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Village Voice Newsletter • November 2013


Vol. XXII, No. 11 | November 2013


High Cost of Living

It was revealed by the Social Security Administration that Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect another small increase in their benefits come January. Most residents in OHCC are recipients of Social Security benefits in one form or another. The average monthly payment is $1,162, so a 1.5 percent raise would increase the monthly payment to about $17. Automatic COLA (Cost of Living Adjustments) were adopted so that benefits for people on fixed incomes would keep up with rising prices. The administrators of Social Security don’t realize the size and packages of canned goods, cereals and dairy products have all been reduced from 20 to 25%, and we are paying the same price for less product. A seventeen dollar increase can hardly buy a half a tank of gas. Seventeen dollars can barely fill a bag of groceries from Ralph’s. And you have blown away seventeen dollars for a couple going to the movies. But most realize the cost of living in Southern California’s gold coast (anywhere south of the San Fernando Valley) is far higher than most of the country. Housing is very expensive and so are property taxes. The price of gas here is higher than most of the nation. We also realize there is nowhere else in the continental U.S. that can match the consistent spring-like weather during the entire year. We EDITORIAL cont’d. on Page 3

Woodchucks are primed for a big season.

Woodchucks in Christmas Mode

As the holiday season is upon us, the Woodchucks have set up shop and are in full swing, manufacturing Christmas toys for the children of families at Camp Pendleton. Woodchuck President Larry Bowers is convinced they will be able to produce as many as 600, one hundred more than they created last year. Because of the recent expansion of the woodshop, Santa’s workers have experienced greater efficiency in their creative and manufacturing procedures. With the expanded space, there is also a greater degree of safety when the various machines are placed at safer distances from one another. Another space is called the “Clean Room,” an adjoin-

ing room devoid of machinery and designated as a place where workers can perform detailed work such as painting and decorating toys. Paint and supplies are located on numerous shelves and in drawers, conveniently accessible for workers who previously had to run across the room for sprays and brushes. At the rear of the woodshop is a tented area for projects too large to be worked on inside the shop. This allows greater freedom for woodchucks to work on large items such as outdoor furniture, shelving, doors and other architectural jobs. But at the moment, all efforts are directed WOODCHUCKS cont’d. on Page 3

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EDITORIAL, cont’d. from Page 1

don’t concern ourselves with tornado warnings, floods, hurricanes, or snow storms. (Yes, we complain about the week or so of 80º heat when the Santana Winds arrive.) Not many of us have snow shovels, galashes, or storm shelters in basements. We don’t have to change into winter clothing and we wear white shoes all year long. And despite warnings from our distant friends and relatives concerned about our earthquakes, we can inform them that we have no fault lines in San Diego and the closest major one is in the Anza Borrego desert. So why would any resident here move away? Perhaps it may be less expensive to live elsewhere. Perhaps the “Sunshine tax” is too high. But if you do, don’t forget to buy a snow shovel on the way out. ******** WOODCHUCKS, cont’d. from Page 1 to meet the deadline for delivery of the finished toys before Christmas. Pictured is only a small part of the staff of designers, engineers, painters and assemblers. They are relieving the elves who took the day off relaxing at Hennessy’s. ********

Oceanside Lifts Level 2 Mandatory Water-use Restrictions

In October, the city of Oceanside announced it was eliminating Level 2 Mandatory Water-Use Restrictions due to extraordinary conservation efforts and a settlement with several water authorities. This was good news particularly to Tom Hogan, Director of Landscape Operations, who for the past 6 years has been under the formidable task of keeping our water-usage under the minimum 20% water reduction level. (The penalty for violation was to have been an 80% increase in our water bill.) It was just announced that the Metropolitan Water District, the San Diego County Water Authority and the Imperial Valley Water District agree to allow the SD County Water District to purchase water from the Imperial Valley WD. The Imperial-to-San Diego transfer, coupled with improvements to the All-American and Coachella Canals are expected to provide 180,000 acre feet — enough to serve 360,000 homes in our county.

Irrigation remains limited. According to Tom Hogan, this does not mean we can use an unlimited amount of water to keep our campus lush and green. At this point, he intends to continue with our current plans to conserve water in face of possible water rate increases. Last year alone, the rates increased a total of 12% and there is no guarantee that water rates for the coming year will remain constant. Level 1 water restrictions include: • Irrigate landscape between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. • No washing down of sidewalks, driveways or patios. • Repair water leaks within 5 days of notification by the City. • Stop run-off water from inefficient landscape irrigation. • Wash your car at a car wash facility or use a hose with a shutoff nozzle. ********


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Editor-in-Chief: Bob Wong, 806-1310

Mary Jane Matthews, President Marileen Johnson, Vice President Charlotte Pichney, Secretary Bob Wong, Editor-in-Chief Russ Butcher, Managing Editor Marileen Johnson, Director CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Joe Ashby Debbie McCain Tom Brennan Dan Neilson Joan Buchholz Beverly Nickerson Russ Butcher Charlotte Pichney Tom Fuller Peter Russell Marileen Johnson Jack Shabel Ellen Kippel Gilda Siegl Dora Truban Ira Landis Andy Truban Selma Leighton Dora Truban Tom Lynch

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Register for the Ocean Hills Website


(even if you don’t have a computer) You’ve heard about the new web site for Ocean Hills Country Club. It’s easy to find: It was created to convey to outside web visitors the amazing beauty and abundance of life we experience here at OHCC. For OHCC residents there’s even more. Once you register you can log in to the web site. You register by entering your name, address, a user ID, and a password. Once registered, make sure your phone number and email address (if you have one) are correct. Provide the name of your village so that emails specific to your village can be sent to you (snail mail if you don’t have an email address). You should register for the web site even if you don’t own a computer. Why? Because, during registration you will provide an emergency phone number and text number (if you have one). Then, if necessary during an emergency, OHCC authorities will use this information to communicate with you. • Members of the HOA staff are available anytime to help you register on the new Ocean Hills web site. You can also get help at a Computer Club Help Session at the clubhouse (contact the front desk for times and dates), where a Computer Club Helper will be glad to assist you register using one of the computers in the Computer Room. The following information becomes available once a resident logs in to the web site:

• A searchable directory of all residents living at OHCC. Imaging finding that new “Mary” you just met. Just search for “Mary” and all Marys living at OHCC will be listed. Or search your street name and list all people living on your street. • Architectural Change forms • OHCC newsletters (past and present) on-line! • Monthly calendar of major events as well as the weekly calendar of events • Classified advertisements - submit your own! • Submit landscape or maintenance work orders for either the HOA or your village • Pesticide application list • Reference list of vendors recommended by OHCC residents • Useful phone numbers of local, regional, and even national entities. • Calendar of meetings for the Master Board and Village Boards • HOA and Village CC&Rs, Bylaws, agendas, and meeting minutes • Committee members, Charter, agendas, and meeting minutes • Photos and names of the PCM staff • Direct access to club websites ********


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Camp Pendleton Thrift Shop Collections Commences After several months of remodeling, the Camp

Pendleton Thrift Shop has commenced operations. For the past three years, volunteers have been gathering donations throughout OHCC to benefit marines and sailors and their families living at Camp Pendleton. Their need is great. Returning marines from overseas and other bases are often relocated to Camp Pendleton. They face the bleak reality they more than likely have very little other than the uniform on their backs. Families with children are often housed in government housing consisting of empty rooms. This is OHCC volunteers ready for work. where the Thrift Shop is a welcome sight offering baby clothes and toys, clothes for men and women, shoes, housewares electronics and TVs. These and much viding the pick-up in the Village for donations. Unfortunately, the more are provided at a fraction of the retail costs. As one customer Thrift Shop does not have the facility to handle furniture, beds or said, “I can clothe my entire family for less than $20.” That alone washing machines. For these items, they can refer you to other is reassuring to know all donations are going toward a good cause. charitable organizations. Currently, Joe Ashby, Tom Brennan and Bob Wong are pro********

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New Advances in Audio-Visual in Abravanel

Imagine a guest speaker about to give a power-point presentation to an audience at Abravanel Hall. Imagine he merely whips out his laptop, presses a few buttons and presto, the image on his monitor appears on the silver screen on the stage. Look, Ma, no wires. It’s magic! According to Ed Farley of the Audio-Visual Committee in the Village, this has been in the works for several months. A programmed memory stick inserted into the USB port of the lap top will communicate with the projector by WiFi. This eliminates the necessity of the use of a projector from the floor and the associated wires for power and transmission. Members of the Recreation Department will be fully trained in the use of this technology. Soon after, training classes will be conducted for the entire community making possible a simple operation for guests and speakers. Ed says this will take us into the 21st century and keeps us current with the latest developments in the field of audio-visual. ********

features Village Happenings

By Selma Leighton Last month I attended a wonderful writers’ luncheon, graciously given by the Journalism Club and hosted by the editor-in-chief of the Village Voice, Bob Wong. I found that among his many talents, he is a great baker. He made the most lucious looking cake for dessert. As I was on a special diet for the day, I begged for a piece to take home. Bob of course agreed. But more about Bob later. He sat at my table along with five or six of the other writers. Our great cooking writer Beverly Nickerson and I reminisced how we entertained each other when we had that fun Rotating Dinner club with hard working Bernie Verran. Do you know Beverly owns 3,000 cook books? Joe Ashby, our travel writer, was aghast when I told him that I had thrown away all my old travel photos. If I hadn’t looked at them in 20 years, why would my kids? Tom Brennan, our real estate writer, said he’s the guy whose articles put you to sleep. You are too modest, Tom. Everyone wants to know they bought their house for less than the next guy. When I asked Ira Landis, “What is the latest scam you will be writing about?” he smiled

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and remained silent. Who knows what this man has up his sleeve. Now back to Bob Wong. Sadly he will be giving up his editorship, but happily not the Crusty Curmudgeon. How we would miss reading about how he tortures wife Pat every month. He agreed to an interview and Bob being Bob, well, read on. Bob Wong was born in Los Angeles of Chinese parents, something he had no say. He revealed his grandmother lived in a small village along the shore of the South China Sea where the men pirated and raided passing Portuguese cargo ships. His great grandfather immigrated to San Francisco in 1860 and made a fortune in his meat market. Bob attended UCLA as there were no pirate schools in L.A. The day he graduated, the Navy snatched him and put him on a cruiser to shoot the enemy. (“Not the Portuguese, you idiot, aim the guns at the North Koreans!”) Bob says his ship destroyed most of their ox carts and out-houses. In civilian life, he worked 30 years as a store manager for Sav-on drugs, married Patricia, a native of Ireland, whose brogue he still fails to understand. They have three children and five grandchildren. He says that instead of buying admission tickets to Disneyland for them if he had invested that money in Disney stock, he would have been a millionaire today. As far as the Portuguese are concerned, he is now on friendly terms with them. Thank you Bob for all your hard work as editor and your other contributions to Ocean Hills. ********

The Movie Scene By Joan Buccholz


This space movie is as spectacular a film you may have the privilege of seeing this year. I saw it in 3-D at the Krikorian in Vista, but through the grapevine, the IMAX 3-D version is absolutely the zenith of movie making. The two starring roles (Kowalski and Stone) are played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock respectively and in playing their roles so convincingly, I forgot that they are just actors totally immersed in their characters. The two, among others, are assigned to repair the Hubble space telescope when suddenly debris from a neighboring space station is flying toward them. The crew is ordered to abort the mission and return to the space shuttle. They all make it except for two, Kowalski and Stone. We find them floating and tumbling in the darkness of space once the storm of metal and mass arrives. They are tethered together, cut off from earth and running low on oxygen all the while seeking a way of returning home. Just when things appear to get worse, they do. I can’t reveal the ending of this movie except to say it was extremely suspenseful and realistically terrifying. Despite all this remarkable film making, I found it a little long and repetitious. I like drama based on personal relationships, love stories and comedy. For special effects, I have to hand it 4 smiles out of 4. As for my type of movie, I give only 2. ********

The Crusty Curmudgeon

By Bob Wong It was reunion time for the seniors in my family. The three remaining of us gathered along with our spouses. My baby-sitting brother brought along his granddaughter who reached the ripe age of four. Now as far as I am concerned any little four-year old would usually sit quietly in a corner unnoticed. But not Sabrina. Her grandmother had dressed her in a pretty frock. Her hair was a bit shaggy, particularly in the back but we overlooked it since she admitted she


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had cut her hair herself. After warming up to the adults, she decided to entertain the group announcing she would perform four love songs, mostly from Disney movies. She liked the song from The Little Mermaid the best and she belted out the words unhesitatingly. We all applauded. Next, after her triumphant opening act, she decided to treat us to an exhibition of a ballet from Swan Lake. She provided her own music recorded on an iPod and after a few whirls and leaps along with a few unscripted falls, we again applauded enthusiastically. After all, most prima donnas do have their bad days. Fully encouraged, she decided on a finale with something very patriotic. Lining us up as military cadets, she assumed her position in front as the leader, had us place our hands over our hearts and led us flawlessly in the Pledge of Allegiance. “Uncle Bob,” she complained, “You’re not holding your hand over your heart. Put your hand higher.” I shivered and complied immediately. Having accomplished her second act successfully, she decided that perhaps her recruits might enjoy another lesson. The performance continued as she turned around facing us and waving her baton, led us singing God Bless America. Good heavens, I may remember the first stanza, but as for second, I had no idea what the words were. but she quickly prompted me. I recently heard from her mother that Sabrina is learning the aria from Verdi’s Aida. I don’t think I want to go to another family reunion again. I don’t mind saluting. I don’t mind singing. But there is one thing I hate in life and that of being upstaged by a 4 year old opera singer. ********


Driving Tips For Seniors

Sometimes unsafe signs can come up gradually, or a recent change in health may make problems worse. Even if the individual warning signs seem minor, together they can add up to a substantial risk. If you are concerned about your own driving or worried about a friend or loved one, keep an eye out for these warning signs:

Issues with health

Health problems don’t always mean that driving needs to be stopped, but they do require extra vigilance, awareness, and willingness to correct them. Some health problems include: • Conflicting medications. Certain medications or combinations of medications can affect senses and reflexes. Always check the label on medications and double check with your healthcare team if you are taking several medications or notice a difference after starting a new medication. • Eyesight problems. Some eye conditions or medications can interfere with your ability to focus your peripheral vision, or cause you to experience extra sensitivity to light, trouble seeing in the dark, or blurred vision. Can you easily see traffic lights and street signs? Or do you find yourself driving closer and closer to them, slowing by just to see the lights or signs? Can you react appropriately to drivers coming from behind or the side? • Hearing problems. If your hearing is decreasing, you may not realize you’re missing out on important cues to drive safely. Can you hear emergency sirens, or if someone is accelerating next to you, or the honking of a horn?


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• Problems with reflexes and range of motion. Can you react quickly enough if you need to brake suddenly or quickly look back? Have you confused the gas and brake pedals? Do you find yourself getting more flustered while driving, or quick to anger? Is it comfortable to look back over your shoulder, or does it take extra effort? • Problems with memory. Do you find yourself missing exits that used to be second nature, or find yourself getting lost frequently? While everyone has an occasional lapse, if there’s an increasing pattern, it’s time to get evaluated by a doctor.

Issues on the road

Trouble with the nuts and bolts of driving. Do you see yourself making sudden lane changes, drifting into other lanes, braking, or accelerating suddenly without reason? How about failing to use the turn signal, or keeping the signal on without changing lanes? Close calls and increased citations. Red flags include frequent “close calls” (i.e., almost crashing), dents and scrapes on the car or on fences, mailboxes, garage doors, and curbs. Increased traffic tickets or “warnings” by traffic or law enforcement officers are also red flags. ********

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Shannon Johnson says she hates to cook. She also hates shopping and meal planning. So she contacted a company called Blue Apron She signed up for their program that delivers a big box at her front door containing a complete meal ready to be cooked at her convenience. Nothing is frozen because it’s kept fresh with several ice packs in the carton. All the ingredients are there such as butter, catsup, parmesan cheese, all in the right amount. Fresh greens, peppers, onions and anything else needed in the recipe are included. Typically, there is one meal of fish, one of chicken or turkey and the third for a meat like beef, lamb, or pork. Shannon orders two full meals a week for her and her husband and there seems to be enough for the third. She can also put in a delay in her deliveries when on vacation and customers can quit at any time. It’s a pretty good price for $9.99 per meal. Blue Apron started in the Northeast and only recently arrived in San Diego and Los Angeles. They claim to service over 100,000 homes. To find out more about this company, you can “Google” it. (The Village Voice editors and staff do not endorse this product or services. It was reported by Shannon who has no affiliation with Blue Apron.)

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Cheap Gas

There is no such thing; all gas is expensive. But there are some local stations that consistently sell gas at lower prices. Costco has the reputation of selling gas sometimes as much as 5 to 8¢ less than our nearby Arco and Citco stations on Melrose. Near the east end of Shadowridge Rd. where Sycamore and FreeGas prices are coming down. way 78 intersect, the Arco station usually has a comparative price. It’s convenient when you shop at Stater Brothers Market because it’s just around the corner. There are a couple of stations just a block and a half beyond the 99¢ Store on East Vista Way. One is called Barnicle and a little farther on the corner of Vale Terrace is Union Oil. Both often sell gas as much as 20¢ less than our nearby stations. Use cash. A credit card will cost you a dime more.





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Dirty Mailboxes?

Are you tired of seeing a filthy-looking mailbox? One suggestion is to use bleach diluted in water. But another idea that works more quickly and with much less effort is a product called Home Sense extra strength erasing pads that come two-pads-to-a-package. The manufacturer claims that a pad “easily removes scuff marks, dirt and grime.” When it comes to cleaning the outer surfaces of our white mailboxes, these pads live up to that claim – requiring remarkably little effort or time to get rid of the years of ugly grime and making a mailbox look virtually like new again. Erasing pads can be purchased at Ralphs. Suggestion from Russ Butcher. ********

We Can Make The World Better By Tom Fuller Are anyone’s shoes too large to fill? Is anyone really that great? Our world has brillliant people still but none in an elevated state. We all have special gifts to share and some may have more than a few, but to decide how to use the gifts we have is what we all must do. To let our gift lie dormant when another person could benefit is a crime of a personal nature since another lamp could be lit. So here is a lofty challenge to share your gift with a brother, but to do with great humility for none is above the other.

Health, Exercise & You By Andy Truban

Keeping The Joints With Osteoarthritis Working

Twenty or thirty years ago, osteoarthritis was considered a nuisance disease. “Now, we recognize the impact osteoarthritis has on both people’s daily living and ability to work,” says arthritis expert Roland Moskowitz. Osteoarthritis is caused by cartilage breakdown that leads to joint stiffness and pain in areas such as hands, knees and hips. (Note: rheumatoid arthritis is a different autoimmune disease that attacks the lining of the joint). Weight: Professor David Felson from the Boston University of Medicine explains the importance of weight: “The heavier you are, the more likely you are to get osteoarthritis,” Professor of Medicine Roland Moskowitz also comments: “since every extra pound of body weight increases the stress across the knees three to five times, being overweight will also increase the osteoarthritis risk by a factor of three to five.” Inflammation: “Obesity, which is preventable and modifiable, is the number one factor for osteoarthritis. We now know fat cells increase the body’s release of inflammatory chemicals that can break down cartilage,” says Professor Karvonen-Gutierrrez of the University of Michigan. In four osteoarthritic trials, involving a total of more than 450 overweight or obese adults with knee problems reported less physical disabilities after losing at least five percent of their body weight. Help for joints: “If you have osteoarthritis, one of the most effective and beneficial treatments that we know is exercise. It will alleviate pain and increase range of motion. However, it will not necessarily make the structure of the joint better,” says Dr. Felson. Among 95 older adults with mild to moderate arthritic knees who did strengthening exercises for 12 weeks reported less pain and were able to climb stairs faster than those who did not exercise. Strength training: “Strong muscles absorb weight, provide body stability, and help joints function the way they are supposed to. However, if an exercise hurts, don’t do it. Ask your doctor about exercises that won’t cause you pain,” says Felson. Aerobic exercises: like walking briskly, jogging, biking and swimming increase blood flow to cartilage, which provides nutrients needed to stay healthy. What’s more, “exercise helps reduce the body’s sensitivity to pain signals,” says Allison Bailey of Cambridge.

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Cardio exercise: “Ideally, cardio exercise should be done daily or at least six days a week.” says Bailey. A group of Canadian arthritis experts also concluded that walking three days per week for 30 to 50 minutes relieved osteoarthritis knee pain. Some arthritic people prefer swimming because it puts less pressure on the joints. Tai-chi: The classic Chinese martial art involves a series of slow and gentle movements combining balance with weight shifting poses. Recently, the analysis of seven trials ofpeople with arthritic knees who practiced tai-chi for 40 to 60 minutes a day for at least 12 weeks, while other similar osteoarthritic sufferers engaged in non-physical activities. Only the active people reported less pain, stiffness and improved joint function. Ref: Nutrition Action Health Letter, October 2013. ********

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Don’t Be Intimidated

During competitive bidding players will often shy away from bidding because they lack stoppers in opponents suit. The general rule is: no stoppers for one No Trump, one stopper for two No Trump and three stoppers for three No Trump. The other day my partner held Jxx KJx 10xxx AQx. I opened with one Diamond and this was immediately overcalled with one Spade by my left hand opponent. After much thought my partner passed! He later explained he considered two Diamonds, but hoped I might bid again. There are not too many second chances at bridge. The main point here is the combined point count. He has eleven points and I have thirteen to open. This is a total of twenty-four points. With a combined twenty- three points you must reach two No Trump or three of an agreed suit. With this in mind he should have made a forcing bid. Two Diamonds shows 6-9 points and five Diamonds, since I could have opened with three a card suit. A one No Trump shows the same point count, but throw away the Jack of Spades and with the square hand, you are down to a pessimist’s bid of one No Trump. The correct call is an adventurous two Clubs. I know you have only three Clubs but the point count should force you to two No trump, or three of a suit. Let’s see what partner bids next. It is more important to bid you point count than to worry about stoppers. Incidentally, the combined hands made four No Trump! ********

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Cooking With Beverly By Beverly Nickerson


This recipe was always served at my husband Bob’s family Thanksgiving in honor of his father’s Massachusetts heritage and we serve them at our Thanksgiving dinner. Two medium-small rutabagas (about 1 ¼ lb. for the two) or one large 3 tablespoons butter Salt to taste 1/3 -1/2 cup whole milk Servings: Four to six. Wash then peel the rutabaga, cut each into 4 to 6 pieces and cook covered in boiling, salted water with lid ajar until tender, 20 minutes to 30 minutes until fairly soft. Drain well, put the pieces back in the saucepan add butter and salt, mash with a potato masher until you have a chunky puree. Add enough milk to make a pleasant not dry texture. If you must prepare this vegetable a few hours ahead, spoon it into an uncovered dish. Cover and re-heat in the microwave.

These dishes are a perfect accompaniment for Thanksgiving dinner.

Butternut Squash

½ cup flour ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon mace or ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ½ cup golden brown sugar (packed) ½ stick butter (4 tablespoons) soft. ½ medium size butternut squash (about 1 lb.12 oz.) Salt to taste 2 large or 3 small Granny Smith apples (1 lb.)

Special Equipment: Shallow casserole approximately 7 ½ x 11 inches, sprayed with “Pam.” Temperature: 375º Yield: Six to eight. Topping: Place flour, salt, and mace in a medium bowl and mix together well with a whisk, add brown sugar and mix again. Now add soft butter and cut with a pastry blender until you have a crumbly mixture, set aside (this can be done the day before). Cut butternut squash in half vertically (save half for another meal), cut squash in half crosswise then cut again lengthwise, now peel pieces with a potato peeler. Cut squash crosswise into ½ inch slices and place slices in rows over the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle liberally with salt. Core and slice peeled apples 1/3-inch thick. Place on top of squash slices and sprinkle topping over the surface. Cover the casserole tightly with aluminum foil (dull side up) and place in the center of a preheated 375º oven. Bake about 45 minutes. Remove casserole from oven and remove foil part way, test squash and apples. If tender return casserole uncovered to the oven for 10 minutes. Note: I adapted this dish from an old Betty Crocker recipe, the topping is sweet and can be cut in half. If making this dish for a crowd, double the squash and apples but use the single topping recipe. You can substitute butternut squash already peeled and cut in chunks from Trader Joe’s. Just cut the chunks in half and proceed with the recipe. ********

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300 Carlsbad Village Dr. #208 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 720-1134 Gregorio’s is located upstairs in a very attractive mini-mall that also houses four other restaurants and a variety of offices and retail shops geared to the tourist trade. A double door welcomes the diners and a couple of young hostesses led us to our table by the window. Outside the window, diners enjoy the cool evening breeze and are warmed by the heaters and enclosed flaming gas jets that shoot six feet into the air. Inside, the bar surrounding a TV occupies most of the room while a dozen tables occupy the fringe. Anytime there is a bar in the dining area, you can expect the noise level to rise to that of a jet engine. We were not disappointed and any form of social conversation was near impossible. The menu is extensive but primarily concentrates on pastas and pizzas. There is a wide variety of appetizers as well as a selection of sandwiches. We started dinner for our party of four with a platter of calamari rings. It arrived hot and tasty although a bit on the pale side. I ordered my favorite dish: linguini and clams in a white sauce. The chef had a propensity to use more olive oil than I felt necessary and the few clams were carefully hidden in the linguini that was far from al dente. Fred ordered scallops with gnocchi. The scallops were nicely grilled and the potato gnocchi was a good accompaniment. One guest ordered Chicken Parmigiana with a side of pasta. After a bit of searching, he located the cutlet under blanket of mozzarella, Parmisan and tomato sauce that inundated the plate. The Caesar salad for my other guest arrived with half a sandwich bearing two meat-

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Chicken parmigiana and pasta under tomato sauce.

Left: Linguini and clams in white sauce. Far left: Attractive entrance to Gregorio’s. balls. The sandwich was adequate but the salad was mundane, comparable to any packaged version in a supermarket produce section. For dessert, we shared a tiramisu, nothing to write home about. Most entrees were priced under $18 and smaller portions at $3 less. What was apparently family owned in the beginning has morphed into a commercial feeding trough for tourists. But most tourists are looking for new adventures and not necessarily fine dining. Despite its very attractive location and extensive menu, Gregorio fails to overcome the uneven quality of food. (For example, a couple of my friends praised the Chicken Limone and Halibut Limone.) However, there are a number of restaurants within the confines of Carlsbad that offer consistently excellent dining experiences. It just takes a little time to discover where they are.


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By Charlotte Pichney

Mama ‘n Papa’s Pizza Grotto 988 Civic Center Drive Vista 760 941-3900 Sun. through Thurs.11a.m. – 9 p.m. Closes one hour later on Fri. and Sat.

This is a casual family friendly neighborhood restaurant that has been in business for over 25 years and is located on Civic Center Drive, formerly called Escondido Avenue, near the Sprinter station. You will find the interior is in keeping with the grotto part of their name with checkered tablecloths, lit candles on the tables and bottles of wine displays. I ordered lasagna and my guest, eggplant. Both include bread. The eggplant is fried first and then baked with cheese and sauce. The lasagna was moist, creamy throughout and covered with their tasty pasta sauce. Our lunch portions were filling and large enough

Above: Lunch salad with bleu cheese dressing. Right: Eggplant parmigiana. for second meal. Other luncheon specialties are spaghetti and rigatoni which include bread. Lunches are under $7.00 and salads with your choice of dressing are just $1.50 more. Their sandwiches come in two sizes, six inches and 12 inches. Six-inch sandwiches choices are meatball, sausage, cheese, ham and cheese, Capicolla (Italian Ham) and turkey and include soup or salad. Twelve-inch sandwiches are Torpedo, Super Torpedo pepper steak, turkey chicken and eggplant but do not include salad or soup. Prices range from $5.50 for the smaller sizes and a couple dollars more for the larger. Other offerings are shrimp salad and chicken Caesar salad with bread. Fettuccini Alfredo, Chicken Parmigiana, Manicotti Cheese and Cannelloni Beef & Chicken all come with a salad and bread, all priced around $7.50. If it is pizza you are hankering for try the 9 inch personal pizza with one topping and a salad. Other nine-inch pizzas offerings are cheese, sausage, mushrooms, pepperoni, black olives, bell peppers, meatball and onions, the Works — cheese, sausage, mushrooms and pepperoni, or Vegetarian Special - cheese, mushrooms, black olives, bell peppers and onions. Personal pizzas cost $8 and others top out at $11. Additional toppings are $1.00. Dinners include a salad, choice of dressing and garlic bread and range in price from $10 â la carte to $16. Mama ‘n Papas Pizza Grotto is a full service restaurant that welcomes kids and groups. Food portions are large, the tomato sauces are robust, and the menu lists a variety of Italian comfort dishes. Alcoholic beverage choices are beer and wine, and of course, for others there are soft drinks. Top off your meal with a dessert of spumoni, cannoli or cheesecake, all under $4.00 Make sure to go there when you are hungry and you will not be disappointed. This family owned restaurant offers friendly service, great food and generous portions, all for reasonable prices. Lunch Specials are available Mondays through Fridays from 11 to 3. ********

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My Travel Reflections By Joe Ashby


The early morning view of Taba was dramatic. There lies a small town at the base of the high rocky landscape of Sinai mountains with dozens of multicolored resorts and coastal lodgings. Taba is located at the farthest northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba and is often referred to as the Red Sea Riviera. The entire Sinai Peninsula was under control of the Israelis in the fifties and sixties, but eventually came back to Egyptian control. There are around 30 Bedouin tribes in the Sinai, each ruled by a tribal sheikh, usually the eldest member of the tribe. Both Israelis and Egyptians continue to have a vital interest in the Bedouins. Tourism is rampant and around sixty hotels catering mostly to Israelis, have opened in the last 20 years. Israelis can Camels are a common sight. enter Egypt without a visa for up to fourteen days and enjoy the beaches, casinos and gambling which does taught them methods of agriculture. Their diets and ways of living not exist is Israel. These developments have helped reduce any po- caused them to lose much of what they had previously. Now there tential military conflict between the two countries, but it also has were settlements resulting in the need of schools for children and lowered the water table. To survive, Bedouins have to either dig the new technology they accepted. deeper wells or relocate. We made our way through the mountains to a valley and a home The nomadic life of the Bedouins faded dramatically when the in a Bedouin village. Women and children all transformed into Israelis gave them food, settlements, propane to cook with and vendors, unrolling small blankets filled with “treasures.” In their

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Above: Bedouin school children. Left: Clear waters of the Red Sea invite snorkelers.

kitchen, they gave us a demonstration of bread baking. Five young men provided a songfest with an ancient semsamia stringed instrument. Some of our group took the opportunity to ride a camel, but happily, I was not tempted. We departed and in a sharp contrast, our

lunch was held at the new Taba Heights Marriott resort. We had beef Wellington, birds tongue soup, salads and vegetables and desserts beyond our imagination. Afterwards we ventured by boat to Pharaoh’s Island to climb and explore the fortress dating back to the Crusades. In the setting sun, we could look out across the waters at four countries, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. After our dinner hour, we passed over the evening activities and settled for a well-deserved sleep.

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Whale watchers get a close glimpse of a whale.

Icaria’s shoreline is a magnet for European vacationers.

The Street Where You Live: Icaria Way

By Dora Truban Icaria, a tiny Greek island in the north Aegean Sea, was named after mythological Icarus. While flying too close to the sun, Icarus’ wings of feather and wax melted and he fell into the sea. Icaria now is known as the world’s newest blue zone — an area with the highly coveted distinction of having the highest number of healthy, active 90-year-olds. People constantly search for the secret of longevity. Alas, it is already well-known: plenty of exercise and nutritious food. Icaria’s mountainous region forces their residents to daily exercise just to get around. They have no choice. Diet of healthful foods such as olive oil, fish, abundant fruit, vegetables and herbal teas do the rest. Blue Zones do not mention genetics; surely they must play a big part that cannot be replicated. Long live our Icaria Way neighbors! ********

Watching Wildlife By Russ Butcher

Our Migrating Whales

My wife and I were looking seaward from the beach at Carlsbad one morning last month, when our attention was drawn to a military helicopter circling around and around a few hundred feet above the surface of the ocean about a mile offshore. With our binoculars we spotted the spouting spray, called the “blow,” of a whale and then of another whale a short distance behind the first one. They both spouted several times per minute, each time followed by a brief view of their long, dark backs breaking the water’s surface. Whale sightings are always exciting, whether seen from shore or from a boat — whether along the California coast or Mexico’s Baja California, around the Hawaiian Islands or in coastal bays of Alaska. What kind of whale these awesome marine mammals were we couldn’t tell from that distance. They quite likely were either the Gray or Humpback, both of which grow to about 40 or 50 feet in length. Or maybe they were the Fin Whale that reaches 60 to 80 feet long. These three species migrate southward along the California coast in the autumn to breed and calve in the warm lagoons around Mexico’s Baja California. In the spring, they return northward to the cold seas around Alaska where they feed on huge quantities of fish and krill. It is unlikely they were the Blue Whale – the largest animal species on Earth, which grows to more than 90 or 100 feet in length and weighs nearly 200 tons. The Blue spouts a 30-foot-high column of water – three times the height of the others’ broader spray.


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All four of these great marine mammals are members of a group known as Baleen Whales. Their characteristics include distinctive mouths. Instead of teeth, they have plates of baleen that hang from the roof of the mouth. The fringed and overlapping inner edges of these tough, fibrous plates act as a sieve or mesh. The whale gulps in a large mouthful of sea water and forces the water back through the baleen. Quantities of crustaceans and other small prey are trapped behind the mesh of baleen and are then swallowed. These amazing marine mammals were nearly wiped out by commercial whaling in the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. Only the Gray Whale has been de-listed from “endangered” status by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its recovering population in the Eastern North Pacific now totals 25,000 to 30,000. The Humpback Whale is still listed as endangered. But research encouragingly shows that its numbers have greatly increased — from its low of a mere 1,400 when the ban on commercial whaling was imposed in the mid-1960s, to an estimated 20,000 in the North Pacific today. The Fin Whale and mighty Blue Whale are also listed as endangered, with only 2,000 to 3,000 of each species migrating along North America’s Pacific Coast. We are extremely fortunate that conservation efforts have provided us with the opportunity to observe whales migrating right here along San Diego County’s coastline. Let’s hope their numbers continue to grow. ********

Kippel’s Pet Korner 2 The Real Scoop on Dog Poop

In America, we love our dogs. By recent figures, there are now upwards of 78 million here in the U.S. and we spent $50 billion for the first time in 2011. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average dog discards approximately three quarters of a pound of waste per day which over the course of one year, it adds up to 275 pounds per dog, most of which ends up in the back yard.

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When you take the entire US dog population into account, the numbers are jaw-dropping. On average, the 78.2 million dogs currently living in our country collectively deposit approximately 30,000 tons of waste every day and 10 million tons of waste every year. According to the EPA, two or three day’s worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed areas within 20 miles to swimming and shell fishing. In addition, unattended pet waste presents a number of human health hazards to families, communities and their pets. Bacteria, worms and other parasites thrive in waste, eventually washing away into the water supply. Ringworm, roundworm, salmonella and giardia are examples of such bacteria, all of which are found in dog feces and are easily transferable upon contact. Roundworm, for example, is one of the most common parasites found in dog droppings and it can remain infectious in contaminated soil and water for years. What can you do? The most responsible action pet owners can take for their family, community and environment is to make sure their pets are picked up after. Pet owners who do not have enough time to deal with the waste - or simply don’t want to - should consider hiring a local pet waste removal service to handle the dirty work.

I Love A Mystery


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moral dramas played out to unambiguous endings; where compassionate but tough American men use their courage and smarts to defeat evil empires and cruel warlords. Clancy was an outspoken conservative. His appeal was, for the most part, bipartisan. Boys and men of all ages, especially, enjoyed the pleasure of losing themselves in the worlds he built with words. I have ordered his final book, Command Authority, which will be shipped to me on December 3rd. **** In The Double by George Pelecanos, Spero Lucas is a young Marine veteran who returns to civilian life as a private investigator back home in Washington, D.C. He finds himself inclining toward extreme violence to resolve his cases. But Lucas is an honorable man and he frightens himself. Multiple story lines and intriguing characters make the story so gripping. What will really stay with readers is the visits Lucas makes to veterans hospitals and those quiet talks he has with the forgotten soldiers he befriends. The Double is a great sequel to The Cut where we were introduced to Spero Lucas. I trust we will be reading more about his adventures. **** Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File , among many best-selling suspense novels, has a new action-filled cutting-edge thriller, The Kill List. Although not as

gripping as the two novels mentioned above, it held my interest as a top secret agency, TOSA, pursues a master terrorist known as The Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims living in the West to carry out assassinations. He has seventeen such assassinations to his credit. One of his victims is the father of one of TOSA’s top hunters of terrorists, an Arabic-speaking major, known within the agency as the Tracker. This is a classic good-versus-evil story. Who do you think will prevail? ********

The Golf Column

By Peter Russell I recently read Dr. Bob Rotella’s book entitled Golf is NOT A Game of Perfect. In so many ways it reminds me of a book by Timothy Gallwey titled The Inner Game of Tennis that I read 40 years ago when I was an active tennis player. He has since written another Inner Game book on golf which is no surprise in that the two sports have similar characteristics in many ways. The first is a book written by a sports psychologist written about golf, the 2nd by a Davis Cup champion in regard to tennis. They both focus on a similar theme in that they focus on mind over matter, or as I often summarized my game as “learn the mechanics of each game, then let your mind focus entirely on the object of your attention,” which is the ball, and let your mind control all of your

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practiced actions thereafter. Highlighting points taken from Rotella’s book: 1. People by and large become what they think about themselves. This concept may strike a golfer as being a little strange; however, it is at the essence of free will. We all have free will which in a real sense means we control our own lives. On the golf course it means that a player can choose to think about his ball flying true to the pin, or go elsewhere! And heaven help us if we are thinking about “DO NOT GO INTO THE TRAP/WATER/etc.” as the last thought as we stroke the drive off the tee. We’ve practiced the shot, we’ve used the shot a thousand times, so why don’t we just let our muscles and developed skill take over and JUST CONCENTRATE ON THE BALL. 2. He calls this concept, TRAIN Duffers prepare for an early morning work-out. IT AND TRUST IT, and likens the idea to a baseball pitcher, and the basketball free thrower. After you and/or the target and think about nothing else. Don’t think about have developed a routine for each of the pre-shots above, when what you did the last hole. Let your trained and brilliant mind conyou’re actually preparing to hit/throw the ball just watch the ball, trol the stroke and follow through. Train it and trust it. I think that


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you’ll find that you will address the ball much more consistently if you do so. 3. You cannot hit a golf ball consistently well if you think about the mechanics of your swing as you play. You might want to consider thinking about the mechanics of the swing only in the practice environment, but certainly not during play. And don’t try to second guess your current game and to adjust your stroke during the game in play because you’ll start to forget to watch the ball every time. ~TRAIN IT AND TRUST IT~ ********

The Real Estate Corner By Tom Brennan

The Buyer’s Home Inspection

A Buyer’s home inspection contingency clause is normally a given in California residential real estate practice. Most Residential Purchas e Agreements (RPAs) contain as much as two pages of discussion regarding the home inspection (timelines, repairs, notices, etc.) which gives credence to the importance of this provision in the RPA. Many home buyers are clueless as to the scope and con-

tent of a Home Inspection Report and have difficulty deciphering its many components. Since the perceived defects set forth in a Home Inspection Report could serve as grounds to cancel the RPA, it is important for the Seller and Buyer to understand the fundamentals of a Home Inspection Report. Most home inspections focus on the following issues:

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1. Structural soundness of the foundation, roof, walls, ceilings and floors; 2. Exterior matters involving wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, driveway, fences, sidewalks, doors and other related exterior items; 3. Electrical issues concerning the main panel, circuit breakers, wiring, grounding and exhaust fans; 4. Roof and attic issues which include a review of the framing, ventilation, type of construction and condition of the roof, flashing and gutters; 5. Systems and components, such as water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning units, duct work, chimney, fireplaces and sprinklers; 6. Inspection of the garage involves an examination of the slab, walls, ceiling, vents, firewall, lights, garage doors (and openers) and windows; and 7. Appliances, if any, included in the sale. Home Inspection Reports customarily do not include every item in the home, but should note every item that is defective or needing service. The most serious problems relate to (a) health and safety, (b) foundation deficiencies; (c) moisture and drainage issues; (d) roofs; and (e) HVAC malfunctions. If a Buyer has any serious concerns regarding the Home Inspection Report, such Buyer should issue a Request for Repairs to the Seller citing the areas of concern and request the Seller to remedy the problems prior to closing. If the Seller chooses not to adhere to the request, the Buyer may be able to cancel the RPA and get a refund of the earnest money deposit (short of cancellation, the Buyer may seek a lower purchase price


or a credit at closing). Normally, the Seller will comply with the request, provided it is reasonable and affordable. A few tips regarding the employment of a home inspector: • Make sure the RPA includes a home inspection clause. • Get references on the home inspector. • Demand a complete and thorough inspection. • Make sure the inspector is liable for failures to discover problems. • Get a written report with photographs. As a final thought, given the fact that virtually all Buyers will retain a home inspector, it would seem prudent for a Seller to obtain a Home Inspection Report (cost is usually between $200-$300) prior to marketing the property. Such a Report would provide the Seller with advanced notice of any defects and the opportunity to fix the problems before the house is put on the market. This approach is likely to make the sale process more comfortable for both parties and possibly accelerate the sale of the property. Tom has been involved in all aspects of real estate for more than 40 years, both as a lawyer and as a realtor. ********

Scams Update

By Ira M. Landis With the Holiday Season approaching, be alert for an increase in scammers attacking with new and complex efforts to relieve us of our funds. At this point you may feel what else can they attempt


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that we haven’t been alerted to? Well, don’t get too excited if you receive a message announcing you’ve won a gift card from a big retailer. Once you respond to the message, you typically are sent to an inauthentic website where you are asked to enter your name, cellphone number, mailing address, and other personal information. That information can then be used for targeted advertising without your consent or lead to attempts to steal your money or identity. The messages usually say you’ve won gift cards from well-known retailers, such as Target, Walmart and Best Buy. Even if you are led to a site with a company’s logo and colors, don’t be fooled. To avoid getting caught up in a scam, the Council of Better Business Bureaus recommends not responding; don’t even reply to say “No” or “Stop” because if you do your response will confirm you have a working phone number. If you are using a smartphone don’t open any links. You can forward such texts to 7726 (SPAM on most key-pads) which will alert your cellphone carrier to block future texts from these numbers. Carriers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel have different protocols for stopping spam. **** Sadly, there is no simple way to give everyone immunity from con artists. Always ask questions and check the information you receive to determine if the facts are “real.” Ask whether an individual selling an investment is licensed to do so and then check if that information is factual. Ask whether a security being offered is regis-

tered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and then check that independently by going to the SEC’s Edgar database. Don’t let anyone rush or pressure you into acting hastily.

Book Review


By Tom Lynch Animal Wise: the thoughts and emotions of our fellow creatures, 2013, by Virginia Morell. (Morell is a science writer contributing to National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian and other publications, as well as books such as Ancestral Passions, Blue Nile and the co-author with Richard Leakey, of Wildlife Wars.) Morell starts her introduction boldly: “Animals have minds.” (p.1) They think and feel, mentally solve problems, have personalities, moods, emotions, laugh and play. Some show grief, empathy, self-awareness, and are likely self aware of what they do and intend. She points out it is only very recently that scientists have openly studied animal minds; in most of the 20th century those scientists who would have liked to were intimidated with charges of anthropomorphism, that is, attributing human characteristics to “dumb” animals. She traces the history of these attitudes, noting that Darwin argued that animals and humans differ in their mental powers only in degree, not in kind” (p.11), that is, complexity is the only difference. But as Psychology struggled to become an objective science in the 20th century, “mind” was put aside to study only behavior. This may have been a necessary transition due to lack of

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technology we now have, but now Darwin’s outlook is the main one today, in science. It is replacing the narrow, ancient view of Zeno, the Stoic philosopher, who argued there was no reason to extend any moral considerations to animals since they had no thoughts or emotions. This view was adopted by early Christian thinkers, including St. Augustine, and became the dominant Western view. Morell is an excellent as well as entertaining writer. She states she is a science writer, not a scientist, and has turned to interviewing and observing scientists pursuing the full extent of animal minds. The scope of her inquiry can be given by listing her content chapters headings: Ant Teachers, Among Fish, Birds with Brains, Parrots in Translation, The Laughter of Rats, Elephant Memories, The Educated Dolphin, The Wild Minds of Dolphins, What It Means to Be a Chimpanzee, and Of Dogs and Wolves. If you have a close connection with an animal, a cat, a dog, a rat, a bird, a turtle, read this book. You will be delighted. In her epilogue chapter, she writes: “What do the minds of animals tell us about ourselves? That, like us, they think and feel and experience the world, that they have moments of anger, and sorrow, and love. Their animal minds tell us that they are kin. Now that we know this, will our relationship with them change?” (p. 267). Looking back at previous understandings of animals as mindless, it is easy to conclude this was morally convenient in our exploitation of our fellow occupants of the planet. To see them as they really are requires a rethinking of this exploitation, so the book may not be for everyone. ********


potpourri Little Known Facts About Thanksgiving

Most children learn early in their lives about the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower and established a village at Plymouth in Massachusetts in Most Americans eat turkey on 1680. Most children think they Thanksgiving. celebrated their survival with a feast, held one year later. They also think the Pilgrims ate a meal of turkey and stuffing. Wrong. While there is no record of what Pilgrims actually ate at the feast, historians have suggested the 53 colonists shared a meal with 90 guests from the nearby Wanpanoag Indian tribe with perhaps the following dishes on their tables: swan, goose, duck, shellfish, venison, lobster and pumpkin. Many dishes were most likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the sugar supply had dwindled, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts. The invited guests


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arrived with four deer while Governor Bradford sent four men out on a “fowling” mission for a three-day event. Today, according to a recent survey, a typical Thanksgiving dinner consists of turkey, stuffing, yam/sweet potatoes, ham, cranberry sauce, corn and potatoes and pumpkin pies. There are 43 million turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving Day and 88% of Americans eat turkey on that day. Some suggested the rest of the people ate pizza while sitting in front of their TV sets watching football games. (A personal note: The author was aboard a Navy ship off Korea during the war on one Thanksgiving Day. He said,“It was an-

other day of shore bombardment when mess call arrived at 1800. I expected a nicely browned turkey as pictured in the Norman Rockwell painting. To my dismay, turkey came out in the form of a solid slab of unidentifiable meat said to be carved from a compressed “turkey roll.” The cooks swore it was turkey although there was serious doubt among the crew.”) ********

Remember When We Recycled

As suggested by Ira Landis Recycling may be new to the current generation but we seniors remember when we lived in an age of recycling. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in ev-

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ery store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energygobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-medown clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-


hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. So recycling is nothing new to us. In most of our lives, we recycled. ********


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What’s In A Number? 13: The number of flag poles in the campus common areas. 170: The number of swimmers allowed in the pool at any one time.

76: The average age of residents in OHCC 209: The number of street lamps in the Village. 51: The number of O’Connell gardeners working in summer to keep the campus lush.

Danny Burton Jane Page • Louis Feldman Jerome Perlman Angela Lawrence-Stonebraker Robert Rock • Ethel Sudin

29: The age of OHCC.

3: The average number of daily calls he fire departments makes to the Village.

1: The number of house fires in the Village in 30 years. 13: The number of people allowed in the jacuzzi at any one time.

93: The number of stop signs in the Village.

23: Years Ramon Vidrio has been employed at the Clubhouse. ********

Winifred Cass was reported in the Remembrance Column in the October issue of the Voice. Through multiple errors and communication, her name was listed. Winifred is up and well and the editors apologize and regret the error.

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Grape Juice vs. Red Wine on Heart Benefits?

Village Vets Dinner

The Village Veterans will hold their annual holiday dinner in Abravanel Hall on December 7, 2013. The festivities will include a dinner catered by Bobby’s Hideaway featuring a choice of Angus steak or Grilled Salmon, Caesar salad, twice baked potatoes, asparagus and peach, apple, berry crisp ala mode. Complimentary wine will be offered along with live music and door prizes. The price is $25 per person. BYOB cocktail hour is scheduled at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30. Deadline is Nov. 30, 2013. Call Harriet McCawley 941-4716, Bernie Verran 643-9395, or Joe Ashby 630-0740. All residents are invited.

By Martha Grogan, M.D. Answer: Possibly. Some research studies suggest that red and purple grape juices may provide some of the same heart benefits of red wine, including: Reducing the risk of blood clots Reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol Preventing damage to blood vessels in your heart Helping maintain a healthy blood pressure Grapes are rich in health-protecting antioxidants, including resveratrol and flavonoids. These antioxidants are found mainly in the skin, stem, leaf and seeds of grapes, rather than in their pulp. The amount of antioxidants in grapes depends on many factors, including the kind of grape, its geographic origin and how it’s processed. Dark red and purple grapes tend to be higher in antioxidants than are white or green grapes. Likewise, the level of antioxidants such as resveratrol found in wine varies, with higher levels in red wine. Besides grape juice, other grape products may offer health benefits, including dealcoholized wine, grape extracts and grape powder. Keep in mind that it’s also beneficial to eat whole grapes — not just grape juice. Some research suggests that whole grapes deliver the same amount of antioxidants that are in grape juice and wine but have the added benefit of providing dietary fiber. ********

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