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Diamond Hill Arabians McNeely Farms Equestrian Center: A Family’s Dreams Come True

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8 • Diamond Hill Arabians McNeely Farms Equestrian Center: A Family’s Dreams Come True 14 • Destination... Whatever Floats your Boat... Cruising!


20 • It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions! Should we make them in 2012? 22 • What will you remember about the year 2011?


24 • Helpful tips to prevent the spread of cold and flu germs 26 • The Fat Man goes to New Zealand Café on Sardis Road North


29 • At your Service 31 • January & February Events Ring in the new year with some fun! • JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012


LCS It’s almost a cliché – “This year flew right by!” Unless you’re a child, time doesn’t stand still. Many of you are working parents; some of you work two jobs. You know there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done and that time really does fly by. For our readers who are retired, we congratulate you on achieving that accomplishment and know that you too, understand the value of every minute. We say, not only did this year fly right by, but the two years before did as well. As we enter our third year, we’re changing things up a bit. The biggest change, and one of the most exciting, is that we’ll be easier to find! Check our website regularly for updates on distribution. Speaking of changes and our website – we’re in the process of doing an overhaul, so visit it often. Other changes include introducing you to the people who make this magazine possible and shining the spotlight on organizations that work hard to meet the needs of area residents, yet often go unnoticed – nonprofits. No matter what your position or station in life, we are thankful that, when given the opportunity, you choose to read our magazine. We are a small, hard working staff, with each one of us giving all that we can to make every issue enjoyable and informative. Lorayn DeLuca is our phenomenal photographer. Lorayn brings out the best in our cover subjects and can often be seen traveling with writer Nancy Moore to photograph destinations. Katie Kidd is our Lead Graphic Designer who, besides being very patient with all of us throughout the publication process, does a fantastic job with layout and design. Nancy Moore’s role with the magazine grew by leaps and bounds in 2011. Nancy wrote our first cover story in February 2010 and by mid-2011 expanded her portfolio to include the destination article and a general interest article. We are happy to announce that Nancy has accepted the position of ‘Chief Executive Editor.’ Yes, it’s a big name, but it’s a big job. But it all comes down to you, our readers. We want to hear from you and encourage you to contact us. Visit us on Facebook to let us know what you like (and don’t like) about the magazine and what you’d like to see in future issues. We here at South Charlotte Living Magazine wish you much happiness and prosperity in 2012!

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Diamond Hill Arabians McNeely Farms Equestrian Center A Family’s Dreams Come True By: Nancy Moore | Photos: Lorayn DeLuca, Mama Luca Media • JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012

McNeely Farms is a seventy-acre equestrian community developed specifically for horse owners, horse enthusiasts, and event operators. Diamond Hill Arabians is the breeding business built around the purebred Arabian horse, Hucks Connection V...


eographically speaking, we are very fortunate to live in this area. We are a few hours’ drive from the ocean and the mountains. Inside of thirty minutes we can be shopping in SouthPark, dining in uptown Charlotte, or riding a horse in Waxhaw. Wait – riding a horse? Located three miles from downtown Waxhaw is McNeely Farms Equestrian Center and its sister company Diamond Hill Arabians.

All in the family McNeely Farms Equestrian Center (6221 McNeely Road, Waxhaw) is a dream come true for Jack Lapointe, his wife, Ann, and their daughter, Lisa Giovanniello. McNeely Farms is a seventy-acre equestrian community developed by Lisa specifically for horse owners, horse enthusiasts, and event operators. Driving into the development, surrounded by horses, you feel a million miles away from the city. The land is clear, awaiting further development, except for the Lapointes’ house, the barn, and a few covered shelters here and there.

Hucks Connection V, affectionately called ‘Huck’ by the family, is a beautiful, majestic Arabian horse with an outstanding pedigree, thus placing him in high demand as a world-class breeding stallion, with offspring throughout the U.S., Canada, and even South Africa. Arabians are one of the oldest breeds in the world and are easily recognized by the shape of their head and high tail carriage – Huck’s tail is so long that it sweeps across the ground when he runs. Huck doesn’t live in Waxhaw; so don’t expect to see him when you visit. However, if you’d like to see Huck in action and strutting his stuff, visit www.hucksconnectionv. com and click the box to watch his videos. His personality and demeanor shine very brightly – he is truly amazing.

It’s in their blood

A native of Quebec, Canada, Jack moved to Cumberland, Rhode Island, in 1952. It was there that he met Ann, a native AFireLove, Purebred Abrabian of Lincoln, Rhode Island. They recall riding horses when dating. It’s no surprise then that daughter Lisa would fall in love Diamond Hill Arabians is the breeding business built with horses at an early age. For her ninth birthday, she around the purebred Arabian horse, Hucks Connection was given the gift of riding lessons. Fast forward thirty V (the letter “V,” not the Roman numeral), purchased years later and Lisa is an international amateur champion by Jack and Ann in 2006. The V represents the Varian who has begun teaching her two-year old identical twin Arabians breeding program founded by Sheila Varian of daughters how to ride. California. The Lapointes have been breeding Arabians since the eighties and purchasing Hucks Connection V Jack founded Jan-Pro, a franchise commercial cleaning allowed them to take their breeding capabilities to the company, in 1992. Today Jan-Pro is an International next level. company with over 100 offices throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In 2008 he sold a portion of the


HucksWild Patricia, a 4 month old 1/2 Arabian, 1/4 Saddlebred, 1/4 DutchHarnes.

McNeely Farms is the perfect location for horse owners, whether or not they decide to live within the development. Horse owners are able to board their horse without living in the development. There are two to four-acre homesites available for purchase, with a 4,000 square foot minimum build. The property itself has acres of pasture, private riding trails, and is located directly across from an entrance to the Mineral Springs greenway – with acres of conservation land designed for hiking and horseback riding. company, while still holding the office of chairman, giving him the freedom to dedicate his time to horses and the breeding of horses, as well as affording him the ability to spare no expense when it comes to building a quality development and Arabian empire.


Lisa, owner of United Country Blue Ribbon Realtors, developed the community, which, along with prime greenway access, includes a twenty-stall barn, 85’x140’ covered arena, and 100’x200’ outdoor arena. The covered arena is one amenity that makes McNeely Farms different. Riders can ride year-round in all types of weather.

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The ideal location and the McNeely Farms difference

Jack with one of his horses; just not the animal kind.

For those who love horses, but don’t own one, as well as those who want to ride horses, but never have, McNeely Farms leases horses and offers riding lessons; lessons for both the horse and the rider in the disciplines of saddle seat, hunter seat (also called hunt seat), and dressage. McNeely Farms organizes a ladies’ riding club that meets on select Wednesday nights after work. The cost is $45 and includes one hour of riding and one hour of socializing, with drinks and appetizers being served. What a great way to relax after work and hang around with old friends or make new ones! A word of advice: If you haven’t ridden in a while, or you’re new to horseback riding, you’ll want to take a lesson or two before attending a girls’ night out session.

A barn as big as a house! The barn houses two offices, one of which is Ann’s, twenty stalls, each large enough for a mother and her baby, plus Ann, who oversees the birth and care of the babies. The barn also has two upstairs apartments, the lower of which has a viewing JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012 •


McNeely Farms is the perfect location for horse owners, whether or not they decide to live within the development. Horse owners are able to board their horse without living in the development. window over the covered arena. Sergio, the full-time caretaker, lives in the second apartment. The barn is large enough to hold special events and is available to rent. Ann welcomes volunteers who are interested in learning about horses, including their care and breeding. High school students, college students, and members of agricultural organizations such as Future Farmers of America and 4-H are welcome to contact Ann regarding volunteer opportunities. Volunteers will be particularly helpful in the spring, when nine babies are due between April and June. Take a drive out to Waxhaw to visit Ann, Jack, and their horses. I’m sure you’ll be overwhelmed at the beauty of the area, as well as the horses. Give them a call before you go, so you know they are there. You can reach them at 704-243-7036. (

For those who love horses, but don’t own one, as well as those who want to ride horses, but never have, McNeely Farms leases horses and offers riding lessons. They offer lessons for both the horse and the rider in the disciplines of saddle seat, hunter seat, and dressage. McNeely Farms Equestrian Center 6221 McNeely Road Waxhaw, NC 704-243-7036 Photos by: Lorayn DeLuca, Mama Luca Media




Destination whatever floats your boat By: Nancy Moore Photos: Lorayn DeLuca, Mama Luca Media 14 • JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012


ne of the benefits of cruising is that it provides the traveler with the opportunity to see and visit several destinations in a short period of time. Especially when cruising the islands of the Caribbean or Europe where you can visit several islands and decide where you’d like to return to for an extended stay.

Pick a ship, any ship Here are some things to consider when choosing a cruise (in no particular order). First, destination. Where do you want to go and what do you want to see? Basically, if you want to visit it, you can probably cruise to it (as long as there’s a port). You can cruise in all four oceans and many international seas. You can cruise to each of the continents, even Antarctica. Once you’ve decided where you want to visit, find a cruise line that will take you there. Second, how much time do you want to be away? From a short weekend to over a month, there’s a lot to choose from. Third, can you afford it? If you’re new to cruising, be aware that there are ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ cabins. Inside cabins run the interior hallway of the ship and have no natural light; outside cabins run the exterior and have a window or porthole, even a balcony. All cabins are in a category, which is determined by location. Generally the lower the cabin, the lower the price. Conversely, the higher the cabin, the higher the price. So, lower inside cabins are usually the cheapest way to go. But, if you need natural light, consider booking a lower outside cabin. Keep in mind, though, that you spend very little waking time in your cabin. When you’re not sleeping, you’re getting ready to go do something. Fourth, is the departure point convenient for you? While you would love to visit Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, are you willing and able to fly to San Diego to board the ship? Fifth, have you cruised before? If you’re a first-time cruiser, you may be more comfortable on a larger ship and in a cabin with a porthole (more on that later). If you’ve cruised so many times that you know the crew by name, you may want to try a barefoot or

Windjammer cruise. The ships are much smaller and sometimes give you the opportunity to be a part of the crew And, lastly, what are you expecting on-board the ship? Are you okay with a lot of families and children? Or would you rather have something aimed at mature adults? Don’t assume that because it’s a ‘Fun Ship’ it’s going to be a wild crowd. On the contrary, many older adults enjoy the ships and the destinations. If you don’t have time to do the research, or if you feel overwhelmed or intimidated by it, meet with a travel agent. They are your best bet to finding the right cruise for you.

What to expect Prior to your departure date, you’ll receive your travel documents in some form, either in print or electronically. You’ll probably also receive what looks like a credit card. This card is tied to your cabin and is used to ‘charge’ what’s not included in the cruise price (more on that below). You’ll also receive forms that need to be completed prior to boarding, such as emergency contact information, proof of return travel (many countries won’t let you visit without knowing that you’re going to leave), and a ‘duty’ claim form (think: tax-free). When you arrive at the terminal to board your ship, you’ll check-in along with everyone else, which could be 4,000 friends you haven’t met yet. Twice that if there are two cruise lines departing that day. Try to get to the port early enough so that you can find a convenient parking place (remember, you’ll have a couple of suitcases to carry) and get in line. The checkin period can take anywhere from thirty minutes to a couple of hours. Some cruise lines offer online check-in. Take advantage of that option if it’s available. Once you check in, you’ll be separated from your luggage as you board. The larger ships usually provide you with a map of the ship. This is something you will want to study and keep with you until you’re comfortable with the ship. There’s also a photo of the deck plan posted in the elevators. You’ll have time prior to departure to find your cabin and look around the



We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. — Hilaire Belloc

At some point during the next few hours, usually before departure, you’ll be required to participate in the muster drill. Conducting a muster drill is required under international law and cruise lines take it very seriously. Quite often, crewmembers will go cabin-to-cabin to make sure everyone is on deck. The muster drill is when you’ll learn how to inflate your life jacket, as well as being instructed on how to use a lifeboat. Each day you’ll wake to a ship newsletter that’s been slipped under your door. The newsletter will tell you the date and day of the week, the port of call, and all available on-board activities. It’s a great way to plan your day. Or not.

Now onto the fun. What’s included? It’s a common misconception that everything is included in the price of a cruise. The reality is that almost everything is included in the price. Not taking into consideration airfare, your cruise price includes accommodations, entertainment, on-board activities, and most meals. Not included are drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, shore excursions, tips and gratuities, spa treatments, and specialty food restaurants. To 16 • JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012

break this down further, every time you order an alcoholic beverage at the bar, or get one from a server passing by, your shipboard credit card will be swiped and the charge will appear on the final bill. Many cruise lines offer alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage packages. If you enjoy wine with dinner every night or you’re traveling with children, these packages are good deals. The nonalcoholic package usually includes soda and juice. Shore excursions are the daytrips you’ll take when you’re in a port-of-call. If possible, book your shore excursions prior to boarding so you’ll get the one(s) you really want. The popular excursions can sell out quickly. If you want to wait until you board to reserve your excursion, at least research the options ahead of time. Shore excursions can range from free to several hundred dollars, depending on what you do. Many ships have independent restaurants on-board – whether it’s Johnny Rockets or an upscale steakhouse, these meals are not included and you will pay for them on-board. There are photo opportunities everywhere and crewmembers are very accommodating. Go ahead and have your picture taken – you’ll have a chance to visit the ‘gallery’ of photos and decide which ones you’d like for your photo album. As with the other items, photos are not included in the price of the

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So much to see and do You can ice skate, rock climb, play roulette and the slots (even Bingo), get a massage, do karaoke, take dance lessons, exercise, sit by the piano bar, and enjoy first-rate live entertainment such as revues and comedy shows. Some cruise lines offer themed cruises bring in special entertainment, such as teen idols, musicians, soap opera stars, and poker tournaments. You can be off the ship all day, every day, or you can relax by the pool while everyone else is off the ship. The activities and amenities don’t stop because you’re in port. And, they don’t stop because it’s 3:00 a.m. Cruise ships are up all night (don’t worry about the noise; you won’t hear it in your cabin). There are usually two dining options when in the dining room: early and late. This applies to breakfast and dinner; sometimes lunch. Whichever you choose, it is the same for all meals of the day. If you’ve chosen late dining, you’ll see the main entertainment before you eat. While you’re eating, the early diners will be enjoying the show.

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Be prepared As with other modes of travel, there are several things to take into consideration before you go. If you’re going to be leaving the United States, have a valid passport. Many countries require that the passport be issued at least six months prior to arrival (in their country). While a driver’s license is a valid form of identification, it’s not proof of citizenship. Don’t even think about carrying your Social Security card; it’s neither an ID nor proof of citizenship. (As an FYI, it is strongly recommended that you store your Social Security card safely in your home to protect against identity theft.) Remember, while the foreign country wants to see a valid passport prior to entry, the main reason you have a passport is so you can get back into the United States. It’s a good idea to carry a small travel bag, such as a cosmetic case, containing your medications (in their original bottles), bathing suit (if you’re going to a warm destination, travel sized personal hygiene items, contact lens solution and case, etc.; basically what you would need should you not have your suitcase until the next day. While that doesn’t happen often, it does happen. Confirm whether or not there will be a formal night or two. If there is, find out whether or not you’ll need to be dressed to the nines or if business casual will do. Keep track of what you’re spending on-board – it adds up very quickly. The night before the last day of the cruise, you’ll receive a statement and will have to settle that before disembarking. A rule of thumb is to prepare for at least 50% of the total cost of your cruise to be spent on-board. So, if a cruise for two people costs $2,000, budget $1,000 on-board. Gratuities are either paid in cash on-board, or paid upfront at booking. Expect $10 - $15 per person, per day.

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cruise. And, of course, the cost for any trinkets and souvenirs you’d like to take home from one of the on-board gift shops is not included in the price.

What else? Seating in the main dining room is prearranged. Your table number will be included in your travel documents. If it’s just you and your spouse, unless you request otherwise, expect to be seated with six or eight more people. You may be surprised at how many friendships you’ll forge from dining and cruising together. Many of these friendships last a lifetime. You’ll get to know the maître d’ and your servers, and they will get to know you. Not only will they know your name, but they’ll know what foods you like, if you have any food allergies, and if you like regular, decaf, or brandy after dinner.

While on-board, leave your watch in your stateroom. There are clocks around the ship, so you’ll be able to get the time. But do you really want to? If you’re afraid of motion sickness, start taking Dramamine or the like a few days ahead of your departure date, or wear the patch. Once you’ve been on-board for a couple of days, you’ll be fine. If you still feel like you’re on the ship after returning home, don’t worry about it – it’s normal. Finally, enjoy. Cruising is a fantastic way to travel. You will be treated like royalty. And you deserve it! (

You’ll never be bored. If you’re traveling with children, you will never hear them say, “There’s nothing to do.” Ships have kids camps and days jam-packed with activities (that don’t require mom and dad). Note to moms and dads: babysitting services are available so you can have a date night.

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Time for New Year’s Resolutions! Should we make them in 2012? By: Nancy Moore


don’t buy Chubby Hubby (or any Ben & Jerry’s, for that matter) or don’t watch HGTV. But what will you do in the alternative? I wouldn’t suggest watching Food Network or The Cooking Channel. How about reading a book without snacking? You could take up knitting, or quilting, or woodworking; something that makes use of your hands so you can’t snack. If you just love House Hunters, watch it without snacking or munch on a healthy alternative that you like. Let’s be honest: I’m not going to give up ice cream for rice cakes, but I would (on occasion) This year I am going to . . . give it up for tortilla chips, which would be better than the New Year’s resolutions are full of good intent: save entire container of B & J (this is the voice of experience money, lose weight, exercise regularly, smoke less, etc. talking). After six weeks of eating everything in sight, Americans decide on January 1 (or the 2nd) that they are going to get Mind over matter in shape and lose weight. The YMCA loves January – but not February. By the middle of February, those with good I am a big believer of mind over matter. I do believe intentions have stopped going to the gym and returned to that if we are determined to do something (good or bad) we their old habits. have the mental ability to get it done. Here’s a suggestion: Rather than making a resolution, set a goal. Make it Therein lies the problem to resolutions. In order to realistic and something you can accomplish. Don’t say, eliminate a bad habit, it has to be replaced with a good “I’m going to save $2,000 by May so I can take my family habit. If your bad habit is eating an entire container of to Disneyworld.” Nope. Not going to happen, unless you Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby as you watch HGTV every have enough disposable income. night, you can do one, or both, of two things. Either 20 • JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012

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lmost half of all Americans make a resolution for the New Year. But do they stick with them? Interestingly, out of the almost 50% who do make a resolution, 46% are maintaining that resolution six months later. Also interesting is that 25% of the initial 50% gave up after the first week. How can you make a resolution and stick with it? Or, should you make a resolution at all?

Instead, set a goal of saving a reasonable amount every pay period. If you can realistically afford to put away $10 twice a month, then you’re not going to have enough to go to Disney in May. Even if you could afford to put away $25 a week, you’re still not going to have $2,000 for your trip, but you will have $525 to put toward it. As for exercising and weight loss, rather than saying, “I’m going to work out every day,” say, “I’m going to exercise at least twice a week.” Rethink your ‘workouts.’ You don’t need to go to the gym or run five miles to get a workout. Take a walk on a nice day. Kick the ball with your dog. Get outside to play with your children. The easiest way to set this goal and stay with it is to exercise with a friend or family member. Then there’s smoking. Resolutions to quit smoking are very popular and admirable. Just don’t do it on your own. See your doctor to kick the habit.

Unless there’s a drastic change in circumstance, i.e., retirement, if your life is hectic on December 31, it’s still going to be hectic on January 2. The only difference between December and January is the number at the end of the date – the hours in the day did not increase. Keep that in mind when you set goals. You’re still working with the same 24 hours.

Tomorrow, you’re always a day away Remember that you don’t have to wait until the first of January to set a goal. You can set a goal March 7, May 17, September 4, or November 27 – it doesn’t matter. What matters is making the goal realistic and following through. Sharing your goals with a friend or family member will help you stay on track. Accountability is key in attaining goals. It’s also important to not be overly critical of yourself when you’re developing a new habit. Cut yourself some slack and turn your attention to why you set the goals.

Something else to keep in mind is that your goals don’t Want to share your 2012 goals or resolutions with us? have to revolve around self-help. You can set a goal to get Visit our Facebook page and let us know! ( more organized, to take a gourmet cooking class, to learn to speak Italian, etc. Self-improvement can be as valuable as self-help. Maybe you’ve always wanted to practice yoga. Find the most convenient class closest to where you live or work and give it a try. If you didn’t care for it, don’t stop there. Try another style of yoga and see how you like it. The key here is to not go out of your way to try something new. If you have to drive thirty minutes to get to a class and you’re stressed the entire time thinking you’re going to be late, that’s not good for you and could be a big deterrent in returning.

It’s still the same 24 hours I’m amused when I hear people say that they’re going to spend less time at the office and more time at home.

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What 11 moments will you remember from 2011 ?


s the year winds down, the events of 2011 become miles from Tokyo, affected thousands more and rendered water cooler conversation. Reflections of what large areas uninhabitable for decades to come. happened in the world beyond one’s front door take the form of “top moments” and “best ofs.” • The Royal Wedding: The fairytale wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton captivated people around To mark the end of another exciting year in global, the world and boasted the largest ever live online audience. national and local news, AOL, whose mission is to inform, In the months leading up to April 29, people breathlessly entertain and connect the world, shares the “11 Days That awaited - and debated - details from the guest list to the Shaped 2011.” These are the moments that made news reception menu to the top-secret wedding gown design. that got people talking, sharing and commenting most this year, from the horrific shooting of Representative • Osama bin Laden’s death: Following news of the Gabrielle Giffords and her miraculous recovery, to the terror leader’s death at the hands of Navy Seal Team passing of Steve Jobs and the marriage of Prince William 6, spontaneous celebrations erupted in New York, and Kate Middleton. People can visit Washington and beyond on May 1. Learning that Bin to agree, disagree, or add to the moments that helped Laden lived within sight of a key Pakistani military base define the year. further undermined U.S. trust in our ally.

• End of the Oprah Winfrey Show: The highest-rated talk show in American history ended its 25-year domination • The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: On January of daytime television. After decades of influencing and 8, a deranged gunman went on a rampage that critically defining culture, Winfrey left her namesake show on May injured Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and 25 to focus on The Oprah Winfrey Network/OWN. killed six others. This brutal act led to an outpouring of support for Giffords and renewed focus on gun control. • Debt ceiling crisis: Washington’s inability to provide a long-term resolution to the debt ceiling issue on August 8 • Arab Spring: Inspired by their Tunisian neighbors who contributed to a downgrade of our nation’s credit rating, successfully overthrew their own oppressive government, market volatility and the lowest approval rating for the Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January U.S. congress in modern times. to protest the brutal 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak, who resigned 18 days later. Demands for • Tenth anniversary of 9/11: America marked the tenth freedom soon spread to Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, anniversary of our deadliest day, September 11, with Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco and Oman, with social respectful ceremonies honoring victims and their families, media playing a key role in organizing and spreading who are still struggling to recover from their devastating news about the protests. losses. The 11 Days that Shaped 2011

• The meltdown of Charlie Sheen: TV’s highest paid

The Occupy Movement: In September 2011, the star went on a tirade on the first day of March against his Occupy Movement started on Wall Street and was aimed “Two and a Half Men” producer Chuck Lorre, made a at the economic disparity and social inequity in the series of bizarre pronouncements across mainstream and country and quickly spread around the world. social media, went on tour and was ultimately fired from his top-rated show. • The death of Steve Jobs: When Apple CEO and cofounder Steve Jobs, one of the greatest innovators and • Japan earthquake: It was March 11 when the quake businessmen in history passed away in October, people unleashed a giant tsunami that leveled cities and towns in around the globe mourned the man behind the inventions northern Japan. The resulting nuclear disaster, just 170 that changed the world. ( 22 • JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012

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“Whether it’s a student at my school or a parent at home, I know taking a temperature can be a challenge, especially with young children who may be uncomfortable and fussy,” says Pappas. “What I love about the TemporalScanner is that it’s not invasive like an ear, rectal or oral thermometer. No matter what a student comes to see me for, I’m able Temperature taking is a key indicator of flu patterns to get an accurate reading. It’s so easy to use that you can and should be taken seriously, says Mary Pappas, the New take someone’s temperature even when they are sleeping York area school nurse credited with first alerting officials and not disturb them.” about the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. “The flu usually comes with a fever while the common cold does not, so taking To help you prepare and cope throughout the your temperature is the easiest way to tell the difference,” cold and flu season, Pappas recommends the she says. A high or prolonged fever can be an indicator following school nurse recommended tips: of when to seek medical attention, so it’s important to monitor your temperature on an ongoing basis when you 1. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with are sick. soap and water to help prevent the spread of germs, or use hand sanitizer. Many public buildings provide hand Pappas has been taking temperatures for nearly 30 years sanitizer, so when you see it, use it. and, as a school nurse, takes as many as 50 per day. But whether it’s one temperature or 100, she maintains that 2. Avoid sharing drinks or food with others unless you the most important consideration is that it be accurate. want to share their germs. While there are many types of thermometers available, Pappas favors the Exergen TemporalScanner because of its 3. Frequently clean commonly touched areas like proven accuracy and ease-of-use; all it requires is a simple doorknobs and light switches. swipe across the forehead. 4. Always cover your mouth with your elbow or sleeve when you cough or sneeze.


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ach year, millions of people suffer from a cold or flu and this year is likely to be no different. Between 15 and 61 million people in the United States will get the flu this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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7. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. 8. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air and help drain congestion.

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The Fat Man goes to

New Zealand! home who brings her much happiness. I know it is more than that because I am one of those “always happy” people who drive the morning-averse/unhappy people crazy.

So off we went to New Zealand Café, located at 1717 Sardis Road North, Charlotte, near Matthews. From the specials on display out front to the handwritten signs telling of ongoing sushi deals, New Zealand screams ‘chef owned and operated.’ Even though I had never heard of this place, it was obvious that everyone within a hundred mile radius had and I am sure they were there, LOL. The place was packed and it wasn’t even peak lunchtime yet. Fortunately for us, there was one table available and we grabbed it. When peak lunchtime arrived it was standing room only while folks, after adding their name to the list, waited patiently for a table.

We weren’t particularly happy with our wine selection and she swapped it out with another selection, still genuinely happy to make our dining experience great. I really think that the server is key to a great dining experience because even if the food is awesome, a poor server can really take the joy out of dining. Remember the saying is, “Eat, drink, and be merry!”

Despite how busy the restaurant was, our waitress came out almost immediately and offered to bring some water while we decided on a wine to go with lunch. (Yes, I approve of a glass of wine at a business lunch; people relax and bring out their human side to mix with business and it’s usually more productive. If anything, the meeting is never boring.) We chose a bottle of wine and some sushi as appetizers and the one thing that stands out most is just how happy and accommodating our waitress, Catherine, was. When I inquired why she was so happy, she immediately said she had a five-month old child at 26 • JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012

Catherine obviously loves her job and it shows. She is great at it. She helped with the sushi selection and was very honest, without being negative; when I ordered what I thought was an interesting type of sushi. She shared a story about a young boy who comes in with his parents and orders the quail egg cooked, rather than raw, and the chef accommodates him. This is truly an example of a restaurant connecting with its patrons. Catherine is a very valuable part of New Zealand. I hope the owners realize just how valuable she is to their business!

Our sushi arrived at our table (we ordered the dragon roll) and, just as sushi is supposed to be, it was beautifully presented. I enjoyed the flavor blend and subtleness of the “’heat.’ For lunch, I ordered the Atlantic seafood bento box. When the entrees arrived, I couldn’t get over how much food was on the plate (or, in this case, in the box). Not so much portion size, but the side items that come with the meal. I was hooked with the very first bite; in fact, I was having a hard time deciding which part of the meal to eat next, as it was all incredibly fresh and tasty. Make sure you get the garlic noodles as part of your meal. Even though they are garlic noodles they have a peanut buttery hint of flavor. One of my dining companions is allergic to peanuts, so I asked Catherine if the noodles had peanut butter sauce on them. She assured us there were no peanuts.

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t was during a business meeting that my mind began to wander to satisfying my hunger. I started dropping hints, but no one was picking up on them. So I finally came out with it and said, “Let’s continue this meeting over lunch.” A business associate suggested we go to New Zealand. My mind instantly went to “all things Australian” imagining shrimp on the barbie, steaks, and even exotic stuff like ostrich and rattlesnake. She continued telling us about the great sushi and the bento box lunches, and that the name New Zealand surprises most people when they find out what type of food they serve. She assured us of two of my favorite things: great food and reasonable prices. Visit their website ( to find out about them and browse the menu.

The meals come with a salad, cheese ravioli, chicken skewers, noodles (my fave) or rice, and, of course, the main dish. The freshness of the seafood is what jumped out at me with my first bite. The meal was very dietfriendly. So, for those of you who love good food, but need to watch those calories, New Zealand is a perfect place for you. You’re eating low cal without even knowing it. It’s kind of like when your mom serves you a cereal for breakfast you think tastes great and your mom smiles inside because it’s really good for you. I try to eat light most of the time, but when I go to a restaurant I choose my entrée without even considering the calories since I like to focus on enjoying the experience. Another outstanding thing about New Zealand is that you can afford to eat here regularly; once you try it, you will. We had a bottle of wine, sushi appetizer, three entrees, and were out the door for around $50. It was a great experience all around, and I will definitely be back with friends. I suggest you get there early so you can get a table. Be on the lookout for the Fat Man – I’m the guy who is as happy as Catherine. Bring your friends and tell them the Fat Man sent you. (

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1/16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/23 Chinese New Year 1/5 - 1/8 International Collectibles & Antiques Show @ Metrolina Tradeshow Expo The International Collectibles & Antiques Shows is held the first week of every month at the Metrolina Tradeshow Expo in Charlotte, NC. You won’t want to miss one show after you see the unique finds in store! New vendors added each month! No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here! Featuring 100+ acres, 98,000 square ft. of shopping, the largest open-air market, 2000+ vendors When? Thurs. - Sat. 9AM - 5PM; Sunday 10AM- 4PM Where? 7100 Statesville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269 704-714-7909 www.icashows. com 1/9 Charlotte Job Fair Monday 11AM - 2PM FREE ADMISSION Coast-to-Coast Career Fairs is hosting a Career Fair Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Marriott Executive Park. Over 300 Local Jobs will be available from, Sales, Marketing, Customer Service,

Administrative, Accounting, Financial Services, Banking, Retail, Insurance and more. Anyone in the community who is looking for work is encouraged to attend this FREE Job Fair.! Job seekers will also have an opportunity to meet with local career experts who will be providing a free professional resume review and interview skills workshops.Where? Marriott Executive Park: 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC 28269. www.coasttocoastcareerfairs. com/job_fairs_by/city/NC/ Charlotte/

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Partners for Parks, a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation that seeks to promote and enhance parks, recreation and open space in neighborhoods throughout Mecklenburg County and the surrounding area. More than thirty craft beers will be on hand with each brewery showcasing its full lineup of beers. Find this event on Facebook! When? 1st Session: 1PM - 4PM, 2nd Session: 6PM - 9PM Cost:$20 Where? 511 E. 36th Street, Charlotte, NC 28205 704-441-3221


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02/04 Queen City Brewers Festival @ Neighborhood Theatre The Queen City Brewers Festival (QCBF) will premiere at the Neighborhood Theatre on Saturday, February 4, 2012. QCBF is exclusive to the Charlotte-area breweries that are putting the Queen City on the craft beer map. The event will feature a diverse selection of beer styles and flavors for the Charlotte community to taste and learn about from official brewery representatives.

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Ongoing exhibition: Mummies of the World, now open at Discovery Place. The presentation will mark the fourth stop of the exhibition’s exclusive seven-city tour. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years! Now through 4/8/12. JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012 •


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