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Village Voice Newsletter • July 2013

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Vol. XXII, No. 7 | July 2013

Editorial

A Tough Job!

The job of being a member of the Ocean Hills Master Board appears to be an easy position. We see its members at meetings or on TV — passing measures, listening to proposals, hearing suggestions and complaints by homeowners, and contending with a whole list of other matters. Wrong; it’s not easy. It’s a very tough and ceaselessly demanding task. We have seven members who are so dedicated to and involved in the welfare of OHCC, that attending the constant array of meetings, which occupy many hours of extra work during the week, is merely part of the job. Reams of paper go through their hands and each subject must be seriously considered as to its feasibility, benefit and cost. When so many facets of each issue must be thoughtfully weighed and balanced, it is no wonder that anything acted upon cannot possibly please 100 percent of our homeowners. It never does. This, of course, occurs in any democracy — at the city level, at the state level, and more notably at the national level. Yet, these seven members of the current board have demonstrated patience and perseverance that have risen to an extraordinarily high EDITORIAL, cont’d. on Page 3

Fire trucks at Vista Fire Station #5.

Our City Fire Departments Are Under Stress Who comes when you call 911? The answer is quite simple. When you call 911, the first responder will usually be our own Community Patrol as they monitor dispatch calls for the emergency responders. (The officers are not authorized to lift patients due to the potential for further injury.) The second responder will most likely be one of two fire stations which are almost equidistant from OHCC. Seventy percent of the calls from 911 are for medical assistance, but locally the percentage is much higher. As the senior population increases, there be-

comes a higher demand for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). (In Vista and Oceanside alone, there are 47,000 individuals over the age of 65.) Couple this with increases in homelessness and then factor in the increase of automobile traffic and the resulting traffic accidents. At the current rate, the demand for EMS in call volume will likely increase 3% per year. The Vista Fire District receives some 1,200 calls annually. Under the strain of homeowners’ reluctance to increase property taxes, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, cont’d. on Page 3

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level. Together, the board members have painstakingly focused their thoughts and efforts upon the daunting task of maintaining and enhancing the integrity and beauty of Ocean Hills and the high standard of living that we cherish. Many of us regard OHCC as a haven of paradise and it is rightly so largely because of the Board’s hard work and vision. We particularly wish to express our gratitude to the Master Board’s president, Ellen Baur, who for five years has been an inspiring and caring leader, and who now deservedly wishes to retire from this venue of public service. We wish her well in her new quests and thank her for a challenging job well done. We also want to thank the other members of this Master Board for their splendid goals and dedicated performance. ********

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coupled with decreased business tax revenue during the recession, our local fire departments are facing enormous stress when sequestration is a common call and demand for additional services rise disproportionally. Also adding to the stress is the turnover rate of firemen that represents a serious loss of trained and experienced personnel. Firemen in this area are constantly lured by larger cities that can afford higher wages. Residents of OHCC are fortunate to reside in an area where emergency services are readily available. It usually takes less than 7 minutes for the fire trucks and paramedics to arrive at our doors in case of an emergency. The speed at which they respond is also due to the fact the rear gate is accessible to the EMS at all hours of the day and night reducing call time by precious minutes, particularly when a patient is suffering from a heart attack or stroke. Aside from the fact that OHCC is located in a relatively safe environment within a beautiful campus, residents are also thankful for the quick and efficient Oceanside and Vista paramedics and fire departments. ********

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Supporting Reclaimed Water

By Jacob “Jack” Morgan, MD The editorial in the May issue of the Village Voice painted one possible scenario of our landscape in the future. However, another more optimistic scenario will likely happen.  Use of reclaimed water for our golf course is being aggressively pursued by the City of Oceanside, the Ocean Hills Landscape Committee and our Master Board. Since 2010, the Master Boards, under President Ellen Baur, have wisely placed over a million dollars in the reserves for landscaping and irrigation. The City of Carlsbad is embarking on a $30 million expansion of its reclaimed water distribution system.  Carlsbad has considerable excess reclaimed water and wants to sell it for less than regular water.  The Shadowridge Country Club is trying to obtain reclaimed water from Carlsbad for its golf course. Board President Ellen Baur reported at a recent Landscape Committee meeting that the City of Oceanside is working to bring reclaimed water to our golf course via our front gate.  Reclaimed water could then be available for our golf course and possibly even the green belts and other open areas adjoining the golf course.  With reclaimed water,

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our usage of regular water would drop to less than 50 percent of present usage. Oceanside is researching the availability of grants to help pay for this project. Park Hyatt Aviara’s golf course, La Costa Resort’s golf course and Carlsbad’s Crossings Golf Course already use reclaimed water.  Using reclaimed water to irrigate our golf course, which would greatly reduce our community’s dependence on fresh water,  would be a vital insurance policy in times of drought. Our total cost for irrigation water would be significantly less than we now pay — and we could thereby affordably maintain our desirable, healthy green environment. Recognizing the importance of reclaimed water for OHCC to maintain its beautiful golf course and other common area landscaping, Oceanside’s Mayor Jim Wood and the city’s Water Utilities Director Carrie Dale will give a special presentation for all residents at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 18, in Abravanel Hall.  This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn more about the prospects of utilizing this source of reclaimed water for our community. ********


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Voting for Master Board Candidates

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Ocean Hills homeowners have already received or will soon receive ballots with which to vote for candidates running for the OHCC’s Master Board. The deadline for voting and returning ballots to the Homeowners Association office is prior to 10 a.m., August 15, or by taking them to the Clubhouse on August 15 by 10 a.m. The Village Voice received the following statements that were written by each candidate:

David Hefler

“I have been a member of the Master Board for the past few years, currently as treasurer. We completed our last year under budget. I am proud to have been part of the committee that, instead of replacing the air conditioning system, repaired the air conditioning vents and ducts, added air dampers and thermostats. It worked. Like new home owners who modernize their homes, I look forward to help modernize our clubhouse facilities, making it nicer, fresher and providing the services we want. I have some ideas how this can be achieved for the betterment of us all.”

Ira Landis

“I am a fiscal watchdog and committed to maximizing the return on every dollar our community spends. I want our Board to be sensitive to the needs of all our community members and I pledge to insure transparency and provide a forum for all who have input to bring before the Board. I believe the role of the Board is to serve the homeowners who elect us. Both the Board and Management Company employees need to be held to the highest standards. I pledge to uphold and further that goal.”

Linda Strohm

“Our governing body, The Master Board of Directors, is charged with managing our existing resources and making good business decisions that will enhance our investment. My past experiences involve being president of the Garden Club, a member of the Computer Club and currently Chairperson of the OHCC Landscape committee. I feel that my 35 plus years in management positions provides me with a broad perspective of fiscal management and customer service issues. Living here for 9 ½ years and with my experiences in business, I hope to be elected to help OHCC continue to be the well run, friendly and attractive place we call home.”

Angela Takemoto

“I am gratified that you, my fellow homeowners, have given me the opportunity to serve on the Master Board. I have learned a great deal about our community and the multitude of issues with which the Board must deal. “I am willing and prepared to volunteer my services on the Master Board for one more term. If elected, I shall continue, with honor, the highest level of integrity, an open mind and willingness to listen. I have no agenda, only the interests of the community in mind. I will serve with continued energy, commitment, honesty and experience.”

Shirlee Sampsel

“My goal as a Master Board member will be to finish the current projects that we have undertaken since I was appointed in January. There is a great need to improve the pool area by replacing the deck around the pool and spa. This should begin in the fall. We also need to continue to look for reasonable solutions to our storage problems without taking away from our current areas for small group meetings, card and game play. “We can look forward to a more beautiful landscape which has been prepared for our entry. Lastly, I believe our outdated CC&Rs must be rewritten so that we can more easily do business of running OHCC in a fiscally sound manner. “I am asking for your vote so I can help complete the projects in a responsible way. I will work for the betterment of the community and the benefit of all residents by listening to your concerns and passing them through the Master Board.”


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Voting on Proposition ‘A’

Ocean Hills homeowners will also be asked to vote on Ballot Proposition “A” to authorize the Homeowners Association’s Master Board to spend funds to add a 328-squarefoot storage room to the Clubhouse that harmonizes with the Clubhouse’s architecture. Its primary purpose is to provide long-anticipated storage space needed for new, more comfortable assembly chairs in Abravanel Hall.  Approval of this capital improvement project would give the green light to spend $30,137 (the base bid); or allowing for possible contingencies, a sum not to exceed $35,904. If approved, the Master Board can then authorize the funding by means of a one-time-only special assessment of $22 per lot, which would be due on Oct. 1, 2013.  Color drawings of various views of the proposed storage unit, which would be attached to the outside wall of the Mykonos Room, are on public view at the Clubhouse. ********

Notice for Nominations for Board of Directors, Journalism Club

The Journalism Club nominating committee is accepting names from currently paid up members who are interested in running for a position on the Board of Directors in the upcoming election. Names should be submitted to the nominating committee at villagevoiceoceansidecc@gmail.com no later than September 30, 2013. ********

Great Truths About Growing Old It’s frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.

New Reflective Stop Sign Posts

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There is something new in the Village. For non-drivers, nothing has changed. But for drivers, the new reflective material on stop sign posts is another reminder for drivers to stop. Grounds Maintenance Director Greg Johnson helped by Alberto Carmona have been busy installing the reflectors on the 90 posts throughout Leisure Village Way and in each of the eight villages. With their knowledge and experience, they were able to accomplish this task in less than three days. According to OHCC Maintenance Supervisor Chuck Pierce, these reflectors will shine very brilliantly at on-coming cars, particularly at


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night. “Hopefully,” Chuck muses, “this might help reduce traffic violations in the Village.” (Just reported: Forty-eight hours after the reflectors were installed, three had been stolen despite the fact they were secured to the posts with “tamper-proof” screws. Someone tampered with the screws and apparently made off with them during the evening hours. Anyone seeing any individual walking down the street with five-foot reflector strips are advised to notify Community Patrol.) ********

Thrift Shop at Camp Pendleton to Close for Remodeling

OHCC volunteers who head out to Camp Pendleton every week are notified that the Thrift Shop will undergo extensive remodeling during the summer months. The shop will commence operation in September. Meanwhile all operations will cease and volunteers will be recalled when the reconstruction is complete. Residents of OHCC who plan to contribute household items and clothing are asked to postpone their contributions until the fall. At that time, Joe Ashby, Bob Wong and Tom Brennan will be glad to arrange for the gathering of merchandise. It is interesting to note the number of volunteers from OHCC has increased from about two or three people a year ago, to well over a dozen currently. While many of the jobs involve pushing paper, most of the volunteers head to the Thrift Shop which is manned entirely by volunteers. There they help sort and display household items, toys, books and clothing for military families. As word has spread in our Village, there has been an unbelievable amount of donations from our residents. It was not uncommon for volunteers to take two to three carloads of donations to Camp Pendleton every week. These items

(L to R) Hank Talbot, Wanda Walsh, Phyllis Ward, Tom Brennan, Kathleen Fletcher, Bob Wong, Joe Ashby. were eagerly purchased by marines, their wives and families at prices that range from $1 or $2 and even $5. All items have been closely inspected and nothing is stocked that doesn’t warrant resale. The money raised goes to the Navy & Marine Relief Society that provides aid to military personnel and their families. Currently, they are preparing for a large influx of returning soldiers and sailors in the coming year. Mondays and Wednesdays have been reserved for sorting and restocking the shelves and Tuesdays and Thursdays were open for business for about three hours. A line of customers usually forms at the front door and winds around the building a half-hour before the store opens at 10 a.m. Many customers have recently arrived at Camp Pendleton and have moved into military housing with little more than a couple of suitcases of clothing. Many families have babies and small children and the low prices of clothing and shoes are a welcome sight. (Resident OHCC volunteers are often identified with the generous gifts and wonderful wooden toys provided at Christmastime.)


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In September, with the enlargement of the sales floor at the Thrift Shop, the need for volunteers will be greater than ever. Any resident wishing to volunteer at Camp Pendleton can pick up a Navy & Marine Corps Relief Society application form in the Veterans Club folder at the clubhouse desk. ********

features Health, Exercise and You By Andy Truban

Really, Do Not Just Sit There

The human body was designed for walking, and for millennia people did just that. However, scientists now find that most Americans spend more than half their waking hours sitting down.  “Comfy as this may seem, couch potato-hood may lead to a host of woes – including poor circulation, assorted aches and pains caused by forces exerted on the body by prolonged sitting,” explains Dr. Camelia Davtyan, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of Woman’s Health at UCLA. “The chair is out to kill us,” says James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo School of Medicine.  How can this happen?  Sitting can also lead to insulin resistance and trouble metabolizing sugar.  All these strikes against it help ex-

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plain its association to heart disease and diabetes. Not only is sitting poor at burning calories, but it also suppresses the production of an enzyme called lipoprotein, lipase, which is essential  to turning bad cholesterol in a good one. “Sitting is the new smoking,” says Anup Kanodia, a physician and researcher at Ohio State University.  Obviously, while sitting down we are not burning many calories or using a lot of energy.  This in time may lead to an accumulation of extra pounds, and for many an eventual obesity.  Presently, there is a debate as to whether obesity is caused by a person’s constant use of a knife and fork, or by prolonged sitting.  Levine writes in a 2012 article that a person with a desk job may burn 300 calories a day at work, but that this same person might burn 2,300 calories in a job that requires physical effort.  Is exercise the solution?  Researchers say no.  Despite its benefits, exercise is not a vaccine against the ills of sitting.  Once you burn a bunch of calories, they are gone.  However, it does not take long for the beneficial effects of exercise to wear off and the detrimental effects of prolonged sitting to set in.  For instance, the lipoprotein lipase, can go down by 90 percent within hours, as a study in the Journal of Diabetes found. There are simple changes you can make; for instance,

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increasing the number of steps you take during the day. A study recently published in Diabetes Care magazine shows you can improve your glucose metabolism with a two-minute walk every twenty minutes. “I need to work,” you might say.  True, many people, perhaps including you, have done some of their best work while sitting down at a desk, but many others have achieved their remarkable success while standing up on the job.  Dr. Levine says: “Einstein was riding his bike when he came up with e=mc2.”  And he includes Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain in the list of successful people who stood on the job. Let us endeavor to stand up to this problem. (Ref.: May 25, 2013, Los Angeles Times, “Mind & Body: Don’t Just Sit There. Really.” ) ********

Watching Wildlife By Russ Butcher

Being Cautious About Snakes

Whether you are merely stepping onto your patio – especially a patio that backs up to an adjacent wild expanse of

Common kingsnake. shrubby chaparral terrain, or going for a walk or a hike in such places as Buena Vista Park, Guajome Regional Park or some other nature reserve, it is always wise in the warmer months of spring, summer, and autumn to be alert and aware of the possibility of encountering a venomous rattlesnake. The chances are you won’t see one or hear the buzzy sound of its rattles, but it’s far better to be alert than sorry. So what kinds of snakes are the more common residents of northern San Diego County? One is the non-venom-


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measures between three-and-a-half and five ous Common Kingsnake. It typically measures feet long. Its back is typically patterned about two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half feet long, with dark-brown splotches that acand is boldly patterned with pale-yellow or tually suggest a rattlesnake’s “dicream-colored bands contrasting with a amond” patterns. The gopher black background. A subspecies varisnake’s head is slightly trianguation also has a yellow or cream-collar, suggesting a rattlesnake’s ored stripe running the length of its triangular head. However, unback. The kingsnake’s head is slenA rattlesnake that deserves respect. like a rattlesnake, the gopher der – no wider than its body. Kingsnakes are immune to rattlesnake venom and are known to snake’s tail has no rattles, but just tapers down to a point. Until you have the chance to confirm whether a rattlesnakeattack rattlers. Another non-venomous species is the Gopher Snake, like snake has rattles or not, it is wise to assume it is a ratalso called Bullsnake. This generally slow-moving reptile tler. Of the dozen species of rattlesnakes that are found in the 11 western contiguous states, there are two in the non-desert part of San Diego County. The first is the Red Diamond Rattlesnake. It measures two-and-a-half to five-and-a-half feet long, has a reddish-hued diamond-patterned back and a series of encircling black and white bands adjacent to its rattles. This relatively docile-seeming snake is typically encountered in ravines and brushy chaparral-covered or boulder-strewn hillsides that are sheltered from ocean breezes, as in the vicinity of the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. The second is the aptly named Western Rattlesnake.


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It inhabits most of the western United States, except the low deserts of southeastern California and southern Arizona. This is the rattler that is predictably found around the chaparral-bordered edges of OHCC. Its four- to five-footlong back is patterned with dark-brown or blackish splotches against a tan or pale-yellowish background. Herpetologists say that this rattler tends to avoid being detected but is “defiant” when disturbed. Speaking of defiant, we should be very grateful we do not have the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, a.k.a., “coon-tail rattler,” to worry about here. Those of us who’ve lived in southern Arizona know of its well-earned reputation as a feisty, fast-moving, aggressive fighter — “the most dangerous of North American snakes.” So that’s it in a nutshell: We need to be careful. Rattlesnakes deserve our respect. ********

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The Movie Scene By Joan Buchholz

Now You See Me

This is a movie for those who love money heists mixed with a suspenseful world of magic shows. Four small-time magicians are invited to participate in the most gargantuan magic show by a mysterious benefactor who plans the entire episode. Soon the four are booked in as the “Four Horsemen” and are soon engaged in major shows. The plot thickens when their first performance involves stealing millions of Euros in France while apparently doing a show in Las Vegas. The FBI and Interpol get suspicious and have a couple of agents (Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent) on the case. None knows anything about magic and the four magicians are steps ahead of the agents. There are some interesting elements in this movie: clever dialogue, unnerving suspense and of course, a ubiquitous car chase. And for those who enjoy magic tricks and figuring out where a card was palmed while your attention is misdirected, this is a cool movie. Among the four magicians, Woody Harrelson is believable as a hypnotist. On the other hand, Ruffalo plays the straight-guy agent subject to constant pranks played on him


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by the magicians. It’s very funny and I enjoyed every moment of it. As with any magic trick, the wonder is: how is it done? The movie does some explaining, but doesn’t reveal all for that would spoil the effect and the illusion. Now You See Me is a movie that blends the suspense of the heist, and the thrill of showbiz. While so many movies today are derived from comic books, this movie is original and somewhat complex. Unless you pay attention to every aspect, you will get lost in the plot. I liked it and I think most seniors will too. I give it three smiles out of four. ********

Outside Our Gates

By Marileen Johnson, Community Reporter

On With The Show

“Ooh – Aah!” That is the response as the curtain goes up every night from July 7 through August 31 at the Irvine Bowl on Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.  Backstage, just moments before, there was constrained chaos as the cast circled from “station to station”: wardrobe, head-

pieces, makeup and back to wardrobe. This is the dressing room scene at the Pageant of the Masters, which is celebrating its 80th year of Living Art this summer.  The sellout crowd is full of chatter.  The orchestra tunes up.  The conductor stands in the orchestra pit, takes a bow and gives the downbeat.  The show is starting. The music soars. The curtain opens. The audience gasps, “Oohs and Aahs.”  On stage is a replica of the work of a great artist, Vermeer or Michelangelo or da Vinci, and the like.  The scene is so breathtakingly realistic that at first you believe you are looking at the real thing.  Everyone takes a “second look,” pulls out binoculars and whispers, “Are they real people?”  Welcome to the Pageant of the Masters.  It is 90 minutes of literally “living pictures.”  Contemporary and classical works of art are recreated, using actors posing to look just like the persons in the original pieces of art.  Through the genius of the art of makeup, costumes, lighting, props and backdrops, these artworks are practically indistinguishable from the originals. “It’s a process,” says the director, “that requires over 60,000 volunteer hours and months of planning – and the results are extraordinary.”  You will agree when you see the show and begin to understand these people’s love of their work.


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Back in 1933, in order to drum up publicity, local Laguna Beach artists dressed up some local volunteers “to look like the characters from famous works of art, including the Mona Lisa. No music, no narrative and in broad daylight – very much a community effort.  Costumed volunteers became living pictures and the Masters was born.  Admission back then was 10 cents and it was feared that the “high price” would turn off attendees, but it did not. Through the years, the production has evolved into a much-loved essential of the Southern California art scene.  Each summer, on 56 consecutive nights, audiences adore and applaud the presentations.  The theme for 2013 is The Big Picture, honoring film and film-makers.  It will look at how fine art and the art of motion pictures relate as a tribute to some of the leaders of the film industry.  The classics from the world’s art history will certainly not be forgotten, and will be present and accounted for. In the past eight decades, “the youngest cast member was four years old and the oldest was in his 80s.  The first presentation of da Vinci’s The Last Supper was in 1936, and since then there have been only three years in which it has not been featured.  There are two full, alternating casts for

the production, with each cast performing for seven nights and then taking seven nights off. Don’t worry about the weather. In 80 years, only two performances of the Pageant have been rained out.  ON WITH THE SHOW!  For more information, phone 949494-1145 or e-mail: foapom.com. ********

Computer Tips

(Excerpts from The Club Connection, a publication of the OHCC Computer Club, with permission of Jim Kaminsky, President.)

PC versus Mac.

Before we begin, I need to tell you my biases, “where I’m coming from.” I learned to program computers in college, right at the start of the computer revolution. I even had a summer job as an assistant field repairman for the infamous IBM 360. Out of school I wrote big computer simulations of engineering problems on very large, expensive “main frames.” Then in the late ’80s main frame computers became expensive to use and PCs showed up. Somehow having thousands of those little PCs was cheaper than one big main frame; I think it was an accounting trick. Nevertheless, my career changed from engineering solutions on large mainframes to management solutions on PCs. And I marveled at DOS computers, hated the slowness of Windows 3.1, was encouraged with Windows 95, and actually think Windows XP works! I built the computer I use today. Yes, I’m a PC guy. But I can go with the flow. I bought a Mac for my daughter when she went to college. My son bought one on his own. I have and love my Apple iPhone. But I don’t think Apple is the be-all end-all. With my iPhone I’m forced to use Apple iTunes and Apple Movie and I hate them both. I still cannot upgrade to the latest version of iTunes. Those Apple programs just don’t like my PC or me. They work for


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me begrudgingly, and that’s the way I use them. Begrudgingly. I’ve related owning a Macintosh to owning a ’57 Chevy with the hood welded shut. My Mac friend countered “but it sure does go fast.” Which it does. That’s the good side. It goes fast because nothing or no one can do anything to it. Apple owns it all. But that’s the bad side. Apple owns it all. If something goes wrong, you need to deal with Apple. Many many people like that. And Apple is successful with it. But, pretty much, if something goes wrong with an Apple (and eventually everything fails), you depend on Apple to get it working. In our Help Sessions we can show you how to use your Macintosh or iPad, but if it’s not working right, there’s not a whole lot we can do to fix it. With my PC, I recently replaced the motherboard, the memory, the CPU, and the video and sound card. It’s working great again for $100. Parts are everywhere (I’ve learned to love eBay again). But I like doing that. That’s me. And did I tell you that a lot of PC software has a legal, free version? So are you a PC person? Keep that engine running! Find out what to tweak when something’s not working quite right. Find the free software that will convert you home movies into a DVD. “Hands On.” Or are you a Macintosh person? Just hop in and go. No worries until it stops. Then tow it back to the dealer for a new one. “Ultimate User.” Both scenarios are legitimate. Which one is better for you? ********

Kippel’s Pet Corner By Ellen Kippel

Being Careful with Pets

Here are two important reminders regarding the protection of your pets: 1. Now that we are into the heat of summer, please not leave your dog and/or cat alone in your car. During the “dog days” of summer, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can climb to well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in just a matter of minutes.  Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can cool themselves only by sweating through their paws and by panting.  Heatstroke can come on quickly and result in brain damage or death.  Watch for symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting or lack of coordination.  If your dog shows any of these symptoms, get her or him into the shade immediately and call your veterinarian.  Lower the animal’s body temperature gradually by providing water to drink, applying a cold towel or ice pack to the head, neck and chest, or immersing the dog in lukewarm (not cold) water.

Never leave a dog in a parked car. On a mild 73-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees within 30 minutes.  On a 90-degree day, the interior of a vehicle can reach 160 degrees in minutes. If you see a dog in a car and in distress, take down the car’s color, make, model, and license number, have the owner paged inside nearby stores, and call a local humane authority or police.  Have someone keep an eye on the dog.  If police are unresponsive or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find one or more witnesses who will back your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then await the arrival of authorities. 2. Please remember that we live near a wildlife preserve and our village routinely has a number of furry and scaly visitors.  The fox, shown in the picture, came from a friend who lives on Patmos Way.  A neighbor on Tilos Way found a garden snake in a box on a shelf in the garage (about four feet from the floor); and another neighbor on Tilos found a rattlesnake in her yard.  A friend saw a skunk on Leisure Village Way and one dog was “skunked.”  Of course we also have the ever-present coyotes, as well as raccoons, opossums, squirrels, weasels, rats, mice and lizards.  These animals are a part of our beautiful environment and serve a purpose in the ecosystem.  But be aware of your surroundings.  Keep your yard and pets safe.  Cats and small dogs should not be allowed to roam loose in your yard and dogs should be kept on a six-foot (not retractable) leash when being walked.  Do not leave pet food and water in your yard and pick up fruit and bird seed so that these critters are not attracted to your yard. ********

The Crusty Curmudgeon By Bob Wong

Thrills of a Vacation

Last week, Pat and I boarded an Alaska Airline and flew to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to witness our son’s participation in the IronMan events. We were joined by the rest of our adult family to cheer James as he swam in 57º waters in the lake, bike up and down hills, and run a Marathon. Amazingly, he did it in 14 hours, but after all, he was young, about half my age. (Let’s see, that makes him about 25, doesn’t it?) The following day, we headed off to visit the wonders of Yellowstone Park, staying in a country town called West Yellowstone. You can’t believe that in this small town, there


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were three, yes, three Chinese restaurants and we decided what a Chinese restaurant would be like in the mid-west. It was memorable. We had orange chicken that could be best described as the toughest chicken in west of the Mississippi. And the soup was listed as “Seafood Soup.” We were presented a generous portion of clear soup, the top of which floated a half-dozen peas. And at the bottom sank a few diced cubes of tofu. But the seafood portion was represented by one poor desiccated shrimp hacked into four pieces. The broth was unforgettable, obviously flavored by having a chicken walk bare-footed across the bowl. The park itself was very unusual and we did what was expected of tourists: taking pictures of geysers, taking pictures of bison, taking pictures of canyons, and taking pictures of ourselves alongside waterfalls. After four days of observing nature, we headed off to Bozeman where we met by Delta Airlines for our return trip. Now let me tell you about Bozeman. It has the reputation of being extremely cautious when it comes to security at the airport. There could be a lot of kooks up there, this according newspaper accounts. Anyway, we had our carryon baggage X-rayed, and proceeded to the area where we were required to remove our shoes, watches and even belts. Apparently TSA never realizes the belts hold up pants, par-

ticularly my mine. The next station was a full body scan where they instructed me to raise both hands up above my head. My pants began to droop until I learned to take a deep breath to prevent any further slippage. Thankfully, I reached the last station where a rather buxomly lady began to pat me over, all over. She had me turn around and she patted me down again. My gosh. What excitment! What a thrill! Then I asked if I could start all over again from the beginning. ********

The Real Estate Corner By Tom Brennan

Seller’s Residential Sale Disclosures

In a recent conversation I had with a client, she expressed her frustration over the amount and complexity of various state and federal disclosure laws governing residential sales transactions in California. My client was correct in her observation, so I thought it would be helpful if I touched upon the reasons and contexts of a few of the more common disclosures.  This article is not intended to cover the massive number of laws and regulations pertaining to disclosures required of sellers in a typical residential sale.  It should

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also be noted that there are many additional disclosures required of buyers, brokers and lenders that are not covered herein but which add to the overall complexity of the transaction. The purpose of most disclosure requirements is to provide the prospective buyer with all known material information pertaining to the property so the buyer can make an informed decision prior to the sale.  Seller’s failure to make all necessary material disclosures could result in liability for negligence, misrepresentation, breach of contract or fraud.  Accordingly, it is the obligation of the seller to be candid, forthright and honest about any known material facts or issues that may affect the buyer’s decision.  To be sure, the buyer has obligations to inspect the property but the major property disclosures are the concern of the seller.  It should also be noted there are some seller’s disclosures exempted if the seller is a trustee.  The Real Estate Transfer Disclosure (Civil Code Section 1102, et seq.) is one of the most important disclosure documents provided to the buyer prior to transfer of the property.  In this document, the seller must disclose all known material problems with respect to the roof, basement, interior and exterior structure, attic, air conditioning, heating and any other known material defects that could adversely affect the use or value of the property.  If a seller is unsure of whether a particular disclosure is necessary most experienced agents will err on the side of having the client disclose the information rather than risk a potential post-closing lawsuit. Another customary pre-closing disclosure is the Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement (Civil Code Section 1103, et seq.).  This document informs the purchaser as to natural hazards (floods, fires, earthquake faults, etc.) and environmental hazards (lead-based paints, chemical storage tanks, contaminated water and soil, etc.) relating to the property.  If they are available, it is advisable to provide the buyer with any pamphlets that include a more detailed explanation as to each such hazard. Finally, one of the more familiar disclosures that sellers

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provide in a home sale is the Pest Control Inspection Report and Certification. This Report will disclose the existence and scope of any wood destroying pests or organisms (e.g., termites).  It is often suggested that a seller obtain such a report from a reputable pest control company before listing the property and secure a Certification of work completion.  Most certifications are guaranteed for at least two years.  In summary, given the nature, scope and complexity of


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the many and varied mandatory disclosures surrounding a residential sale, it is advisable for a seller to enlist the services of competent and experienced professionals. (Tom is a realtor and a lawyer.) ********

I Love A Mystery

By Ira M. Landis In February I reviewed Tom Clancy‘s latest thriller

Threat Vector. To refresh your memory, a substantial portion of the plot involved a cyber attack on the U.S. infrastructure and our armed forces. The plotters and hackers were working from a building in Shanghai. The February 20, 2013, Los Angeles Times included a story relating to cyber attacks by Chinese hackers: “Chinese military blamed in cyber spying.” The story notes that the attacks have been traced to an office building in Shanghai and that “A clandestine Chinese military unit has conducted sophisticated cyber espionage operations against dozens of American and Canadian companies.” Clancy seems to be prescient in his knowledge of coming events. In one of his earlier novels, a plane crashed into the White House BEFORE there was such an actual crash while I was reading his story. I hope he will write something about our economy that discusses a major rise in employment and home prices. **** James Patterson is at it again: A new series, with a new co-author, Mark Sullivan. Private Berlin is the fourth book in this new series. At Private Berlin, German headquarters of the world’s most powerful investigative firm, Chris Schneider is a superstar agent. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles the firm’s highest profile cases. When he suddenly disappears, he becomes the firm’s most urgent inves-


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tigation. Chris’s former wife, Mattie Engel, is also a top agent at Private Berlin. She is gorgeous and extremely determined. She throws herself into finding Chris, developing leads on the three cases he had been working on when he vanished: A billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a soccer star accused of throwing games, and a nightclub owner with ties to the Russian mob. Each of them would want Chris gone, but only one of them is evil enough to want him dead. Mattie’s pursuit takes her into Berlin’s underground and hidden treacherous places, revealing secrets from Chris’s past that she never knew about while they were lovers. Despite everything she has learned, she retains her faith in Chris even in the face of major horror that could bring Europe to the brink of destruction and chaos. As I usually do when I read an interesting story, I will now go back and read the earlier books in this series. ********

Out & About in San Diego County

By Jack Shabel There has been a bit of fanfare lately in the media about the renovations to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Although

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California living at Moonlight Beach. I’m not sure a lot of fanfare is really necessary, Moonlight Beach renovations have been done very nicely. We do live in an ocean community and that means beaches. Moonlight Beach is one of the nicer ones. There is a large changing room/ rest room facility, a snack shack which will be opening this month, equipment rentals, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, a very nice playground facility, picnic facili-


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ties, fire rings, and, of course, a very nice wide sandy beach with plenty of lifeguards during the summer season. There is ample parking on the hill above the beach with a ramp down to the beach area, as well as ADA parking alongside the park on B Street. The beach is operated by the City of Encinitas. Beach Parking is from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Beach use is from 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The lifeguard towers are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the season from late

June until Labor Day. As is usual with most city parks, there are restrictions. No dogs are allowed, no smoking, no alcohol, no glass, and no portable grills. Moonlight Beach is located at 400 B Street in Encinitas. Admission and parking are free. The web page for the City of Encinitas Parks and Beaches is www.ci.encinitas.ca.us/index.aspx?page=290. In San Diego County, “Life’s a Beach.”

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By Dan Neilson

Only A Few Points


Often we pick up a hand that is so weak we pine for the next deal. But wait, sometimes a terrible hand can turn into a treasure. Holding xxx Kx 10xx 10xxxx, you wait for the opponents to bid a game, but are pleasantly surprised when partner opens one Heart. The bidding then proceeds:
 1H P P 2S 3S P ?
 What to bid? You are forced to bid and partner must have a powerful hand to make you bid at the four level. On this bidding they must have 5-4-4 distribution with a void in Spades. Any other card arrangement is a recipe for disaster. A four Heart bid is hopeless with any normal trump break, which leaves clubs as your best bid. But how high should you go? If you answer four Clubs you are being too pessimistic. The procedure here is not to keep thinking how bad this hand is, but how much worse it could be. Partner has pushed you all the way to the four level, knowing you had a weak hand. In reality you couldn’t be stronger with your five Clubs and the King of Hearts. A bid of at least five Clubs is indicated, and even six Clubs should be considered.
Weak hands can often blossom with the proper fit. ********


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Shopping Around Medical Alert System

There are many people in the Village who have chronic medical conditions or who are living alone and want to be able to live safely and independently on their own. While most homes have the medical alert system built in their homes, many ask, “What if I fell and would be unable to reach the alarm?� Some residents, such as Ardis Wagner, purchased a medical alert necklace that makes her feel very mobile to be in any room or even to her mailbox. She uses a necklace with an unobtrusive alert button that can contact Community Patrol at the main gate of any emergency. In contrast to many other systems whose operators are located elsewhere, her Genovese MART (Medical Alert Response Transmitter) alerts locally. With a touch of a button, officers can immediately respond within minutes. Community Patrol service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week throughout the entire year.

Above: A Genovese Medical Alert Response transmitter. Left: Ardis hangs the inconspicuous alert button at home. There are other companies that offer alert systems that charge a monthly or yearly fee but Genovese charges $350 initially with no further charges. The price includes installation and the waterproof necklace or bracelet. Call Keith at Genovese Protective Service at (760) 295-9860 or cell phone (760) 580-5117. ********


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The Golf Game

By Peter Russell Want to improve the length of your drives? There are two simple steps that could be worked on to make that happen. 1.  Improve your club striking accuracy, and 2.  Improve your club head speed. First, let’s deal with some very basic aspects of club striking accuracy. To begin with, you must have some idea about what you are trying to accomplish. As an example, you are faced with selecting a club for a particular shot that you are contemplating. You must have a plan for shot execution which means that you have an idea about where you want the ball to land and run onto the green, or where you want to drive the ball off the tee box. Select a spot in the near distance from your tee. An example could be using a broken tee, or a leaf or a divot that had not been sanded, etc. That should be your aim point which should be in line with the ball and your next spot on the fairway or on the green itself. Use that spot for your practice swing and especially for your final swing at the ball. It is amazing what a vision of where you want to leave the ball after you swing at it will affect your shot accuracy, confidence and outcome. And finally, you must con-

centrate on looking at the ball until AFTER you have completed your stroke. If you think about it, this concentration done correctly has to improve your club striking accuracy! Next, you are ready for improving your club head speed itself. Start thinking of hitting the ball not with your arms but with a pendulum type of motion that allows the club itself to create the momentum. Practicing swinging the club is a natural place to start. Take one of your longer clubs and begin a casual swing not unlike a baseball bat, from one extreme to the other and back. Keep up the tempo, increasing the rotation of the backswing and the forward swing until your extremes are being pushed a little. Do not concentrate on trying to hit a ball, just on the action of rotating your body during the practice itself. Do this type of increased swing until you can feel your upper body starting to rotate around the core of your body. That is the feeling you want when you are addressing the ball on the tee. Certainly there are more elements that come into play during the actual swing at a ball on the tee, but to significantly improve your club head speed you must begin to use your upper body rotation and your legs to make a big difference in improving your distance. A simple way to increase your upper body rotation is to quickly move your right knee around to your left knee during the stoke execution. Watch


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the pros! They do it!!! I think that by concentrating on the ball during the ball strike and extending the rotation of your upper body, you will find a big improvement in the distance you are hitting your drives, and other shots as well. Think positive and B+! ********

The Street Where You Live: Caesena Way

By Dora Truban In Italy’s northeastern fertile and productive region of Emilia Romagna lies the picturesque city of Caesena – better known as Cesena. Its location between the River Po and the Apennine Mountains not only offers visitors a varied and diverse landscape, but provides them with multiple skiing opportunities. Others enjoy Cesena’s thermal treatment springs and spas. For many visitors, Cesena’s close proximity to the Adriatic Sea means water sports; to others, hiking and birdwatching. This region is also known for its many villages, fortresses, springs and waterfalls. In another distant land, the same name appears: a Brazilian brown butterfly, Tisias caesena. Its name obviously suggests a connection, but its origin is hard to trace. On a visit to Cesena, you would undoubtedly enjoy the famous flatbread called “piadina.” Since it resembles a Mexican tortilla, you can use it in the same way at home on Caesena Way or wherever you live. ********

Book Review

By Tom Lynch Louder than Words: the new science of how the mind makes meaning, 2012, by Benjamin Bergen, associate professor in the Cognitive Science D,epartment at the University of California, San Diego. Bergen’s book is about how meanings works. In the last 10 years or so: “ ... using fine measures of reaction time, eye gaze, and hand movements, as well as brain imagery and other state-of-the-art tools, we started to scrutinize humans in the act of communication …” (p. 5) catching glimpses of the making of meaning in real time action. The somewhat new theory Bergen and his colleagues are pursuing sees meaning as tightly connected to our bodily experiences, and the mechanism involved is embodied stimulation: when we communicate by language, our minds quickly simulate what it would be like to experience what we hear the language described. If you tell me your car wouldn’t start even though the starter turned the engine

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over and over, I simulate from previous experience what this means. That is, my mental circuits that were active when I had the same problem are activated but not acted out. It is as if I can hear the sound of the engine turning and turning without catching on. As we listen, we simulate constantly to bring up percepts and actions in our mind without acting things out. “ Embodied stimulation makes use of the same parts of the brain that are dedicated to directly intersecting with the world.” Experience you have with the world is a basis for your creating meanings communicated by others of their experiences. The bulk of Bergen’s book is devoted to the experiments of the last 10 to 20 years concerning embodied stimulation. It has not been easy, but as new technologies of brain imaging have also developed the last 10 to 20 years, results have been pouring in. Alas, describing their experiments in a meaningful way requires some experience with this methodology, which in a way proves their point. One needs considerable knowledge of brain anatomy and physiology to accurately simulate in your mind what these experimenters were and are up to. Much of the experimentation Bergen reports on involves communication that is metaphorical, like the engine cranked but did not catch on. How do we understand


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abstract language that is not metaphorical? Some research suggests even with literal abstract statements, we introduce metaphorical language in our attempts to understand. We conceive of nuclear particles as waves or particles, even when they behave simultaneously as both and become a wave or a particle depending on how we attempt to detect them. Bergen concludes we need more evidence to sort out how we go about understanding literal abstract concepts. Mathematics can be in this realm and is commonly experienced as more difficult to comprehend. Bergen realizes there are still many hard questions in this area that remain to be resolved. Therefore he is far from triumphal about this field of endeavor. ********

Travels with Joe By Joe Ashby

Egypt

We caught up with our sleep and woke up at nine. Our guide Ahmed waited for us at the lobby and when the others arrived, we took off to the Mena Papyrus Institute. Colorful papyrus prints encircled the showroom and we were given demonstrations on the conversion of papyrus reed into layers of fiber that were interlaced, pressed and dried, then the artwork applied. Cheap versions were offered on street corners but were created with banana leaves. The next stop would be one of the highlights of the entire trip: a visit to the Egyptian Museum. Ahmed gave us a history of the objects in the museum. We learned that the ancient Egyptian beliefs had only one god, but many differ-

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ent manifestations in Horus, Isis, Osiris and the entire pantheon. The Pharaoh was a depiction of god in his highest form. By the time of Akhenaton, he was depicted in art as a human with mortal human family. The sun (Aton) reaches down from heaven to spread his rays upon us all equally and the pharaoh is a visible image of god. Akenaton was called a heretic and was opposed Funeral mask of King Tut. by his priests and generals. When he died, his only heir was a child named Tutankhamen. He died in 1499 B.C. at the age of eighteen. His was one of the smallest tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and when found in 1922, by British archeologist, Howard Carter, the surprise was the wealth of its contents. Young Tut had apparently fallen heir to the immense wealth of preceding rulers and took over 5,000 worldly treasures to his world on the other side. It would be impossible to describe all the contents, but the outstanding object was the throne of King Tut, made of ebony and covered in gold with inlaid lapis, coral and silver. A number of mummification beds were found, being necessary to process the body in seventy days time from death. Statues and depictions of Anubis who represented the dead, were displayed. Alabaster jars, affixed to a golden sled contained alabaster jars that held the entrails of the body. Most tombs had been looted by prior kings in sort of gold recycling. This might be why other tombs were discovered empty. We made our way downstairs through massive rooms, each filled with more treasure from various pharaohnic eras. We returned to our hotel and had an excellent dinner on the Nile Maxim cruise boat operated by Marriott. We cruised along the shoreline, now lit with buildings and got

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A whirling dervish at work. to see our first dervish, a young man who twisted in dizzying speeds with large hoop skirts. This was followed by a belly dancer, then a burst of colorful fireworks in the evening sky. Exhausted, we returned to the hotel for a night of restful sleep. ********

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By Charlotte Pichney

Pollos Maria

3055 Harding Street Carlsbad, 760 – 729-4858 Summer Hours 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily Family-owned Pollos Maria is located in the middle of the block on Harding Street just off Carlsbad Village Drive and has been a fixture in Carlsbad for over 25 years. Indoor seating is limited; the patio is far more appealing on sunny days with lots of umbrella-covered tables and fire pits for chilly times. As we stood at the counter making our lunch decisions from the menu board, we could see rows and rows of whole chickens slowly roasting on the grill. The Kids Meals made

A terrific presentation: Grand Tostada. it easy, as there are only three choices: Bean & Cheese Burrito, a Cheese Quesadilla or two Cheese Taquitos — all include either beans or rice. In addition, they get to choose a small drink and a jello cup all for under $5. The children quickly polished off their rice, burritos and quesadillas anxious to get to the best part — dessert. My family has eaten here many times, so they chose their favorite entrees. We ordered one Grande Tostada with fried


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Taco combination plate. fish served in a large, fried flour tortilla shell layered with beans whole or refried, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, guacamole and sour cream ($7). And a Taco Combo plate made with two tacos, grilled fish, white sauce, cabbage, pico de gallo, rice and whole beans ($7). (Ever wonder what it takes to make them refried? Pinto or kidney beans are cooked, simply spiced and while still warm mashed. The mixture is blended, placed into a frying pan and cooked over a low heat.) I had Maria’s Cheese Quesadilla served with green salad — lettuce, tomato, guacamole, sour cream and cheese ($5).

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It was large enough for me to share a slice with my granddaughter. The inside Salsa Bar has a variety of salsas and pickled vegetables for your selection. All their dishes are prepared with cholesterol-free oil. Some of the Casa Specialties include eight pieces of broiled chicken with tortillas or Pollos Maria Grande, one whole broiled chicken, beans, rice and tortillas. Casa Specialties are priced from $13 to $17. The Casa Mini selection offers broiled chicken, beans, rice and tortillas, chicken soup made with carrots, potatoes, celery, zucchini, chicken broth and includes rice and tortillas. The mini selection is priced around $7. Burritos can be made with your choice of chicken, fish, carne asada, shrimp, beef, beans & cheese, or chorizo. The California burrito is made with grilled steak, seasoned potatoes, cheese and pico de gallo, a relish of diced tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, cilantro, avocado, garlic, jalapenos and lime juice. On the healthy entrée list are Veggie Plate — rice, beans, tortillas, lettuce, cheese & guacamole veggie taco or burrito; chicken salad, BBQ ranch Chicken Salad; or chicken Caesar salad, all around $6. Beverage selections include soft drinks, milk, Jamaica, Horchata, juice, ice tea and coffee. Beer selection includes


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domestic and imported. Desserts are under $3. Pollos Maria opened a second restaurant in Oceanside at 125 Old Grove Road #8. Pollos Maria’s menu offers a large selection of delicious home cooked Mexican dishes that will fill you up while not emptying your wallet. ********

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Base Topping 1 stick butter (1/4 lb.) 1/3 cup golden brown sugar 1 cup flour 1 cup coarse chopped walnuts or pecans. (I prefer walnuts) Temperature: 350° Servings: 12 Large * If using a standard mixer, first put berries & sugar in food processor, pulse fairly fine, set 1-2 hours. Special Equipment: 9x13 inch Pyrex baking dishchilled, regular paddle with Kitchen-Aid mixer*, balloon whisk, large. baking sheet, sprayed with “Pam.” Prepare Filling: Cut the fresh berries in fourths or sixths and place in the large bowl of a “stand” electric mixer. Add 1 cup of sugar and combine. Let this mixture set on counter 1-2 hours. With paddle* in place on mixer, run “low” a short time to partially blend berries. Now add the egg whites lemon juice and vanilla and mix again on “low.” Place 3 strips of foil (3 inches wide) around the top of bowl securely. Slowly increase speed to “high,” beat about 5 minutes with a *Kitchen-Aid mixer or 12-15 minutes with a standard “stand” mixer. The mixture will more than quadruple in size and come clear to the top of the large bowl. Remove bowl from stand and fold in whipped cream with a large balloon whisk to keep the mixture light. Pour onto the base mixture in a chilled dish, leaving slight peaks and valleys. Sprinkle the other half of the nut mixture over the top. Mixture will come clear to the top of the dish. Place in the freezer until frozen solid, then remove, wrap in plastic wrap if serving in 24 hours. Double wrap in foil if storing in freezer up to a month. Prepare Base Topping: While berries are marinating, cut butter in 6 pieces, place in a medium size Micro-proof bowl. Heat in the Microwave on “high” about 45 seconds to melt butter. Remove bowl and stir in brown sugar and nuts. Now add flour and combine ingredients. Drop mixture in “blobs” all over the baking sheet, spread mixture evenly to about 9x11 inches. Place baking sheet in the center of a pre-heated 350º oven and bake 10 minutes. Remove sheet from oven, close oven door. With a large spatula, turn big pieces of the mixture over and then break up the big pieces. Quickly return the pan to the oven and bake 8 to 12 minutes until light golden. Remove sheet and cool mixture. Break into smaller pieces and place half of “crumbles” over the bottom of the chilled baking dish. (In the Cooking Column, June issue, please note that one pork tenderloin should weigh from 3/4 lb. to 1 1/4 lb. In the

alternative baked method, “pork loin” should read “pork tenderloin.” The editors apologize for the errors.) ********

More On Scams By Ira M. Landis

The fraud business is booming while the economy is still struggling. Fraud and identity-theft complaints topped 1.2 million last year, according to the FTC. The FBI says fraud involving investments, mortgages, and the internet is growing. Take-downs of multimilliondollar schemes by the government are very common. “Fraud is as high as it has ever been because the scam artists are using ... technology that didn’t exist 15 years ago,” according to Martha Deevy, director of the Financial Fraud Research Center at Stanford University’s Center on Longevity. The Center estimates the measurable direct cost of financial fraud to Americans to be $40 billion to $50 billion a year. Like a good novel, a scam is all about the story. It must be convincing and, above all, new. Consequently, con artists change their techniques to respond to changing consumer awareness. For example, a new twist on the home-improvements scam targets folks who want to cut their energy bills with rooftop solar panels. Solar energy, of course, can reduce your energy bill. But making the big up-front investment is the equivalent of paying for 30 to 40 years of electricity in advance. Lots of variables can upset payback plans, including where  cloudy weather is common, or in the shadow of towering trees, terrain, or nearby tall buildings. People not familiar with the caveats noted above give con men the opportunity to lowball costs and talk up the savings.  The promised best-case scenario can lure homeowners into paying a big deposit to a contractor who skips town or never delivers the system or savings. Some victims have been burned for several thousand dollars. Home improvement companies are the third most complained about businesses according to the latest survey by the Consumer Federation of America. What should you do to protect yourself? Your first step should be to check whether solar makes sense for you. Go to the California electric utility website at pge.com/csi which will help you make that determination. If it does, work only with licensed contractors specializing in solar installation. Get bids from at least three companies. Check their Better Business Bureau ratings and references. Never pay the full amount up front or a deposit of more than $1,000 or more than 10 percent of the project price, whichever is smaller. I hope no OHCC resident gets taken by these thieves. ********


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Claim Jumper

5958 Avenida Encinas Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 431-0889 Judging by its name you can guess Claim Jumper is another theme restaurant. Perfect for the California tourist (and locals, too). The Claim Jumper has been in business since 1977 and was famed for its outlandishly huge plates of food. It has since reduced the offerings to a reasonable size. The ambience is, well, early Montana chic with rough hewn Douglas fir walls and drum-like lights hanging from exposed lumber ceilings. Quaint pictures of miners on the walls complete the atmosphere. We were seated in a quiet corner, but noted that large families began invading our silence. Not to worry, the room was large enough and divided booths toned down what little noise there was. The menu was quite extensive, but the beef selection was the star of the evening. There was a small selection of seafood, but I realize that the ocean is some distance from Montana and hauling fish across the Rocky Mountains can be a challenge. Our young waiter could have been an off duty line-backer for the San Diego Chargers. He was big, efficient and friendly, stating he was ordered to push the white wines that evening. We chuckled, but ignored the suggestion. Starting with a cup of French onion soup I found absolutely superb, I then selected pan seared tilapia that arrived topped with sautéed shrimp and traces of artichoke, diced tomato and basil in a sherry cream sauce. While the artichoke looked better on the menu than it tasted on the plate, I forgave the copywriter for his enthusiasm, because the dish was inven-

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tive and tasty. Chinese yard-long string beans and pilaf accompanied the dinner. The beans were stirfried that produced a nice crunch at every bite. “Nice going, vegetable Pan Seared Talapia buried beneath cook.” Fred ordered po- salsa. tato soup, he said was very good, and the “Drunken chicken breasts,” two breasts blanketed with a cream sauce infused with Vodka. The dish arrived with two breasts leaning (naturally) against two potato cakes. Two Drunken Chicken Breasts The cakes appeared supported by two “potato cakes.” to have been made from a thick mixture of mashed potato, coated and deepfried. They were unusual, but not taste-provoking. Mashed potatoes would have accomplished the same effect. Both dinners hovered around the $18 mark and the soup was four bucks. We skipped over their famous dessert selection, particularly the 6-Layer cake. Dinners were more than we could consume and food in our take-out boxes provided us with another meal. The restaurant is open at 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. during the week, except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it closes one hour later. (Gilda Spiegl is a member of the California Restaurant Writers.)


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Truly’s Love Song By Tom Fuller (To the tune of Ain’t Misbehaving) No you to talk with All by myself; No you to walk with I’m happy on the shelf Ain’t misbehaving, I’m saving my love for you. Not sad and pouty Having a ball’ Just saying howdy Not taking any falls. Ain’t misbehaving, I’m saving my love for you. I miss you so much But still I’m content; I can’t really go Dutch For I don’t have a cent. Ain’t misbehaving, I’m saving my love for you. (P.S. Truly is our dog!) ********

letters to the

editor

Quarry Creek Development = Bad Planning

Dear Editors: I appreciate the articles the Village Voice has been publicizing regarding the Quarry Creek Planned Residential Development. The City of Carlsbad has approved this development which will have a far more unfavorable impact on the City of Oceanside than it will have on Carlsbad. Whatever Environmental Impact study was done, it most certainly did not properly address the terrific congestion this development will create on the Oceanside arterials of Lake, Marron Road, College Ave., to Hacienda and the freeway. At high traffic times, right now, an ambulance or any emergency vehicle can scarcely navigate thru that traffic. I was on the corner of Lake and College during peak traffic and watched as an ambulance was blocked because traffic was so congested that cars had no place to move over to allow for emergency passage. In a life or death emergency, such

delay can cause fatal consequences. The City of Oceanside made some arguments against this development and considered taking legal action but did not receive any meaningful cooperation from Carlsbad to mitigate these problems.. A family oriented development of over 600 homes at this location is in total disregard to basic concepts of City Planning. According to your article, an Environmental group is filing a suit to address some aspects of this development. The City of Oceanside City Council needs to get similarly involved to find and create solutions that will make this an acceptable development! — Helen Nielsen ********

Concerning the Garden Tour Photos

Dear Editors: I want to take this opportunity to thank The Village Voice on behalf of the Garden Club for the beautiful photos you published of the gardens that were represented on our Garden Club Tour on May 8. We appreciate the interest you have shown with the coverage you gave us in your publication.  We received many compliments regarding the gardens that were chosen this year.  And we hope our future tours will be as successful. — Elaine Kowalik, President, Garden Club ********

potpourri Bob Barnes,Village Voice Writer, Relocates

By Larry L. Bowers, Member, Corfu Board of Directors Bob Barnes has been a very astute expert in the field of finance, as revealed through his sage and insightful monthly Village Voice column, “The Financial Page.” Bob has also generously and skillfully served on the Village of Corfu’s board of directors and was its president for the past four years.  His previous experience in construction and project-management helped him provide invaluable guidance in such important matters as the exterior maintenance of the village’s homes and front-yard land-


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scaping projects. And he kept homeowners informed with his monthly newsletter.  He and his wife Carole have also been involved with the OHCC’s Facilities Management Committee. So what’s happening? It’s because he and his wife have sold their home and are relocating elsewhere.  The editors of the Village Voice and the Village of Corfu board members and homeowners will miss them and extend our very best wishes for their future activities and adventures.

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ORT Luncheon

ORT will hold their annual luncheon at the Shadowridge Country Club on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. At that time a Chinese Auction will feature gift cards from the Cohn Family Restaurants, Ruby’s, Nucci’s, Trader Joe’s and Frazier Farms. Also being auctioned will be fantastic jewelry designed by Sunny Frowein, Lois Singer and Shoshana Lamberg.

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Village Vets Meeting

The Village Vets will be meeting Thursday, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. in Abravanel Hall. Our speaker, Arthur Webster, spent 11 years with the Merchant Marine from 1944 to 1956. The history of the American Merchant Marine during World War II and Korea is not well known and he has firsthand knowledge of life aboard an American Merchant Ship. He also speaks about the American Merchant Ships during the War of 1812 and the American Merchant Marine today. Mark your calendars now for a very interesting meeting. Questions are always welcome!

Paul Gole • Marian Ritz Leon Smith • Ted Stanislawski

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The luncheon entrée will be Chinese chicken salad. For reservations, please place your check for $20 in the tube of Shirley Merkow, 4881 Thebes Way. ORT annual day at the races will be held Thursday, July 18, 2013 at a cost of $28. Please call Phyllis Estes (760) 945-5638 for further information. ********

A Clear and Frosty Night By Joseph S. Harris

Look upon a clear frosty night And see millions of bright white stars How wondrous a sight You turn away and look to the ground To calm your fears Yet have the courage to look up and dream ********

What Are Those Yellow Flowers in the Village?

You can see them everywhere throughout the village. They’re the brilliant yellow lilies called “daylilies.” They belong to a genus called Hemerocallis, named from the Greek, Hemera (a day) and Kallos (beauty). So Hemerocallis means beauty for a day and from there we get “daylily” since each flower blooms for only a day. The earliest known reference to daylilies dates from China around 2697 B.C. The number of species is not real-


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ly known, but there seem to be about 30 different species agreed upon. From those 30, all the modern variation have been hybridized. The foliage is green throughout the year, but the flowers bloom beginning in late spring and early summer. They continue to bloom throughout the summer until the fall when they become dormant. Besides the common yellow version, you will also see color variations ranging from orange to rust. Despite the urge to pick them from your front yard, you are advised not to cut them for bouquets. They are delicate and will fade… almost instantly. ******** Daylilies brighten Leisure Village Way.

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