • Prime Rib or Baked Salmon • Mama Mary’s Famous Cheesecake served with coffee or hot tea All this excitement and delicious food for just $75 per person plus tax & gratuity. Seating is limited to 65, so be sure to make your reservation today with a credit card. (charges are non-refundable) Italian Style Catering Available for the Holidays: Do you have an event that you need catered? Pacino’s will cater small family gatherings to large corporate events. Their international chef can create the perfect meal for you and your guests. Give them a call and they will work around your budget. Come to Pacino’s where there is great food and fun for the entire family. For more information or reservations, contact Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory at 1100 West Tehachapi Blvd. in Tehachapi: (661) 822-9400 Website: facebook:

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In Praise of the Tehachapi Depot and Its Friends I’m writing this open letter to everyone in Tehachapi and the surrounding communities for two reasons: 1. To thank the wonderful Friends of the Tehachapi Depot (FOTD) for providing a unique, educational, and enjoyable museum. The Depot and its Friends contribute greatly to making living in Tehachapi a very special experience. 2. To let everyone in Tehachapi and the neighboring communities know that the Depot is the perfect location for more than just meetings. When planning any sort of special occasion, keep the Depot in mind. You will be happily surprised by how much the Depot can contribute to the success of your event and by how friendly and accommodating the FOTD are. I am relatively new to the Tehachapi area, having moved here about six months ago. When it came time to help plan a party for my grandson’s 8th birthday, I asked about available venues, none of which seemed to be a good choice for the train-loving boy. My son and I had taken his three children to the Depot shortly after it opened. We were lucky enough to have had Mr. Fred Motter, President of the FOTD and a docent, lead us through the Depot and tell us its fascinating history. It made a big impression on all of us, especially on my grandson. I began thinking what a great place the Depot would be to have a birthday party for a boy with a passion for trains, but I had no idea if it was available for rent. After many calls, I was led to speak with Mrs. Linda Gordon of Trains Etc., a well-known and highly respected local business. She serves as Events Coordinator and Treasurer of FOTD, as well as being a docent. Linda told me that the Depot is available for events, but that no one had yet used it for a child’s birthday party. Linda and I collaborated for some time before the evening of the party. Her input was invaluable. Still, I was a bit nervous: If things

didn’t turn out well it could mean no more birthday parties for children would be allowed at the Depot. I was also apprehensive about getting the party set up in the half-hour between the Depot’s closing at 4:00 p.m. and the 4:30 p.m. beginning of the party. As it turned out, I needn’t have worried because when I arrived at 3:50 p.m. to begin unloading the supplies from my car, I found that Mr. Motter, Linda, and Rick Fewtrell, a high school student doing his Service Learning project as a volunteer at the Depot, already had all of the movable displays off to the side of the room and all of the tables set up exactly as requested. All I had to do, with the help of family and friends, was decorate the tables and set up the games and refreshment areas. Everything was ready when the first guests arrived. The party began with Mr. Motter taking the guests on a guided tour of the Depot. By the time everyone had returned to the upstairs room, the pre-ordered pizza was delivered right on schedule, thanks to the good folks at Hungry Howie’s. The rest of the party went just as planned without a hitch, thanks in large part to Mr. Motter and Rick Fewtrell who stayed until it ended and even helped with the cleanup. Everyone who attended the party— parents and children—had nothing but good things to say about the experience. When asked what his favorite part of the party was, my grandson said, “The docent tour.” That’s high praise indeed from an eight-year-old. Thank you, Mr. Motter! To everyone in the Tehachapi area who is considering a venue for a meeting, seminar, or party, I recommend the Depot without reservation. It is affordable, welcoming, entertaining, educational, and fun! Please do take advantage of the fact that we have this wonderful community resource and the FOTD who work so hard to support it. Sincerely, Nancy Bugé

Reindeer Cookies These Reindeer Cookies are really adorable! They would make great treats to send for classroom parties. Parental supervision is recommended. This project is rated EASY to do.

What You Need • 1 cup Brown sugar • 1 cup Sugar • 1 cup Butter, softened • 2 Eggs • 1 cup Smooth peanut butter • 3 cups Flour (scant) • 1 teaspoon Vanilla • 2 teaspoons Baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon Salt • Mixer • Large bowl • Measuring spoons • Measuring cups

How To Make It 1. Cream the butter and sugars, eggs and peanut butter, salt and vanilla. 2. Add the soda and flour and mix well. 3. Roll into balls. 4. Flatten the ball and shape it into a triangle. 5. Place pretzel pieces into 2 of the triangle corners for antlers. 6. Place a red M-M at the other corner (Rudolph’s red nose), and 2 green M-Ms on the cookie for eyes. 7. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown (my oven usually takes around 11 minutes). 8. These cookies are fun to make, and kids really love them.

Newely elected Tehachapi city council Newely elected Tehachapi council members were seated on Monday night Dec 6th. From Left to right Susan Wiggins, Phil Smith, Ed Grimes, Linda Vernon and Shane Reed. Congratulations to our City Council. Our newly elected mayor is Ed Grimes.

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” Live Music +

If you have an event coming up, let everyone know at “Stay in the Loop.” Call us at 661-822-8188 or email:

Live Music. Homeward Bound. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Saturday, December 18 Live Music. Craig Shaw. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Live Theater. “Forever Plaid Tidings”. Tehachapi Community Theatre. BeeKay Theatre, 110 S Green St. 7:30 p.m. 822-4037.

Thursday, December 9

Sunday, December 19

Annual Senior Free Christmas Lunch. St. Malachy’s Church. 407 W. E St. 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. 822-3098.

Live Theatre. “Forever Plaid Tidings”. Tehachapi Community Theatre. BeeKay Theatre, 110 S Green St. 2 p.m. 822-4037.

Friday, December 10

Tuesday, December 21

Live Theatre. “Forever Plaid Tidings”. Tehachapi Community Theatre. BeeKay Theatre, 110 S Green St. 7:30 p.m. 822-4037. Live Music. Donna Franks. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Saturday, December 11 Search & Resue Reindeer Run. TVRPD. 822-3228. Live Music. The Geezers. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Live Theatre. “Forever Plaid Tidings”. Tehachapi Community Theatre. BeeKay Theatre, 110 S Green St. 7:30 p.m. 822-4037. Sunday, December 12 Live Theatre. “Forever Plaid Tidings”. Tehachapi Community Theatre. BeeKay Theatre, 110 S Green St. 2 p.m. 822-4037.

Live Theatre. “A Christmas Carol”. Tehachapi Community Theatre. BeeKay Theatre, 110 S Green St. 6:30 p.m. 822-4037. Thursday, December 23 Live Theatre. “A Christmas Carol”. Tehachapi Community Theatre. BeeKay Theatre, 110 S Green St. 6:30 p.m. 822-4037. Friday, December 31 Live Music. Craig Shaw. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Saturday, January 1 Live Music. Blue Rose. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Friday, January 7 Live Music. Homeward Bound. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Saturday, January 8

Friday, December 17 Live Theatre. “Forever Plaid Tidings”. Tehachapi Community Theatre. BeeKay Theatre, 110 S Green St. 7:30 p.m. 822-4037.

Live Music. The Geezers. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

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Entertainment Guide The Apple Shed. 233 E. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-823-8333 1st Friday-Will James and Maria Celtic & Traditional 1st Saturday - Jo Stone-Piano Music 1st Sunday - Homeward Bound Multiple Genres 2nd Friday - Geezers - Folk Music 2nd Saturday - Art Larson Clarinet 3rd Friday - Tony Vice – Country Music 3rd Saturday - Mountain Pass Oldies 4th Friday - Max Valentino – Acoustic Guitar 4th Saturday - Pat Strong - Country/ Ballads 5th Friday - Guy & Debbie Martin Acustic Guitar and Vocal 5th Saturday - Craig Shaw - Guitar City Slickers Restaurant & Saloon. 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-4939. Fridays - DJ Saturdays - Live Music Domingo’s Mexican & Seafood Restaurant. 20416 Hwy 202. 661-8227611. Wednesdays - Karaoke Don Juan’s Grill 20700 South St. 661-822-6612 Wednesdays – Live Music, Marc Weber La Bella Italian Bistro. 209 S. Green St. 661-822-7419 Fridays - Live Music Saturdays - Live Music McGuire’s Pub. 20424 Brian Way. 661-822-1312. Wednesdays - DJ

Fridays - DJ or live music Saturdays - DJ or live music Moose Lodge. 123 W. “F” St. 661-822-3889 Thursdays - Great steaks and more Mondays - Bingo Mountain Crossing. 416 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-823-0450 Tuesdays - Pool Tournament Fridays - Karaoke, DJ or live music Saturdays - DJ or live music Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory. 1100 Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-9400. Second Saturday - Live Karaoke Last Saturdays - Comedy Shows Senior Center. 500 E. “F” St. 661-822-5412. Tuesdays - Bingo Saturdays - Bingo South Fork Inn 20717 South Street - 661-822-4755 Saturdays- Karaoke - DJ Wednesdays - Rhythm Girls Tehachapi Christian Store 108 E. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-0626 Fridays – Live Music Veterans Hall. 125 E. “F” St. 661-303-3454. Fridays - Bingo VFW. 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-7500. Fridays - Live Music - The Illusions Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. 661-822-6300.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays - Live Music

by: Harli B. Smith As everyone rushes around in preparation for the chaotic holiday season, Interact has rushed around helping those around the Tehachapi area. For the annual Christmas Parade, Interact got busy decorating their float and anticipating their participation in the event. It was and evening to remember, and another successful endeavor for Interact Club. Decorations are coming out of their boxes hidden in the garage for the Christmas season, and Interact hopes to help with this process. On December 8, we gathered at the homes of Mulberry Place and helped with the decorating process. The Christmas spirit was in full force and the excitement level was through the roof. All who participated enjoyed chatting with the residents, hanging decorations, and eating the wonderful food provided. This yearly project was made wonderful for yet another year. Christmas is the time of year to truly appreciate all you have, and to give back to your community. Interact helps to do this by volunteering at St. Malachy’s Senior Luncheon on December 9 to help serve lunch and hand out raffle prizes. The luncheon will be a blast and it will definitely be a night to remember.

Kathy Kelly ~ Conductor, Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus Kathy Kelly has always had a passion for music, beginning both piano lessons and choral singing at age five. She majored in music education at The Master’s College where she studied voice with Dr. Kimberlyn Jones, sang under the baton of Dr. Paul Plew with The Master’s Chorale and in a ten member ensemble touring England, Russia, and the U.S. In May 2007, she appeared again with the Chorale as an alumnus for their concert at Carnegie Hall. While living in Lancaster, she taught private piano and voice lessons and directed church choirs for seven years before moving to Tehachapi in 2003. Since living in

Tehachapi, she worked for two years at a local church as music coordinator, planning music for special events, as well as overseeing the worship teams and singing as a member of the choir and the worship team. Kathy began directing the Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus in 2006 for their debut performance of Handel’s Messiah. She has been working diligently with the chorus in preparation for this year’s performance. Handel’s Messiah, featuring the Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus and the Tehachapi Community Orchestra, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010 at Country Oaks Baptist Church. For more information, call (661) 821-7511.

Moose Lodge Provides Holiday Pleasures for the Community Jim Thompson of the Tehachapi Loyal Order of Moose would like to announce that on Saturday, December 18 at 2 p.m. the Lodge will be serving a no cost full holiday meal to families or individuals who are perhaps facing some

tough times during this Holiday Season. Please come and join us. If you have any questions call 822-3889. The Moose Lodge is located at 123 West “F” Street.

Tehachapi Senior Center has much going on... The Tehachapi Senior Center is having a Crafts Faire/Pancake Breakfast with a Bake Sale.All are welcomed to come have a delicious pancake breakfast and shop for homemade gifts for Christmas presents. They can take home desserts made by our Senior Citizens for that evening festivities. The pancake breakfast cost $5.00 a plate.

Contributions of donated items for sale is welcomed. The Tehachapi Senior Center is now having Wii Bowling on Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:302:00 pm. Also there is Poker Games on Fridays Noon-3:00pm. 500 East F Steet December 11,2010 at 8am-10am Contact:Danielle (661)822-5412

King of Kings and Lord of Lords You probably know the words to the Hallelujah chorus, but do you know the words to For Unto Us a Child is Born, Glory to God, and other choruses from Handel’s Messiah? Whether you are a soprano, alto, tenor, or bass, your chance to give your vocal cords a work out is coming soon. Bring your score and sing along with all the choruses on Friday, December 10, 2010. The Tehachapi Community Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. David Newby, with soloist and the Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus directed by Kathy Kelly will perform music

from The Messiah beginning at 7 p.m. at Country Oaks Baptist Church, located at 20915 Schout Road. Although there is no charge for any of the Tehachapi Community Orchestra concerts, CDs of The Messiah, recorded last year, will be sold for $15. The CDs make wonderful Christmas gifts. If you’d like to purchase your CD before the concert or need more information, call 821-7511. Make your voice heard, or just come enjoy the heavenly music on Friday, December 10 at 7 p.m.. “Worthy is the Lamb – AMEN”

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Fun Activities For The Whole Family!


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“I Can Make That Vegan!”

Ho Ho Bread by the totally rad Go Green Bunny

December already?! I know people who can not wait for this time of year, the joy of the holidays, the parties, the food, the good will towards your fellow man. I am not one of them. It’s not that I dislike Christmas season, I really do like it. I lack the gene that it takes to turn December into the winter wonderland it should be. It’s not for lack of trying, I give it my best every year, and every year there is a guarantee something is going to go wrong. I just lack the social skills needed to enjoy the holiday. I am a walking, and much to my families horror, talking National Lampoon movie. It is strange to me, the rituals that come with the season. I think they are lovely, just weird. Let’s start with the house lights and tree. I like to go see the lights on other people’s houses, but when people drive by and slow to look at ours, I spend the evening accusing them of casing the joint. Then there is the Christmas tree. An on going battle between me and my cats. Cats hate indoor trees and spend a month devising and executing plans to get rid of this unwanted decoration. So I had the brilliant idea of decorating the pine tree outside! I created a sweatshop with my family and forced them to string popcorn and cranberries. We spread peanut butter on pine cones and roll them in birdseed, while I continually remind them we are having a good time. We, and I mean Mr. GGB, GGB Jr. and Dad-in-law trudge outside and put up our homemade offering to the birds. Problem. I am afraid of birds so for 30 days I am scaling the fence trying to find a way to my car and avoid the birds. The present wrapping. Which last year led to a huge fight with Mr. GGB. He didn’t like what I put in a box and insisted I redo the whole gift. I still say the cat that accidentally got boxed would have been fine until the 25th. Then there is the social obligations. My friend Gloria invited me to a cookie party. The premise is, you bake cookies and bring the recipe. I brought a bag of Oreo’s and a receipt. I had no idea good Christian ladies knew that kind of language! The family white elephant gift exchange that I always forget to buy a gift for. I end up rooting around my car to find a new gift. Then spend an hour trying to explain to my 90 year old Aunt why compression whisk away sweat socks is a great present. And finally my biggest fear, the holiday baking! (Insert scream here.) As previously mentioned, I don’t bake. I loath the whole

process. The exact measuring, the sifting, the right temperature of the oven. The piles of pans that Mr. GGB has to wash [Mr. GGB note: there’s no joke here]. Blah. So when my daughter told me about mason jar breads, I was intrigued. I can bake holiday breads in a jar and make others responsible for the clean up? That is my kind of baking. So I came up with a zucchini bread in a jar recipe vegan style. Ho Ho Bread 6 tbsp ground flax seeds whisked into ½ c + 1 tbsp warm water ( This is the substitute for eggs.) ½ c oil ½ c applesauce 2 cups light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2½ cups grated zucchini, packed (3 mediumsized zucchini) 2 c all-purpose flour 1 c whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp cinnamon 2 tsp nutmeg 6 wide mouth canning jars Vegan butter to grease the jars. Mix together flax seed mixture, oil, applesauce, sugar, and vanilla. Add zucchini; stir until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together remaining dry ingredients. Add to wet and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened and everything is incorporated evenly; some lumps are fine. If adding additional mix-ins, fold them in now. Grease your wide mouth jars and fill half way with goop. Place jars on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes of until the ol’ toothpick trick works. Seal the jars while warm and allow to cool. Now one more recipe. Green Bunny Eggnog Brandy • Nutmeg That’s it. I don’t do eggnog, the name says it all. As aways, any question, comments or just to say HI! Email me at

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December 7 ~ 21, 2010

Welcome to the Loop’s ADOPT-A-PET Section! Marley’s Mutts

All Dobie SOS dogs are neutered/spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and have received a veterinary exam. All adopted dogs come with one free bath at Canine Creek and one free grooming at Tehachapi Pet Lodge. You can see all of the Dobie SOS dogs waiting for homes at 661-886-1721 •

Zach @661-972-3852 or 661-821-1327 or visit MARLEYSMUTTS.COM.

Wiggles We could have named this lovable girl ‘Wiggles’ because that’s what she does when she gets attention. Lovey is truly all about the love and is not shy about receiving it or dishing it out. She loves to sit at attention and wait to receive the inevitable pettin’-session. When Lovey came in to the Veterinary hospital, she was all ribs and hips and was suffering from a badly distended, wormy belly. The staff at the Tehachapi Vet Hospital stuffed her full of food, showered her with love and treated her with the necessary meds to get her back in to tip top shape. She has transformed into a healthy, happy, active and seemingly grateful little gal that is very capable of warming the home of her new adopters. Please help us give this radiant young lady a second chance at life. If you are interested in adopting this lovable, potential filled love-bug, please contact Zach @661-9723852 or 661-821-1327 or visit MARLEYSMUTTS.COM.

Stetson Stetson is a tall, lean two-year-old Doberman who appears to have some Vizsla or perhaps Weimaraner in his pedigree. We acquired Stetson from one of the high desert shelters where they affectionately named him Spaz because he is so energetic. This boy needs a home that can provide daily physical and mental stimulation as he is also very smart. Stetson loves to play with his female kennelmate. He can be rough and somewhat overbearing in his play, but he stops short of injuring his partner. He enjoys the company of people and can be quite affectionate. Stetson is not a digger or a barker. He is a healthy, friendly, outgoing dog that will make a great companion for an active home. Stetson is cratetrained.

Fergy Roosevelt

(MS) — Celebrants all over may look forward to the holidays for the hustle and bustle they bring, but the same sentiments may not be expressed by pets ... if they could talk, that is. Pets that aren’t used to a lot of foot traffic in a home or loud events could become anxious when holiday guests arrive and the fun ensues. Further stress could be added by lack of attention on the part of pet owners and the changes of the home environment through the addition of decorations and a Christmas tree. Christmas and New Years also present a host of hazards to pets. It’s important to be aware of these dangers to keep pets safe. Keep these pointers in mind: * Don’t use poisonous plants in your holiday decor. Holly, ivy, mistletoe, and poinsettias can be deadly if consumed by most animals. Go with faux plants instead if you desire the look. * Keep your pets on a steady diet and resist the urge to feed them leftovers from holiday dinner. Abrupt changes in your dog or cat’s diet can cause stomach distress, vomiting

and diarrhea. * Set aside a quiet space your pets can retreat to when there’s just too much commotion in another area of the house. However, putting a dog in the backyard if it is extremely cold is simply off limits. A dark bedroom away from the activity is best. * Cats love to climb and may take to your Christmas tree. Safeguard against the tree tipping over by securing it with a piece of fishing line anchored into the ceiling or a wall. Also, don’t put lit candles or breakables on areas where cats like to pounce. * Involve pets in the festivities by buying a special treat that they can enjoy for good behavior during the holidays. A new chew or chase toy is a nice idea. * If you will be traveling during the holidays, make sure your pets are adequately secured in the car and not allowed to roam freely. Use a travel crate or a special seat belt to keep the animals in place. With some planning and care, you can ensure your pets will be comfortable and content during the holiday season.




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Meet Roosevelt, 3-4 year-old, salt n’ pepper, Miniature Schnauzer. Roosevelt is a relatively typical pure-bred minischnauzer, but the circumstances of his rescue are not. He is very inquisitive, smart and fuzzily adorable. He has very human qualities about him and just seems to know more about what is going on than the other dogs (I think it could be the power of the beard). Roosevelt was found dumped with his buddy Pepper at a local elementary school. As if that wasn’t odd enough, they were both wearing ridiculous outfits- Roosevelt was donning a faux velvet leisure suit, possibly a Holoween costume that was never removed. Roosevelt is in perfect health and is scheduled to be fixed this upcoming week (1st week of Dec.). Roosy is very good with other dogs as well as kids and would make a tremendous family addition. If you are intested in adopting Roosevelt, please contact Zach@661-972-3852 or visit MARLEYSMUTTS.COM.

Fergy is a small, rather shy young female Doberman about 3 years old. She was picked up by animal control with a younger male Doberman that we believe is her son; he has since been adopted. Fergy is delicate and very sweet. She needs a gentle touch and a patient kind person to show her the world. She appears to have had no training and very little handling. She will be a devoted companion once she learns to trust. She wants to be the only female dog in her home, but she is very playful with large male dogs. Fergy is way too interested in cats to live with one.

December 7 ~ 21, 2010

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The Loop’s Welcome to ADOPT-A-PET Section!! Welcome to the theADOPT-A-PET ADOPT-A-PETSection Section!! Many of the animals up for adoption can be seen at: This Section is in need of support! For years The Loop has generously dedicated two pages per issue to helping local pets in need find homes and in this issue we’ve added to it. Advertisers please call the The Loop today to find out how you can help to support this section. Remember, when thinking about adopting, that the adoption cost is a tax deductible donation! If you find a pet you want to adopt please call the number listed next to the pet or in their rescue’s information.

Tehachapi Humane Society Tehachapi Humane Society, in cooperation with Tehachapi Pet Lodge and Outfitters, is now providing a “Pet Adoption Day,” on the first Saturday of every month from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. (winter hours & weather permitting). The event is held at Tehachapi Pet Lodge and Outfitters, located at 20693 Woodford Tehachapi Road, behind the veterinary hospital. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will be on site and available for adoption. The Tehachapi Humane Society and Tehachapi Pet Lodge are working closely together to help provide homeless animals with suitable, loving homes. Pet Adoption Day is becoming a huge success, thanks to the efforts of the many volunteers. The Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital has also offered to give a free pet health check-up to those animals adopted through the Humane Society. The Pet Lodge will have a sale on the first week-end of each month to help adoptive families buy the necessary items for their pet at a discount. If you are looking for a pet and can provide a good home, these animals will make a wonderful addition to your life. Please feel free to contact the Tehachapi Humane Society at 823-0699, menu #5 (for dogs), menu #6 (for cats), or Tehachapi Pet Lodge at 822-6471 for more information.

Pet Adoption Information: Canine Creek Dog Wash , 538 E. Tehachapi Blvd (@ Tehachapi Blvd & Snyder Ave. ) Time: 11:00 a. m. – 2:00 p.m. Date: 1/22/2011 (weather permitting) Rummage Sale Fundraiser: 1/8/2011 from 9 – 2 at 20412 Brian Way, #2 (1/2 block East of Witt’s Office Supply) (bring donation items to the sale) See’s Candy Fundraiser Locations: Edelweiss, Tehachapi Flower Shop & Tehachapi Automotive. When you buy See’s Candy at any of these 3 locations, you’re helping STOP save neglected, homeless dogs/ cats deserving a 2nd chance at life. Tail Wagging Thanks to Victoria’s Pet Makeovers for tip- top complimentary grooming. All listed pets are currently available; it is our hope they’ll be in a secure, loving home for the holidays; also, visit for additional STOP dogs/cats who deserve their 2nd chance at life.


21600 Golden Star Blvd. Tehachapi, CA 93561. Write us at: 21600 Golden Star Blvd., Unit #3. Tehachapi, CA 93581. 661-8230699 (menu #5 for dogs & #6 for cats)

My name is BabyCakes and I’m a pure-bred 13 pound adult Rat Terrier, people friendly, love children, good w/dogs/cats, and the frosting on the kibble ~ I am housetrained, hooray. Since I am an adult dog, I am past the puppy chewing stage, so what you see is what you get, the ideal companion dog - You can count on me to be you’re your new BFF, the one who will never disappoint you, ever. To meet ‘n greet BabyCakes, call Marsha at 661823-7868 or via e-mail at .

Avalanche Avalanche is in a word, darling. With his mackerel tabby markings and ivory paws, he is simply adorable. But Avalanche is more than just a pretty face. Playing, chowing down, and cuddling are among his favorite activities. He loves spending time with friends and making new ones. Maybe just maybe this lil guy is what you have been looking for.

Fluffy Fluffy is a beautiful ebony kitty with the softest fur. He loves to be cuddled and doesn't seem to mind melting into your arms or your lap for a while. Fluffy is approximately 6 months old and has been around other cats and small dogs. He is neutered and up to date on vaccinations.

Little Girl

Rascal Rascal is a 22 pound, energetic 1 yr. old Wheaten Terrier/Hound Mix. He is very loving and would be excellent in a family. Rascal is working on his leash training and would also love to have another companion dog to play with. To meet Rascal, call his foster mom, Sadie @ 661.823.7798 or S.T.O.P. at 661-823-4100, menu #2.

My name is Little Girl because I am very small. I was abandoned in a back yard with two other dogs. I escaped from the yard and found a family who took me in but they had two very old dogs and I am too young and active to be with old dogs. I was turned over to the Tehachapi Humane Society after attempts to contact my family failed. I am now with three other foster dogs and get along with all of them. I am very loving and very playful. I am house trained and crate trained, I walk on a leash and love to ride in the car.

Noel Noel is a 14 wk. old female puppy in dire need of a 2nd chance at life. Just in time for the holidays, adopt your new best friend in to your heart & home. Meet ‘n greet this adorable bundle of joy, call Sadie (661-823-7798).

Mandy My name is Mandy and I am an 8 pound spayed Chihuahua mix. I was found living in some bushes on the side of a busy Tehachapi street. When the Tehachapi Humane Society got me I was very shy, and shook all the time. It only took a day for me to turn into a little lap dog. Now I play with all my foster brothers and sister. The biggest one is ten pounds, I am still afraid of larger dogs. I am house trained and also crate trained. I don't know if I like cats or children.

Nicholas Nicholas is a 14 wk. old male puppy in dire need of a 2nd chance at life. Just in time for the holidays, adopt your new best friend in to your heart & home. Meet ‘n greet this adorable bundle of joy; call Sadie (661-823-7798).

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The Loop’s ADOPT-A-PET Section Rainbow Rescue is a no-kill, IRS 501 (c) 3 non-profit dog rescue located in California City, CA. We are committed to helping rescued pets find their new life opportunities. (760) 373-2907 •

Toby Toby is a 2-3-4 month old male, Border Collie & Austrailian Shep Mix baby who is the cutest, warmest, cuddling, loving teddy bear sweathearts that will melt into your heart the moment you meet him! Saved from pound death by a caring AC officer, Toby is beyond doubt the most perfect puppy for families of all types ESPECIALLY children and other pets. So smart & quick to learn, Toby is already almost housetrained, love to play with other pets and cats, love tummy rubs, shares lotsa kisses & cuddling and play ball with you! Mom, Dad, if you’re looking for the most perfect mixed breed puppy for your family to share the purest puppy love & fun, Toby is waiting to share his puppy kisses with you!

Have A Heart Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. EIN # 90-0571890. Our mission is to educate children and adults on how to be responsible pet owners and how to stop animal abuse. We rescue pets from the streets and shelters and take them into our homes until they are adopted. We are funded through donations, See’s and Dewar’s candy sales and the sale of various pet products. The following businesses have partnered with us to sell candy: Apple Shed, It Makes Scents, Books & Crannies and Radio Shack. Mission Animal Hospital is bringing $11 vaccinations and other low cost vet care to the Radio Shack parking lot in their mobile unit on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Adoption days are most Saturdays 10-2 at Books & Crannies. Phone: 661-823-7649, Email:, Website:

Tino Tino, 1-2 year old Chihuahua (Taco Bell Guy), is our instantly wonderful, sweet, loving, happy, cuddling, warm, and kissy little handsomest Casanova that will melt his heart into yours the momemt you meet him so eager to share his love, friendship happy heart and truly devoted companionship with your family loving your children so completely! Quiet, non-barker, devoted & quite simply, the purest of warm, comforting and happy love all perfectly wrapped up in his heart waiting for you, Tino is the most magically, instantly wonderful pet you will ever be happy to meet with his tail always wagging happy so eager to love you back with kisses! Tino needs either a full time family or a family with children and would LOVE to have a playmate companion to spend his days happily running and and sharing their toys playing together!

These little babies are all extremely socialized and loving. They’ve been tenderly raised in foster homes, not in cages. They will entertain you for hours with their antics; they love toys and laser lights. They are litter box trained, altered, vaccinated, de-wormed and ready to have their very own homes for the holidays. Indoor homes only please. $70 females $60 males.

Jasper Jasper, 1 year young, male, Carin Terrier Mix will absolutely melt into your heart the moment you meet him and fill it with his happiness and love for you!! Jasper is absolutely the most perfect pet for all families beyond your hopes of ever finding his love waiting for you! Jasper is housebroken, quiet, instantly WONDERFUL with all other pets, cats unknown and loves to share his trusting, happy, playful, loyal & devoted heart with you and a playmate companion the very moment you meet him. Jasper would love to share his warm love and playful happiness with either a fulltime family of all ages or family with children and playmate companion. Jasper is without question, the most perfect sweetheart pet in every possible way you will ever be lucky enough to find and share so much fun and love.

Eloise Eloise is a 1 year old female tabby. She is extremely friendly and playful. She’s had a litter of kittens but says that while it was great being a mom she was glad when the kids moved out! Now, she’s looking for her own home. She’s good with dogs if they don’t chase her, she’d spayed, vaccinated and ready to be adopted.

December 7 ~ 21, 2010

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More on Bankruptcy and Foreclosures, Kern County

Do-It-Yourself Debugging Machines, Myths & Misconceptions

By Stephen F. Rudin, Esq.

The last article looked at the simple case of a mortgage in default. As discussed, in a non-judicial foreclosure, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy will delay but will not prevent foreclosure. Under Chapter 13 bankruptcy, foreclosure is also delayed. In addition, Chapter 13 can provide the means to cure the default and keep the house with a court approved payment plan. If there are additional loans secured by the property (second mortgage, home equity loan), the option to file for bankruptcy may apply. Typically in the case of multiple mortgages, it will most likely be the senior creditor (first mortgage holder) to foreclose. Foreclosure leaves no recourse for the senior mortgage creditor. That creditor cannot come after you for any deficit value on your mortgage. The foreclosure also removes all junior liens. What it does not remove are personal obligations. The person’s obligation is created by the promissory note. In contrast to the mortgage or trust deed that secures the property to the loan. In short, the junior creditors can still have recourse as in the case of a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or second mortgage. In short the junior creditors can still have recourse, including any home equity line of credit (HELOC). Bankruptcy can discharge these junior debts. In summary, bankruptcy can provide relief when faced with foreclosure. Foreclosure is not going to happen overnight. When problems meeting your mortgage payments are imminent contact your lender. Seek assistance from a HUD approved counselor, real estate attorney or other trusted professional. Bankruptcy or foreclosure will both impact your credit score. However, bankruptcy can be preferable when trying to rebuild credit. A foreclosure harms your credit score and does nothing for other debts. Bankruptcy harms your credit score, but rebuilding your score will be quicker. Bankruptcy leaves you solvent and debt-free. It is the best way to provide a fresh start and to begin rebuilding a good credit score.

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by Alexander Kunstmann, A-OK Computers

Home owners, encouraged by the government and creditors, have been treating the equity in their homes like a private bank. Creative loans allowed more people to buy a home and those already with a home to tap into equity. Interest only loans, great teaser rates and other loan practices that greased the wheels of the mortgage machine. While home prices increased there were no problems. Loans were easy to get and the increasing value covered any default. Now that prices have fallen, the problems are apparent and making it very difficult to qualify for a loan. The economic problems rippling through the economy have hurt us all in one way or another. Again, you are not alone, over a million and half families face foreclosure this year. Kern County has been hit worse than most. Bankruptcy is the better way to eliminate mortgage debt and associated tax liability when forced with the loss of your home. Bankruptcy also presents a way to save money to use for an alternate place to live. This is intended to provide general information and not to be relied upon as rendering legal advice about your particular situation. No attorney-client relationship is created by this article. Consult with an attorney before taking any action that would affect your personal or business matters. We are a debt relief agency pursuant to Federal Law §524 of Title 11 of the US Code. We provide legal assistance and help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

With the holiday season being… well, here, I wanted to clear up a few ideas that have missed the mark a bit. PC vs MAC: It doesn’t matter anymore. Honestly, they’re 95% the same now. Mac’s used to be better for art & graphics. PC’s used to be better at networking. Thanks to inter-changeable parts & the need for networking standards, they both measure about the same. Mac’s can get viruses, don’t think you’re protected just because you’re not using a PC. There is only one large determining factor as to whether you should use a Mac or PC: your personal taste. Which ever you are more comfortable with, use that. A slow computer means it has a virus: Not true. Most of the time, a computer slows down because it is “dirty.” This can mean dust & hair have literally built up on the inside, or it may mean that your system has too much going on in its software (even if you’re not doing all that much). Get some canned air to clean out your system, or have it optimized to make sure it’s running properly. If your computer dies you lose all your data: This only happens with your hard drive. A computer is a machine, just like a car is. Parts can break and it will still sort of work. At the same time, there are several parts that, if they fail, the system will stop working. However, 85% of these can simply be replaced & the computer will be functional again, most of the time with next to no work needed other than the replacement. If the hard-drive dies, however, you will lose all the data on that drive. There are ways to get data off a dead hard-drive, but the price goes up rather quickly, usually starting at around $1000. Installing a larger power supply will over-load a computer: The power supply is really more of a power regulator. The wattage it

We hope you're able to dash away from your hectic workload and enjoy a happy holiday with the ones you love!

Happy Holidays,

is rated at is not how much it lets through, but how much it can handle at any one time. When its demands are lower, it restricts how much power is passing through. Having a power supply too weak can risk damaging the supply, or even the computer itself. The general rule of thumb: bigger is better (or at least, a safer bet). Upgrading my video card will allow me to play newer games: This is partially true. This really depends on the game you’re playing, or any program for that matter. Most games require beefy video or graphics cards to make all the visuals in those games. However, the very core of the game (the “rules” to the game, tracking what is where, figuring out where it’s going, etc.) doesn’t use the graphics card at all. Most systems, even if slightly outdated, have enough power to run today’s games, but not necessarily the power to properly display them, hence the need to upgrade video cards. Thankfully, getting a new video card isn’t really expensive, unless someone wants a card on the cutting edge of technology. I have anti-virus software installed on my computer, so I’m safe no matter what: Unfortunately, no matter how good it is, there is no absolute guarantee. Think of an anti-virus for your computer like an anti-virus for a person. That is, a vaccine. Before a vaccine can be made for a virus, a sample of that virus needs to be obtained, and the place to get that is from the first people infected by it. A computer anti-virus works the same way. When a computer gets infected, anti-virus software sends a message back to their “headquarters” so the company can then tell all the other systems out there how to protect themselves against it. So, if you happen to be one of those first people to find a new virus, there’s nothing your system can do about it but try to help everyone else. I’m not trying to make everyone paranoid, or say that anti-virus software is useless. The big message here would just be; it’s wise to exercise caution, no matter how much protection you have. I’ve lived in Tehachapi for 16 years, and have finally started my own business up here. As part of my business, this column is a recurring feature in The Loop newspaper. If you have any questions related to computers, feel free to call or send me an e-mail. Phone: (661) 972-9385, Email:, Facebook: No matter what the problem, I make sure that everything is A-OK.

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CrossRoads Gallery in December CrossRoads Gallery is pleased to be featuring the artwork of members Marti Howell, Flo Sussell, Nancy Waldron and Jenny Zur this month. In addition, guest artists are also gracing the walls of the Gallery in our traditional holiday show “Anything Goes!” Jenny Zur, in a departure from her painting, is showing prints this month, including woodcuts, lino and foam prints. Completely handcrafted by Jenny, each print is a truly unique and unusual work of art. Nancy Waldron, who only started painting with watercolors a few years ago, found a renewed passion for painting after her recent retirement. Her work is about bold

Flo Sussell, seen here at a previous First Friday Artist Reception, is a featured artist at CrossRoads Gallery this month. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 23 for you to come by and see Flo's and the other artists' works of art and handmade gifts.

colors and using them in different ways, and when you see her work you’ll know she finds her inspirations everywhere. Flo Sussell, a long-time gallery favorite, is concentrating on pencils and pastels these days, and is continuing her traditions of creating works of art that reflect the scenes of the life and activity around her (i.e. the Bear Valley Springs balloons or the portraits of her family members). Marti Howell has been involved with art since childhood; a watercolorist for many years, she now focuses on oils and pastels along with hand-formed ceramics. Much of her artwork reflects her interest in western themes, horses, and the outdoors, and her current interest is “Cats.” The Gallery is also pleased to announce the addition of Charisse Rudolph to the membership roster, plus a number of talented guest artists who have brought fine handcrafted works of art into the showroom just in time for Christmas. Tehachapi Art Center is also offering an array of how-to books and selected art supplies at CrossRoads through the holiday season (and probably beyond). Through December 23, CrossRoads Gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and until 8 p.m. every Friday. The Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Tehachapi at the corner of Tehachapi Boulevard and Green Street (at 101 East Tehachapi Boulevard). Call 822-5242 for more information, or check our website at <>.

December 7 ~ 21, 2010

CrossRoads Gallery welcomes guest artists CrossRoads Gallery welcomes guest artists each month, and would-be contributors should take note of the following upcoming themes and due dates: January 2011, Tehachapi’s Hidden Treasures (art is due Wednesday, January 5 ONLY, 11 to 2 p.m.). We’ve all seen pictures of trains and windmills, and poppies and oak trees – in this show we’ll be looking for something that says Tehachapi, but that no one has seen before (or something that has been seen before presented in a new way). Use your imagination – surprise us! February 2011, Love is in the Air (art is due Wednesday, February 2 ONLY, 11 to 2 p.m.). This will be our annual celebration-oflove show, featuring love in all its many forms.

Please note: Artists are encouraged to be creative and make their own connections to any given theme. Artwork will only be accepted for guest shows on the day and times noted above and must be finished, dry, framed and wired, ready to hang, titled and priced. Other policies and procedures for Guest Artists are available upon request at the gallery or on our website. Please call if you have questions. The Gallery is looking for additional new member artists at this time. Membership is by invitation only, but anyone interested in becoming part of a working artist gallery should apply at CrossRoads. Call 822-5242 with your questions, or check our website at <>.

TCT is getting ripe for the 2010-2011 Season Musical! Long hailed as the funniest musical comedy in Broadway history, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is now in rehearsal at Tehachapi Community Theatre. With script by Bert Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, of MASH fame, the show features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the most popular composer of the last fifty years. For her first directing assignment for TCT, Ruthanne Jennings has selected a production team of the most experienced and familar faces in TCT history, including assistant director Gary Mazzola, and musical director Nancy Grecian, aided by accompanist Julie Searfoss. Other team members are chorographer Sydney Carroll, stage manager Cindy Latham, set designer David Reed, costumer Vanessa Beazel,

light and sound designers Michael Gossage and Jonathan Hall, and property master Mark Fisher. Busy singing and learning dances is a cast of 22 including David Siler, Spence Frederick, Eric Leiss, Nicole Martinez, Thaer Irvin, Walter “Hop” Buck, Guy Martin, Monica Nadon, Jonathan Hall, Aubrey McDonald, Tanya Lyche, Katelyn Cantwell, Cambria Hynes, Sarah Mace-Rodo’n, Heather Ringle, Lanie Ringle, David Reed, Doug Jockinsen, Dave Shacklock, Jack Barnes, Kenny Hester, and Thomas “TJ” Gockel. “We’ll be starting at the BeeKay Theatre on January 28, just in time to lift us all out of our winter blues” notes director Jennings. Be sure to check out TCT’s website; or call us 661-822-4037.

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Supporting Member Ar tists: Artist Flo Sussell is known for her portrait work; this one is of her husband Jay.

Artist Flo Sussell is known for her portraits of animals, like this one of "Jack."

Randy Baker Greg Loskorn Rona Samuels Vicki Braslow Dorine Lunceford Flo Sussell Suzan Christenson Marge Marantos Nancy Waldron Tina Dilley Mary Ann Moore Mel White Lynne Freeman Chris Paschke Alejandra Whittier Christi Friesen Ardean Rudolph James Wilson Dakota Hokanson Charisse Rudolph Kathleen Wolf Mar ti Howell Paul Sabesky Teresa Winchester Leila Kleiman Jenny Zur

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Spotlight on artist Nancy Waldron Nancy Waldron came to Tehachapi in 1998 from San Jose, California, unaware that her life was to take on a whole new adventure

Artist Nancy Waldron is featured at CrossRoads Gallery this month -- the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for you to come in and check out her art.

as a watercolor artist. She started taking watercolor classes with local artist David Reinhart and fell in love with the way colors blend on the paper and create beautiful values and hues. She is continues taking lessons to this day for the sheer joy of discovering new things to do with watercolors, while she has also established herself as a talented and creative selling artist here in town. Nancy has a passion for exploring new subjects and styles, and you never know what she will create next. Her work is about bold color, and using the colors in new and different ways. She finds inspiration everywhere. As visitors to CrossRoads Gallery have seen, where Nancy is a regular member, she likes to challenge herself and her painting style, and her regularly changing displays continue to delight and surprise. She says simple, “I like to try new things, and anything is possible if the art spirits are right.” Nancy's work is featured at CrossRoads Gallery all this month.

Artist Nancy Waldron, who's work is featured at CrossRoads Gallery this month, paints with watercolors in bold colors, and in a variety of subjects. As she says, she ""finds inspiration everywhere."

TCT’s Alex Zonn Performs Dickens’ Christmas Carol Te h a c h a p i C o m m u n i t y T h e a t r e presents Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, performed by Alex Zonn on Tuesday and Thursday Dec 21 & 23 at 6:30 pm in the BeeKay Theatre. “ A l e x Z o n n ’s p e r f o r m a n c e i s a n outstanding tour-de-force, bringing each character to life, much i n t h e m a n n e r o f M r. Dickens own famous r e a d i n g s o f t h e s t o r y, ” noted TCT president K a r l S c h u c k . “ We first witnessed Zonn as Scrooge a few years ago in T C T ’s f u l l - l e n g t h presentation of Christmas Carol. This will be the third year in a row that we have been favored by the one-man performance.” All seats are $7.50, available on l i n e a t w w w. t c t o n s t a g e . c o m , o r a t t h e door on the day of performance. The program includes a special

guest performance by Jonathan Hall of another Christmas classic, well suited to younger folks. The added attraction features yet another cold-hearted Christmas hater (whose initial is “G”, b u t d o n ’t t e l l a n y o n e , i t ’s a s e c r e t . ) The program overall will run about an hour and 20 minutes. Zonn has been noted especially for villains, having played both of Dickens super villains Ebenezer Scrooge and Fagin in Oliver! Most recently Zonn has p l a y e d S c r o o g e ’s more contemporary i n c a r n a t i o n , M r. P o t t e r i n T C T ’s “ I t ’s A Wonderful Life.” In the spring Zonn will d i r e c t t h e H u m e C r o n i n / J e s s i c a Ta n d y vehicle “Foxfire.” Information about a u d i t i o n s m a y b e f o u n d a t T C T ’s website,

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December 7 ~ 21, 2010

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Ten Thoughts to Consider About Shopping Here In Tehachapi 1. When you purchase at locally owned Tehachapi businesses, rather than the bigbox stores, more money is kept in the community as the local business will purchase many of their goods from other vendors in the area. This keeps the dollar you spend in the area, and helps grow other opportunities. 2. The majority of new employment happens through local businesses. The largest employer in the Tehachapi area is made up of small local businesses, which provides the greatest opportunity for new jobs.

6. Locally owned businesses quickly learn that they can tailor their inventory to the needs of their local customers, which guarantees a much broader range of product choices for the consumer. Competition and diversity leads to more choices and a marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the longterm. Instead of attempting to fulfill the product base of a national sales plan, they select products based on their own interests and the needs of the local customers.

3. Tehachapi has a unique character, and that character is what brings us here, and makes us want to stay. These one-of-akind businesses create a distinctive character and are an integral part of making Tehachapi the wonderful area that it is. In the words of Richard Moe, President of the National Historic Preservation Trust, “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” Tehachapi has that “someplace” that many areas do not.

7. By purchasing locally, there is reduced environmental impact. One less trip to Bakersfield or Lancaster results in less fuel being used, and small things add up quickly.

4. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community. They are less likely to leave. They care about the people that live and shop here and they have made an investment in the future of the area and will do whatever they can to accommodate their clientele.

9. Research has shown that communities that support and preserve their one-of-akind businesses, the ones that have distinctive character, are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and skilled workers.

5. Because of the investment and the commitment, local businesses hire people with more specific product expertise which allows for better customer service.

8. Businesses located in town centers have a lower need for the additional infrastructure costs that is usually required by nationally owned stores entering the community. The result of supporting the locally owned business is that the public benefits far outweigh the public costs.

10. Last on this list of ten, but far from the least, is that nonprofit organizations receive an average of 350% greater support from locally owned businesses than they do from the nationally owned businesses.

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MUFFINS, BREADS & COOKIES Recipes to make your own gifts To decorate jars, cut fabric in 9" diameter circles. Screw down the jar ring to hold fabric in place or hold fabric with a ribbon, raffia, twine, yarn, lace or string (first secure the fabric with a rubber band before tying). Punch a hold in the corner of the recipe card and use the ribbon, raffia, etc. to attach the card to the jar. These gifts should keep for up to six months. If the mix contains nuts, it should be used within three months. To make a gift in a jar fancier, decorate it with a doily and ribbon. For a special touch, attach a wooden spoon to the jar. For an out of the ordinary gift, try placing the mix in a mixing bowl along with kitchen utensils, cookbooks, recipe cards, towels, and potholders.

Holiday Muffin Mix 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk 2 T. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 T. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground cloves Layer the ingredients in the order given into a wide-mouth 1-quart canning jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient. Attach a recipe card with the mixing and baking directions.

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Wrangler Round-Up by Jill Barnes Nelson It’s not too late to get something special for that special horse-person in your life. Some simple items include wormers, hoof picks, brushes, horse shampoo and fly spray. Most of these are in the $10 range. Also, a new halter and lead line will set you back around $20. Some riders like a particular color, so before you buy find, out their favorites when it come to those items. Have them start the year with a new saddle pad. They come in a variety of colors and styles. Most are about $35 to $50. Specialized ones are more. A good set of reins also will be in the same price range. But remember, the better the leather, the more the cost. The same goes for headstalls and bridles. And if there’s more “bling,” such as rhinestones, conchos or any type of silver, the cost increases. Other essentials can include fly masks, tail bags, spurs, saddle seat covers, bits and saddlebags. Winter blankets also make a nice present. And if you’re not quite sure, a gift certificate from a local tack shop or online site would be appreciated. If you’re looking for a “horsey” place to have birthday party or have a day camp for the kids, call Rainbow Ridge Ranch in Palmdale. The ranch also offers horseback riding, lessons and clinics. And it leases horses for trail rides

and has boarding. Gift certificates are available for lessons and adventure rides. For more information go to the website at , or call Kathy at 661538-9271. The Norco Animal Shelter has been overwhelmed with abandoned horses and needs to find them new homes. The horses range in age and condition but most are adults or seniors. If you have room for one of these horses, call 951-737-8972. With the high cost of postage, the national ETI Newsletter is now available online and in the Horsetrader Magazine. The print version will be in the third Thursday of the month edition or type in eti to access the online edition. In talking about gifts for your horse enthusiast, Bar Double J Supplies in Tehachapi as many items perfect for gift giving. The store also offers gift certificates and is open Tuesday-Saturday. For additional information call 661-823-1115. Don’t forget, if you have any information to report on the horse community such as tack sales, upcoming events, clinics, raffles or you’ve won an award, please contact me at 661.878.2932, e-mail Thanks.

Horse Events Around the Area DEC. 12 — Antelope Valley Desert Riders Gymkhana, Doug, 661- 944-6133, DEC. 18 – Southern Kern Roping & Riding Club Christmas Party, Diamond Lil’s, Lancaster , Lyn Meredith, 661-313-2767.

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The Hardest Job You Will Ever Have! by Rena Shumway, RAS Being a parent is one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can have, yet one of the most difficult things to do. Although parenting is a rewarding experience, raising a child is a huge responsibility. Most parents learn as they go, watch or learn what others do, or are influenced by the way they were raised. As a parent you may feel a range of emotions which are normal and yet can feel like a roller coaster ride. You may feel love, joy, pride, anger, panic and despair. And often times, you may feel that you are not appreciated by your children or valued by others. Such emotions can leave you feeling guilty or thinking you are not a good parent. It is important to remember you are not expected to be perfect. Children take a lot of time and energy. All parents get frustrated and it is okay to feel angry, but it is not okay to take it out on your children. When you are really angry, take a break. You may want to take your children for a walk or call a friend to come help you. And learning to laugh and stay cool in situations is an essential and excellent quality to have. Also, spanking is not the best way to discipline a child. The goal of discipline is to teach children selfcontrol. One good way to teach infants and toddlers is called “redirecting.” When you redirect a child, you replace an unwanted behavior with an acceptable behavior. For example, if throwing a ball inside the house isn’t allowed, take your child outside to throw the ball. If you have older children, you may want to give your child acceptable choices. For example, instead of telling or demanding that your child wear a particular shirt, you may want to ask him/her what shirt he/she would like to wear instead. Giving your child choices

will empower and develop his/her ability to make decisions. For many parents the day-to-day demands of balancing the practical things and coping with often unexpected changes can be tiring. Things that might make parenting easier: * Find out what you don’t know. * Understand how children grow and develop. * Be aware that you can do things differently. * Be strong enough to say you don’t know how to do some things. * Be able to ask for information or advice. * Parenting is forever, so make the foundation solid. * Remember that as a parent you are the most influential person in your child’s life. * Plan, organize, communicate - balance work and family responsibilities, and meet your children’s needs. * Don’t waste time and energy feeling guilty - change what you are doing. * Take care of yourself. Finally, parenting is even harder when you have problems in your own life, such as worries about your job, your bills or your relationships, or problems with alcohol or drugs. To be a good parent, you have to first take care of yourself. That means getting help for your problems. Tehachapi Wellness Center can help. We offer a full continuum of services that include, individual and family counseling, free community support groups, anger and anxiety management classes, parent education classes, domestic violence counseling and substance abuse and addiction counseling. Call our office today and get the support you need to make your hardest job a little easier.

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December 7 ~ 21, 2010

Bob - the “Wine Guy”

Who are You? by Bob Souza Here we go again my fellow wine seekers of truth and knowledge, well truth anyway. As some of you already know the Souza winery does compete its wine each year and we get asked how that really works and what does it entail. So I am going to tell you. The little winery in Tehachapi (Who are You?) has for the last four years competed in the San Francisco Chronicle competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, yes the world. The way that one works is very interesting. It is referred to as a double blind judging system. What that means is neither the judge nor the steward, who brings the wine to the judge, is ever allowed to see the label, so they are not influenced by any factor other than the wine itself. Some of you might find it a source of pride to think that of the nearly 5000 entries from nearly 1800 different wineries those little guys out in Cummings Valley could run with the big dogs. The double blind system is considered the most objective and the most fair. Oh yeah, we are entered again for the 2011 competition with our 2008 Vintage and are hoping for the best. Your good wishes, prayers, and the names of any of the judges you may be related to would help. All kidding aside… it speaks volumes for our community that what we grow here can compete at a world level. This is truly a blessing. So hold a good thought and we’ll keep you posted how we do in January. Wow, can’t believe January is right around the corner. What happened to this year? Let’s all be safe this holiday season and give the designated driver a real try. We try to promote it at the tasting room and do offer Cappuccino or Espresso for that dude or dudett. Ok, how about our wine word of the day…Compact…A descriptor for wines that give the impression of being intense but not full, (sounds like Bob the Wine Guy). Before I put you to sleep with yet another family tale, let me just remind one and all that we will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Thursday before Christmas, December 23, and Christmas Eve, December 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Sunday after Christmas, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all those last minute necessities...did I mention wine or last minute gifts? So my Aunt Angela is driving, not just

driving, but since she is a great believer in multi tasking, she’s also knitting. I did say we were related didn’t I? Anyway... a police officer sees her driving and knitting, and so he drives up beside her and shouts out his window, “Pull over!” “No,” she shouts back, “a pair of socks!” Bada Bing. Can’t wait to see you all soon... until next time, I remain your loyal servant... Bob the Wine Guy Hey...send those questions... inquiring minds want to know… Abbondanza Fortuna

Happy Holidays from the Souza Winery & Gift Shop The Souza Winery is ready for Holiday shoppers who want to find something unique for their friends or family. Make your shopping even more Fun this year while wine tasting in our “Holiday Boutique”. We can put together a lovely basket or send a bottle of our Fabulous Award Winning Tehachapi Wine for gift giving – not only for family but for that all important client as a business thank you.

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Interact Club gathered along Valley Boulevard to finish planting the daffodils Interact club gathered along Valley Boulevard to finish planting the daffodils. From left to right: Grace Warren-Diaz, Erik Davidson, Darian Grisso, Jonathan Supple, Alexis Shoenberg, Mallory Wink, Matthew Cruse, Jillian Molidor, Bailey Thompson, Sean Heller, Brandon Chao, and Drew Siverson.

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Shag said, “So, what’s the reason we drink and use...anyway?” by Fred Shaughnessy, CADC II For years I have believed that the number one reason we drink or use is to feel good (or maybe just better). I’m not talking only about those who abuse substances, I’m including those who drink socially and moderately. The need to feel good affects all of us at different times, and each of us copes with the need differently. Many of us cope by drinking or using, sometimes unaware that there are alternative coping mechanisms. Back in the Stone Age, Fred Flintstone, after a long day of hunting dinosaurs, might have knocked a woman in the head with a club, and dragged her off to a cave to have sex. This would have taken the edge off his hyped-up mood before he sat down to eat. After all, alcohol and the before-dinner drink hadn’t been created yet. The point is, there’s always alternative approaches to problem solving. Drinking or using is the easy way out. Coping with the need to feel good is made easier if one knows the reason they feel bad to begin with, and then does something about it. For example, if I have a pile of bills which seem overwhelming, that could make me feel bad. In my need to feel good, not bad, I have a few drinks, etc., etc. The next morning, I feel worse, the bills aren’t paid and I’m out the money I spent on booze. I might have prioritized the bills, paid what I could, and arranged terms on the

rest. I would have felt better. We encounter many situations in life where we have a need to feel good or better. Broken or troubled relationships are right up there. Losing a job, or being demoted are serious reasons to need a lift in spirit (not spirits). Insecurity about social activities trouble some people. Sometimes we just feel downright lousy, with no apparent reason. In every case, drinking or using, rather than working the problem, are the wrong answers. I also believe that there is no problem that a drink or drug won’t make worse. Sometimes, feeling bad comes from something as simple as the way we live, sleep, eat, and exercise. Again, a drink or a drug are not going to fix any of those reasons. These reasons, and the underlying reasons of the problems addressed earlier, are all involved with or influenced by chemicals produced by our bodies, mostly in the brain. In a future column, I’ll talk about theses chemicals, and some specifics to working the right part of some problems. I’ll be back next issue…hope you are too. ************************************************************************ Fred Shaughnessy is a board-certified counselor with TAASK, Inc., and is the head of Shaughnessy Counseling, a Tehachapibased private practice. His message phone is 661.972.1312.

Jake’s Steakhouse says, “Thank You” Jake’s Steakhouse in Tehachapi wants to thank all those who helped with its 5th Annual Helping Hands Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. “We fed more than 200 people in three seatings,” said owner Barbara Ferrante. “We want to give a big thank you to all those who volunteered to help serve, cook, or gave donations. We couldn’t have done it without all the help.” Barbara particularly wanted to thank Jay and Diane Eshbach of Rosamond, Stephen and Adelaida Berman and William and Helen Wilver of Tehachapi, the Mulkins Family, along with

Good Shepard Lutheran Church (Tehachapi), Feed My Sheep and Terra-Gen Wind Energy for their generous contributions both in time and money. Barbara also announced Jake’s would donate $1,000 to the Angel Foundation, which provides low cost spay and neutering for dogs and cats. The money only will be used for residents of Tehachapi. “This will help defray the cost to local residents,” Ferrante said. “And it will keep many unwanted dogs and cats from being euthanized.”

Candy Cane Reindeer Simple project for kids. Very inexpensive even in large numbers for a class. This project is rated EASY to do. Supplies: Chenille stems • Candy Canes Glue • Wiggly eyes Pompons • Ribbon Jingle bells • Fishing line Twist 1 chenille stem around curved part of unwrapped candy cane to form main part of antlers; turn ends up. Cut 1 chenille stem into halves. Twist short pieces around ends of antlers to from branches of antlers. Glue wiggly eyes and pompon nose onto candy cane. Thread ribbon through loop in jingle bell. Tie ribbon around cane. Attach fishing line loop for hanging to tree or attaching to package.

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Tomi’s Sauced & Sautéed Cherry Mushroom Delight by Tomi Nuckolls Hello again from Tomi...”The Butchers Wife”! I hope you all had a wonderful (and flavorful) Thanksgiving! If you tried preparing my tasty recipe from the last issue of The Loop...”Tomi’s Grand Yam Casserole” then I’m sure you received many compliments and looks of envy from the others who are now jealous of your amazing culinary skills! (You’re welcome!) Today’s recipe is so simple “even a caveman can do it”! This is an easy sauce/ garnish that is incredible over Prime rib or any cut of beef you fancy! It’s my own creation that I (once again) will unselfishly share with you all! I call it... “Tomi’s Sauced & Sautéed Cherry Mushroom Delight” Sautee about 15 - 20 sliced mushrooms in a skillet at medium heat Add a pinch or two of fresh ground garlic Add a smidgen or so of Worcestershire sauce (and here’s the secret ingredient)...add a cup of Cherry liqueur to taste! Simmer and stir well, then turn off heat and let set covered for a few minutes. Serve over your favorite steak or roast! UMMMM...UMM!!! Fantastico! Now that the Christmas season is upon us...we at “The Butcher Shop” would like to thank all our customers for there patronage and say “Happy and Healthy Holidays” to you all and a joyful New Year” as well! If you haven’t yet...come on in and try our Harris Ranch Beef. Take home a steak or a roast

or try our fantastic ground sirloin to make some great homemade chili with! Ahhh! The smell of a home cooked meal just makes my day! Until next time, this is Tomi, The Butchers Wife, saying...Bon Appétit! The family owned Butcher Shop is happy to serve you and their meats are tops in flavor! The Butcher shop is located on Highway 202 and Woodford Tehachapi in the new shopping center between the Shell Station and Frosty King.

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Yoga 101 - Stumbling Towards Enlightenment

The Santa Dilemma by Yogashanan

(Spoiler alert: this column presents views of Santa that could be disturbing to small children. I’m not sure a lot of small children read this column, I just want to cover all bases.) With all due respect, I’m not so sure about the Santa thing anymore. Santa is a myth that has plagued me throughout chapters of my life. As a child, there was the threat of Santa constantly listening and watching and judging the levels of nice and naughty. He keeps a list, for crying out loud. As a parent, when you drop the Santa bomb, you see the deep disappointment in your child’s eyes as she realizes you’re a big liar. Part of the Santa conspiracy. How can she ever trust you again? As a middle-aged yogi, Santa is a guru. He shows me my desires. Santa asks, what do you want? Have you been good enough to deserve it? Those are pretty deep questions coming from a guy in a red velvet pantsuit with white fur trim. To generate a list of desires goes against the grain for this Buddhist yogi. After all, core teachings encourage quieting the relentless bray of desire. Desire is regarded as a fundamental obstacle to peace of mind. Desire, craving, attachment. Those three kissing cousins drive peace of mind out the window. Craving fuels the obsession to possess the desired object which I am convinced will bring happiness. The object could be anything: a lover, a job, a reputation, a 54” flat screen. Upon obtaining the object I am enormously happy! For six nanoseconds. Then it’s on to the next must-have item. And the cycle goes on and on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum, ad extremum. This cycle of desire is unending until I make a conscious effort to break it. Understanding that the nature of desire can never be satisfied, I aspire to ride out the strong pull of craving until it subsides, which it eventually will. The less desire, the less pull, the calmer mind. Such a beautiful and profound teaching. But never mind that now, it’s Christmas! Santa wants to know what I want and if I deserve it.

Well, Mr. Kringle, I’ve been more thoughtful this year and chosen items that will take me way beyond the usual six nanoseconds of happiness. Here’s my short, humble list. I’ve organized it to flow from global to local to personal: Global Disarmament, World Peace. Just because. Dalai Lama to return peacefully to Tibet. Santa, can you get Tenzin home? Abandon Daylight Saving Time. Do you know anyone who enjoys the springing forward or falling back? Me neither. Drop it, Santa. Locally, my list is topped by a good Indian restaurant. Wouldn’t life be damn near perfect if we had a great little Indian restaurant? Trader Joe’s. OMG. What if we all woke up on Christmas morning and there was Trader Joe’s all bright and shiny and open for business in T-town? Disappear Wal-Mart. OMG. What if we all woke up on Christmas morning and there was Wal-Mart all dull and soul-sucking and open for business in T-town? My heart will break in two, Santa. Removal of Confederate Flag on Welcome to Tehachapi sign. Perhaps your sled could gently swipe the sign, causing the offensive plaque to magically tumble off? Is that so wrong? Personally, I’d like to have an instant healing of my right hamstring. And maybe a Roku. If you could manage any or all of those options, I would be deeply grateful. I’ve been an extra splendidly good girl this year and deserve everything you could possibly want to lavish on me. All kidding aside, Santa, here’s my real wish list. Straight from the Metta Sutra, Prayer of Great Compassion: May all beings be happy, content and fulfilled. May all beings be healed and whole. May all beings have whatever they want and need. May all be protected from harm and free from fear. May all beings enjoy inner peace and ease. May all be awakened, liberated and free. And may peace and peace and peace be everywhere in this world and throughout the entire Universe. Thanks, Kris. See ya next year. Send your list of desires to yogashanan at

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Meet Your New Neighbors by Welcome Hostess, Evie Campbell-Best

Arden and Johanne Van Peursem lived in Hemet for 30 years before moving to Tehachapi. During that time Arden worked in the dairy industry as an artificial inseminator. Of course he says he hears every joke imaginable when he tells someone what he does for a living. As more and more dairies moved north because of the growth of the cities around them, the Van Peursem’s had to move north in order to continue working in the dairy industry. Arden now works in the Bakersfield, Wasco, and Tulare areas. Johanne has worked for years as a medical secretary. Arden said he spent time in Korea in his younger years during his tenure in the military. He found some vast differences in life styles while there. He tells of how the village people would prepare a dish called kimchi. It was a combination of cabbage and squid that they would cook and then let it ferment. Arden said the whole village would prepare the dish simultaneously and the smell was, shall we say, less than desirable. Another one of their habits he also found strange was they would build block houses in which they would house their water buffalo, and then build huts for their families to live in. He said there would be several generations living together in the same hut. He found it to be quite an experience living in a culture so different than his own. Arden and Johanne have three grown children, two daughters and their surprise son. I would imagine there are a few of us out there with a surprise daughter or son, but they are just as special as the planned ones. Their oldest daughter, her husband and their three children have chosen to spend the next three to five years traveling all over the United States in a 42 foot motor home. The children are being home schooled, and having the time of their life experiencing and learning about, first hand, many great places that most students only

read about. What a wonderful way to get an education! Their father “works from home” via his computer, so traveling in the motor home seems to be a good thing for the whole family. Arden says he has had the benefit of learning about a multitude of things through the eyes of his grandchildren. Welcome to the Van Puersems, we’d love to hear some of the tales your grandchildren share with you. Sharon and Gary Hansen lived in Oklahoma for 6 years prior to moving to Tehachapi. Sharon is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and Gary hails from Camarillo, California. Gary enjoys a good game of golf, and loves to ride horses. The Hansens wanted to live in a place where they could have their horses. After checking out Tehachapi, they not only found a place for their horses, but liked the lifestyle they found here. In their last home town, Gary was the Vice President of Santa Rosa Riders, and one of the responsibilities he took on was to fix their trails. We have plenty of horse trails here in Tehachapi, and I’m sure there would be a place for Gary to share his expertise. One of Sharon’s passions is in the art of painting. We have quite a few good artists here, so Sharon should be able to find her niche in this community, and would probably enjoy participating in our “First Friday” which happens each month here. There are always plenty of artists available on First Friday to hang out with and share ideas. Gary is the general sales manager responsible for putting in the games at the Indian Casinos, so he gets his fair share of traveling in. Sharon is an office manager in public relations. Gary and Sharon have four children, 3 sons and 1 daughter. They are also the grandparents to five grandchildren. We welcome the Hansens, a couple who should continue to enjoy the lifestyle that brought them here.

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Financial Focus

Lost in the Stars

Ring in Some New Year’s Financial Resolutions Now that 2011 is almost here, you may want to make some New Year’s resolutions. Planning to volunteer? Go to the gym more often? Learn a new language? All worthy ambitions, of course, but this year, why not add some financial resolutions as well? Which resolutions should you make? Here are a few ideas to consider: • Boost your retirement accounts. No matter how old you’ll be in 2011, one thing is certain — you’re a year closer to retirement than you were in 2010. And that’s why you’ll want to increase your contributions to your retirement accounts. If your salary is going up in 2011, boost the amount you defer for your 401(k) or other employersponsored retirement plan, such as a 403(b) plan (if you work for a school or other tax-exempt organization) or a 457(b) plan (if you work for a state or local government). With tax-deductible contributions, taxdeferred growth of earnings and several investment options, these types of plans are tremendous ways to save for retirement. And try to “max out” your traditional or Roth IRA, too. • Look for opportunities. With the uncertainties in the economy and the volatility of the financial markets, many people decide to head to the investment “sidelines” for a while. Yet, this environment may actually be a good one for investors with patience, discipline and the ability to look beyond yesterday’s headlines. For one thing, many quality securities are now good values. Also, we’re still seeing low inflation and low interest rates — factors that may lead to greater economic demand and improved strength in the financial markets. • Don’t over-react to market swings. Over the past few years, we’ve seen plenty of sudden,

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sharp swings in the financial markets, and you’re likely going to see more of them in 2011. Don’t over-react to either the “ups” or the “downs” of the market. Overreacting leads to short-term thinking — and successful investors are the ones who can maintain a long-term perspective. • Rebalance when necessary. At least once a year, review and rebalance your portfolio, as necessary, to make sure it still reflects your goals, risk tolerance and family situation, all of which can change over time. • Reduce your debts. the sluggish economy of the past couple of years has obviously been a cause of concern for everyone, we have seen one “silver lining” in that many people, concerned about over-spending, have shed some of their debt load. The less money you have to spend on your debts, the more you’ll have available to invest for your future, so do what you can to cut down on what you owe. • Maintain adequate cash levels. As an investor, you’ve got at least two good reasons for maintaining enough cash in your portfolio. First, having adequate cash available means you’ll be ready to act quickly to take advantage of good investment opportunities. And second, by having a cash cushion, you won’t be forced to liquidate long-term investments to pay for short-term needs such as a major car repair, a new furnace, a big doctor’s bill, and so on. By following these suggestions, you can position yourself to make progress toward your long-term goals in 2011 — and in all the New Years that follow. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Arsenic and Old Lakes by Mark “Doc” Fisher Well, NASA tried to keep their big announcement under wraps. But the beans were spilled before the press conference. They had “discovered” a strange new life form. There was a lot of speculation about what they had discovered. Up to and including a message from another world. But the reality was less than that, though still rather interesting. And it involves our own backyard. It turns out that a NASA researcher had discovered a new type of bacteria out in Mono Lake, north of here on 395. Mono Lake has an odd ecosystem, since the water is rather toxic to most forms of life. Though brine shrimp, algae and some bacteria make it home. (And the California Gull gathers there in large numbers to eat the shrimp.) One of the reasons that Mono Lake is so toxic is the high alkalinity (pH of 10 which is about the same as an antacid). Plus the water is high in arsenic. Which you probably know is poisonous to life “as we know it”. Or it was. The new bacteria that was discovered was happy and cheerful (OK maybe not cheerful) in water with huge concentrations of arsenic. Now one of the reasons that arsenic is toxic is that it acts like phosphorous in many ways. But not all ways. So the arsenic slips in and fits itself in to various chemicals in the body where phosphorous would normally be, but it can’t take on all the duties and eventually the chemistry fails and the organism dies. Except in this new bacteria. They have adapted to using arsenic in place of phosphorous in almost all their internal chemistry. Including their DNA. That’s right, their genetic code appears to be built up with a different elements than our own. But this bacteria isn’t some alien species. In fact, it is closely related to other bacteria here on Earth. And over time this bacteria has changed how it works to allow it to live in a

remarkably hostile environment. But that toxic environment is relatively new. At the height of the last ice age, mere thousands of years ago, Mono Lake was huge and full of clean water. It has been since then that the drying of the lake has caused the levels of chemicals to build up to toxic levels. So, as the conditions in the lake changed, the bacteria changed so that they were able to use the new chemicals in the water. And much of the Mojave Desert is dried up lake beds. There are snail shells that can be found in hills just north of Ridgecrest. Huge piles of mussel shells made by Native Americans out in the desert near Baker when there were vast lakes in the area. Further south around Palm Springs was the huge prehistoric Cahuilla Lake. With numerous stone fish traps up high on the sides of today’s hills. I think it is interesting that Cahuilla Lake disappeared in 1776, and in a sense got a “rebirth” when the Salton Sea formed in the 1900s. So not that long ago the Mojave Desert was a very wet place. And the fish that populated those vast lakes still linger in a few pools and streams out in the desert. They are all pretty small minnow-like fish, like the the Mojave Tui Chub found at Zzyzx, and various desert pup fish found in spring fed pools near Death Valley. The Salt Creek Pup Fish is fairly easy to see in the Spring out at Death Valley, and there are also the Ash Meadow Pup Fish at Ash Meadows NWR in Nevada. (The rarest, the Devil’s Hole Pup Fish can’t be approached without guides and permission.) Out in our own backyard we have a corner of the world that was once a very wet place. And life has struggled to survive there. Over time it has adapted to a much harsher place. But it has adapted. Perhaps giving us hints of how to look for life on other worlds. If you’d like to send me an email send them to

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A Minister’s Musing

Two Thanksgiving Lessons by Rev. Diane Gallo Ryder A friend shared a holiday story with me which I pass along to readers, with the hope that it will add to the meaning of your holidays. It seems that as a young married man, my friend and his new wife were facing a rather bleak Christmas. Their funds were low and their spirits were lower because neither of them was employed. They were down to their last $20 when my friend, hoping to lift his wife’s spirits, spent 10 of those precious dollars on flowers which he brought to his wife as a gift. He was a bit

perplexed when his wife’s face remained impassive; the flowers did not make her smile. She received the flowers silently and put them in a vas, then she put the vase in the kitchen. The husband went outside to reflect upon the meaning of his wife’s silence when suddenly the window opened and his wife shouted out the kitchen window, “How do you want me to cook these flowers?” Years later my friend can laugh about his wife’s stony silence and her creative way of chastising him for “wasting” half of their limited funds on flowers which they could not eat. Somehow they both muddled through, subsequently raised a family, and no longer worry about putting food on their table at the holidays. And, as they pass the food, they thank God for their literal food that feeds their bodies as well as the spiritual food that feeds their souls. For, as they learned from the incident of the flowers, sometimes it is more important to feed one’s spirit than to feed one’s belly. Whatever food is on your table this holiday, whatever gifts you give or receive, may your spirit be fed with the Holy Spirit and may all your hungers be fulfilled.

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December 7 ~ 21, 2010

Thank You by Dr. Susan Hall MD, Family Practice

Thank you to the voters of the district for your strong support. I feel humbled by the response to my request to be able to continue working on the Hospital Board. The current board and I are working not only to build a great new hospital facility, we are also working to continue to improve the quality and functionality of the staff at the hospital. The current staff care about the community, the patients, and each other. I hope you will not have a need for the hospital but if you do I’m sure you will notice the positive caring attitude of everyone you encounter. I would like to take this time to also give a heartfelt thank you to the nurses that do the hard work of healthcare. Recently I had the opportunity to speak to a group of public health nurses in Bakersfield. These nurses, women and men, are on the front lines of healthcare. They go out to the patient’s homes and help those that sometimes, for whatever reason, have the hardest time helping themselves. Another group of front line nurses are the home health providers. They go to patient’s homes and provide IV therapy, wound care, and just about anything else needed. Both of these caring groups do the house calls that doctors do not have

the time to do anymore. We all know the nurses in the hospital and medical assistants in doctors offices also do the work of directly caring for and providing therapies to patients. Nurses do the “Dirty Jobs” of healthcare, and there would not be healthcare without them. Thank you to my family and friends who support and care for me personally. Often I am working, like now, instead of spending time with them. More often than not they get the leftovers of me instead of the feast. Finally, thank you to the community of Tehachapi for welcoming my family and me. We have made wonderful friends and feel that we truly belong here. I have been able to participate more to this community than ever would have been possible in a larger town and that helps me fill my tank with enthusiasm and energy to give back. If you are not feeling filled up this season, I recommend finding a way to get involved in some community club, or volunteer organization. The benefits will come back to you multiplied. Enjoy the wonderful winter season and stay warm. Happy Holidays.

Readin’ & Writin’ by Lauraine Snelling, author of The Red River Series: including “Daughters of Blessing” and “One Perfect Day”.

Lauraine Reads: “Great Children Books” Since I always review kid’s books for December, I start looking for candidates early on so I can get them read, but sometimes books just show up. Or are recommended by someone else. Such is the case for my picture book choice. I LOVE picture books. I think I’ve probably mentioned that in years past. A friend recommended, reminded me rather, that Andy McGuire had a new picture book out titled Remy the Rhino Learns Patience. Andy does both the illustrations and the story for his books and they are keepers for sure. The cover says it all. I just had to read it again and again so I could chuckle and delight in his colored pencil drawings. Andy has one of those creative minds that never quits. We’ve all heard that patience is a virtue and often like this young rhino, we don’t do much about learning it until we are forced to. Not that patience is over abundant in this day and age, so maybe more than parents and children could benefit from reading this little book. I cheated I think. I might have written about The White Giraffe last year. But I enjoyed the first two books in this series so much I picked up The Last Leopard because I had to know what happens next to this young girl, who seems to have healing powers for animals. The fourth one is out in hardback but I resisted. Martine hears rumors that the leopards are fast disappearing thanks to poachers in Africa and there is only one left. But is he myth or reality? Will she find out when she goes with her grandmother to help a long time friend? Suspense and adventure, a great combination for middle readers that can be enjoyed by all ages. Hmmm. Is there a pattern here? All ages? My final recommendation was written by

a friend of mine of many years ago, the mother of the little five-year old whom I played with and who has now graduated with a Ph.D. It is so easy to lose track of time, but I don’t want to lose track of friends from earlier in my life. See how cleverly I finagled around not calling them old friends? Anyway, Susan Fletcher attended a marketing class for writers with me back in 1980 when we were both beginning our writing careers. She writes for middle reader kids like I used to and will be soon again, but instead of writing about horses, she wrote The Dragon Chronicles. I thought the series was finished after the first three books, but during my November visit to a bookstore in Truckee, CA, I found she had a fourth one out. Hardback but I bought it which just goes to show that if one wants something bad enough, one will pay the extra price. I was not disappointed. Ancient, Strange and Lovely is a contemporary tale about a young girl, who is out to save a newly hatched dragon or dracling, as Susan calls them. What happens when a leathery skinned egg the size of a basketball shows up with a bunch of fossils sent by her mother, a scientist who has disappeared? When her father leaves to search for his wife, what is Bryn, who has the gift of kenning with birds, going to do? And how do you find dragon’s milk for a baby dracling? By the way, Dragon’s Milk is the name of the first book in the series. Start there. I am not a sci-fi fan but I love Susan’s dragons and her adventure tales. I hope this whet’s you appetite for these great children’s books, to read to your kids or to be read by your kids. One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is a love of reading. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year—with lots of new books. Happy readin’ & writin’ from Lauraine

December 7 ~ 21, 2010

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Short Flights –

Dancing with Enemy Tracers by Cathy Hansen cat and mouse between those hiding, and those sent to destroy them. We were a special, newly formed classified operation known as “Commando Saber” flying the two seat F-100F, under the call sign MISTY. This small detachment was formed under the command of then Major Bud Day to determine if a Forward Air Control (FAC) mission could survive in this high threat area of North Vietnam. With just a handful of specially selected Vietnam Fighter Pilots, the MISTY began operations. With dedicated air refueling tanker support, each MISTY sortie would last 4-6 hours, roughly dawn to noon. The second flight MISTY 21 would take the “pointy” end of the effort from noon to dark. Spending hours each day at low altitude with many hours over our area of operation (AO), we knew the area like the back of our hands and we were highly effective. MISTY was high risk, and this high risk came with an inordinately high loss rate. Our commander, Major Bud Day, was shot down just after our operations began and spent over five years as a Prisoner of War (POW), earning him the Medal of Honor resulting from his conduct as a POW. This morning, typical of the 105 MISTY missions I flew before being shot down myself, was started with some trepidation; as was normal. Looking down that wet black Phu Cat runway with two rows of white lights on each side, disappearing in the predawn mist, I pushed the throttle full forward and as the J-57 engine stabilized at 100%, I bumped the throttle outboard into the afterburner (AB) detent, and released the brakes as the AB lit up with a bang and the lone MISTY lifted off into the murk to do battle with his fellow man. The climb out and rendezvous with our KC-135 tanker to top off with fuel for our first cycle, all routine. Since we flew low and fast (500 knots plus), where the J57 would Close up of young fighter pilot, Rutan, ready for action over the flak-filled gulp fuel at an skies of No. Vietnam. astonishingly thirsty

I have been given permission to share this story with you by legendary fighter pilot, Dick Rutan (Lt. Col USAF. ret.) He will be our featured Aviator of the Month at Plane Crazy Saturday at Mojave Airport on Saturday, December 18, and the Aircraft of the Month will be a North American F-100F Super Sabre, like the aircraft Col. Rutan flew with the elite MISTY squadron while fighting in Vietnam. Dancing With Enemy Tracers by Dick Rutan It’s early 1968, and I find myself strapped into the cockpit of an F-100F, call sign MISTY 11. The tower has just cleared us for take-off. This was an early morning ritual here at Phu Cat, Republic of Vietnam, where about an hour and a half before dawn a lone F-100 departs South Vietnam for a solo mission into the heartland of North Vietnam. We had just completed a three hour Intel briefing on the latest activity along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. We saddle up and taxi out. Our mission was to stop the infiltration of men and supplies into the South to support the communist takeover of South Vietnam. Guarding this vital link was a formative cadre of anti-air defenses awaiting our arrival. This morning, our challenge was to seek out those camouflaged truck parks, transshipment points and storage areas and direct air strikes to destroy them. Since most movement was at night and during bad weather, the trucks would pull up and hide during the day. Their survival would depend on how well they hid. A deadly game of

rate, our cycle time was about an hour before we needed to refuel. Five, sometimes six or more refuelings per mission was typical. Each time as we backed off our tanker and turned toward the coast of North Vietnam, I turned off every one of our lights, all radio emitters, set the gun site, armed the 14 white phosphorus marking rockets, as well as the two 20MM cannons in the nose. I would then double check that the safety pins were removed from the ejection seat, helmet chin strap was tight, visor down, a double tug on the seat belt shoulder straps, we were ready for intense combat. With that completed, throttle up and pushing over to descend, I let the speed build up to 500 knots. Once that was completed, there was a handful of minutes as the distant coastline grew bigger in the windscreen, and with those few eerily quiet minutes a feeling of foreboding would come over me, almost as if we were entering another Universe. For those few moments,

F-100F sits on flightline at Phu Cat Air Base.

Warrior pilot, Dick Rutan, stands next to 366th TFW, “The Gunfighters” F-4 Phantom.

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the air was free of turbulence, it was glass smooth, and the rice patties ahead seemed the most peaceful and serene picture one could imagine. With the coastline right on us now, we were spotted by the first anti-aircraft gunner. As he swung into action, he was followed by many others as we blasted through feet dry. In the twilight of the pre dawn sky, every tracer could be seen, and all pointed at this lone MISTY. Grabbing the stick back to five “G’s”, I jerk hard to spoil the aim. I turn tight to locate a tear in this curtain of fire, and the fight was on… As the first tracers came screaming by my canopy, I wondered what the next five hours of my life would be like… Be sure to come to Mojave Airport on December 18 and hear the rest of this story at Plane Crazy Saturday to be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.! See you on our next flight!

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December 7 ~ 21, 2010

Mortgage Matters

Grandma D Talks Real Estate

Winter Wonderland

Now that You’re Back to Work ...

by Dianna Williams, RE/MAX Real Estate

by Tammy Engel, Mortgage Advisor

Living in the Land of Four Seasons is an easily overlooked privilege. We are treated to some of the most beautiful scenes Mother Nature has to offer year ‘round. The recent early season snow falls and the spectacular views of the evergreen pine trees dressed in silvery white, on the mountains to our south are a reminder that even the high desert of Southern California can cloak herself with a magnificent blanket of “Winter Wonderland”. I recently saw a comment on Facebook, from a fellow Southern Californian that her children had never experienced the joy of a snow ball fight, nor had they ever even held snow in their little hands. As she was feeling guilty about not having shared such a joyous event with her children, it reminded me how lucky our little ones of the Tehachapi Valley are each and every year as the soft gentle flakes drift out of the sky and fall into a winter playground of soft white mounds. These are the joys that remain with children and adults alike for the rest of our lives. They are memories that are tucked back into the recesses of our minds only to be brought forth at a moments notice when we reflect on any or all of our enjoyable life experiences. You know, the ones that bring a soft gentle smile to our faces. Remember the feeling of a steaming mug of hot cocoa warming our frozen little fingers as we watched the marshmallows bob up and down like little buoy’s on the waves at sea? Or how about that feeling of warming yourself in front of the crackling fireplace or the wood burning stove, turning yourself slowly from front to back and back to front as the chill and goosebumps that once permeated your flesh melt slowly away into a toasty warm glow. I am reminded of my childhood when my father packed all of us children into the car and

headed to Tehachapi to play in the snow. We dressed oddly enough with layers of pants and tops, the warmest old jackets we could find, plastic bags over our socks to keep our feet dry and we searched for flat pieces of cardboard boxes to use in sledding down the hill. It didn’t matter how we looked, whether we soaked our clothes to our undergarments or even that cardboard was not an ideal material for a successful sled run. We loved the thought of snow, talking incessantly about what we would do with the “white stuff” as we drove up the hill and laughing uncontrollably about our snowball fights and other shenanigans all the way back down the hill. I have to confess, to this day I love the first snowfall of the season. I sit up ‘til late at night or arise early in the morning, turn on the porch light and sit silently in the dark, as I watch the seemingly lighter than air flakes dance their way down from the sky, spinning quickly as if performing a pirouette in the breeze and falling down, down, down slowly, until they gently light on the slumbering landscape that was once my spring garden. I chuckle at my cat who patiently sits in the window waiting for a flake to hit the glass as she ever so gently pats the window in hopes of securing a new play toy. I even break down and build myself a snowman at times. Giving him the twigs off my hibernating plants for arms, a short stubby carrot for a nose and wrapping one of my winter scarves around his neck. But only after placing the always hoped for, magical black hat on his head. You would think by now I would have outgrown such simple pleasures but I must confess, the child in me always seems to emerge with the delight of the season’s first snow. So here’s to Mother Nature, a White Christmas, and a Winter Wonderland of Delights for All.

Suddenly lots of folks have been calling about buying a house, now that they’re back in the workforce. Whether they’ve been on unemployment, or have changed jobs, here is what they’re learning about qualifying for their next mortgage. The gold standard of loan qualifying has always been “two years on the current job.” That’s not as easy at it once was, given our current economy. What the lender is looking for is continuity of income, or the “ability” to repay your loan. Almost all lending today requires a review of your last two tax returns and your recent paystubs. Easy, if you’ve had your job for awhile. If you’re new to your job after having been unemployed for no more than 30 days, you’re okay. If you were out for more than a month, lenders are looking for at least six months on your new job – And some are looking for an entire year before they will count your new income in qualifying. Were you self-employed before? If you have gone to work for someone else’s company, expect at least a six-month wait before your income is seasoned. Be prepared to show that you are a “permanent” employee and that any probationary period has passed. Those employed under contract may need to evidence at least three years remaining on that contract. Relocating to the area would be viewed as any of the above scenarios. If your job moved you here and you are still on the same payroll, that’s easy. It’s when you have a gap between

the old job and the new that the waiting periods begin to apply. If you have just started your own business, be prepared to show two full tax filings before your new income will be counted towards your loan. Too, if you earn commissions or bonus, you’ll need to show two year’s receipt of those monies before they count. Three other areas of interest for qualifying income: Students new to the workforce usually need at least one year on the present job, showing school transcripts to go backwards for a full two-year history. For newly retired folks we can generally count retirement income right away, as long as it is scheduled to last for at least three years. And remember that disability often does not count as qualifying income, unless you can show it’s been received for at least a year and has at least three years remaining. Many private disability plans fail to meet that test. Disability paid as social security income is usually counted without a problem. The loss of stated income loan programs means toeing a very fine line these days. Before you contact a Realtor to look at homes, be sure you’ve had a frank discussion with your mortgage advisor to be sure you’ve got what it takes to be approved for your home loan. Tammy Engel, Mortgage Advisor thinks she knows it all. Does anybody even read this? Feel free to reach her at 661/822-REAL with your comments or questions.

First snow fall of season in Tehachapi, November 20, 2010

Loop ‘round the world!

The Loop went traveling with Vinnie Apicella and his dance group on the Carnival Paridise cruise ship to Catalina and Encinada Mexico. Vinnie was up for teaching us all the Electric Slide and Swing Dancing. Maybe you might recognize some of the group. :) Photo by Sam White

December 7 ~ 21, 2010

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Ask the Experts: Does homeowners insurance cover personal liability?

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A small but quaint German village has popped up at the Tehachapi Railroad Depot

Article provided by Jennifer Williams, courtesy of Forefield LLC Typical homeowners insurance provides limited coverage for personal injuries or property damage to others for which you or members of your family living with you may be legally responsible. The injuries or damages don’t have to occur on your property. Your policy will describe what types of claims are covered, and coverage may vary by state, policy type, and insurer, so check with your carrier or agent for particular coverage questions. Liability protection is comprised of two parts: personal liability and medical payments. Personal liability covers claims or lawsuits against you arising out of bodily injury or property damage to others caused by an accident on your property, or by accidents away from your property, caused by you or family members who live with you. The coverage also pays for your legal defense should you be sued for a covered claim. However, coverage does not extend to losses caused by intentional acts, business related incidents, accidents covered by auto insurance, or claims covered by worker’s compensation insurance. Typically, personal liability provides a minimum of $100,000 of coverage “per occurrence.” Also, unlike other types of property coverage, there is no deductible for personal liability or medical payments coverage. If you need more coverage, you might consider increasing your personal liability coverage limits, or buying an umbrella policy that provides additional personal liability

coverage in excess of your homeowners coverage. Medical payments pays medical expenses incurred by people accidentally injured on your property, regardless of fault, up to policy limits. Injuries to you or family members living with you are not covered, nor are injuries resulting from activities that involve your business. Examples of types of liability claims homeowners insurance may cover include: your dog wandering into your neighbor’s yard and biting the house painter; a neighborhood child getting hurt climbing your fence, despite your repeated warnings; and your errant golf shot accidentally striking another player in the head. Please call me to find out more information. Jennifer Williams, President \ J. Williams Personal Financial Planning. 413 South Curry Street, Tehachapi, California Office Phone: 661-822-7517 Office Email: Jennifer is a Registered Financial Consultant. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry. Article is Courtesy of Forefield LLC Securities offered through NPB Financial Group LLC a Registered Investment Advisor/ Broker-Dealer. Member FINRA, MSRB and SIPC.

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Photo by Sam White A small but quaint German village has popped up at the Tehachapi Railroad Depot. This is a must see for children of all ages. At the invitation of the Friends of the Depot, Mike and Kim Nixon agreed to share their family LGB train layout with the community over the Christmas and New Year season. What began as a gift to their young sons, Sean and Tony quickly grew to emcompass more space than their home could handle. The first locomotive and cars were purchased for the boys more than twenty seven years ago, when they were small. As with any gift to be shared, one quickly became two. And for the next ten years the tradition in the Nixon home for ‘Black’ Friday was to visit the Train store and expand the railroad. Not wanting to be left out of the fun, daughter, Melissa acquired her

Circus train at age three. The buildings became a winter evening family project and the village grew. The display was first on exhibit for the community as part of a fund raiser for the Tehachapi Hospital . For a couple of years, the exhibit was part of fundraising for mission trips for one of the youth groups locally. The display has been stored for approximately ten years, waiting for the perfect location. Now with the partnership of the Depot, the community will have the opportunity to see the display and might even catch with dream of building one of their own. Stop by and enjoy the museum and train display during regular hours. Mike and Kim wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

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December 7 ~ 21, 2010

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