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the real estate brief a note from rosemary Last Thursday while observing the vintage and antique cars strutting their stuff down La Mesa Blvd., I was struck with overwhelming feelings of warmth for small town living. There have been many changes since I decided to call San Diego County home 23 years ago, but that small town feel that the County of San Diego offers lives on. My little village of La Mesa feels like Mayberry. We have Flag Day parades. Children participate in soapbox derbies. And, during the summer at 5:00 pm. on Thursday nights, vintage car lovers up and down the boulevard stand with hands over heart, pledging allegiance with the voice of John Wayne and then sing our National Anthem honoring this awesome country. Even the cars stop cruising to honor America for those few moments. It makes my heart burst with pride to live here. The citizens here care about their neighbors, and watch out for their homes and their well-being. You run into friends and neighbors on the street, or in your favorite restaurant or coffee house. Business owners and their employee’s know you by name. In the case of our very own Cosmos Coffee Café, they know exactly what I’m going to order on my Friday trek there to meet a friend. La Mesa isn’t the only community that feels like this. From Otay to Fallbrook, you will find that ambience of small town living. It maks me feel very fortunate to be a La Mesa Flag Day Parade June 2012 part of this region of California made up of so many wonderful cities and incredible human beings. THE REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE Not much has changed since we were last together. Buyers are competing for homes because of lack of housing inventory. Interest rates are still at historical all time lows. Short sales are still prevalent. I’ve just heard from friends that their credit union saved them $500 a month by allowing them to refinance at a lower rate! If you haven’t refinanced give Carolyn Plummer of Prospect Mortgage a call and see if you could realize the same savings. I hope you enjoy this issue of From The Front Porch. Please take the time to honor those who you know that have served or who are serving in the armed forces of this great country. Blessings to you and your family.

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time to time, I wonder if what I do as a loan officer matters. Whenever I have these moments of doubt, I remind myself of the clients I have worked with over the years. Some stay in my heart longer than others. Here is one such story… In October a few years back, a young military family had just relocated to San Diego and was looking to purchase a home. This family’s needs were especially touching since both the mother and father were active military with three young children. But here is the kicker, the mother was being deployed to Iraq on January 1st . Like most families shopping for a home, room count, floor plan and location were important considerations, but most important was being able to close escrow with enough time for the mother to unpack and decorate her children’s rooms before she deployed. She believed if her children were settled, then she could leave and focus on the job of fighting for our country. She worried and fretted over this daily. She needed to know her children were settled at home. Time was running out and finally at the beginning Of November their offer was accepted and they were officially in escrow. The close date was the middle of December. This would give the family two weeks to move in before the mother had to leave. In the middle of November, she received notice her deployment date had been moved up. She was now leaving December 1st instead of January 1st. At that time, closing a VA loan in less than three weeks was nearly impossible. Compound the situation with the fact that the seller was a bank and this was a foreclosed property with repairs needed before closing. It looked like her goal of having her children settled in their new home would not happen. I immediately contacted both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent and we put together an action plan. We enlisted the help of escrow, the asset manager for the bank (the seller) and my management team. We had a mission: we had to get her into this house before she left so she could unpack and decorate her children’s rooms. Escrow closed the day before Thanksgiving. The family spent Thanksgiving weekend moving in and unpacking those very important rooms. She left for Iraq that Monday knowing her children were settled at home. Carolyn lives in Rancho San Diego with her husband, teenage daughter and 2 dogs. She has lived in East County for the past 22 years and loves the sunshine and sense of community. Carolyn can be contacted at 858-550-2541 or Carolyn.plummer@prospectmtg.com Equal Housing Lender. Prospect Mortgage, LLC, NMLS #3296. I am a licensed mortgage originator, NMLS# 300310, and am licensed to originate mortgage loans in the State of California. To learn more, visit my Prospect Mortgage website at: myprospectmortgage.com/cplummer.


home the rule of code...the series part three Rita Mailheau, Simplify Staging and Redesign, Inc.

closing the gap We have now arrived at the third of the four aspects of The Rule of Code. CODE is an organizing acronym. “C” stands for Categorize; “O” stands for Order; “D” stands for Distance; and “E” for Ease of Use. Judy Sullivan, my business partner, has set up dozens of homes—for herself, friends, and military families over the last twenty-nine years. One of her basic rules of thumb is this: when you are setting up your storage, you should set it in close proximity to your workspace. To save time, factor Distance into setup. None of us has so much time or energy that we can afford to waste it. In fact, most of us are already racking our brains trying to carve out more time as it is. When it comes to setup, distance equals time. Store tools near work areas. Having things close can be compared to putting change into a bank at the end of the day. It doesn’t seem like much at that moment, but over time the savings can really add up. I remember one day at the grocery store, watching a man pour over $700 into a change machine. This was just change he had regularly emptied from his pockets at night while getting ready for bed.

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istance involves analyzing your space to determine where to put items so they will be near—where you will use them to save steps. An excellent example of a closet near a dining room filled with items for entertaining. The Elfa System—Photo courtesy of The Container Store

Like that pocket change, the time and aggravation I save just by having my tools close by can add up. For instance, when setting up a kitchen, one of the smartest things a cook can do is store dishes and silverware in the cabinets nearest the dishwasher. Another clear example is setup around the stove. Keeping hot pads, spices, pots and pans within arms reach, saves steps and makes the cooking process a breeze. In the next issue, we will discuss Ease of Use.

Judy Sullivan and Rita Mailheau of Simplify Staging and Redesign, can help you find what makes sense in your home. Each home and family is unique. Let us help you turn your home into a haven using what you already have. Reach us at 619-315-5771, or check out our website at http://www.simplifysd.com/. We are also on Facebook.


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Zoot Suit July 14-August 12

Joe vs. The Volcano June 8-July 29

As You Like It June 10-September 30

See How They Run August 10-September 23

Inherit the Wind June 17-September 25 Divine Rivalry July 7-August 5

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The Coronado Playhouse coronadoplayhouse.com The Man Who Came To Dinner June 29-August 5 Twelfth Night August 31-September 23

Wicked June 20-July 15 LA Cage August 7-August 12 Les Misérables August 28-September 2

Point Loma Summer Concert Series September www.plconcerts.org. San Diego Surf Cup XXXII La Jolla Concerts by the Sea 8/13 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm www.surfcup.com. www.ljconcertsbythesea.org. Pacific Beach Concert on the Green 9/2 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 8/4-8/6 8:00 am - 8:00 pm www.pbconcerts.org. Philippine Cultural Arts Fest San Diego Triathlon Classic 8/14 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm www.samahanphilippinedance.com. www.sdtriclassic.com. Amer. Finest City 1/2 Marathon 8/4-8/5 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 9/8 6:30 am - 12:00 pm www.afchalf.com. La Jolla Concerts by the Sea La Jolla Rough Water Swim 8/19 7:00 am - 8:30 am www.ljconcertsbythesea.org. www.ljrws.com. La Jolla Concerts by the Sea 8/5 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 9/9 9:00 am - 4:00 pm www.ljconcertsbythesea.org. Point Loma Summer Concert Series 8/19 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 47th Annual San Diego Bayfair www.plconcerts.org. (Powerboat Racing) 5th Annual Bike the Bay 8/10 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm www.sandiegobayfair.org. www.bikethebay.net. 9/14-9/16 7:00 am - 6:00 pm 7th Annual Fiesta Del Sol San Diego 8/26 7:00 am - 2:00 pm www.fiestadelsolsandiego.org. San Diego Heart Walk & Expo End of Summer Fire Run 8/11-8/12 11:00 am - 8:00 pm www.sdheartwalk.org. www.kathyloperevents.com. 9/15 6:30 am - 10:00 am Summer Concert at Bird Park 8/26 8:00 am - 10:00 am www.northparksd.org. The Sand Pit 5K Fall Mania La Jolla Concerts by the Sea 8/11 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Obstacle Course) www.ljconcertsbythesea.org. www.kozenterprises.com. La Jolla Concerts by the Sea 8/26 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 9/15 7:30 am - 11:00 am www.ljconcertsbythesea.org. 8/12 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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San Diego Restaurant Week www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com. 9/16 – 9/21 restaurant hours 31st Adams Avenue Street Fair www.adamsavenuebusiness.com. 9/29-9/30 10:00 am - 10:00 pm 23rd AIDS Run/Walk San Diego www.aidswalksd.org. 9/30 7:00 am - 11:00 am FLEET WEEK www.fleetweeksandiego.org 10/15-10/16 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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national salute to bob hope and the military By Barbara Allen a circular plaza overlooking San Diego Harbor, a crowd of men and women listen raptly to a man standing before them in front of a microphone. As a light breeze blows from the harbor, laughter echoes off the coral trees surrounding the group. The audience is frozen in time, as is the man at the mic— comedian Bob Hope. All sixteen are made of bronze. These life-size statues represent a typical USO road show that the entertainer provided to troops through five wars. His first show was held on May 6, 1941 at March Field, California, and over a 50-year period, he headlined approximately 60 shows.

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The fifteen bronze figures representing men and women who served during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the first Persian Gulf War were sculpted in authentic military uniforms. Designed and fabricated by the Daub Firman Hendrickson Group and the Steven Whyte Studio, the military figures represent the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and the Coast Guard. They include a sergeant in the 101st Airborne paratroopers who participated in the Normandy invasion during World War II; an African American Marine who was a Machinist Mate, Third Class Petty Officer (PO3) Bob Hope’s monologues play. At the back, a Korean War Marine holds up a sign that reads, "Thanks for the Memories BOB," referring to the song Bob Hope sang at the close of each of his shows. Born in London, England in 1903, Bob Hope never served in the U.S. military, but because of his dedication to the U.S. Armed Forces, President Bill Clinton bestowed on Hope the rank of "Honorary Veteran" in 1997. The inspiration and planning of the “National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military” was the brainchild of a veteran’s group called Task Unit 77.4.3/Taffy 3—“Taffy III” for short. These brave men served on warships that were sunk during the Battle off Samar during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on October 25, 1944. The plaza and sculptures were dedicated on July 8, 2009, with two of Bob Hope’s children present. Photos courtesy of Barbara Allen

The memorial is located on Tuna Lane, off W G Street and from the USS Lark during the Korean War; a Hospital North Harbor Drive, just south of the USS Midway Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy, from Quang Nam Museum. Province, Vietnam from 1968; and an Asian-American female Gulf War Air Force Staff Sergeant. Barbara Allen is a freelance writer. She has written With the USS Midway as a backdrop, visitors can stroll through the group, pose for pictures with an arm draped around a sailor, or kneel beside the injured Gulf War soldier in a wheelchair. Periodically, audio from some of

educational materials for the past 15 years and currently writes reading assessment items for an e-learning company in Virginia. Barbara loves to travel, explore new places, and write about them. Check out her blog: bicoastalbarb.wordpress.com/about her cross-country travels.


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y mother always said kids don't cost anything, boy was she optimistic. I am still trying to figure how that could be true. Back to school can be a stressful time. Here are ten tips to reduce those back-to-school blues...

1. Plan ahead. Kids are constantly growing and needing, at the very least, bigger clothes. If your kids are anything like ours, by the end of summer they will have either out-grown or destroyed their summer stuff. It is a great idea to set aside money ahead of time for back to school clothes and supplies.

Stop The Back To School Financial blues 2. Make a list. Just like Christmas, make a list of what you are going to need and stick to it--for clothes and supplies as well. You may not have to wait for the supply list from teachers. A lot of teachers post supply lists on their school website. 3. Watch for sales and deals all summer long. Find coupons online. Take your smart phone with coupon to the register. Stores spend countless dollars on back-toschool advertising and promotions. Take full advantage of the deals. Don't get stuck paying full price at the last minute. 4. Shop early. Shop early to try to avoid the mad rush at the stores during those first crazy weeks of school. Much easier to find what you need a month prior. 5. Determine need or want. Does your first grader really need designer jeans? Really? Probably not. Make wise purchase decisions. The younger they are the quicker they will outgrow it! Just ignore the whining coming from the back seat.

6. The dollar store. Do not forget about the ever-popular dollar store for all those supply requests from teachers. In the past I've gotten pretty grumpy about all the supplies we are asked to send in, until I found out how much of their own money teachers spend for things for their classrooms. Let's support those hard-working, awesome teachers for serving our kids every day by helping with cheerful hearts. 7. Miscellaneous expenses. Be ready for miscellaneous expenses that will come up. Year books, extra curricular activities, school pictures, field trips all require some extra funds. If you are prepared for those things it will lessen your stress levels! 8. Take a lunch break! Packing your kid's lunches will save a lot of money. It only takes a little extra time in the morning and your kids can get a much healthier meal. Have you seen the school menu lately? Ick! 9. And one for the college student... Text book prices are out of hand. Look on amazon, eBay, and at used book stores for the books you need. It is usually OK to get a book that may be one edition earlier. 10. Nothing is worth going into debt over. Who wants to be paying for those designer jeans months later? Stores do still take cold, hard cash. Josh and Liane Wilson live in Escondido with their three children. Josh is Pastor of Ministry Production at New Venture Christian Fellowship and Liane is a stay at home mom and has started a cupcake business! Ruby Cupcakes is open for business--cupcakes for baby showers, birthdays, special events, rainy days-- lianejwilson@yahoo.com or (619) 840-6415.

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grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond; I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard; we rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

front porch chatter I live in New York and it’s the greatest city, but sometimes I want to move to the place with the porch and the lemonade and farm.. - Leelee Sobieski

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where’s rosemary? I love exploring this beautiful county that we live in. In every issue of From the Front Porch you’ll find a photo of different places that I’ve been in San Diego County. Your goal is to figure out where I took the photo. Submit your guess as fast as you can (You have competition!!!) and the first correct answer will win a $25 gift card to the restaurant of their choice! You can email them to: Homes@InHarmonyWithYourDreams.com or call them into 619-405-7673. Thanks for playing!

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Korean War –Hase Father of Rita Mai

WWI‐Phillip Ling   Great Grandfather  of  Todd Joles 

WWII‐Zealious Joles  Grandfather  of  Todd Joles 

World War II –Jerome Wright  Great Uncle  of Todd Joles. 

WWI‐James Plummer   Grandfather  of  Carolyn Plummer 

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minutia The first President was John Hanson, not George Washington. While the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the new country was not actually formed until March 1, 1781 with the adoption of the Articles Of Confederation when Maryland finally signed. Hanson was elected President and fulfilled the one year term, after putting down a small uprising. Hanson quickly realized he was in trouble when the troops demanded to be paid. With no money in the coffers, the troops threatened to rebel against him and to install George Washington as “King”. He was successful in convincing them to wait for payment. While in office he declared the fourth Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still celebrated today. Six other Presidents were elected from 17821788. George Washington became the first President under the Constitution in 1789. Todd Joles known as Todd the “Toolman,” is a handyman by day, a passionate luthier by night, mandolin/bluegrass aficionado by choice, and a purveyor of this useless knowledge. If you are in need of handyman services you can contact Todd at 619-985-5017. He may even share some useless knowledge with you.

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Bravo and Mia have asked me to share a few quotes from their favorite author, Mark Twain. After reading them I would have to agree these are great! - Todd Joles

“Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit you would stay out and your dog would go in.”“When a man’s dog turns against him it is time for a wife to pack her trunk and go home to Mama!” Photo compliments of: Rebecca Johnson

Bravo and Mia are the fur-children of Rebecca and Shayne Johnson. They are the grand puppies of Rosemary and Todd Joles.

botanical name: pennisetum setaceum common name: purple fountain grass Likes: Full Sun to Light shade Hates: Overwatering Blooms: Red, Purple, Dark Purple, Black Negatives: None Bonus: Hummingbirds love it

"A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows." - Doug Larson Photo compliments of: Rosemary Joles

rosebud’s garden Rosemary Joles is passionate about low-water gardening in San Diego. She loves creating gardens that look like lush water thirsty gardens, yet need very little moisture to maintain them. Her other passions include real estate, lattes spending time with family and friends, reading, music and laughter!


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eing the time of the year we celebrate Independence Day, I thought an Englishman writing about the quest for freedom would be perfect. Author Ken Follett’s book, A Place Called Freedom, while not new, is a classic tale of a young man born into the slavery of the coal mines of Scotland. Living in a home supplied by the Laird, who owned the mine, doing business with the company store, and sold at birth to harsh servitude in the mines—young Mack finally rebels against the injustice of the system. Mack escapes to London, where he thinks he’s finally going to make his fortune only to run up against the same people he fled from in Scotland. Caught up in a situation not entirely of his own making, he is sent to the New World as a bond slave where he once again ends up in the hands of his nemesis. This book was actually inspired by a slave collar found on Follett’s own property.

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his month I’d like to spotlight one of the Great American Composers, George Gershwin. Not a group or specific CD, I know, but there is no denying that his music is some of the most beautiful and recognizable melodies of the 20th century. Some of my favorites are I’ve Got Rhythm, Sweet Embraceable You, Someone To Watch Over Me, Summertime, Rhapsody in Blue, and the musicals Porgy And Bess and American In Paris. For those of you not so tech savvy, I picked up my “Gershwin Classic Gold” CD years ago and then uploaded it to iTunes. No need to buy it again if you already have it. For a real treat check out Gene Kelly doing Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm from the film An American In Paris: www.youtu.be/LvglHa_P9BA/

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’m a maniac when it comes to getting rid of paper in my life. The curse of the self-employed is having to keeping track of receipts just in case there is an IRS audit. Yikes! Plus our wee humble cottage can only hold so much stuff. So to say I was excited when Lemon.com came on board with their receipt tracking system, well...I was skipping (not a pretty site)! No more file folders of faded receipts you can’t read, no more frustration of rumpled paper from “toolmans” pockets! There is not enough room to tell you of how powerful this little app is it does so much! So do yourself a favor and check out this must have app at: www.youtu.be/21Tx3dZ6f5o

If you could add an extra hour to your day today, how would you spend it?

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oday I had the privilege of speaking with the US Congressman for the 52nd Congressional District, Duncan D. Hunter. Congressman Hunter served in Iraq and Afghanistan and continues in the Reserves, recently promoted to the rank of Major. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. On a momentous day when the Congress voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold Healthcare, while the administrative offices in both houses were humming with lots of extra work, Duncan D. Hunter traveling to Bagram, Afghanistan, in 2007. he still found the time to speak with me.

Congressman Hunter learned how to work from his Father and his two grandfathers, who each demonstrated an excellent work ethic. He also mentioned that his son is earning pocket money over the summer working with his grandfather. Some young people don’t agree that getting a job over the summer vacation is a good use of their time. Our culture allows childhood to go on far too long. The way the economy is, a college degree isn’t necessarily going to help someone go higher. It is the ability to follow through, and finish the job that tips the scale. We cannot be afraid of pain. Success takes willpower. Young people should be willing to work hard, to go outside of their comfort zone. A successful contributor in our society has to say, “I will work however long it takes to get the job done.”

Before 9/11, life was good. He was married with a oneyear-old son. But when 9/11 came, he heard the call. Hunter joined the United States Marine Corps entering active service as a Lieutenant in 2002, and excelled in the area of field artillery. His grandfather Duncan O. Hunter also served in the Marines as an artillery officer in World War II. At the ripe old age of twenty-four, in 2003, he led a small unit of mostly twenty-two-year-olds in Iraq. He said that this is where he really learned about leadership—namely, how to get men focused so they could successfully carry out their objective. In 2004 at the end of his second tour, he and his men fought in the battle of Fallujah. Fighting has taught him to look at challenges with objectivity. Successful leadership requires dispassionate listening, even to those who don’t agree with you. As a Congressman, he continues to seek out and value people whose views differ from his.

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In the interview I asked him to tell me a bit about his service to our country and how this has equipped him to carry out his responsibilities in the House of Representatives.

Congressman Hunter said he couldn’t get nearly so much done if it wasn’t for his seasoned Staff. His Chief of Staff, Ms. Vicki Middleton, has been doing the job since 1981. His Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Mike Harrison, almost as long. He is quick to recognize the tireless contributions from this dedicated group. When asked what advice he would give to young people just starting out today, he said, “Have the right mindset. Learn how to work hard. Learn a good work ethic. College is good but it isn’t going to get you a job. We’ve oversold that point. Working hard and knowing what you want is the key.” When all is said and done— “determination gets results.”

College is good but it isn’t going to get you a job. We’ve oversold that point. Working hard and knowing what you want is the key.” When all is said and done— “determination gets results.”

-Duncan D. Hunter Congressman Hunter is thankful for the amazing contributions of his wife Margaret. She has had to take on more responsibility as a parent because of the demanding nature of his work. I am so glad Rosemary asked me to do this article. It was a privilege to talk with Congressman Hunter. I left the interview realizing that I want to grow in my own determination. When she is not helping Judy Sullivan of Simplify Staging & Redesign, Inc., downsize and organize for their clients, Rita Mailheau works as a freelance writer. You can contact Rita at : rita.mailheau@gmail.com.


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sd concerts

Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay Jul 11 7:00P Happy Together Tour 2012

Sep 07 7:30P Jewel (solo acoustic)

Jul 13 8:00P Lisa Lampanelli

Sep 10 7:30P Olivia Newton-John

Jul 18 7:30P Ledisi - B.G.T.Y. Tour w/special guest Eric Benet

Sep 11 8:00P Chicago

Jul 20 8:00P Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band

Sep 13 7:30P Doobie Brothers

Jul 22 8:00P An Evening with Yanni Under the Stars

Sep 15 7:00P Tower of Power / Average White Band

Jul 26 7:30P Sheryl Crow w/special guest honeyhoney

Sep 18 7:30P Roger Hodgson: The Legendary Voice of Supertramp

Jul 27 7:30P Sheryl Crow w/special guest LP

Sep 23 7:30P Tony Bennett

Aug 01 7:30P Los Lonely Boys w/special guest North Mississippi Allstars Duo

Sep 28 8:00P Bill Maher

Aug 02 7:30P Chris Isaak

Sep.30 7:30P Crosby, Stills & Nash

Aug 09 7:00P Buddy Guy / Jonny Lang

Oct 04 7:00P George Thorogood & The Destroyers Oct 10 7:30P David Byrne & St. Vincent

Aug 10 8:00P Gypsy Kings Aug 12 7:30P America Aug 14 7:00P Colbie Caillat / Gavin DeGraw Aug 15 7:30P Dead Can Dance Aug 17 8:00P The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute Aug 18 7:00P Yes / Procol Harum August 21 8:00P Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society Aug 23 8:00P Steve Martin / performing with The Steep Canyon Rangers Aug 24 7:00P Air Supply with special guest John Waite Sep 06 8:00P Pink Martini

Humphreys Box Office Hours Tuesday- Saturday 11:30-3:00/3:30-6:30 Visit www.humpreysconcerts.com for more information.

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domiciles

Beach Close · Solana Beach · $210,000-$225,000 1 Bedroom 1 Bath · 762 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

New Construction · Vista · $356,990 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath · 2002 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

Beautiful Finishes · Lakeside · $569,000 5+ Bedroom 3 Bath · 3493 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

Traditional Sale · Fletcher Hills · $499,000 4+ Bedroom 2.5 Bath · 3394 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

Old World Charm · Rancho San Diego · $675,000 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath · 2246 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

Incredible Sonoma Plan 1 · Carmel Valley · $1,095,000 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath · 3221 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673


from east county to the coast

Cape Cod Charmer · Ramona · $359,000 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath · 2160 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

Top Floor · San Diego · $469,000 2 Bedroom 2 Bath · 1022 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

Incredible Views · La Mesa · $534,000-$574,000 3 Bedroom 2 Bath · 2175 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

Grand Living · Santee · $599,000-$610,000 4+ Bedroom 4 Bath · 3308 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

Paradise Awaits · Pacific Beach · $1,239,000 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath · 3443 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673

Private Estate · Carmel Valley · $2,099,000 5+Bedroom 4.5 Half Bath · 4410 Sq. Ft. · 619·405·7673


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2012 July/August From The Front Porch