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Vol. XXII, No. 4 | April 2013

Editorial Change

It was almost thirty-years ago when Leisure Technology built OHCC so perfectly, the builders thought, that this masterpiece should remain unchanged in perpetuity. But like the walls of Jericho, nothing will stand in the way of time and age. The CC&Rs written at that time specified that any changes or alterations must be replaced with “like” materials and “like appearances.” And on top of that, any changes required the vote of 67% of the homeowners. Many original homeowners who bought homes in the mid 1980s are now around 85 years old. Many have sought other venues with higher degrees of maintenance or moved closer to their children for security and health reasons. And the vacancies are being filled by a new generation. Our demographics have changed. After thirty years, seniors have different interests and tastes have changed. Newcomers expect a higher standard of living. Although most homeowners continue to cherish sporting facilities, other leisure activities have changed. The craft and art rooms have been reduced to but one room. The photographic room vanished; and the stock market room has long gone. The woodshop activity was delegated to another building and the old space now functions as a computer room. So things change. We are now challenged with the daunting task of changing our CC&Rs to create a more habitable and enjoyEDITORIAL, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

Scheduled desalination plant (encircled).

A New Reliable Water Supply

By Marileen Johnson Bulldozers are pushing and shoveling; trucks are delivering and distributing and backhoes are excavating and digging. Construction has begun for the Carlsbad Desalination Project, our nation’s largest seawater desalination facility, to bring us a reliable water supply. It begins with seawater that will be used for cooling the Encina Power Station on Hwy 101. It will deliver 50 million gallons of desalinated water per day when the plant and pipeline are fully operational in 2016. Officially, it is underway! This historic project is the result of a 30-year agreement between the San Diego

County Water Authority and Poseidon Resources. The Water Authority is a public agency serving the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water. It works through its 24 member agencies “to provide a safe, reliable water supply to support the region’s $186 million economy and quality of life of 3.1 million residents.” Poseidon Resources is a privately held company that “Specializes in developing and financing water infrastructure projects, primarily seawater desalination and water treatment plants.” When completed, the system will convey desalinated water via a ten-mile WATER SUPPLY, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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able facility. But the Facilities Management Committee has been thwarted on so many improvements because of the restrictive measures of our CC&Rs written ages ago. For example, we could easily have the lanai enclosed and be utilized the entire year for parties and meetings. But it’s nearly impossible due to the restrictions of the CC&Rs. We could easily have comfortable seats in Abravanel Hall instead of those 30-year old well-worn wire chairs. Any new chairs require an external storage space, but it’s nearly impossible due to the restrictions. We could accommodate the swimmers with a pergola to hang our bath towels and to store belongings near the pool, but it’s nearly impossible. We could enlarge the imprint of our parking facility by the clubhouse, but that too is nearly impossible. But if by chance, any capital improvement were to be made, according to the CC&Rs, the cost would need to be paid within that fiscal year. That’s antiquated thinking in an era when cars can be purchased with payments stretched over 4, 5 and even 6 years. Credit cards extend payments for purchases months on end. If we change the CC&Rs, we could pay for any project over a longer period, say two years. That makes sense. Some homeowners are against any assessment even if it is under $20 a month. Long ago, $20 meant a lot of money but today, one can hardly dine out at any reputable restaurant at that price. Performances at Abravanel are ticketed for more than $20. And just try to see a live show or concert for less than $20. Lastly, as the U.S. senior population is shifting rapidly to the Southern California shoreline, Oceanside represents the least expensive city in terms of home prices south of Camp Pendleton. We can expect a huge impact of new senior developments with upto-date amenities that will compete for new residents. Unless we, as homeowners, compete in this market and renew our facilities, we will remain frozen in the ice age of our own making. ********

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pipeline. Poseidon Resources has contracted with Kiewt and J.F. Construction to design and build the plant and pipelines. IDE Technologies will engineer the plant’s design and equipment, then manage the plant’s operation. Construction has begun at the Water Authority’s second aqueduct connections facility in San Marcos and will be completed in phases from east to west. The project will infuse $350 million into the local economy and support an estimated 2,500 jobs in engineering, construction and other service industries. We will notice the construction of these pipelines. Residents, businesses and commuters can expect temporary lane closures and reduced lane widths. Lanes will be restored as the work is completed. Drivers will need to slow down and allow more time to get to our destinations and realize there will be temporary traffic delays. To keep us informed about construction progress, Poseidon will provide regular construction updates on their website,, Facebook and Twitter. Let’s be patient during construction. The construction to supply us with adequate water supply is now underway. ********

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After many months of heated controversy, the Carlsbad City Council on April 2 voted unanimously to approve construction of all 656 proposed housing units of the Quarry Creek project, protecting only part of the so-called “panhandle” parcel that is most directly within the view from the historic Marron-Hayes Adobe, but without providing any significant measures to mitigate increased traffic congestion/gridlock on Oceanside’s already busy adjacent intersections and streets. The Oceanside City Council has since decided to do nothing in response to Carlsbad’s decision. ********

Site of approved construction of 656 housing units.

Buena Vista Creek Update

At the Carlsbad City Council’s March 26 public meeting, more than 50 people spoke — the overwhelming majority of whom expressed opposition to the project. Among the speakers was Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, who said, “We are very much aware that most, if not all, of the unmitigated impacts will be on Oceanside and Oceanside residents.” Replacement to commence May 1.

Pool Deck To Be Replaced 20% Discount Every Wed. 4-9pm ENTREE ONLY

At the Master Board Meeting in March, Director Don Lopez revealed that the company, “Concept in Concrete” will be replacing the worn pool deck. The current commencement date is scheduled to be May 1st and will take approximately 8 weeks for completion. Plans include the removal of the “quilt pavement” that barefoot swimmers find very uncomfortable and the replacement of the pool coping (the concrete apron around the edges of the pool) will also be included. Barring any interruptions such as rain, the pool should be in operation again for the summer. A construction manager needs to be hired for the project. For


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example, obstacles such as plumbing, electrical, soil conditions and even removal of the flag poles (to allow trucks access to the area) need the expertise of a construction manager. Many residents had reservations about the timing of the construction, stating that the spring season was the worst time for the project. Some suggested that October may be a better time when the usage of the pool was less. But another argued that the attendance also declines during May and June when there is a constant overcast of fog. Lopez says that he will consult with the FMC, the Construction Manager, when one is retained, PCM, the Landscape Committee, and the Master Board to determine the most beneficial start date. ********

Mykonos Village Landscapes

By Betty (OB) Theel, Landscape Chairperson Mykonos Village is in what I call our “band-aid” mode until we have a clear picture of what the design plan will be for the entire community as presented by Van Dyke Landscape Architects. We can then consider updating our front yards to compliment the overall look of OHCC. At that time, we will want to involve our residents in the selection of designs for our front yards and create test yards inspired by the Van Dyke design. We will also create a longrange plan to give direction as work continues over a period of years. In the meantime, we will continue to de-thatch, over-seed, and

Kikuyu grass survives in drought conditions.

replace damaged plants when appropriate. The landscape committee, with the cooperation of our residents, has completed a very successful program to eliminate decorations that do not belong in front yards. We will also be working with O’Connell Landscape’s President, Jim Vienneau, to develop a schedule to hard prune some of our plants. By hard pruning large, older plants at the appropriate time of year for the species, the plant will grow back like a new


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plant with healthy, robust foliage. It may kill some plants, so the pruning will be done on an individual plant basis. One type of plant that does respond well is the bougainvillea. We will be coordinating this task with our 2014 house painting project and the pruning to be done in stages and then be on-going as normal maintenance. We are also interested in Kikuyu grass, a ground cover that is very aggressive and survives in drought conditions and where, when cut very short, remains green or light green year round. In addition, we will be interested in the results of Corfu Village’s water-metering study. The Landscape Committee and the Board look forward to maintaining and improving the beauty of our Village in conjunction with the new, long-range plan for all of OHCC. ********

Van Dyke Front-Entry Survey

By Linda Strohm, Chairperson, OHCC Landscape Committee During the month of March, all residents received a survey regarding the Front Entry Design Concepts that have been suggested by Van Dyke Landscape Architects. Of the 1,632 surveys, only 333 were returned. The results were tabulated by the Landscape Sub-Committee and the results are as follows: The majority favored a more informal look (as opposed to for-

mal or casual); the front entry monument preference was for the arched top; preference for the turf area was informal or meandering. The question regarding moving the Wind Goddess was too close to call with a split between leaving it where it is and moving to another location of importance; installing a “Clubhouse” monument was voted as not necessary. The last question, “Are you in support of creating a paved walking, seating area in the center island in the Clubhouse Parking Lot?” was unclearly written and caused some confusion. The consensus was that a walkway is needed so long as there was no loss of any parking spaces. Many felt that seating in the Island walkway would not be a good idea. The Landscape Committee’s final recommendations regarding the redesign of the Front Entry area are being presented to the Master Board at the Special Board Meeting on April 15. ********

Water Meters in Corfu

At the March 27 Corfu Village Board meeting, the landscape committee’s Gus Silkowitz briefly explained how four water meters will be installed, to compare the water actually used by several irrigation systems, as follows: On Alicante Way: (1) low-flow sprinklers for a front-yard lawn, (2) low-flow sprinklers for an adjoining pair of front yards for both plants (shrubs) and lawn, and (3) standard-flow sprinklers for a front-yard lawn. And on Milos Way, (4) drip system for plants (shrubs). Mr. Silkowitz explained that, in coordination with the Homeowners Association’s irrigation scheduling by Tom Hogan, the landscape committee will keep a Log in which to record oncea-week meter readings in gallons and other information. Over a period of six to nine months, this evidence should show just how much water can be saved by shifting to low-flow sprinklers and the drip system. This evidence will show whether it is a wise investment to install the new water-conserving irrigation systems. Board members expressed approval and urged that the process proceed. Installation of the meters will probably occur in May. ********


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features The Crusty Curmudgeon By Bob Wong

Travel Plans

With future cruises on those giant floating hotels and having caught the worse cough, cold and pneumonia on our last experience, we decided to take the plane. Now traveling first class can be a pleasure…snacking on “freshly” baked chocolate chip cookies and sipping champagne while nibbling on cashew nuts. But paying three or four times the price of the ticket over coach seats can seem exorbitant. So we usually pay for the lowest price seats. Little did we know we were to be placed into the luggage compartment in the bowels of the plane so I paid a small fee to be seated with the other humans. Checking in at the counter was a bit confusing. If you failed arrangement for an advanced boarding pass from home, that would cost you an additional fee to speak to a real human at the counter.


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We checked two bags and that cost us a “small” fee of $25 per bag. Unfortunately, we could not get two seats together, unless we paid a small fee ($14 per seat) that allowed us to be seated near the front where there was more leg room, 3-1/2 inches to be exact. I’m not exaggerating, it was 3-1/2 inches exactly. It wasn’t long ago, when the ads on TV boasted removing seats from the plane to allow for more passenger space. Strange, I don’t remember seeing anything on TV adding more seats to the plane, but they certainly did. I know this because the guy in front of me reclined the back of his seat and it constricted my neck so much so that I was unable to get any oxygen into my body. I frantically motioned to the air hostess about my predicament and she activated the oxygen mask from above. “Additional oxygen for your comfort requires another small fee, please.” she answered. “No cash, please, only credit cards and if you don’t mind, I’ll have to have a credit check.” Returning ten minutes later, she made the proclamation audible to half the passengers, “I’m sorry, sir. You are maxed out and I will have to remove the oxygen mask.” My face was beginning to turn blue and I motioned to her my emergency. “Don’t worry, sir. There will be paramedics waiting for you when we land,” she said. “And by the way, do you have your health insurance card? They said they needed it or you won’t be able to get off the plane.” “Look,” I said, “Just tell the jerk ahead of me to put his seat upright.” “I can’t sir, he’s the captain.” ********

Village Happenings By Selma Leighton

I keep telling my friends the only problem I have writing this column is coming up with a topic each month. Well, this month my friend former naval Commander Jim Wright had a suggestion. How about THE LADIES WHO LUNCH. What a great idea. So I started thinking about the different types of luncheons. And there are many. Birthday luncheons, holiday luncheons and just ladies who need no excuse to go out for lunch; they just want to. Beverly, Jim’s wife invited me to join her with some ladies who live on Piros. What fun! It included Beverly Wright, Doris Schell, Del Griffin, Lynne Head, Maxine Ellis and Gloria Senik. By the end of lunch, I was made an honorary Pirosian. H-m-m, wasn’t that the name of an outer planet in the movie Star Trek? Sometimes I feel like I live on an outer planet. The other fun occasions are the birthday luncheons. The last one I went to was given by Schiffy Cohen and Paula Ostrow for Phyllis Horn. Everyone in the room was 80 or over and they looked STUNNING. The waitress knew the average age of the group, and when she walked into the room, she looked around and looked around again, and said Wow! You all look great. She didn’t state the obvious (for your ages). Another time to celebrate is at the holiday luncheons. My


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favorite is the Ladies Holiday Golf Luncheon. Talk about cleaning up well. On the golf course, we care about comfort. At the golf luncheon, we care about wearing red and looking chic. High heels are definitely not as comfortable as golf shoes. But we do clean up well. Probably, the most unusual luncheon I went to was the grandmother shower given for Marcia Haenle, who became a grandma for the first time, in her 80’s. There was a lot of laughing and a lot of crying. What a wonderful occasion. Welcome, little Heidi. I’m sure the guys do lunch also, but they sure don’t dress up, and they couldn’t possibly have as much fun as we do. And you know I like fun-ny. ********

The Street Where You Live By Dora Truban

Cyrus and Siros Way

An OHCC’s quandary: do you live on Cyrus or Siros? Two different streets in the Village whose similar spelling possibly are Latinized versions of the same Persian name for the sun: “Kourosh or Kurus.” Kurus, known in Western History as Cyrus the Great, was the founder of the largest empire the ancient world had then ever seen. It is said to have encompassed Persia, Turkey, Israel, Arabia and

Siros, a Greek island.

parts of Russia. Cyrus’ failed multiple invasions to conquer Greece are legendary. Cyrus died in approximately 576 B.C. Siros is a Greek island found 78 nautical miles southeast of Athens and has a large historical footprint. First, inhabited by Phoenicians; then, home to Greek philosopher and mathematician Phereclydes. Later, Siros is mentioned in Homer’s epic Odyssey as being swine herder Eumaeus’ country; later, a possession of Corsair Barbarossa during Ottoman rule. A salute to our neighbors in Cyrus and Siros Way! ********


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Travels With Joe By Joe Ashby


We had our last breakfast on board the Nordkapp and packed our bags for the bus to take us to Bergen. Two hundred thousand people call Bergen (means “meadow”) home. Bergen is a busy city, even busier when fishermen from the north and tradesmen from the south meet up in Bergen in May and August. There are 270 days of rain each year, but not much difference in seasonal temperatures from winter to summer (20º). A fourth of Norway’s

Fishing village in Bergen.

students (25,000) go on to college or university here, many majoring in hydrology or petroleum engineering. We passed the university hospital that specializes in burn patients and a large wooden house of Dr. Hansen, the doctor who treated leprosy patients (Hanson’s disease). A statue of Henrik Ibsen stands in front of the municipal theater. He was a prolific writer, writing at least one play a year. Edvart Grieg was inspired by the common people and was inspired by Norwegian folk A troll, grumpy and ugly. music. He was already famous by the age of 31, having written his Concerto in A minor and Peer Gynt. Fishing was a major industry in Bergen and many men were gone for months. This difficult work resulted in a large migration


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Kippel’s Pet Korner By Ellen Kippel

A Dog’s Prayer

A welcoming committee of students.

to America. Today, however, the major industry is mining iron ore and bauxite. Trolls have been in Norway since time began. They are commonly used as a threat to get children to behave and are usually grumpy as well as ugly. One such troll lives under a waterfall and plays a violin with both normal strings and understrings. It has become the national instrument. Another troll named Hulgar is beautiful, but has a cow’s tail and must keep that tail until she can lure a man into the forest and marry him. Gnomes are different from Trolls. They spend their time in barns caring for farm animals. Children leave bowls of porridge for them and are amazed to find it gone in the morning. The month of May is National Day in Norway when no one works, people wear their best clothes and everyone is proud to be Norwegian. Another major holiday is Christmas that lasts for a week. Most people go to church 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. A big dinner buffet is held on Christmas Day sporting mutton with sweet rice and cloudberries, cod and lots of cookies. Holidays are extended and Easter starts on Wednesday and lasts until Sunday. I think that’s a very good idea we should adopt. ********

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me Daisy and Mikey allow the do. Eaks, Heather and Larry, to Speak to me often, for your board with them. voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear. When it is cold and wet, please take me inside... for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements... and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth... though had you no home, I would rather follow you


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through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land... for you are my god... and I am your devoted worshiper. Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger. And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands. —Beth Norman Harris

Normally drivers will HEAR the emergency vehicle first, next they will SEE it, and then we need drivers to CLEAR the way for it.

Driving tips for Seniors

R – Remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed. Be mindful that there may be additional emergency vehicles approaching.


WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN EMERGENCY VEHICLE APPROACHES. Do you know what to do when approached by an emergency vehicle? The metropolitan area is often crowded and congested with traffic conditions caused by commuters, collisions, work zones and sometimes just “normal” traffic.

C – L – E – A – R for emergency vehicles.

C – Calmly pull to and as close to the edge of the roadway as possible and stop. L – Leave room. Keep intersections clear and never try to follow emergency vehicles. E – Enter into traffic with caution after the emergency vehicle has passed. Remember to use signals.

A – Aware (be). Be aware of your surroundings. Keep radio volume low and check rear view mirrors frequently.

When approached by an emergency vehicle – the law says to pull over to the closest parallel edge of the roadway and yield the right of way to the emergency vehicle. An emergency vehicle is one with an audible siren and/or siren and emergency flashing lights. When driving and approaching an emergency scene – slow down and move over. In other words — “Give us a brake!” Reduce the risk of an accident near an emergency scene and around emergency equipment. Stay alert – expect anything to occur when approaching emergency vehicles. ********

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Watching Wildlife By Russ Butcher

Bird Parenting

Have you ever wondered how birds raise their young? As is true with humans, there are numerous ways in which birds do or sometimes don’t fulfill their responsibilities of parenting. Here are just a few of the techniques: Newborn chicks of most songbirds hatch out blind, naked and unable to maintain their body heat, so weak that they cannot move any significant distance. Finches, warblers, sparrows, and orioles, for instance, are completely dependent upon the “intensive care” of both parents to keep them warm and fed. Hawk and eagle chicks are somewhat less vulnerable, since they hatch out with a coat of down and with their eyes open. Both parents are involved in caring for the young. The male brings the majority of food and the female does most of the feeding. Crows and some kinds of jays and woodpeckers practice what is called “cooperative breeding.” Members of an extended, multigenerational family assist with feeding the chicks and defending the nesting territory by raucously “mobbing” a threatening predator such as a Great Horned Owl. For months, young crows incessantly and noisily keep begging for food and making weird swallowing sounds as they are fed. The down-covered chicks of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes

are able to leave the nest within a few hours to follow and be fed by their parents. Only after a period of several months do they gradually learn to feed themselves. The chicks of waterfowl and most other waterbirds, shorebirds, quail and grouse are covered with thick insulating down. Within only a few hours after hatching, they are amazingly able to swim, walk and feed themselves, while under watchful parental care. Two kinds of Mother Tern watching over the waterbirds – loons and baby chick. grebes – take parenting to a higher level. A parent often carries a chick on its back, where it nestles between the adult’s folded wings. If the parent senses danger, it may even dive and swim beneath the surface of the water with the juvenile securely on board. What happens, though, when food is scarce and there is too much competition among siblings? The parents of owls, pelicans,


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cormorants, herons and egrets frequently let the youngest chick or chicks of their brood starve to death so that the eldest can grow and thrive. Yet another type of parental behavior is carried out by two resident species of little brown wrens here in Ocean Hills. Both the House and Bewick’s Wrens commonly destroy the eggs of another pair of their own or the other wren species. Research suggests that this occurs when the birds sense too much competition for food or nesting places. Contrasting with all of the above is “brood parasitism,” a technique practiced by the Brown-headed Cowbird. Rather than build a nest and carry out parenting responsibilities, this freeloader has another strategy. The female lays an egg in the nest of another kind of bird, such as a thrush or warbler, and lets the foster parents feed and care for the cowbird chick. If the young cowbird grows larger and more rapidly than the host parents’ own chicks, it eventually nudges the others out of the nest and eats all the food the duped parents bring. Parasitic egg-laying is also performed by some species of waterfowl, including the Wood Duck and Canada Goose. It’s really remarkable how many different parenting strategies are practiced by birds. And now that we’ve reached mid-April, parenting is fully underway. ********

The Real Estate Corner By Tom Brennan

The Short Sale

In the post-bubble residential real estate market, we have heard the term “short sale” as an alternative means of selling one’s home when the homeowner is having a serious financial problem meeting the monthly mortgage obligations and wants to avoid a foreclosure sale. In a short sale, the homeowner avoids the stigma of foreclosure (which has a much more negative impact on a person’s credit rating than a short sale) and the lender avoids the costly and troublesome

Buyers or sellers should consult professionals before participating in short sales. problems attendant to bank ownership. A short sale is a sale of property in which the proceeds from the sale will be less than the balance of debts secured by liens against the property. In this form of sale, the owner cannot afford to repay the lienholders in full on the outstanding debt and the lienholders agree to release their respective liens and waive any deficiency resulting from the sale. The process of a short sale is more complicated and time consuming than a traditional sale of a residential property. As noted, the short sale proceeds are less than the outstanding liens against the property. These liens may include the primary mortgage, junior liens— such as, second mortgages, home equity lines of credit, HOA special assessment liens, etc. — all of which will need approvals if the lienholders agree to accept less than what is owed them. The homeowner’s application to a lender for approval of a short sale should include the following: (1) a hardship letter detailing the need for a short sale; (2) proof of the seller’s financial condition; (3) the proposed offer price; (4) a broker’s price opinion showing the reasonableness of the proposed price; and (5) a list of all necessary deferred maintenance issues. The aforesaid information should be concise, honest and convincing.


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Once a buyer is found and the lender approvals are obtained the transaction closes with the funds distributed to pay the closing costs with the remainder going to the lienholders. The seller receives no funds from the sale but should secure a full release of the indebtedness from the lenders. Current California law provides that any deficiency from a short sale is waived by the approving lenders. Further, present federal and California tax law provide that any forgiveness of indebtedness resulting from the short sale generally is not considered income for tax purposes. As the foregoing indicates, short sales include a wide array of parties, parameters and processes, thereby rendering this type of sale complicated, time consuming and often requiring a specialized form of debt negotiation. Consequently, a short sale involves a high risk of failure from the inability to procure agreement from all affected lienholders to the length of time necessary to obtain the required approvals. Likewise potential buyers should be mindful of the long delays involved in a short sale and therefore buyers should continue to look at other properties in the event the short sale implodes. In summary, whether you are a buyer or a seller participating in a short sale, it is important to seek the advice of knowledgeable consultants, i.e., experienced real estate agents, tax specialists or attorneys to provide the expertise essential to navigate this complicated minefield. ********

Computer Tips

(From the Club Connection, the publication of the Computer Club, with permission from Jim Kaminsky, President.)

I love shopping. Don’t you? Shopping has changed over the years. Now I prefer to shop in my pajamas at my computer. Before I buy just about anything, I check it out at I really like Amazon. At least 50% of the time, they have the lowest price. You can buy just about anything there; they’re a one-stop shop. Many times they offer free shipping. And they have an easy return policy, except that you may have to pay return shipping. Amazon is extremely consumer friendly. I want to tell you about one (of two) experiences I had. A few weeks ago, I’d ordered Quicken 2013 and TurboTax 2012 from them. As usual I found that Amazon prices were the best, even beating Costco with a coupon. But when the software arrived, there was a sticker pronouncing, “Buy TurboTax and Quicken together and get $35 at the time of purchase.” I just made that purchase, but since I didn’t know about this deal, I didn’t claim the $35. So I called Amazon to see if I could get my $35. The sweet-voiced girl on the line told me that Amazon mentioned this deal on their web site, but it was at the bottom of their web page and I had to scroll down to see it. We agreed that it was a bad place to put it and she said, “We can’t refund the $35 to your credit card, but we’ll give you a $35 Amazon credit good for your next pur-


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chase.” Wow, they didn’t have to do anything, but they did. Why would I, or anyone else, would want to shop anywhere but Amazon? ********

Out & About in San Diego County

By Jack Shabel If you are interested in stepping back in time to a simpler era, then this might be the place for you. Heritage Park Village and Museum is located at Oceanside’s original town center. It covers about two acres and contains historical buildings from Oceanside’s past. There is the original General Store, a blacksmith shop and livery stables, a jail, the Portola Inn, Liberty Hotel, Libby School and Lush gardens are a perfect place for picnics. the Blade newspaper building. The town village is nestled around a large, well maintained grassy area with a large tree, a beautiful gazebo and picnic tables. The park is easily navigable with sidewalks and walking streets. My wife and daughter and I wandered around the site and peeked in a few windows. The buildings appeared to be decorated in period furniture and artifacts. This historic site is located on a road that originally served as the old Spanish exploration trail. This road later became a stagecoach and wagon route between San Diego and Los Angeles. Tours are offered of the buildings on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. At the present time, however, the tours are not being conducted. I don’t know whether this is due to the season or a lack of docents. There was a sign posted recruiting new docents. This might be a wonderful volunteer opportunity for history buffs with a little time on their hands. Most of the historical preservation of Heritage Park Village and Museum comes from “Friends of Heritage Park,” a group of volunteers.

The village turns time back.

Park hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. There is no charge to enter the park. “Friends of Heritage Park” does accept donations of time, materials, artifacts and money. Their address is 220 Peyri Drive, Oceanside, CA 92024 or for more information, call (760) 966-4545. Visit their website at I was quite impressed with the layout, cleanliness and historical ambiance of this location. It truly did feel like a step back in time. Give it a try, you might feel the same. ********


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By Charlotte Pichney

Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen

6985 El Camino Real Suite 108 Carlsbad 760 431-5323 Hours Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The Tin Leaf is located in the lower level of Plaza Paseo Real Shopping Center at the corner of El Camino Real & Aviara Parkway. You can enter from Aviara Pkwy and then make your first right. Entering you will see a very attractive, industrial themed décor with indoor and patio seating. Place your order from the menu board at the counter and food is quickly delivered to your table. This one of a kind restaurant offers an extensive menu loaded with reasonably priced comfort foods featuring locally sourced ingredients. All the meats served are from certified farms, hormone and antibiotic free, and always hand carved to order. I found the Craft Your Own Salad was the way to go for me. It starts with a selection from a list of five greens choices, eight

homemade dressings, and twenty-nine topping choices. I chose mixed field greens, gorgonzola blue cheese dressing, and for my five toppings cucumbers, carrots, sundried cranberries, mushrooms and snow peas ($8). For more than five toppings, add fifty cents The interior has an industrieach. I also had a cup of mush- al heme decor. room soup ($2.95). My crisp, large salad was filled with a generous array of five crunchy toppings, plus a tangy dressing, and was very satisfying. The flavorful soup had an unusual texture with tiny pieces of mushrooms floating in the thick pureed broth. For greater variety in your salad, and an additional charge, add char- Tin Leaf Fresh grilled natural chicken, roasted turkey Kitchen is located in breast, Santa Maria tri tip, marinated nearby Carlsbad. Portobello mushrooms, grilled shrimp skewer, seared salmon or seared ahi. Entrée plate selections include two sides, and the choice of Santa Maria tri tip, oven-roasted turkey breast, grilled pork tenderloin, mom’s meatloaf, marinated Portobello mushroom, seared salmon, sesame crusted ahi tuna or a shrimp skewer ($12-$13). Specialty sandwiches include choice of potato salad, cole slaw, mixed greens or Belgian style fries ($8-$13). Rudi’s gluten free bread can be substituted for fifty cents more. Selections range from the twisted BLT or ALT (avocado), backyard BBQ, Thanksgiving on a bun, turkey melt, California Cubano, marinated Portobello, morning after meatloaf or seared ahi tuna. All handcarved sandwiches are served with leaf lettuce, sliced tomato and mayonnaise on a fresh baked ciabatta roll. Fresh cut Belgian-style fries come with your choice of a large variety of homemade dipping sauces ($3-$5). For children 10 and under the Little Chefs menu offers tender lovin’ care chicken tenders (lightly fried), golden mac & cheese, gooey grilled cheese sandwich, turkey plate or tri-tip plate ($5 add beverage, $6). They also offer family style meals to go that serve four.


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Tin Leaf serves Boylan natural sodas from their self-serve fountain. Alcoholic beverages include craft beers on tap ($5); bottled craft beers 12 oz. ($5) and 22 oz. bottles ($8); wines are available by the glass ($5.25-$8), half bottles ($12-$16) and full bottles A large salad and mush($16-$22). room soup make a perfect Put Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen on lunch. your list as a good dining spot to enjoy a healthy and tasty meal when you are in Carlsbad. ********

Shopping Around

By the Phantom Shopper The next time you shop at a department store, you may not encounter a cash register, this according to Anne D’Innocenzio of the Associated Press. Stores such as JCPenney, Sears and even Walmart are experimenting with iPhones and iPads and other portable devices to record your sales. This frees up the register counter for additional displays. Salespeople can wander anywhere in the store and check out the customers. Walmart is even experimenting with portable devices that allow customers to scan their items as they shop and proceed to a terminal to pay. For cash-pay-

ing customers, the retailers haven’t figured that out yet. Perhaps cash may no longer be acceptable. A scanning device is in the plans that will do all the scanning by merely passing a shopping cart of purchases through an electronic passage (much like those at airports) and will record all the purchases and provide you with a total amount to pay. This system is already in the works at warehouses and distribution centers. ********


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Sushi on the Edge

1611 S. Melrose Dr. Suite P (In the Albertsons Shopping Center) Vista, CA 92981 (760) 599-9982

While this new Japanese restaurant is named “Sushi on the Edge,” it may perhaps be better named, “Sushi in the Corner.” And that’s exactly where it is, in the far corner of the Albertsons Shopping Center. If you recall, the restaurant was called an impossibly unpronounceable name, “Ricedle,” for its amalgamation of rice and noodle of Chinese origin. Then it morphed into Thai and now it’s Japanese. As we entered the restaurant, the cooks shouted their welcome in Japanese. Interesting, because none of them were Japanese, as far as I could tell. Nor were any of the wait ladies. Oh well, this is America. Scanning the menu, I find there are two dozen appetizers that list some familiar items such as French Fries and Chicken Wings along with several selections that were foreign to me. As Maggie Smith said in her famous role in “Marigold Hotel,” “If I can’t pronounce it, I won’t eat it.” This being a sushi restaurant, it lists around 50 kinds of sushi such as Nigiri Sushi (from the sea), Hand Roll, Sashimi and a large selection of Standard Rolls. We shared the most familiar and popular California Roll with vinegared rice, sea weed, cucumber, avocado and krab. It was fresh and unbelievably delicious, a far cry from those found in supermarkets. The price of most of their sushi started at $3.75 but ended at the high end of $13.95. The menu lists a half-dozen salads, some that can be found at most restaurants and others that I haven’t tried such as sunomono, seaweed, and Poke (combination of tuna, salmon and white fish in a spring mix). They also have Udon (noodle soup) and Yakisoba

(a Japanese version of the Chinese chow mein). But my partner chose teriyaki chicken from their “Platters” selection. Unfortunately the chicken was simply grilled with a teriyaki sauce. I chose the tempura Sushi on the Edge attracts a large clientele. mix that contained five deep fried veggies and two infant shrimp awaiting adulthood. Pity, it could have won a prize had it been fully grown. Both dishes were accompanied with salad, rice and miso soup. The miso soup came out warm and we had it returned to the kitchen for a heat-up. Other choices Teriyaki sauce is spooned over of entrees included beef, grilled chicken. salmon, pork and shrimp priced from $5.95 to a little over $8. This restaurant is very popular since there are no Japanese restaurants nearby and secondly, the prices are exceptional. There are better Japanese restaurants, but you would have to travel clear across town for one. Sushi on the Edge serves soft drinks and tea, but no alcoholic drinks. Parking Tempura veggies and is adequate and they are open from 11 shrimp is accompaa.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The rock and roll nied with rice, salad music was annoyingly loud and the and dipping sauce. ambience was stark. And believe it or not, they also offer tacos. Oh well, this is America. (Gilda Spiegl is a member of the Southern California Restaurant Writers.) ********


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The Golf Column

By Peter Russell We are indeed very fortunate to have such a nice golfing facility here at OHGC! Professionals taking good care of the course, volunteers running the various functions such as the Men’s and Women’s Tournaments as well as the Special tournaments and Guys and Dolls, handicapping; and then the Touring Amateurs, WOW! Thanks to the volunteers. To that end we also have several practice venues which support putting, chipping, a sand trap and driving practice cages. Our rules are governed by USGA rules plus a few local rules that are intended to keep the course clean and in good shape, as well as maintaining a good pace of play for all golfers. We even have emergency radios located at four locations around the course for obvious purposes. They are located on: #1 between the 2nd green and 3rd tee; #2 between 5th and 6th greens; #3 next to the 12th men’s tee; and #4 on the 15th fairway. I’ve never had to use one and hope that I don’t, but you never know. We also have a few rules that are either not known or just not followed. Here are a few: Shared clubs. If you are playing in a tournament (any tournament) with more than 14 clubs you are automatically cited with a two stoke penalty for each hole you’ve played with an excess of 14 clubs, but not to exceed four stokes during a round. Likewise if you borrow a club for any reason just to try it out, you are also penalized. [Rule 4-4] An unusual twist is that partners may share clubs [Rule 4-4b] as long as the TOTAL NUMBER OF CLUBS the partners have does not exceed 14! And if you start your round with fewer than 14 clubs you may add clubs during the round… as long as you do not exceed the previously stated maximum of 14 clubs, AND “the addition of a club or clubs does not unduly delay play [Rule 6-7] and the player must not add or borrow any club selected for play by any other person playing on the course.” In match play (which we’re about to start the 2013 Match Play tournament this month) the maximum penalty for the above rule is the loss of two holes. These penalties are taken on those holes on which the penalty occurred; in stroke play the penalty is two strokes, one for each hole being played under the penalty clause, with a maximum of four strokes total for that round. Practice on the golf course. Our rule book that is distributed to all home owners either at close of escrow or when subsequent

Tournament players not allowed more than 14 clubs.

amendments are made contains a statement that limits the number of balls used on the course. A quote from The OHCC Handbook of Rules and Regulations: “Practice Area: The Golf Course is designed for playing; therefore, all practice must be done in the designated practice areas. Practicing on the Golf Course, other than hitting two balls, is prohibited.” That said; enjoy our beautiful golf facility and wonderful weather! Have fun…


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Be Thankful Every Day By Tom Fuller

A simple thing we all can do— It’s good for me and good for you. We’re thankful for family and friends And fun and food that never ends.

We’re thankful for a home OHCC And the beauty around us we all can see. We’re glad indeed to be alive and well But let’s not let our round heads swell. It’s not to our credit for this great gift, And it’s not at all worth causing a rift. Some are thankful with much, much less And many here are too, I would guess. It’s an attitude of a thankful heart, And surely a part of it is being smart. So push yourself, be thankful, you can; Life will be happier than an also-ran. ********

The Movie Scene By Joan Buchholz

“Identity Thief”

This movie covers a subject that is all too frequent in headline news today: stealing someone else’s I.D. A soft-spoken Denver account executive named Sandy Bigelow Patterson (played by Jason Bateman) has his ID stolen by a con artist, Diana (Melissa McCarthy). She lives it up in Florida where she has a unbridled fling on someone else’s credit card and identification. Sandy, on the other hand, faces his crumbling credit score and the local police is helpless to do anything about it. So he goes after her himself. Therein commences an interaction between the two characters, one a straight man while she has a penchant for physical comedy. But as a comedy, it doesn’t work despite gunplay, violence, car chases and bounty hunters. It simply reduces the story to a very stupid level, totally unfunny despite every effort to make it funny. Too bad, I love the two starring characters who deserve more. I give it a charitable one smile. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend wasting your money to watch it. ********

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By Dan Neilson

Light Openings

Some hands with less than thirteen points deserve opening. Length or sequenced honors can add the necessary values to your hand. Following are some hands that can be considered worth thirteen points and be opened.

Twelve points 1. Axxxx QJx KQx xx. Bid one Spade. The fifth card is worth an extra point. If the five card suit is a minor it is an optional opening. 2. KQxx KQxx xx Qxx. Bid one Club. You expect to be dummy. In support of a major suit, this hand is worth fourteen points. With four Spades and three Hearts this is an optional opener.

Eleven Points 3. xx AKxxxx KJx xx. Bid one Heart. The sixth Heart gives you an extra two points and a rebid. With a weaker Heart suit you should consider a weak two Heart opener, if it is within you range. 4. x xx Axxxx AQJxx. Bid one Diamond. The two five card suits give you the necessary two extra points. 5. Jxx AKxxx x QJ10x. Bid one Heart. The fifth Heart and the Club sequence supply the required two points. Ten point or lesser hands should be passed or opened with a preemptive bid. With these rules partner can better value your hand, as they know you always have good playing strength. ********

Health, Exercise and You By Andy Truban

Know the differences between dietary fats The American Heart Association continually strives to reduce this country’s alarming cardiac disease rate - the leading causes of death in the U.S. Contributing risk factors include: high blood pressure; diabetes; obesity; tobacco use; physical inactivity; cardiac-related family history, and high LDL (bad cholesterol). The well-known list of good healthy habits includes: daily exercise; eating a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight and limiting sodium consumption. Distinguishing between main types of good and bad dietary fats is the key to a balanced diet:

Unsaturated fats: Both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in liquid vegetable oils remain liquid at room temperature. Substituting either type of these unsaturated fats in place of saturated ones may lower blood cholesterol. However, remember all fats are high in calories and can lead to weight gain. Monosaturated fats are plentiful in olive oil. Polyunsaturated fats are found in plant oils such as canola (grape seed), sunflower, safflower, corn, soybean, sesame and peanut. Soybeans and avocados are also good sources of polyunsaturated fats, as are most nuts.

Saturated fats: These fats will increase risk of cardiac disease and raise cholesterol levels. Made from animal or plant sources, they are often solid at room temperature. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats to 7% of the total daily calories. For instance: in a 2000 daily calorie diet, consume no more than 20 grams of saturated fat. You will find saturated fat in whole milk, butter, hot dogs, sausage, fatty cuts of meat, cheese, and tropical oils derived from palms or coconuts.

Fruit and low fat dairy products help fight cardiac disease.

Trans-fats: These fats increase a product’s shelf-life, and provide a better spreading ability. Trans-fats are created through a chemical process called hydrogenation, by which hot liquid oil is changed


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into a solid and saturated form. Not only do these fats raise bad cholesterol, but also knock out good cholesterol. In 2010, California was the first state to ban the use of trans-fats in restaurants, followed in 2011 by a similar ban on its use in baked goods such as donuts and cookies, as well as in French fries and chips. You can also lower your food fat content by reading nutrition information on labels and comparing fat contents of similar products. Do not be misled by terms such as “light” and “lite.” Other techniques include: • Using lean cuts of meat such as 90% lean ground beef, or skinless chicken or ground turkey. Trim fat from meat. Drain fat once meat is cooked. • Limiting sauces, dressings, gravies and avoiding breaded meats. • Substituting two egg whites for one whole egg. • Using low fat dairy products such as skim, or 1% milk, low fat yogurt, and reduced fat cheese. • Cooking with herbs, spices or lemons instead of using butter or margarine. • Eating fresh fruit instead of chips. • Snacking on unbuttered popcorn. Let us all fight cardiac disease and lower those alarming national statistics. References: UT Health, February 12, 2013, Halle Elbling registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Palomar Health. Medical News: ********

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Scams Update

By Ira M. Landis For years, I’ve heard stories from friends—mainly senior citizens who have received stacks of suspicious mail promising riches from lotteries that no one has ever heard of. Some would even get phone calls saying they had won prize money. Conservative estimates put the damage from these scams in the hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Victims can be found in every state and the cost is not just financial, but emotional. These con artists are cowards who prey on some of the most vulnerable of our society. Jamaica has become ground zero for sophisticated scams that work like this: You are notified by phone, mail, or e-mail that you have won millions of dollars in a lottery. In order to receive your winnings, you just have to mail in a few small payments for taxes and processing fees. Responding to the scam is equivalent to putting a big red “X” on your back. You have now been put on a sucker “lead list”— a list so valuable that criminals have killed to get it. Then the calls start coming. They say they want to help you get your winnings and try to get information about your friends and family. As long as you keep sending money, the calls will continue for months. A 79-year old woman in La Mesa recently reported that she was informed that she was the lucky winner of a huge cash prize. Within two and a half weeks she lost more than $98,000. A second scheme which unfolded weeks later got another $27,500 from her. The victim is a widow and retired homemaker. She was told by the scammers that the additional payments would allow her to recoup her losses. She cashed in CDs, emptied bank accounts, maxed out her credit cards, pawned her jewelry and Hyundai, and borrowed $5,000 from a family member. (Note: The above information was published in the February 18, 2013 U-T San Diego.) AARP and the United States Postal Service in a recent post card advisory strongly advised “Hang up the phone! Ignore the email!” Sounds like great advice. ********


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Book Review

By Tom Lynch The One World School House: education reimagined, 2012, by Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy. He formerly was “MIT”-trained engineer and then a hedge fund analyst before leaving all that to go into education reform. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School as well as three degrees from MIT. The Khan Academy is “an institution serious about delivering a free education to anyone, anywhere.” (p. 1). Khan has concluded the traditional classroom model is obsolete to current needs. In his opinion, its fundamental flaw is that it fosters a passive way of learning. The teacher or professor lectures for 50 minutes, students take notes, and sometimes are largely on their own as to whether they have learned anything in the classroom. Also, knowledge is divided into chunks to fit fixed time periods, like a semester. If you comprehend, say 70%, you proceed to the next chunk, which may depend on the 30% you never comprehended. In math and science you fall further and further behind as you progress and may simply stop, detesting the subject you never mastered. Mark Twain quipped: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Khan aims to have an educational method that aims at 100% mastery of concepts you need to learn, and to learn them at your own pace. As I understand it, technology enables development of short 10 minute videos to present concepts individually to students and to present problems to be solved, so the student can see if mastery of the material has been achieved. Teachers will be more like coaches

to encourage and help if students get stuck. Khan feels that two or three hours a day at most of this type of endeavor is all that is needed and the rest of the school day can be spent in a variety of small groups of students in other activities that are now seen as extracurricular – art, music, debate, video games and the like. Students go at their own pace and stick with the subject until mastery is achieved. No use going on at the 70% level to the next stage where you’re bound to lose interest or drop out. For a better idea of his method go to his website, You can also sign up to learn what’s available – all free. I have written a longer review which, rightly, should not be in the Village Voice where space is limited. However, if you request my longer review by emailing me at, I would be glad to send you a copy. Just put in the subject line “send longer review.” From now on in future issues, I will always have a longer review, and if you want to be on a permanent list to get these, put in “put me on your list for your longer book reviews.”


Love a Mystery

By Ira M. Landis Dick Wolf is a two-time Emmy award winning writer, producer and creator of one of the longest running television series —”Law and Order.” I took a chance on his first novel The Intercept, which the book jacket indicates is the first in the Jeremy Fisk series. I can’t wait for the next installment; this first effort is a real thriller which kept me thoroughly engrossed in all of its unforeseen character shifts as to who the bad guys really are. As the Fourth of July holiday approaches and the pending dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident occurs on an airliner flying over the Atlantic. A lone terrorist attempts to hijack the plane but is thwarted by the passengers. NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk who is assigned to the department’s Intelligence Division, an antiterrorist unit modeled on the CIA, begins to question whether the event might be part of a much larger plot, more than a single lone terrorist. He is fluent in Arabic and a rule breaker who follows his gut, defying his superiors. When a Saudi Arabian passenger from the same plane disappears in Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin. Each new lead they come up with fizzles and causes them to realize that their opponents are smarter than any they have ever faced. The terrorists are able to exploit any security weakness and anticipate Fisk’s every move. Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott is a thriller that I found difficult to put down. The protagonist is Sam Capra, a brilliant young CIA agent who is living the life of his dreams. Stationed in London, he has a beautiful wife, Lucy, who is pregnant with their first child. They have everything they could want—naturally something must happen to disrupt their idyllic life. One day, Sam receives a call from Lucy while he is at work. She tells him to leave the building immediately, which he does just before it explodes, killing everyone inside. Lucy vanishes and Sam, as the sole survivor of the attack, is branded a traitor and a murderer by the CIA and put in a prison cell. Of course Sam escapes and launches a hunt for his kidnapped wife and child, and to find the unknown enemy who has framed him. Beware of many plot twists and turns. That why “I Love A Mystery.”


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Cooking With Beverly By Beverly Nickerson

Simple Tostada Compuesta

Cinco de Mayo celebration is coming soon, here is an old family favorite I have made for 50 years.

2 tablespoons Canola oil 3 corn tortillas 1(16 oz.) can Refried Beans Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3/4 lb mild Cheddar or Jack Cheese, shredded (about 3 cups) 3/4 head of Iceberg lettuce (no substitutes)*. 12 small to medium Pimiento stuffed Green Olives, sliced About 6 tablespoons Cider Vinaigrette** or “Wishbone” original Italian dressing) Garnish: Taco Sauce (“Ortega” medium Taco Sauce o.k.) Special Equipment: 9 to 10 inch cast-iron skillet, tongs. Servings: Three.

*Two or three days ahead, core and fill core with water, drain and repeat once, do not open up leaves. Place upside down in refrigerator crisper drawer. Cut in 1/4 to 1/8 inch shreds just before using.

Heat oil in the cast-iron skillet, add 1 corn tortilla and fry a few seconds, turn with tongs and fry second side a few seconds, it should not be hard and crisp, drain on paper towel. Set skillet on a hot pad on counter and carefully add beans to fat in skillet. Watch, it can splatter! Mash the beans with a spoon. Return skillet to medium-low heat, salt and pepper and cook several minutes until bubbling, turn off heat. Place 1 cooked tortilla on each dinner plate. Spread each with 1/3 of the hot beans then sprinkle with 1/3 of the shredded cheese. Now place a large portion of cold, shredded lettuce on top of the

Simple to make, yet so delicious.

cheese and scatter olive slices over the top. Sprinkle each with about 2 tablespoons Vinaigrette and last a little Taco Sauce. **Cider Vinaigrette: 1/2 cup Canola Oil, 1/3 cup brown Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon honey or 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon water, 2 cloves garlic, peel, cut in thirds, grind of black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Combine all in a jar, let set 2 hours to 5 days in the refrigerator. Remove garlic, shake and use amount as directed in recipe. ********


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ANNOUNCEMENTS Garden Club Announcement

The Garden Club’s first touring destination this year will be held Friday, April 26th. We will journey by bus (and/or optional carpool) to see Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art. This annual event features exquisite floral interpretations of selected works from the museum’s permanent collection. The bus will leave the Overflow Lot at 9 a.m. and will be home by about 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be on your own, depart at 2:30 p.m. from the museum. Sign-ups will be at the March 13 or April 10 regular meetings, or you can contact Ellen Nelson at 760-630-8836. The cost will be about $30 for admission and transportation. Museum members receive free admission and would pay only for the bus. ********

Village Veterans Meeting

Major Terry Slatic, USMC, is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton. He was on active duty in his younger years and then stayed in the Reserves until he went back to active duty in early 2007 as a Captain. At the time of his first tour to Iraq, he was the “Oldest Captain” in Iraq! At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to share in the experiences of Major Slatic during his

Sgt. Joshua Smith speaks Pashtum with curious boy.

deployments in The Global War on Terror. He will discuss his tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, and Kuwait and will give us a close-up view of what life is like in the war zones. You will find his presentation very interesting and educational. He will address as many questions as time permits. The meeting will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. April 25, 2013, in Abravanel Hall. The meeting is, as usual, open to all guests and residents. Refreshments will be served. Please make a note of the time change. The meeting begins at 1:00 pm. ********


The exciting Ballroom With A Twist show will be performing in Abravanel Hall on Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m. There are still some tickets left so hurry on down to the front desk at the Clubhouse to make your purchase. You are sure to enjoy this very spirited performance of Dancing With The Stars Celebrity Professionals, American Idol Finalists and So You Think You Can Dance Finalist. For a unique musical evening infused with vigor and energy, not to mention the fabulous costumes, be at our very own Abravanel Hall on Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are bargained-priced at $25 each because they are subsidized by OHSPA. We look forward to seeing you at curtain time for Ballroom With A Twist ********

Product Recall: LED Light Bulbs

As reported in the March issue of the Village Voice, a new Light Emitting Diode bulb is currently available at hardware stores. However certain 120 volt bulbs, sold as 6-, 8-, and 9- watt bulbs (equivalent to 40 or 50 watts) and marketed under the brand names Definity, EcoSmart, Sylvania and Westinghouse, have been recalled by the Light Science Group. These bulbs can overheat


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during use, posing a fire hazard. Consumers should immediately remove the bulbs from sockets and lamps and contact Light Science Group for replacement bulbs. The model numbers A19, G25 and R20/PAR20 and found on the packaging and on the lightcolored circular neck above the base of the bulb. Contact: Lighting Science Group toll free at (855) 574-2533 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at ********

Spring Arrives at OHCC

With just the right amount of rainfall and sunshine, flowering bushes and trees suddenly appear throughout the Village. Some of the most brilliant blossoms blanket the clubhouse and along the sides of Leisure Village Way. While not many of us take the time to “smell the roses,” it’s worthwhile to realize that we reside in one of the most beautiful locations in Southern California. So pause for a few moments and gaze at the beauty that surrounds us.

The Coral Tree

Two Coral Trees, located at the exit from the Clubhouse, are beginning to blossom. These trees have been in existence since the founding of the which Village makes them almost 30 years old. Originally there were three, but one had to be removed because the arborist discovered that several branches had interior cracks that could cause the branches to collapse. Coral trees are deciduous until April when the flowers appear at the tips of the branches and the leaves open creating a very dramatic appearance. These trees reach 30 feet in height and spread as wide. It is slow growing. The fiery orange, red flowers look like fat pine cones at the tips of irregular, angular branches. Some coral trees are used widely in the tropics and subtropics as street and park trees, especially in drier areas. In some places, such as Venezuela, coral trees are used as shade trees for coffee or cocoa crops. In the Bengal region, they are used for the same purpose in plantations. Coral trees are considered highly suitable as “frame” trees for vanilla vines to grow up on. The conspicuous, even dramatic coral trees are widely used as floral emblems. Cockspur Coral Tree is the national flower of Argentina and Uruguay. The Coastal Coral Tree is also the official city tree of Los Angeles where it is referred to simply as the “coral tree”.

Indian Hawthorn

Pink Lady is a nice variety of Indian Hawthorn. The bush is symmetrical in shape with a dense crown. Like other Indian Hawthorns, Pink Lady has evergreen foliage that keeps a nice color in the landscape. In addition to the year round color, Indian Hawthorns have two seasons of flowering. Pink Lady has beautiful blue and purple fruit that attracts an assort-


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ment of different birds. Pink Lady has a year round ornamental interest. Indian Hawthorns are native to Southern China.

Bird of Paradise

Alongside the path leading to the golf course is a wonderful display of Strelitzia reginae commonly known as Bird of Paradise. It grows well in Florida and Southern California where it thrives due to the warm climate.It was first introduced to Europe in 1773 and named after the queen of Strelitz. It is also the official flower of the Los Angeles. It is propagated by division or from seeds, and is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow in the garden; it is fairly tolerant of soil conditions and needs little water once established. If cared for well, they will flower several times in a year. Birds of paradise will not bloom until three to five years have passed since germination.

It flowers only when properly established and division of the plant may affect flowering patterns. The flowers are, however, quite long-lasting once they appear. Peak flowering is in the winter and early spring.


Bougainvilleas are popular ornamental plants in most areas with warm climates. Locarno in Switzerland, with its mild Mediterranean climate, is famous for its bougainvilleas. Many of today’s bougainvillea are the result of interbreeding among only three out of the eighteen South American species recognized by botanists. Currently, there are over 300 varieties of bougainvillea around the world. Because many of the hybrids have been crossed over several generations, it is difficult to identify their respective origins.


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The first European to describe these plants was Philibert Commerçon, a French botanist during his voyage of circumnavigation and first published in 1789. It is possible that the first European to observe these plants was Jeanne Baré, Commerçon’s lover and assistant whom he sneaked on board (despite regulations) disguised as a man (and who thus became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe).


Relieve Seasonal Allergies with These Techniques

From the Mayo Clinic Staff Spring means flower buds and blooming trees — and if you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergies — also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you miserable. Try these simple strategies to keep seasonal allergies under control.

Reduce Your Exposure to Allergy Triggers

• Stay indoors on dry, windy days — the best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air. • Remove clothes you’ve worn outside; you may also want to shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair. • Wear a dust mask if you do outside chores. • Check your local TV or radio station, your local newspaper, or the Internet for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels. • If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start. • Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.

Keep Indoor Air Clean

There’s no miracle product that can eliminate all allergens from the air in your home, but these suggestions may help: • Use the air conditioning in your house and car. • If you have forced air heating or air conditioning in your house, use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules. • Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier. • Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom. • Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.

Try An Over-the-Counter Remedy

• Oral antihistamines. Antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, itching, runny nose and watery eyes. • Decongestants. Oral decongestants can provide temporary relief from nasal stuffiness. Decongestants also come in nasal sprays. Only use nasal decongestants for short-term relief. Longterm use of decongestant nasal sprays can actually worsen symptoms (rebound congestion).

• Nasal spray. Cromolyn sodium nasal spray can ease allergy symptoms and doesn’t have serious side effects, though it’s most effective when you begin using it before your symptoms start. • Combination medications. A number of allergy medications combine an antihistamine with a decongestant. Examples include the oral medication Drixoral, which combines the antihistamine dexbrompheniramine maleate with the decongestant pseudoephedrine sulfate, and the nasal spray Claritin-D, which combines the antihistamine loratadine with pseudoephedrine sulfate. Also be sure to rinse the irrigation device after each use with similarly distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered water and leave open to air-dry.

When Home Remedies Aren’t Enough, See Your Doctor

For many people, avoiding allergens and taking over-thecounter medications is enough to ease symptoms. If you have bad seasonal allergies, your doctor may recommend that you have skin tests or blood tests to find out exactly what allergens trigger your symptoms and identify which treatments are likely to work best for you. ********

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain: Tips for Protecting Your Joints

From the Mayo Clinic Staff Joint protection is a proven strategy to help you manage rheumatoid arthritis pain and perform daily activities more easily. Arthritic joints can’t tolerate as much stress as healthy joints can, so pushing, pulling or twisting motions can be painful.

Choose the Strongest Joint Available for the Job Save your smaller, weaker joints for the specific jobs that only they can accomplish. Throughout the day, favor large joints. For example, carry objects with your palm open, distributing the weight equally over your forearm. Slide objects along a counter or workbench rather than lifting them. Use your thigh muscles to rise from a chair instead of pushing off with your hands. To help prevent joint damage, spare your fingers as much work as possible. In particular, try to avoid prolonged pinching or gripping motions. Use tools that help spread the force throughout your palm or arm. Use Good Body Mechanics If you position yourself correctly and use the muscles best suited to a physically demanding task, you can minimize the stress on your joints. Carry heavy objects close to your chest, supporting the

weight on your forearms. To pick up items from the floor, stoop by bending your knees and hips. Or sit in a chair and bend over.

For typing. If you type at a keyboard for long periods and your chair doesn’t have arms, consider using wrist or forearm supports. An angled work surface for reading and writing is easier on your neck. While standing. The height of your work surface should enable you to work comfortably without stooping.

Keep Moving Don’t give your joints the chance to become stiff — keep them moving. When writing or doing handwork, release your grip every 10 to 15 minutes, or when your hand feels fatigued. On long car trips, take breaks every hour or two so you can get out and stretch. Choose aisle seats on airplanes, so you can shift your legs more easily. Move each joint through its full pain-free range of motion at least once a day. On sore, stiff days, keep your movements slow and gentle to avoid further damage. Balance Work and Rest Take time to organize your daily tasks. Work at a steady, moderate pace and avoid rushing. Rest before you become fatigued or sore, and alternate light and moderate activities throughout the day.


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Also try to take periodic stretch breaks. Understand the difference between the general discomfort of rheumatoid arthritis and the pain from overusing a joint. Take note when an activity causes joint pain so you can avoid or modify the activity next time. If a particular task results in pain lasting more than an hour or two, cut back. ********


From the Mayo Clinic Staff

Symptoms Most muscle cramps develop in the leg muscles, particularly the muscles in the calf.

When to see a doctor? Muscle cramps usually disappear on their own and are rarely serious enough to require medical care.

Causes Overuse of a muscle, dehydration, muscle strain or simply holding a position for a prolonged period of time may result in a muscle cramp. Although most muscle cramps are harmless, some may be related to an underlying medical condition, such as:

Inadequate blood supply. Narrowing of the arteries that deliver blood to your legs (arteriosclerosis of the extremities) can produce cramp-like pain in your legs and feet while you’re exercising. These cramps usually go away soon after you stop exercising. Nerve compression. Compression of nerves in your spine (lumbar stenosis) also can produce cramp-like pain in your legs. The pain usually worsens the longer you walk. Walking in a slightly flexed position — such as you would employ when pushing a shopping cart ahead of you — may improve or delay the onset of your symptoms.


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Mineral depletion. Too little potassium, calcium or magnesium in your diet can contribute to leg cramps. Diuretics — medications often prescribed for high blood pressure — may also deplete these minerals. Factors that may increase your risk of muscle cramps include: Age. Older people lose muscle mass, so the remaining muscle may get overstressed more easily. Dehydration. Athletes who become fatigued and dehydrated while participating in warm-weather sports. Medical conditions. You may be at higher risk of muscle cramps if you have diabetes, or nerve, liver or thyroid disorders. If you have a cramp, these actions may provide relief: Stretch and massage. Stretch the cramped muscle and gently rub it to help it relax. For a calf cramp, put your weight on your cramped leg and bend your knee slightly. If you’re unable to stand, sit on the floor or in a chair with your affected leg extended. Try pulling the top of your foot on the affected side toward your head while your leg remains in a straightened position. This will also help ease a back thigh (hamstring) cramp. For a front thigh (quadriceps) cramp, use a chair to steady yourself and try pulling your foot on the affected side up toward your buttock. Apply heat or cold. Use a warm towel or heating pad on tense or tight muscles. Taking a warm bath or directing the stream of a hot shower onto the cramped muscle also can help. Alternatively, massaging the cramped muscle with ice may relieve pain. (From Mayo Clinic Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Feb. 19, 2013) ********

Discount Deals for Seniors YOU must ASK for your discount!


• Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+) • Boston Market: 10% off (65+) • Burger King: 10% off (60+) • Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+) • Chili’s: 10% off (55+) • Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+) • Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+) • IHOP: 10% off (55+) • Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+) • KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+) • McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+) • Subway: 10% off (60+) • Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+) • Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)

Retail & Apparel

• Banana Republic: 10% off (50+) • Big Lots: 10% off • Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) • Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) • Kmart: 20% off (50+) • Kohl’s: 15% off (60+) • Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions • Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+) • The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+)


• Albertsons: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+) • American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+)


Airlines: • Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+) • American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount) • Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations • Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) • United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) • U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) Rail: • Amtrak: 15% off (62+) Bus: Greyhound: 5% off (62+) ********

Alert San Diego (Reverse 911) Information

The County of San Diego, in partnership with Twenty First Century Communications, Inc., has instituted a regional notification system that will be able to send telephone notifications to residents and businesses within San Diego County impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or disaster. This system, called AlertSanDiego, will be used by emergency response personnel to notify those homes and businesses at risk with information on the event and/or actions (such as evacuation) we are asking them to take. The system utilizes the region’s 9-1-1 database, provided by the local telephone companies, and thus is able to contact landline telephones whether listed or unlisted. It is TTY/TDD capable. Because the system uses the 9-1-1 database, only landline numbers are in the system. If you have a Voice over IP (VoIP) or cellular telephone and would like to be notified over that device, or if you would like an email notification, you must register those telephone numbers and/or email address for use by the system. Register your cell phone at


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Individuals who do not have a way to register themselves online can also fill out this form and mail it to the Oceanside Police Department, who will enter the information on the website.

Their mailing address is: Oceanside Police Department, Attn: Reverse 911 Registration 3855 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92054


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Remembrances Our deepest condolences are extended to the families of the following: Dolores Soderholm • Irving Quart Richard Oblinger

SOURCE: Ocean Hills Community Patrol (To acknowledge the passing of the deceased, a family member or close neighbor is requested to report the name of the deceased to the Community Patrol.)

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