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Vol. XXVII, No. 7 | July 2018

EDITORIAL Headlines in the San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times announced the sale of the newspapers along with a halfdozen other local papers to a Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a biotech billionaire for $500 million. Most of our residents who have been raised in and lived in Los Angeles, remember how the Times was an integral part of our lives.  As a child, we remembered the comic strips that featured Dick Tracy, the Katzenjammer Kids, and Flash Gordon.  We remembered the war years that documented every phase and agony of the battles in Europe and the Pacific.  In 1995, the North County Times was formed that covered local news in our area.  In 2012, Doug Manchester, new owner of the Union-Tribune, bought the North County Times and eventually merged it with the Union-Tribune.  In the year 2000, the Chicago based Tribune Publisher bought the L.A. Times along with the Union-Tribune, laid off one third of the staff of the Union-Tribune and incorporated the operation with the Los Angeles Times where the paper is currently being printed. Then in the 1950s and ‘60s, television became a common entity in every household and newspapers EDITORIAL, Cont’d. on Page 3

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When Adults Behave Like Children

We seniors, often referred to as the “Greatest Generation,” compare our culture to that of the generations following us. We ask, “What happened?” Certainly, the changes have been subtle, gradual, but revolutionary. We are witnessing a generation of younger people who do not behave as grownups. While advancements in electronics may have a big part in the cultural change, that hardly explains a culture that has retrogressed to immaturity. Take, for example, the over-whelm-

ing hero worship of comic book characters in juvenile plots. Comic books used to be confined to children. Today, young adults purchase half of all comic books sold. And comic book heroes have merged onto the silver screen. Superman, Batman and a chain of Marvel characters now dominate themes of films directed to young adults. Remember when Halloween centered around children, their costumes and parties? Guess what? The adults CHILDREN, Cont’d. on Page 3

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EDITORIAL, cont’d. from Page 1 across the country no longer became the primary source of news. Advertising flowed from print media to the electronic tube and many papers began to faulter.  Even the parent company of the Times filed for bankruptcy as advertising revenue across the country dropped from $50 billion in 2005 to less than $17 billion last year.  With the demise of department stores that provided a substantial source of income, ads diminished into a free fall. Today, readership of news has shifted to electronic media. In a 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center, about 45 percent of U.S. adults learn about news through their smartphone and tablets.  Today, most teenagers don’t read newspapers.  Even television has been pinched by social media.   Since 1980, the audience for evening news has shrunk by 40 percent. As seniors, we get 85 percent of our news on television.  TV and the internet bring faster and a more visual style of news than newspapers that are constrained by the mere fact their physical manufacturing and distribution plants are 100 miles away in Los Angeles.  But in spite of TV, 48 percent of us seniors continue to get our news from newspapers.  That is more than twice the figure for the average U.S. adult. With the new ownership of the L.A. Times and the UnionTribune, hope remains that both papers will once again regain prominence after almost two decades of turbulence with the Chicago Tribune publisher. Maybe the new owner will consider bringing back the Katzenjammer Kids again.

CHILDREN, cont’d. from Page 1 have taken over. Now over 72 percent of adults celebrate who spend $9.1 billion, that is billion with a B, for Halloween costumes and party paraphernalia. “Hurry and get your ‘trick and treat over with. Mommy and Daddy have to go to a party soon.” And to enter further into fantasy, Comic-Con conventions, originated in San Diego, are beginning to spread

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across the country allowing droves of adults to fantasize as their favorite heroes. Perhaps their overlying motivation is good over evil and the good guys beat up the bad guys. There must be a certain degree of satisfaction of winning even in make-believe. Let’s look at the rise of home video games that has dominated hours of young adults. Now you can compete with others on the internet. Moreover, thousands attend huge conventions that attract thousands of participants. Gaming has become so addictive, that some people spend hours, if not days at the computer foregoing usual daily activities to satisfy their addiction. There are even psychological clinics that deal with people with this obsession. Just who are these people? Young adults, mostly. And of course, we cannot forget those who play war games. It’s called paint ball. This is where members of teams actually pretend they are soldiers or fictional characters who shoot each other with guns and projectiles filled with paint. Children? No, they are actually grown adults who form teams that either win or lose in mock battles. Winning brings bragging rights. So, with all these changes, we wonder what lies ahead in the new American culture.Has the rising generation retrogressed to a younger age? Are they reliving their past on skateboards and scooters?


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Meet The Candidates for Master Board

Peggy Johnson

The experiences of running two multimillion-dollar businesses and of being an editor on the news, travel and local news desks at the Los Angeles Times and the Herald Examiner will help me deal with many of the issues before today’s Master Board. I enjoy working with people and solving problems, and I believe everyone deserves to be listened to and treated with respect. If elected, I look forward to working with other Master Board members to keep OHCC the paradise I’ve enjoyed during the last seven years that I’ve lived here.

Ira Landis

Ira has been a member of the Board for the past two years. During that time, he participated in the accomplishments that have enhanced our way of life in our OHCC “paradise.” He pledges to vote against any special assessments and will continue to be an active participant to deal with the any challenges that our community will be facing.

Don Lopez

Thank you for the support you have given me for several years, I am humbled by it, and I appreciate it very much. I feel a strong obligation to serve again because we are in the midst of doing some important projects that need to be completed. Some of those large projects that we have under way are renovating the Lanai, establishing a well for irrigation, renovating the golf course, and updating the clubhouse. I have done these types of projects in the past, and I will make sure they are done professionally and that they will comply with all applicable codes, utilize best practices in the industry, and that they give us the outcomes we need.

Other candidates for the Master Board:

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Scott Goldwasser (Unfortunately, the Village Voice went to press before we could print their statements.)



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commentary By Elaine Kowalik I’m writing in response to the article in the June 2018 issue of the Village Voice. I think the “Wind Goddess” woke up the morning after the “jungle” was planted around her and said, “What happened?” I’m also sure that the local artist who sculpted the “Wind Goddess,” Melissa Ralston, would be appalled at how she is hidden among the horribly planted plants. Every time I pass by, it is hard for me to see the “Goddess.” There was no thought given to how the plants were arranged because there is no aesthetic appeal or planting concept. Also, upon exiting the parking lot, the plants are obstructing the driver’s view. If you Google giant white bird of paradise, you will find that it is a species of banana-like plants and can reach a height of 20 feet; the clumps can spread 11 feet. They are self-seeding and their invasive roots are best kept away from buildings. Glad the “Wind Goddess” is not close to a building.

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features Village Happenings By Selma Leighton I live in the Village of Majorca, on Majorca Way. My house, I am guessing, could very well be the first house on the first street, back in 1988, when OHCC was born. It makes sense that I am the first house, because the garbage truck makes its first stop here on Thursday morning. That must mean something. Either that must mean something, like he likes me, or he is afraid of me. We have never had a village party since I moved here. Now, thanks to Bob Landre and Blake Hampton the process is ongoing. Therefore, we are going to have a good old Western Cookout in October. So fellow Majorcans, get your form in as soon as possible. My village is in the process of doing new landscaping. Again, I think my house Bob Landre (L) and Blake is the first. I was able to keep Hampton, cookout chefs. my tree and the flowers and plant selections seems very pretty. I was at the landscaping meeting, and the committee led by Karin Barnes is doing an excellent job. All questions answered, and people were allowed three.

Naturally, I ask four. The other day I saw Karin and Kevin Cryan checking things out. She even left a card game to do that. What dedication!! I’m sure our president, Jim Schroyer, has put in a lot of hours also. I’ve always wanted a dog, since I moved here. However, living on a cul-de-sac, with a lot of green areas, I see plenty of dogs, I guess this is a great pooping spot. However, I must say, I always see their

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owners following them with a plastic bag. Another nice thing about my street is living near the Clubhouse and front gate, except for the fact that I can’t walk that far. The only problem living on Majorca way is that strangers don’t pronounce it correctly. They have a problem with that hard J. I keep correcting them, but it doesn’t seem to help. Jim Schroyer, Majorca I’m sure all the villages in Village president. OHCC are nice. However, with ownership, comes pride. I think my village is the best. I am so happy and having so much fun living here, and you know I like fun-NY. (Errata: In the June issue of the Village Voice, the caption under Leesa Singer picture was misspelled. We regret the error.)

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Bev’s Kitchen By Bev Gillett I am always being asked for EASY recipes. This is my go-to recipe when I have lots of people to feed and it is very easy to put together. It can be made a few days before you need it, and also freezes very well. One recipe will feed about 6-8 people, but double it for a crowd.

Savory Chicken 2 ready-cooked store bought chickens. Cool and take the meat off in bite sized pieces. 2 onions, sliced 1 green pepper, sliced Mushrooms ... as many as you prefer, washed and sliced Sauté the onions, pepper in a little oil until softened. Add the mushrooms. Mix together: 1 cup chutney (I use Mrs. Balls from Cost Plus World market, but any chutney from the grocery store would be just as good) 1 cup tomato sauce (ketchup) 3 tablespoons white vinegar 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce 1 cup water Pour over the chicken, add the onion, pepper and mushroom mixture and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles! Enjoy!

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hails from Louisiana and has refurbished the site with new décor and a new dining room featuring live music six nights a week. We were quickly seated in a quiet section of the dining area just before the end of Happy Hour. A chatty and friendly waitress suggested we order drinks from the bar at halfprice which ends after 5 p.m. I ordered a glass of Riesling. Wow! Six ounces (not the usual four) arrived that I discovered cost $3. Three dollars? That’s cheaper than a cup of coffee at other establishments. The menu consisted of mainly American comfort food with a touch of New Orleans creole and cajun. It listed catfish, sausage dishes, ribs, burgers and a long list of dishes not usually found in other restaurants. Our waitress suggested the baked potato soup. The name did not sound inviting, but it was the most delicious soup we had ever tasted. It was innovative and incredibly flavorful. I immediately spied the jambalaya dish while my partner selected the catfish. My order arrived hot and spicy. The jambalaya was served on a heaping bed of red rice topped with creole shrimp. It was luscious. There are not many restaurants that feature jambalaya, so I enjoyed every morsel. My partner ordered the catfish arrived heavily spiced with coating. French fries accompanied the dish. It was an unusual treatment for the catfish but the spice overwhelmed the taste of the fish. The dessert listing was tempting and I ordered the Key lime pie. A nice slice of pie arrived garnished with black berries and strawberries. It was a nice finish to the dinner. My

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partner ordered the Crème Brule and said it was tasty and quite satisfying. Parking can be a problem on the weekends, but appeared to be ample during the week. Most lunches are priced under $16 while dinner entrees run from $14 to $20. The hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and stays open an additional hour on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday brunch buffet costs $19 ($5 more for bottomless Champagne and mimosas). This includes a live jazz performance.

The Movie Scene By Joan Buchholz

Ocean’s 8

Debbie Ocean (played by Sandra Bullock), just having spent 5 years in the slammer, is out and determined not to go straight. (Remember Danny Ocean played by George Clooney? Well, Debbie is Danny’s sister.) During all that time in prison, she has had time to figure out her ultimate scam: to steal the Toussaint, a $150 million


diamond necklace that will be worn by movie star Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at a charity ball in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art known as the Met Gala. But Debbie needs help and she recruits her best friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) along with a half-dozen other women to accomplish various jobs such as a dress designer, a stolen goods trafficker, a jewelry expert, and a hacker. Newcomer Awkwafina makes her debut as a sleight-of-hand artistand steals the show in every scene in which she appears. No, this is not a remake of the original Ocean’s story. And no, this is not a chick-flick as there are men that pop in and out of the story. But it’s the plot that combines glamour, suspense and humor in one exciting movie. I wish I were there to participate. I hand it 3 smiles for a very enjoyable afternoon.


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Designer’s Footnote By Peggy Newburg

The Emotional Effect of Color

Most of us are drawn to certain color combinations. Color has a great affect on our emotional state and well being. You could call it an emotional climate that we create through our interior design in our homes. It is important to understand the effects colors might have on an average person, or your client’s home. Reds, orange, and yellows do create feelings of happiness, optimism and energy. They also can irritate the eyes and red can increase appetite. Red is the warmest and most dynamic of the colors. It is often associated with passion and love as well anger and danger. It can increase a person’s heart rate and make them excited. If you want to bring attention to a design element, use red. But use it as an accent color in moderation. Orange enhances a feeling of vitality and happiness. Orange draws attention and shows movement but is not overpowering. It is aggressive but balanced. It puts forth an en-

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ergy but can be inviting and friendly. Yellow brings out a happy mood and in softer tones can invoke feelings of comfort and caring. Again the brighter the hue the various the emotional response will be. Cool colors include green, blue, and purple. Cool colors are usual calming and soothing but can also express sadness. Purple is often used spark creativity as it is mixture of blue [calm] and red [intense]. Green is a symbol of life, health, new beginnings, and wealth. Green is the easiest on the eyes and should be used to relax and create balance in a design. Blue brings forth feelings of calmness and spirituality as well as security and trust. Blue creates chemicals that are calming to the person. Like all the colors we see, if it used too dark, it can create a cold, disengaged feeling. Light blues are friendlier. Purple is also associated with creativity, royalty and wealth. Purple is often used in design to look more luxurious and wealthy. A lighter purple shows more of a romance and mystery in design. Neutral colors include black, gray, tan, and brown. In design, these colors are great as background colors. Use black, gray and white when using brighter colors. It is important to know that colors are personal, what might make one person feel cheerful can make another person feel irritated, depending on the viewer’s past experiences or cultural differences. A designer must study their client’s needs and chose colors accordingly.

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tack, Lt. O’Hare and his wingman, Lt. Marion Dufilho. Both launched to intercept an enemy flight of eight twin engine “Betty” bombers at Edward “Butch” O’Hare 1,500 feet and only nine miles out. Then “DuEdward was born in St. Louis, but was filho’s guns jammed. raised in Chicago where his father was a lawThat left only O’Hare and his Wildcat’s yer (a client was Al Capone). The younger four .50 caliber Browning machine guns to O’Hare graduated from the U.S. Naval Acadstand between the enemy aircraft the Lexemy in 1937. After several years he decided to ington. So O’Hare pressed home his attack become a pilot and began his training as a nawith fury and precision. The bombers were val aviator in 1939. Ensign O’Hare’s first flight able to drop their armament on the Lexington, assignment was to the VF-3 squadron on the but none hit their target. O’Hare was able to USS Saratoga where the executive officer was down at least three (and perhaps as many as Lt. O’Hare, outstanding Lt. John Thach, the famous “Thach Weave.” five) of the enemy Bettys. Two more were seWWII hero. a two plane combat maneuver. Thach, seeing riously damaged and later were finished off O’Hare’s exceptional talent behind the stick, by fellow aviators. It was likely that O’Hare’s demonstration mentored him in fighter plane tactics. of courage, airmanship and gunnery had been outstandWhile on combat duty aboard the Saratoga, the ship was ing. Captain Sherman, the Lexington’s C.O. concluded it was torpedoed by an enemy submarine, badly damaging the O’Hare’s efforts that probably saved the carrier from sericarrier, requiring VF-3 to transfer their flight operations to ous damage or even total destruction. The loss of the Lexthe USS Lexington. On the afternoon of Feb. 20, 1942, radar ington could have dealt a severe blow to the U.S. operations picked up several formations of inbound enemy aircraft apthroughout the Pacific. proaching from several different directions. In response, nuAt the end of March, Lt. O’Hare returned to Pearl Harbor merous U.S. aircraft were launched until only two fighter to a hero’s welcome. To promote morale, he was ordered to planes and their pilots were left to protect his ship from attour the country as the nation’s first air ace. In April 1942, he

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was awarded the Medal of Honor and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. In June, he returned to Hawaii in command of VF-6. He was engaged in combat operations in the Marcus islands where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross followed by a second. During operations in support of the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands, O’Hare went aloft to intercept a group of enemy landbased bombers. What happened to him is not certain. He was lost in combat. But if you ever fly to Chicago, the chances are you will go through Chicago O’Hare International Airport. It was named after him and you might visit the Grumman Wildcat on display in Terminal 2. It’s a tribute to all the “O’Hares” who have put their lives on line to defend our freedom.

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Fly Off the Handle

It meant a person who gives vent to his anger. The expression refers to the head of an ax. A wood-chopper giving vent to his anger will chop so violently the head of the ax would fly off the handle. Here are two words now popularly used in the media:


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Bridge By Dan Neilson

Active and Passive Defense

Bridge is like a game of Hide and Seek. You hide your assets and seek out the opponents. This means you should generally be passive on defense until opportunities or crises arise. Opportunities might be breaking communications between declarer and dummy (thus isolating one hand, or removing trumping cards from dummy.) Crises can be viewing a ong suit that will give the declarer discards or setting up your suit before entries are eliminated. Defensive positions are also crucial. The person to the left of declarer must protect their values. They are the opening leader and unless their partner has bid should avoid an aggressive lead. The exception is against no trump where the lead of your longest and strongest suit is appropriate. A passive lead, such as top of sequence or top of nothing is best. Leads of two card honor sequences should be avoided unless you have a long suit. These cards can cover opponents honors or are useful entries. If you waste your honors on air, you will make declarer’s task much easier. Leading away from your honors is also deadly. You are only finessing yourself. Don’t do declarer’s work. Even after the open-

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ing lead, this position should remain passive until declarer’s values are apparent. The defensive position to the right of declarer is the aggressive defender. Their job is to cover the dummy and exploit its weakness. Lead to the weakness of the dummy. Now you are finessing declarer and penalties are minimum. If dummy can trump something, lead a trump to shorten their holding. Don’t lead your partner’s bid suit if other weaknesses can be exploited. Let declarer crack that nut. Even though you are the aggressive defensive hand, don’t open new suits for declarer. Let them do the work. The exception here is if you become aware of a long suit that can be set up, you had better attack immediately. The defender to declarer’s left should remain passive as long as possible, while the right-hand defender mounts as active a defense as the cards allow. At times these roles will reverse, but if you start with this strategy, it will pay dividends!

The Golf Game By Pete Russell The sports world never fails to amaze and entertain me, as I’m sure it does many of the readers of this column. For instance, the most famous oval track auto race in history is the Indy 500. On the 29th of May it was won for the first time by an Australian racer named “Will Power.” You got it, willpower! Isn’t that a hoot? Driving a Chevy powered car for the Penske sponsor giving the team owner their record 17th Indy 500 win. Not to be outdone in the sports world, the press announced that the owners of the NFL teams have come to a mutually agreed upon ruling that all teams on the field MUST stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem; interpreted by some whom would prefer to kneel that they just have to stay IN THE FIELD HOUSE until after the Anthem is over. I am sure that this has something to do with the NFL telling the owners that they had to come up with a solution or THEY, the team owners, would be fined, big time. You have to love the lawyers who seem to rule the world

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these days. And center stage are the Presidents of America and the Korean peninsula who haven’t yet agreed on the protocol of signing a North de-nuclearization peace treaty ending an impasse that has been going on since the 49th parallel was designated following the end of the Korean Conflict. There is even a house that is strategically located straddling the 49th parallel that is a “safe” place to negotiate from. What Justin Rose, winner do you think is going to happen?? at Colonial Course in Golf! Who said that this column Texas. always had to be all about golf? But the recent Colonial course in Texas winner, Justin Rose, was an outstanding competitor who just plain overwhelmed the other players. And his winnings, in addition to the Plaid Jacket, was around $1.8 million. Not bad for a South African living in Britain and playing in one of the most storied golf venues in the PGA tour in America. The Colonial is the longest running PGA Tour event still played at its original site (since 1946). The only other thing that I came away from watching much of this tournament is How Can They Do So Much Better Than All of US. Just watch carefully and you’ll see how


they drive the ball (over 400 yards sometimes) and almost always are on the green below GIR (greens in regulation), and putt lights out all the time. It is truly an amazing show of skill. But not to worry, there sure were a lot of competitors turning in over PAR rounds with these truly gifted golfers. Might there be some hope for us eventually? The bottom line is that the big winners always talk about practice from two to four hours a day, and hitting thousands of practice balls to keep on top of their game. That is everyone except John Daly.


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Kippel’s Pet Korner By Ellen Kippel Since many people in this community are putting in tile or laminate flooring into their homes and have senior pets when I saw this on facebook and thought it provides helpful hints in helping our beautiful fur babies.


8 Ways To Help Your Senior Dog Navigate Hard Floors By Dina Fantegrossion Of all the potential problems facing senior dogs, household accidents may be the most preventable. As dogs age, their risk of injuries caused by slips and falls on tile, hardwood, and laminate floors increases. These surfaces can be difficult for any dog, but seniors have the added challenges of achy, unstable joints and decreased confidence in their mobility. Slips and falls can lead to injuries ranging from painful bruises to torn ligaments, pinched nerves, swollen joints and fractures. Luckily, there are several ways you can help your aging pooch stay safe and regain his confidence when navigating your hard flooring. 1. Have your dog’s nails trimmed regularly. Shorter nails help normalize your dog’s gait on hard surfaces. 2. Keep foot hair trimmed and neat. Dogs with hair growing between their toes and paw pads

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face the challenge of essentially trying to walk in slippers on a slick surface. 3. Use strategically placed rugs and runners. Placing throw rugs, mats, and carpet runners in the high-traffic areas of your home can help provide your pooch with secure footing in the areas he travels most. Be sure to secure rugs to the floor to prevent them from slipping when stepped on.

pressure on their joints, and those that do not get enough exercise are prone to muscle wasting and weakness. 7. Provide a joint care supplement. Try adding a supplement specifically formulated with senior dogs in mind. 8. Choose a product designed to give your pup’s paws traction. There are a number of products out there with claims of helping senior dogs navigate slippery floors. Some are specially-designed socks with strips of non-slip material on the bottom to provide traction.  Following these 8 simple tips can not only boost your senior dog’s confidence, it can improve his quality of life and help prolong the healthy, happy times you spend together

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4. Secure your dog’s favorite sleep spots. Dogs – especially seniors – spend a good portion of their day sleeping, but getting up and down from a laying position can be especially challenging with hard flooring. Consider placing rugs or non-slip pads in the areas where your dog likes to nap. 5. Don’t forget the stairs. Hard-surfaced stairways can be especially treacherous for older dogs. Some pet parents restrict access to stairways using baby gates while others invest in secure carpet runners. 6. Keep your dog fit and trim. Overweight and obese dogs experience more pain and



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Bird of the Month By Russ Butcher

The Black Swan

When you think of a swan, it is likely you’ll visualize a large, longnecked white waterbird, such as North America’s two spectacular native species, the tundra and trumpeter swans. But the non-native Black Swan is equally stunning with its white-tipped bright-red beak and mostly black plumage.  Only in flight are the bird’s contrasting array of white wing feathers fully revealed.  The adult is at least 4 to 5 feet long from beak to tail and boasts a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet.  It weighs about Black swans on Oahu, Hawaii. 10 to 20 pounds.  When swimming, this swan’s long neck is typically held in a curving S shape, while in flight it is held straight forward or in an undulating shape.  Its call consists of loud bugling notes. As with other species of swans, the Black Swan is monogamous – typically pairing for life.  It feeds mostly on a variety of aquatic and other wetland plants.  The nest, which is repaired and re-used year after year, consists of a mounded pile of grasses, reeds, twigs and other plant materials several feet high along such places as a shallow lakeshore or small island.  The female lays from 4 to 8 eggs.  Both parents take turns incubating the eggs for about five

or six weeks. After the fuzzy-looking, whitish juveniles, known as cygnets, are hatched, the parents take care of them for about nine months, until they are ready to care for themselves. The Black Swan is native to southeastern and southwestern Australia.  This species has long been a popular “ornamental” attraction in such places as zoological gardens and resort properties – in parts of New Zealand, Japan, and in Britain and other European countries.  Debbie McCain took this photograph of a small flock on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.


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A brown phase Black Bear and cubs. A Black Bear with her cubs.

Watching Wildlife By Russ Butcher

The Black Bear

Of the three species of bears native to North America, the one with the most extensive range is the Black Bear. It is found throughout most of the continent’s wild forested regions.  Its long, scruffy fur coat varies from black to various shades of brown. In the East, nearly all are black, while both black and brown phases live here in the West.  From nose to tail, this stocky mammal measures about 4 to 7 feet long and stands 3 to 4 feet tall at the shoulder.  It weighs from about 150 to more than 300 pounds, and the male is roughly 20 percent larger than the female. This carnivore is mainly active at night, but when not asleep during daylight, it is likely foraging for food then, as well.  Most of this bear’s diet consists of plant matter, such as leaves, roots, nuts, berries and other fruits.  It also eats small animals such as mice, chipmunks, ground squirrels, pocket gophers and woodchucks, sometimes by digging them from their burrows.  By ripping apart rotting logs, it feeds on various kinds of insects such as ants, grubs and

beetles. The Black Bear especially relishes feasting on the sweet honey in the honeycombs of bees.  It is a strong capable swimmer, as it wades into streams and lakes to catch fish.  It can also climb trees in pursuit of squirrels and nesting birds or to seek safety for its cubs from prowling predators.  On the ground, the Black Bear usually shuffles along slowly.  But when it takes off in bounding leaps, it can surprisingly reach bursts of speed to around 35 miles an hour. As biologist Victor H. Cahalane wrote in his 1947 book, Mammals of North America, “All bears take the easy way of


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storing food for the long winter. They gorge and become fat.”  Thus prepared, males and females hibernate for up to six or seven months in colder regions, while only the pregnant females hibernate in the warmer regions.  Biologists often refer to this bear’s hibernation as “twilight sleeping,” a kind of semi-consciousness. Sheltered den sites may be tucked away in a cave, hollow log or beneath a fallen tree.  In January or February, females give birth to a litter of oneto-three tiny cubs that are initially hairless, blind, squealy and weighing a mere 7 to 15 ounces.  The juveniles are weaned by late summer but remain with their mother for at least the remainder of their first year.  Humans are rarely challenged or chased by a Black Bear -- except when the mother is protecting her cubs from what she perceives as danger. In California, this species lives mainly in northern coastal mountains and redwood forests, the Cascade Mountains and the Sierra Nevada.  Here in Southern California, a few of them have been introduced into forested mountains, where they are only occasionally seen.  The chances of your spotting a Black Bear anywhere near Ocean Hills are virtually nil.

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By Holly Gales Do you remember in the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy had three companions - not counting Toto. The Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. They represented the heart, the brain, and courage. When I think of my youngest grandson, Gage (9), that is what I think he represents in so many ways. But first, let me give you some insight into him. He is a thin, tan, dark haired, spunky kid with energy, and a whole lot of intelligence. His extracurriculars include karate, flag football, piano, surfing and chess. He is actually an award/ trophy winning chess player! I (like probably most of you) were playing Go Fish at his age. Anyway, not long ago, he tied for first place in a chess tournament. So the tournament organizers decided they should flip for the first place trophy. But before they had the chance to do so, Gage went to the other player and said he already had a first place trophy from another tournament. He wanted this other player, his recent opponent, to have the first place trophy. Gage said he wanted him to enjoy having a first place trophy as he had. Now, I am very aware that we see our grandchildren with special spectacles. Our glasses happen to be rose colored and  magnified when viewing their accomplishments. However, this was an example of character. This was an example of a kind, thoughtful, empathetic person. The person you want as a neighbor someday, a good citizen. We live in a world of more! More money, more stuff, more recognition, more me me. Character is about thinking of others AND (760) 945-3443 P.O. Box 909 Vista, CA it 92085 putting into action. Visit: As with Dorothy’s companions, Gage had the brains to compete in the chess the heart to empathize with his P.O. Box 909match, Vista, CA 92085 0) 945-3443 opponent, and the courage to speak up and initiate action. P.O. Box 909 Vista, CA 92085

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Shopping Around Podiatrist Makes House Calls

Podiatrist Dr. Michael Dinnel announced he is closing his office in Vista and will make house calls. Dr. Dinnel has been in practice for several decades. He provides services that include nail trimming, treating callouses, bunions and other foot problems. He will commence his house call services beginning the first of August. To make an appointment, call him at (760) 758-5751. (As a side note, Dr. Dinnel spoke to the Village Veterans Club a number of years ago about his experiences as a Green Beret soldier during the Vietnam War.)

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Las Brisas, a new Mexican restaurant was recently opened less than a month ago in the strip mall bounded by Shadowridge and Longhorn. A Mom and Pop operation, Las Brisas offers more than tacos and burritos. The menu lists a wide gamut of Mexican cuisine not commonly offered by other Mexican restaurants. Owner Alejandra, her husband and their son also operate another restaurant in San Marcos.


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The Count of Four By Joanne Mazur Fast asleep at the count of four. To be awakened by the sound of a roar. It sounds like a dragon or a boar. Maybe I should head for the door. I slowly open my tired eyes. I gaze around and I realize; It’s not the sound of a dragon or a boar. It’s the resounding sound of my husband’s snore. I give a nudge to roll to the side; To this request, he does not abide. I hear mumbles and grumbles and snorts and grunts; Chomping of teeth from the covers beneath. The sound of this roar is so alarming. My mate used to be so very charming. I come to the conclusion of homicide. But, this idea I must put aside. I take my pillow and my dog Ben, Where we escape into the den. Fast asleep at the count of four, To be awakened again by the sound of a roar. I slowly open my tired eyes. I gaze around and I realize; It wasn’t the sound of my husband’s snore. It’s my dog Ben with that resounding roar. I guess my husband is still very charming. My mistake is so alarming. He’s come to the conclusion of homicide. But, this idea he must put aside.

The Crusty Curmudgeon By Bob Wong It was Father’s Day again. And as usual, I could expect my offspring might spring for another bottle of Old Spice aftershave or maybe a necktie fashioned with red hearts to add to my collection from the past 25 years. But when great minds get inventive, they can come up some very unusual ideas. No, I don’t want another ride in a Del Mar balloon or death defying rides on SeaWorld’s rollercoaster. I would be just as happy having a nice dinner at my favorite Chinese restaurant (Peking Wok) in Bonsall and call it a day. But no, they provided me a surprise gift no one in their right minds would think of: a kit from “” Now, what on earth would I be interested in knowing where my ancestors came from. I know my ancestors were not Neanderthals or Australian Aborigines and that was good enough for me. I already have a difficult enough timer emembering our wedding anniversary or worse yet, my wife’s birthday, much less adding useless information of which I certainly have no need. But I concluded this DNA information meant more to them than to me, especially with my wife being Irish and I being Chinese. I told them that my great grandfather was an orphaned baby with brown hair who was adopted by a Chinese family who lived in a small village near Canton, China. There were no written records of the event…only tales told from one generation to the next. I knew that in the early 1800s, there was much trade being conducted along the coast of China with Canton being one of the major trading ports from ships to and from Europe. I can guess there was a certain amount of intermingling of sailors with the locals, something prevalent even in today’s world. But getting back to that package from “Ancestors.” Even as I was tempted to toss the gift into my closet along with

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my unused neckties, they encouraged me to conduct the test and furnish them with some saliva. Well, OK. I read the instructions that I should not contaminate the sample, that I should not eat an hour before providing the sample (I’m sure one small bite of candy wouldn’t hurt) and I should carefully seal the contents and return the envelope as soon as possible. I did. After a couple of weeks, I forgot about the DNA. But shortly after, I received an email message from “Ancestors” that proudly announced their laboratories, after carefully diagnosing all my DNAs, came up with the conclusion I was 90 percent Asian. I expected that. And what about the rest? What about the 10 percent? Could it be Portuguese? Or English? Or perhaps German? No, the tests indicated the reminder DNA was peanut brittle.

Pool Talk By Jim Mulvey Expecting to enjoy some noise cessation, I went to the pool for my Saturday relaxation. But as I closed my eyes, The decibel level began to rise, And one topic arose in a nearby conversation. Amid this din and chatter, I wondered what was the matter. Then, word for word, I heard Sad tales of health patter. “Did I tell you I have an aching back?” “Oh no, but that’s not worse than my sacroiliac.” “That’s nothing, I’ve got arterial plaque.” “Pish, posh, I’m recovering from my seventh heart attack.” “Hah, I ruptured my spleen.” “Whatever, I’m suffering from gangrene.” “I need a hip replacement.” “Big deal, my psychologist says I’m too complacent.” “You know, I think I’m being followed by the Feds.” “I often feel that way too when I’m off my meds.” “Let’s face it, we all endure parts that sag.” “Um, I forget to mention, bubonic plague.” Since this slew of people seemed on the mend, I wondered when this chit chat would ever end. Leaving, I heard them discuss their Medicare choices, Puzzled why all these so-called ill people had such healthy voices.

Our Computer World By John Pearsley

3D Printing

If you have been by the computer room in the past months you may have noticed the brand new 3D printer. It is available for all OHCC members to use. You may have asked, “What can I do with it?” Over the past year members have created plastic parts for broken hinge covers for a glass cabinet, a broken knob for a CPAP machine, a cover for the TV remote to cover the buttons that we don’t want to push by accident. Also we created paddles for the Bocce Ball courts and name tags for the Library. Goldie Weis of the Woodchucks toy guild, built toy trains, engines and cars with plastic blocks that stack on dowels. She designed the model files, printed the individual blocks in a variety of colors and built the wooden base and wheels. She is planning on making about two dozen full trains. You may ask what does printing plastic actually mean. In the same way that a regular printer lays down ink on paper, the 3D printer melts a thin filament of plastic and lays it down on the printer bed in the needed shape. Then it lays down a second layer stacked on top of the first, and so on. The result is vertical stack of plastic layers that are in the desired shape. (Or sometimes a blob of melted plastic.) It is always better to start with a specific project, maybe something you already have in mind. Let us assume you want a holder for your tablet reader that holds it exactly at the angle you need. Contact one of the 3D printer guys in the computer room and you can easily learn how to make it. You will need a model of the holder and a file to run the printer. You may be able to find an existing model if it exists. If not, you can learn how to create a model. All of the programs are available in the computer room. Once you have a model you can learn how to use another simple program to slice it so that each layer is described. Then you run the printer yourself. Basically it involves loading plastic filament of the right color and the controlling computer file into the printer. Each step is actually simple and easily understood once you see it. Press Print. Sit back and watch the holder magically arise from the bed. Now you have a brand new support for your tablet reader and bragging rights when you show it off. One of the nice things about the 3D printing is that the plastic filament is created from corn syrup a renewable resource. The final object is biodegradable. Good all the way around. So, stop by the computer lab and check out your newest computer marvel.

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I Love A Mystery

Scams Update

By Ira M. Landis In a thriller first published in 1977, Jeffrey Archer interweaves fiction with actual characters from American history. Shall We Tell The President has Edward Moore Kennedy as the duly elected President of the United States pushing to enact a tough Gun Control Bill through Congress. Of course, there are interests who have extremely strong reasons for wanting the bill defeated. A U.S. senator is one of the plotters. By chance the FBI learns of the plot but has no idea which of the one hundred senators is involved. Four people have been killed and Special Agent Marc Andrews is tasked with finding out who the conspirator senator is. His problem is compounded by the fact that he is in love with a senator’s daughter who may herself be part of the conspiracy. There are exactly six days to head off this assassination attempt. This was a book I couldn’t put down because of its gripping tension. **** John Le Carre is the pseudonym of David Cornwell. You are probably familiar with his George Smiley novels, many of which were made into movies and TV episodes. George is one of the world’s most famous secret agents who is called out of retirement by a letter from a lady who says her husband is trying to kill her. By the time Smiley takes up the case the murder has been committed. To solve the case, he finds himself among one of England’s most prestigious schools. The school is a place where the atmosphere of pomp and snobbery is pervasive and determines behavior. Smiley finds himself involved with some unusual characters: a village idiot; an amusing local superintendent of police whose orders are to damp the case down; a struggling school-boy who has an awful secret; a tutor who is full of need for acceptance by high society; a cynical and brilliant house-master who is driven to do questionable things; and a women who is as cunning as she is ugly. What a cast of characters! One murder follows another. As Smiley probes for clues, the more human drama he uncovers: vicious gossip, petty resentments, and malicious manipulations. A Murder of Quality was Le Carre’s second novel and is a brilliantly plotted mystery. Of course you will find both books in our great OHCC Library.

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According to Consumer Reports the most dangerous attitude anyone can have is “the illusion of ...I’m too smart to ever fall for a con.” All the data shows that everyone, no matter their age, education, ethnicity, or gender, has the potential to be scammed, given the right circumstances. Of course, a scammer who is talented is part of what is needed to actually accomplish the scam. When it comes to falling for scams, it’s millennials, not seniors, who are most vulnerable.  Among those who reported losing money to fraud, those in their twenties accounted for 40%, the single largest group, versus 18% for those 70 and older, according to 2017 Federal Trade Commission data. However, older adults who fell victim to scams tended to lose larger amounts of money, compared to younger adults.  Again this is according to the FTC. Experts say losses by the elderly to financial fraud are not only attributable to age-related cognitive decline but also to the fact that the 65 and older generation controls trillions of dollars and scammers follow the money. Doug Shadel, the author of Outsmarting the Scam Artists, says the following traits are present at far higher levels in victims than in non-victims: 1. Being eager for bargains.  You probably know people who are always on the lookout for investment opportunities and bargains, who send away for promotional materials and enter contests and drawings, and who open all their mail (electronic or postal), including sales brochures and generic charity come-ons. 2. Susceptibility to persuasion.  Fraud victims respond with greater interest than the general public to certain statements that con artists rely on. “This deal is only good for the next 24 hours,” “My clients are earning 30% a year on this investment,” or  one that is being used to ensnare veterans, a new favorite target for scams. From one ex-Marine to another.” For my fact checking fan club, the information and facts in this article were provided in the June 2018 edition of Consumer Reports. This column is intended to keep our residents alert to past and potential scams.  We recently addressed the 809 area code and other phone scams.  I was subsequently advised that two residents experienced significant aggravation in trying to resolve outlandish charges.  Be alert ! Don’t call back unknown area codes.

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Out and About in San Diego County By Jack Shabel I visited SeaWorld a few years back and really enjoyed my visit. I wrote an article about my visit in June of 2014. I recently revisited SeaWorld on a special promotion they had that gave free admission to veterans and up to three guests. The promotion’s only restriction was that you had to use your free passes before the Fourth of July. They may renew this offer after the summer tourist season ends so if you are a veteran or know one and might be interested in going to the park, keep checking the website for special deals and discounts. The reason that I went was to check out the new orca show that they have introduced this year. The A visit to SeaWorld is entertaining and educational. show has been created to be much more educational than it was in the past. Very interesting presentation show still had whale jumping which was very exciting but and informative about these incredible animals. all within the context of normal behavior. There has been a lot of criticism about having orcas in When we lived in the Pacific Northwest, we took a lot of captivity, but all of the animals there have been born in capwhale watching tours and saw a lot of the same behaviors tivity. Returning them into the wild would be a lot like turn- exhibited by the animals in the wild. The only thing that was ing your pet dog out into the midst of a pack of wolves. The unique was the soaking of the people in the first 12 rows as


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This may be the last of the Orca shows. $9.99 per month. The nice part about the annual pass is that parking is included which saves you $20 per visit. There is a lot of good information on their website at SeaWorld does so much good with animal rescues in our area that they need to be praised for their efforts. How nice that you can support these efforts while having a great time.


OHCC is getting ready to celebrate our 35th Anniversary in May 2019. As part of that celebration, we are producing a 35th Anniversary Book. We encourage all our residents to participate by having their photo professionally taken by Lifetouch. Your portrait will help make our book complete. Lifetouch will be at OHCC to take portraits from August through January. See below for details.

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Travels With Joe & Dee By Joe Ashby & Dee Wardell

Uzbekistan-Khiva & the Door to Hell

From Urgench we travel by bus to the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago as one of the Silk Road’s most important trading posts at the crossroads between Mongolia, Russia, China and Persia. It rises out of the desert. Zoroastrian religion originated here. Oil, cotton and silk are the main exports, but it is very dry with little rain, and the soil is very salty. Water comes from canals built in the 17th century. 90% of the people are Uzbeks and 55% are under 16 years. Inside the mud brick walls, a tall blue minaret dominates the skyline. The Khan died before it was completed. The Jama Mosque near it is supported by 212 long carved wooden black elm columns. We then visited the Palace of the Khan, with ten courtyards and 163 rooms. Back on the train, we made ready to enter Turkmenistan this evening. At 4 a.m. our train stops at Ichoguz to visit the Door to Hell, a burning gas crater. Those willing gathered into vans, and the road to Hell was unpaved and our van didn’t have shock absorbers, so we went for the ride of our life, almost being catapulted into one another. The black sky held

Crater with burning gas since 1971. a wonderful display of stars, and with desert all around and not a sign of any civilization, in about 30 minutes we arrive in the middle of nowhere to see a cauldron of fire. In 1971, Soviet geologists drilling for gas in the Karakum desert discovered a natural gas chamber which resulted in a drilling rig collapsing, leaving skies filled with poisonous gases exposed to the world outside. An idea came to ignite the gas so as to prevent poisonous fumes engulfing a nearby town. It turns out the supply of gas below the crater is near infinite and the crater’s been burning without interruption ever since. We went back to the train and back to bed.

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city with extravagant fountains, golden domes, and towering modern buildings, incongruous in this desert setting. We saw few cars on the road, almost no people in the central city, and no oneother than visiting dignitaries inside the museums or the sites we visited. Among all this wealth, little old women were sweeping the roads with straw brooms and cutting the grass with scissors. It left an eerie feeling of having entered an abandoned sci-fi movie set. (Visit to Ashgabatto be continued next issue.)










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The Real Estate Corner By Tom Brennan (Tom has been involved in all aspects of real estate for more than 40 years, both as a lawyer and realtor. )

Elder Law: Part 2 of 2

This month, we will continue our examination of the need for seniors to include an elder law attorney among the advisors necessary in setting up a senior’s estate plan. The elder law attorney (usually an estate and trust lawyer) uses a broad approach to legal advice, taking into consideration the key issues facing seniors: housing, financial well-being, and health and long term care. In this month’s article, our focus will be on income and long term care factors. 1. Retirement Income. Most seniors will have three primary sources of income during retirement: (i) Social Security, (ii) 401(k)/IRA or other pension income plans, and (iii) savings. It is imperative for the senior client to learn how to best use these revenue sources to maintain and increase his/her estate during retirement. For example, the senior should be advised as to the three key milestone ages regarding Social Security (early retirement at 62, standard retirement at 65 to 67, and late retirement at 70) and the potential advantages of delaying collection of benefits. The longer

a senior waits to collect his/her payment benefits the greater those benefits will be when paid. Clients should also be made aware of spousal rights to Social Security benefits. While some seniors may be financially sophisticated, most will need professional assistance with understanding their own 401(k) and individual retirement accounts (e.g., they may need to resolve issues regarding rolling over a 401(k) into a retirement account, or converting a savings account into an income stream). 2. Long Term Care (LTC). Advanced planning for LTC is essential to preserving a senior’s assets during his/her remaining lifetime. Although the vast majority of seniors would prefer to remain at home during the final years of their lives but, as a result of issues of isolation and the high cost of “in-home care,” many elderly individuals are likely better served by utilizing an alternative living solution. There are three primary alternatives to “in-home care” depending upon the senior’s health care needs and finances. Continuing care retirement communities offer a level of care that adapts with the client’s needs. A senior must be able to live independently upon entry into such a facility, but as the individual’s mental and physical care needs increase, the facility itself has the capability to handle those increased needs. The advantage to the senior is that such a facility enables the individual to maintain a constant comfort level by

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being able to live in the same facility during their remaining lifetime. The disadvantage to this option is that these facilities are very expensive with an extremely high entry cost ($400,000 plus is not unusual - although a portion of that fee is refundable at death) plus a monthly cost of approximately $2,500-$4,500. Assisted living facilities supply the second option. Such facilities allow residents to live a mostly independent life, while the facility provides various levels of supportive assistance. Although not licensed to provide medical care, they do provide assistance with meals, housework and some personal hygiene needs. The cost of this type of facility is the lowest of all the options. Nursing homes, the final option, are by far the most expensive institutionalized facilities available to seniors. These facilities have a more hospital-like atmosphere and can cost anywhere from $8,000-$15,000 per month depending upon the level of care required. The cost of paying for any of the above facilities (other than private pay) are either Medicare, Medicaid or LTC. Each of the foregoing payment methods have limitations in terms of amounts paid and the number of days covered (check with the LTC or Medicare provider for more details). As always, consult with a professional before undertaking any estate or elder care planning.

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Did you know that it takes more than 20 dedicated writers and editors to put out this monthly publication? And it takes another staff of 20 volunteers to pass out The Voice every 15th of the month to your tubes? Our printer is AWO located immediately behind the Home Depot on Melrose. The Voice has been in operation for 25 years with Sandie Powers, our publishing coordinator, for as many years. The Village Voice is an independent organization and is not funded by OHCC or any other organization. Our operating expense each month exceeds $3,000, so that the cost of producing each copy is $1.80. Your contribution of $15 helps our staff maintain the publication. It is our sincere wish that you continue reading The Voice with the same pleasure we have in producing it. Your check for $15 will be deeply appreciated. Please leave it along with the form below at the Clubhouse front desk in the Journalism Club folder. Thank you. Name __________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________ Phone No. ______________________________________________ Contribution $ _____________

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Remember The Year: 1924 It’s a good guess that not many residents remember this year. Perhaps we heard our parents talk about this year, a year that new technology was producing products that had never dreamed of. It was a year when automobiles and trains were replacing horses and mules. It was the year when electricity was becoming an essential part of everyday living. Discard your hankies, Kleenex was invented. Caesar Cardini of Tijuana created a salad we all enjoy today: Caesar Salad. In 1924, the ice cream cone rolling machine was invented. It was the year coast-to-coast radio hookup was inaugurated. Not many people knew what IBM meant when Thomas Watson merged several companies into one. Another merger took place in Hollywood when Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and L.B. Mayer formed a company called MGM. The world was shrinking when four planes took off from Seattle for an around-the-world trip. We excelled in athletics too when Johnny Weismuller set a world’s record in swimming the 100 yard free-style: 52.4 seconds. Meanwhile, Dr. Benjamin Spock (famed baby care author) won the gold medal in rowing in the Olympics. The ten millionth car was built by Ford. The most popular songs: Fascinating Rhythm and Indian Love Song. Here are some prices your parents discovered in the world around them. • Cost of a new car:.........................$265 • Cost of a new house..................$7,720 • Dow Jones average.........................100 • Life expectancy...................... 54 years • Gold per ounce..........................$20.67 • Average income.........................$2,196 • Price of a postage stamp ................2¢ • Gallon of gas...................................11¢ • Price of loaf of bread........................9¢ • Bacon per pound............................37¢ • Gallon of milk.................................54¢ • Pound flour.......................................5¢

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potpourri The Answer to Guess Who? By Virginia McConnell Photo by Thu Bellomo Having trouble guessing?  It’s FRANK RITTER.  He was born in California’s San Fernando Valley, was raised on a ranch and beFrank Ritter came a rodeo blue ribbon winner.  In the early 1960s, he attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. After earning a B.A. in History and minoring in English and Business, he started his career at the First Western Bank in Los Angeles and became the youngest officer in the bank’s history.  In 1965, he attended USAF/CAP Officers Candidate School, attained the rank of captain, serving for five years as a squadron commander. Frank became a licensed private investigator in 1977 and was a P.I. for over 40 years, specializing in catastrophic plaintiff personal injury cases.  He provided body guard and plain clothes security services for such notables as Doris Day, Earl Holliman and Angie Dickenson.  Frank subsequently founded and continues to be active in the Backtrack Unlimited Company. Frank married his first wife, Mary, in 1964.  The elder of their two sons, Michael, died at the young age of 28.  A few years later, his daughter-in-law, Janie, called Frank to tell him she wanted his blessing for her to remarry.  Frank said, “Michael loved oranges and was the best orange God could have sent you.  Do not try to find another orange because it might be a sour orange or even a lemon.  Hold yourself out for the best apple God is willing to send you, because it is OK to love both oranges and apples.  They are both sweet and will give you everything you need.”  She accepted Frank’s blessing and has been happily married ever since.


Twenty-five years after Frank’s first marriage ended, he met and married Dixie Green and in 2003, they moved to Ocean Hills CC. Dixie drew upon her experience as a nurse by performing weekly health checkups at the clubhouse.  She was credited with saving lives by insisting that people with dire health problems seek immediate medical care.  Sadly, she died in Frank’s arms from a brain aneurism in 2011.  The following year, he met Peggy Johnson.  They shared a passion for race horses, Peggy having once owned 30 of them.  She and Frank bought a race horse that competed at both Del Mar and Santa Anita race tracks. Frank is a past president of the Ballroom Dance Club and is a member of Theatre Arts.  He is also an award-winning playwright and author of many plays that have been performed at local venues.  He continues to be active as a publisher (Diverse Publications), and has authored several books, including two thrillers, The Killing Games (2013) and The Devil’s Cribs (2014).  He is a member of Mensa and is currently mentoring the Oceanside Chapter of the Veterans’ Writers Group of San Diego, meeting monthly with the group’s budding authors.  If you are interested in joining in on the Guess Who? fun, dig out those old photo albums and please call me, Virginia McConnell at 760-295-1979 or email me at  Who knows, maybe we’ll be seeing you in a future issue of the Village Voice.

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Flowers In The Village Pandorea jasminoides

On Mycenae Way leading up to Dassia Way in Portofino is a beautiful display of Pandorea. In the spring and summer months. Trumpet-shaped white flowers with pink centers blossom along the wall. It also known as a bower plant, a species of woody climbing vine. It is native to New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Pandoreais very hearty in tropical and semi-tropical regions. The name comes from Greek mythology. Pandora opened a sealed vessel to release evil spirits. It refers to the pods that follow the flowers that releases many seeds once the capsule in split open. Jasminoides refers to its resemblance to the genus Jasminum.

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