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Village Voice Newsletter • September 2013

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Vol. XXII, No. 9 | September 2013

Editorial

Held Hostage by 185 Homeowners

It was close, but not close enough. That was the conclusion drawn by most residents who attended the results of the passage of proposition A at the latest elections. This passage would allow for the construction of an addition to the Clubhouse creating space to house 500 upholstered chairs at Abravanel Hall. All that was needed for passage was only 185 more affirmative votes. But the resounding effect of this election has future repercussions. It is extremely doubtful if the Master Board will ever attempt to propose any future capital improvement to our facility. This community now lies in the quagmire of outdated CC&Rs written some 30 years ago requiring a 67% approval for a capital improvement. According to the best survey, no other local senior community has that stranglehold. They have a 51% approval for changes. According to Master Board member Don Lopez, we as a community are being held hostage by about 10% of the homeowners. We cannot compete with other senior communities who have kept up with the expectations of the new generation. There have been many reasons for those ten percenters who voted negatively: • Some couldn’t afford the $22. • Some felt that any capital improvement didn’t benefit them perEDITORIAL cont’d. on Page 3

Twenty-five hundred people live in “paradise.”

Year-in-Review Highlights At the annual members meeting in Abravanel Hall on August 15, retiring President Ellen Baur, on behalf of the Master Board, reported on the board’s efforts over the previous 12 months. Among the highlights were the following projects:

Installation of the golf course’s technologically advanced Toro VP satellite controller irrigation system has been successfully completed. This system, which has been working flawlessly for the last year, made possible a two-way exchange of data of water usage, moisture, temperature and salinity 24/7. Van Dyke Landscape Architects was hired as consultants in Sept. 2012 (see separate news article). Recycled water appears likely to be in OHCC’s future for irrigating common areas, starting with the golf course (as reported in the August Village Voice).

The Grant-supported Cannon Road relandscaping project was “officially recognized” at a grand opening event in Nov. 2012. There has been already a saving of 27 percent of the water formerly used, with the expectation that there will be greater water savings in the near future. OHCC now has greatly improved audio-visual digital television equipment that was acquired last fall, replacing 15- to 20-year-old equipment. OHCC’s Website is “up and running.” As Ellen explained, “We have brought it to a new level through our partnership with the website developer Association Voice, specializing in HOAs.” A contract was signed with Association Voice in order to give us a premier public web presence to enhance our marketing to potential new residents, while providing a communication path for issues, activities and emerHIGHLIGHTS cont’d. on Page 3

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EDITORIAL, cont’d. from Page 3

sonally since they didn’t use the Clubhouse. • Some tossed the ballots aside and “didn’t give a hoot” for anything beyond their front doors. • Some don’t live here and considered a house here as merely an investment. Whatever the case may be, we are not in a position to improve our recreational facilities or be able to compete with the new rising communities now being built in California and Arizona. With approximately 65,000 seniors over 55 living in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista, the number of senior communities is on the rise. The question arises: will OHCC be in a position to compete with them? ******** HIGHLIGHTS, cont’d. from Page 3

gencies to current residents. We have the capacity to communicate at a moment’s notice with those residents who give us their e-mail address. It is easy to register on the Website. OHCC’s In-House TV Channel 12 is being converted by COX from analog to digital. The Master Board has authorized acquisition of the hardware and software equipment for this change. “Our new in-house channels, of which there will be two, will be moving us into the digital age.” Regarding facilities maintenance, renovations were completed in the Clubhouse library and sewing room; and the HOA conference room, kitchen, reception area and restrooms. A bid for the final renovations, including new acoustical wall coverings and carpeting in Abravanel Hall, is forthcoming. The Woodshop renovation made it safer and allowed for a more functional space. The billiard tables were replaced after almost 30 years of use. And Clubhouse wood flooring is being professionally maintained on an annual schedule. Ron Matranga, a registered consulting arborist with Atlas Environmental, continues to advise us, overseeing the health, trimming, removal and replacement of one of our most valuable assets: the trees. “And that was the year that was.” ********

(L to R back row) Barry Farrell, Angela Takemoto, Dave Hefler, Don Lopez. (L to R front row) Shirlee Sampsel, Linda Strohm, Ira Landis.

Angela Takemoto to Head Master Board for 2013-14

After the ballots were counted on August 15, Linda Strohm was elected to the Master Board. Later, the new board met and in a secret ballot, Angela Takemoto was elected to the post of President; Don Lopez, VP; Barry Farrell, Secretary; David Hefler, Treasurer; and Ira Landis, Shirlee Sampsel and Linda Strohm, directors. The new board will face new challenges that will determine the direction, progress, and well-being of OHCC. It will require good judgment, wisdom and courage to continue the accomplishments of the past Board. ********


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

Mary Jane Matthews, President Gilda Barnard, Vice President Charlotte Pichney, Secretary Bob Wong, Editor-in-Chief Russ Butcher, Managing Editor Marileen Johnson, Director

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Landscape Concepts Revealed

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Unsightly Storage Shed to be Demolished

High on a slope overlooking the dog park is a crumbling maintenance shed that has been long vacated. Alongside the shed is a storage unit used for CERT* supplies and equipment. Further use of the space is yet to be determined, but the best guess is to replace the existing structure with perhaps one or two container units that could easily be installed and can be used for much needed storage. The decision will be made by the newly elected Master Board upon the advice of the Facility Management Team. (*CERT: Community Emergency Response Team)

By Russ Butcher and Debbie McCain Beth Bowen of Van Dyke Landscape Architects, in her July 31 presentation before the Master Board and an audience of homeowners in Abravanel Hall, revealed conceptual plans for rejuvenating and enhancing OHCC’s 30-year-old landscapes along the main-gate entrance and around the Clubhouse, Palm Court, and pool- and spa-decks. She explained that one major goal is to retain the overall aesthetically pleasing “green” appearance, but with an enhanced variety of colors and textures of flowering plants, shrubbery, palms and trees. (This and other design goals are consistent with homeowner responses to Van Dyke’s survey of front-entrance-design alternatives last March.) Beth emphasized that another major goal is to target meaningful ways to conserve water, partly by upgrading the existing, outof-date and wasteful irrigation system. Water would also be saved by reducing the amount of turf to about 25 percent along the main entrance (down from the present 48 percent) and expanding the “layering” of shrubs to 75 percent (up from the present 52 percent). She noted that the shrubs would be “layered” to allow for expanded textures and colors. Van Dyke estimates that such a reduction in turf and expansion of shrubs and other plants would yield roughly a 36 percent savings in the use of water along the main entrance -- achieved by reduced usage of lawn sprinklers and increased usage of a drip system or bubblers.

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As for some palms, Jacarandas and other trees along the main entrance would be removed due to aging or other structural problems, and some others would be removed because they have grown too close together. New trees and palms would be planted to create a pleasing visual pattern of sizes, shapes, foliage textures, and areas of sun and shade. Additional variety would be created by planting a few deciduous trees among the evergreen varieties. Trees, shrubs and other plants would be selected with attention to seasonal blooming cycles. Spring and summer would be great blooming seasons, but even fall and winter would in-

clude plants such as Pyracantha, commonly called Firethorn, with its clusters of bright reddish-orange berries. Night lighting along the main entrance would also be changed to provide a visually more welcoming soft glow of low-voltage LED lights – some of which would be upward-shining to highlight trunks and branches of the trees/palms. A soft glow of light would illuminate the exterior of the guard station. Plans also include raising the height of OHCC’s two main-entrance monuments so that the lettering would be clearly visible above flowering plants and low shrubs that would be planted in front of each monument. Beth explained that the Palm Court would be redesigned to make its overall layout more practical and easier to use. Its surface would be smoother and safer, so that the court would, for instance, become a suitable venue for dancing. New palms and trees of various sizes and types would further enhance the Palm Court’s overall visual effect. As Ellen Baur said in her “Year in Review” comments at the August 15 annual members meeting, “It is the intention of the Master Board, through the hiring of Van Dyke, to find the best possible solutions to keep our Community looking like we all love it, and yet fulfilling the need to conserve water.” ********

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Artificial Turf for Dog Park

On Saturday, August 24, the gates were open at the Dog Park to celebrate the completion of the newly installed artificial turf. Several dozen pooches roamed the park as their owners admired the large green expanse. According to Ellen Kippel, president of the Kennel Club, a committee was formed to determine the feasibility of artificial turf in the Dog Park. The Easy Turf Company submitted the only bid out of three other vendors at a cost of around $20,000. Approximately 1,700 square feet of soil was prepared for the installation that required the work of only two workers. Water sprin-

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Art Kellerman and Tori pose on new turf. klers will be activated periodically to clean off the dust and dirt. The committee researched the project thoroughly and studied the areas of maintenance, smell, clean-up and the durability of the turf under the constant Southern California sun. In order to accommodate pets’ urgent needs, two faux fire hydrants were installed, one for smaller dogs and the other for, well you can guess the other. Despite the fact most hydrants were


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painted yellow, these, painted in dark red, won the approval of 51% of the dogs. ********

OHCC’s Bluebird Nesting Boxes

By Russ Butcher This year’s Ocean Hills CC’s eleven Bluebird Nesting Boxes that are hung at various locations around the golf course have yielded a puzzling combination of nesting successes and failures. The Birdwatchers Club’s president, Andy Truban, reports that there were 36 successfully fledged young Western Bluebirds – the second highest number since our bluebird conservation project was begun, but also that 23 mortalities were the highest number recorded over the past five years. The OHCC Bluebird Box Trail was started on May 8, 2009, as a cooperative group project of the Golf Course and Birdwatchers Club, with assistance from the Woodchucks. We are part of the Southern California Western Bluebird Recovery Program, to which we submit annual reports. The OHCC project has seven trained volunteer bluebird nesting monitors, all of whom are Birdwatchers Club members. The 11 boxes are divided between the Golf Course’s Front Nine and Back Nine, with five boxes installed high in tree-mounted locations and six lower, pole-mounted boxes. The monitors typically record two bluebird nestings an-

One hundred forty-nine Bluebirds fledged since 2009. nually. Records show that six bluebirds were successfully fledged in 2009, 34 in 2010, 40 in 2011, 33 in 2012 and 36 in 2013 – bringing the grand total for the five-years to 149 fledged bluebirds. As for this year’s puzzling high number of mortalities, the first nesting cycle totaled five dead chicks in the tree-mounted boxes and two dead chicks in the pole-mounted boxes. The second

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nesting cycle totaled four unhatched eggs (plus one dead parent) in the tree-mounted boxes and 12 feathered chicks that suddenly died in three of the pole-mounted boxes -- boosting the total of all unsuccessful young to 23. “This second nesting,” Andy said, “yielded an inexplicable sudden mortality of the 12 feathered chicks that had previously been reported to be doing well in their normal growing stage.” There appears to be no plausible reason for so many deaths – especially the 12 that perished within the same week. But Andy offers several “tentative conclusions”: In the Front Nine boxes, it’s possible that something happened to the parents that caused the young to be abandoned. In the Back Nine boxes, the deaths could possibly have resulted from (1) death of the parents, (2) tainted or spoiled mealworms provided as a protein supplement by the monitors, or (3) some kind of human disturbance. While it is unlikely we’ll ever know for certain the answer to this puzzle, Andy says it would be wise not to risk providing the protein supplement of mealworms to the birds next year. But he emphasizes the good news that this year’s total of successfully fledged bluebirds was nevertheless the second highest on record. ********

Mystery Car Solved

A few residents were alarmed when they saw a dark gray sedan roaming the streets in the village. They noticed the car wandered slowly through the side streets and Village Way, stopping occasionally at various houses and other locations. Could this car

belong to terrorists? Robbers? Spies? When it was reported to Len Weinstein, director of Community Patrol, he revealed it was none of the above, but was a rental car that replaced one of the patrol cars that was undergoing repair. “A closer look at the car would reveal the magnetic signs on the doors that would indicate it was just another patrol car,” he said. The mystery car has since been returned to the rental agency and the regular white Ford patrol car is back on duty. The residents can relax. ********

It Glows in the Dark

Driving in the daytime, drivers may not notice the difference. But at night the recently installed stop signs reflect brightly at on-coming cars. Some 93 signs provide ample reminders to drivers to make a full stop where indicated. The reflective signs are a product of the 3M Company and have been in use frequently in many cities. Chuck Pierce, Maintenance Director, said the cost of each sign amounted to about $30, a price well worth the results. The signs are fade- resistant and are rated for seven years of outdoor usage. ********

Stop sign reflects brightly at night.


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able rats. Of course, anyone who encounters the defensive odiferous response of a skunk will have long memories of that occasion. Putting out food for crows likewise attracts rats and other animals, and creates a disturbing chorus of these raucous birds as they flock around the feeding area. Residents are cautioned not to place food outdoors for their pets, as it, too, attracts a variety of uninvited guests. There have been warnings in the past, but unfortunately there are still just a few residents who fail to heed the advice (and state regulations).  So the bottom line is: Do Not Feed Wild Critters, Please! ********

Food left outdoors attracts two skunks.

Do Not Feed Wild Animals

A few residents, acting in good faith, leave food outside their homes for “cute and cuddly” rabbits, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, opossums and other wild animals.  While this seemingly charitable but potentially harmful act may attract such wildlife, it also predictably invites other not-so-welcome critters including coyotes, mice, snakes, ants – and worst of all, the ubiquitous and undesir-


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ticeable in the desert and mountainous areas east of here, resulting in heavy rainfall and floods. Monsoons actually start in southwest Mexico around May, but don’t usually move up north to affect us for a couple of months. Monsoons occur when there is a thermal low in the desert (usually near the four-corners region) that circulates tropical air around it, drawing it up from the sub-tropics of Mexico. The heat from the local deserts rise and the barrier of the mountains literally forces the flow of moist air up to form billowing clouds visible over our eastern mountains. September is also noted for about a week of high temperatures due to the Santana winds, but quickly cools and OHCC returns to normal temperatures of autumn. ********

Monsoon clouds over our eastern mountains.

Monsoon Season Over

Mid-September usually marks the end of our annual monsoon weather. Those high cumulonimbus clouds over the horizon you saw during August will likely have disappeared by now. Oceanside, along with other places in the world, has a monsoon season. Unlike other places, it is not as strong and doesn’t produce much local rainfall. However, the monsoon is quite no-

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Following a major emergency or disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services may not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining needs. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the


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greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through preparation and training, citizens can manage utilities: put out small fires; treat the three killers (airway obstruction, excessive bleeding, and shock), provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective. In 2005, the Oceanside Fire Department started the community’s CERT program. The program was initially funded by a county grant and supported with a small budget from the Fire Department. After much planning and work, the first CERT Academy of 25 citizens graduated in January 2006. Since then, the program has grown to support a volunteer organization called Oceanside CERT which now has an elected board of directors to oversee and manage the group. The Fire Department serves as the program advisor to the group and as the sponsoring representative to the San Diego County CERT Council. In 2009, several members of the Oceanside CERT, with Fire Department input, implemented a program specifically aimed at helping OHCC residents prepare for, survive and recover from a disaster. The program called, “OHCC Disaster, Preparedness and Response,” was reviewed by the HOA Board of Directors and subsequently approved the use of a room in the Clubhouse for management of the program by OHCC CERT members. The OHCC program has nearly 90 resident members and volunteers divided into four teams (three Tactical Teams, and a Medical Team) in addition to a combined Incident Command Post

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(ICP) and Radio Communications Center located in the Clubhouse. When a major emergency or disaster occurs and after caring for themselves and family, Tactical Team members will conduct injury and damage assessment and report their findings, via Team Leaders, to the ICP and on to the City’s Emergency Operation Center, as appropriate. Team members are deployed to assist with incidents in the field according to the situation and their level of training. Triage and Emergency Medical Aid Station, will be set up by the Medical Team in the Clubhouse flag court. The purpose of OHCC CERT is to assist residents prepare for a major emergency or disaster and, when such an incident occurs, provide an organized response to help as many people as possible until normal emergency services are available. For more information about OHCC CERT, please go to www. ohcccert.org. FREE TRAINING. The Oceanside Fire Dept. will be conducting a CERT Academy on October 12, 13, 19, and 20, 2013. For more information and application form, go to www.ohcccert.org. ********


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features The Crusty Curmudgeon The Power of Advertisements

My wife tells me that I am getting to the age where I am gullible to every commercial about medications on television and in newspapers. That’s not true, not every one. But the one that is the most promising is the ad for Cialis where a couple jump into a couple of bathtubs, presumably to bathe, I think. Now the ad I saw in the Sunday newspaper the other day has a full- page ad on Cialis. It’s followed by another full page on the precautions one should take plus a column of possible side effects. “Be Prepared” is a popular slogan that I take seriously. I plan to be fully prepared to face all the possible side effects listed on page two. It takes a bit of planning on my part inasmuch as one of the side effects is a quick demise. Here is a list of reactions and

the manner with which I am prepared to face them: Rash and hives: I bought two bamboo back scratchers. Swelling of tongue and throat: I.V. feeding of a saline solution with gin. Difficulty breathing: I’m renting an iron lung. Uncontrolled blood pressure: Use a neck tourniquet. Liver and kidney malfunction: Take an aspirin with gin and tonic and call the doctor the next morning. Severe vision loss: Buy a cane with a red tip. Stomach ulcers: The purple pill ought to take care of it. Blood cell anemia: Go to Hunters and order a good Porterhouse steak. Symptoms of BPH: British Public Health should stay out of my business. Avoid using “Poppers.” Can I use 7-Up instead? Hypertension: I take a noon nap, a pre-bedtime nap and a postbedtime nap. Color vision changes: Darned! Where can I buy a black and white TV? Now my wife tells me that those commercials are nonsense, that they duplicate what is already on the market. “And look at all the medications you bought at Costco last week.” she explains. “Just what are you going to do with a thousand-count of Tums, a half-gallon jug of Mylanta, not to mention a six-pack of Tylenol?” I appreciate her concern for me, but the way I see it, look at all the money I save if I live to be a hundred. Besides, she doesn’t know I have two bathtubs in storage, just in case. ********


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Village Happenings

By Selma Leighton In 1975, my husband and I opened one of the first private racquet ball clubs in New Jersey. Subsequently, we opened 2 more, and along with the courts we built work-out rooms. That began my 40-year love, hate relationship with exercise. I figured there must be other people who feel as I do, or not. So I often meander down to the OHCC gym to meet some of our most ardent participants. Sunday night, on my way to the movies, I wandered into the gym and met Soo Brooke, energetically biking away, all by herself. I said “how come on a Sunday night?” Her answer was “I love the quiet.” But the next morning, when I visited the gym, I hit the mother lode. A bunch of people, all of whom knew each other. Wow, senior citizen exercise groupies. I had heard from other people that this was a political den of iniquity. Sure enough, the first person I met was Stan Lipsey, whom his fellow bikers refer to as the mayor of the gym. He seemed to be part of a triumvirate who are very politically savvy; Stan, Rik Anderson and a guy who chose to remain anonymous explained to me that the gym is politically divided. The Democrats on one side watching MSNBC, and the Republicans on the other side watching Fox. Mr. Anonymous tried to teach me the virtues of being an independent. “Great, I said, but what channel do they watch?” Before I knew it, I was embroiled in a political discussion. I quickly moved to the other side of the room. There I met Rosamond Weinberg, who told me she chooses the side of the room that has her favorite bike. She’s a smart girl. I also met Joan Rosa, wife of the infamous Vinny Rosa. Joan has suffered with respiratory problems for many years. There she was with her oxygen canister, biking away. Joan is definitely a lady to be admired. Roy Lange told me he bikes seven days a week, three times at Ocean Hills and four times at Scripps. He volunteers at the hospital, because as he put it “they’ve kept me alive for 14 years, and it’s my turn to give back.” My good friend Loraine Tichenor told me she just exercises because it is good for her. Must be, she walks 18 holes on the golf course. I’ll tell you folks, it was like walking into a special little world at Ocean Hills. Everyone was working hard and having fun. And you know, I like fun-ny. ********

Kippel’s Pet Korner

By Ellen Kippel Calico cats are one of the most common kinds of cats domesticated. They have been loved by many because of their spotted or parti-colored coat which is usually predominantly white with black and orange patches. However, this known tri-colored feline is not a specific breed of cat like the Siamese, Persians or the Ragdolls. Its name “calico” refers only to a color pattern on their fur and not to a breed. A tortoiseshell-colored cat has black and orange mixed in together, in a brindle-type pattern. The majority have a ‘split’ nose-black on one side and orange on the other. They can also have white on them but that makes them torti and white, not calico. Some cats couldn’t ‘decide’ which they wanted to be, and end up with some calico-colored body parts, and some torti-colored body parts. The situation is further complicated when you have torti and tabby markings (stripes) at the same time. We call that

A Calico cat, cute, sweet, loving and aristocratic. a “torti.” A calico cat with the ‘dilution’ gene comes out gray and pale orange on a white base, and is called a dilute calico. A torti with the dilution gene comes out as a lightened version with the same markings also, and is called a dilute torti. (Imagine either coloration being ‘bleached’ out to a paler version.) With regards to calico’s temperaments, they have been depicted as cute, sweet, loving and gorgeous creatures. Generally, most of these cats are females. In order to have both black and orange (true orange, not ruddy brown) in the same cat, it must have 2 Xchromosomes. That’s why calico, torti, and torbi cats are almost always female (XX) rather than male (XY). In order for a male cat to have that coloration, he has to have an extra X-chromosome, and thus be XXY. Such male cats are almost always sterile, and not worth any more money than any other regular cat. They are just a genetic anomaly, not a rare ‘breed.’ Just like other kittens, they are considered to be playful, happy, lively and relatively mellow cats. On the other hand, some would describe calicos as sassy, spunky and very independent. They have been perceived as creatures with wild or unpredictable dispositions. Here are some calico cat personality traits that you must know before bringing that eye-catching blotchy kitten home. • Calico cat personalities are somewhat independent, a bit stubborn and pretty temperamental.


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• Calicos like being pampered and treated with extreme regard. • Calicos may take some time to adjust to their new surroundings at first. But once comfortable in their new home, they are very loving and fun to be with. • Calicos have high-pitched meows and are generally known to be combative. They are not extroverts with fellow cats. • Sometimes, calicos follow their own moods but that doesn’t mean they don’t like or love their owners. They may display affection by rubbing their body to your feet and resting upon your lap purring softly. ********

Computer Tips

(Excerpts from the The Club Connection, a publication of the OHCC Computer Club, with permission of Jim Kaminsky, President.) At our June General Meeting, Mr. Bob Gostischa spoke about protecting yourself, your computer and your identity. He is sponsored by the Avast anti-virus software company. I am an Avast advocate having been a user of Avast for nearly ten years. Why do I like Avast? It meets my criteria for outstanding software: 1. It’s free. 2. It works.

3. It operates with no detrimental impact to my system. Avast has recently added more features that make it even more useful. One is a toolbar cleaner. Run this application attached to Avast and it tells you the toolbars that are attached to each of your browsers and asks if you’d like to remove them. Some toolbars I want, but others I remove. I know that many of you have several toolbars that take up browser space and take up computer resources. You should remove any you don’t use or want. The other nifty new Avast application is Software Updater. This checks software that is attached to your browser and tells you whether there is a newer version. It assists you in updating it if there is a newer version. Avast is one of two free utility programs that I have installed on my PC and recommend it to all other PC users. The second utility software I recommend is SuperAntiSpyware. Spyware is software that is downloaded to your computer when you visit some web sites. It installs little programs that watch what web sites you visit and reports back to the originating site, which then uses the information to send emails to you. You don’t want spyware on your computer and SuperAntiSpyware does an excellent job of finding them, and these programs are free but just make sure you install the free version because they will try to steer you to the paid version. Be careful when installing the software and do not install any toolbars or other software they ask you to install. Those items are not necessary and are not required for the software to operate properly. Avast: http://goo.gl/WheJGD SuperAntiSpyware: http://www.superantispyware.com/ ********

Driving Tips for Seniors Warning Signs and Knowing When to Stop As we age, it’s normal for our driving abilities to change. By reducing risk factors and incorporating safe driving practices, many of us can continue driving safely long into our senior years. But we do have to pay attention to any warning signs that age is


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interfering with our driving safety and make appropriate adjustments. Even if you find that you need to reduce your driving or give up the keys, it doesn’t mean the end of your independence. Seeking alternative methods of transportation can offer health and social benefits, as well as a welcome change of pace to life. Understand how aging affects driving Everyone ages differently, so there is no arbitrary cutoff as to when someone should stop driving. However, older adults are more likely to receive traffic citations and get into accidents than younger drivers. In fact, fatal crash rates rise sharply after a driver has reached the age of 70. What causes this increase? As we age, factors such as decreased vision, impaired hearing, or slowed motor reflexes may become a problem. You may have a chronic condition that gradually worsens with time, or you may have to adjust to a sudden change, such as a stroke. Aging tends to result in a reduction of strength, coordination, and flexibility, which can have a major impact on your ability to safely control a car. For example: Pain or stiffness in your neck can make it harder to look over your shoulder to change lanes or look left and right at intersections to check for other traffic or pedestrians. Leg pain can make it difficult to move your foot from the gas to the brake pedal. Diminished arm strength can make it hard to turn the steering wheel quickly and effectively. As reaction times also slow down with age, you may be slower

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to spot vehicles emerging from side streets and driveways, or to realize that the vehicle ahead of you has slowed or stopped. Keeping track of so many road signs, signals, and markings, as well as all the other traffic and pedestrians, can also become more difficult as you lose the ability to effectively divide your attention between multiple activities. You may have driven your entire life and take great pride in your safety record, but as you age, it is critical that you realize your driving ability can change. To continue driving safely, you need to recognize that changes can happen, get help when they do, and be willing to listen if others voice concerns. Source: Helpguide.org

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By Dan Neilson

The Fallacy of Opening Weak Hands

Sometime in the distant past, an expert decided it was a good idea to open weak hands in third or forth position. After all, you wouldn’t want to pass out the hand for a poor score! Now there are many hands of less than thirteen points that are regularly opened. For instance, eleven point hands with six card suits, or two five card suits and twelve point hands with a five card suit. Also, to be considered, are eleven points with five Spades and twelve points with four Spades (usually opened with a minor).


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But the craze to open third or fourth hand with junk carries on and the results of this dismal bid are never tallied. As a counterpoint, there are five good reasons for never opening weak in any position.

4. You won’t hear the common cry from partner, “You know I was a third hand opener, why did you bid so aggressively?” 5. And the most important of all, passing out the hand allows you time to go to the restroom!

1. You may go set. A negative score is definitely worse than a zero. 2. Opponents may take the bid. They didn’t have enough to open, but can probably overcall or double for takeout. 3. Knowing you have a sound opening bid will allow your partner to double more often.

As you can see, the overpowering evidence is against opening a weak third or fourth hand. Also, it feels really good when your opponents get a bad result when they try it.

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The Golf Game By Peter Russell

The A, B and Cs of Golf Distance Off The Tee

Let’s start with A. In the back swing a lot of players start from their address position, then quickly go into their backswing and, without pausing, do a power push of the club down to the ball. This is usually exactly the opposite of what their practice swings look like. This rapid swing often results in a contorted body motion and not necessarily a good ball strike, or follow through, and it tends to cause you to strengthen your grip over much as well. By introducing a brief (very brief) pause at the peak of your swing the acceleration of gravity on the driver from that point until ball contact becomes a more balanced golf stroke with a minimum of effort. It also provides an improvement of ball contact because your body is in a relaxed position, and lets gravity take over for club head speed. Then B. Focusing on the ball throughout the backswing up until, and after, the ball strike, will improve your ball striking accuracy, especially with the above reduction of body motion trying to hit the ball out of the ball park. You may have noticed that some of the recent Little League players put their shirt collar in their mouth to remind them to keep their head down while batting! Then C. Ultimately, Club Head Speed is dependent on a num-


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ber of conditions, but basically, your ball will fly farther with a solidly hit ball on the sweet spot of the club. No surprise there, right? Ergo, D for distance! But there is an additional aspect of distance that can be improved by playing the ball a little more forward off your front foot (the left foot for right handed players), striking the ball on the upswing part of the swing. Here are a couple of charts from a pro that proposes that by hitting UP on the ball at contact you will gain a significant amount of distance. The charts show the angle the club hits the ball (either plus or minus) and the final distance including carry. All of the demonstrations are using the same club head speed, or about 90 mph. In the upper left corner note the angle of attack starting with the ball about on the left heel of your front shoe. Both charts are around 90 mph but the distance shown in the lower right hand block is significantly improved. ********

Health & Fitness By Andy Truban

Eye Drops or Surgery Can Ease Glaucoma Symptoms

Glaucoma — a relentless group of ocular diseases — silently robs people of their sight. It affects 2.2 million American and remains the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. Half of those affected by it are completely unaware of its destructive power since there are virtually no symptoms until permanent damage is detected. Glaucoma is characterized by a faulty normal drainage system of a clear inner fluid called aqueous humor. This cleansing and nourishing fluid normally drains via an angled opening called the anterior chamber. If this draining angle is blocked or damaged, the blocked fluid will steadily increase the inner eye’s pressure causing impairment or permanent total loss of vision. High pressure destroys the optic nerve. Since early detection is vital to prevent severe vision loss, a glaucoma screening test is a standard part of most annual eye exams. First, the eye is numbed with drops; then, the optometrist or ophthalmologist using a device called tonometry that barely touches the eye and measures the inner pressure. If glaucoma is suspected, additional tests will follow. Glaucoma’s most common forms are open-angle or closed-angle. Open angle glaucoma has a genetic link, so people with a history of relatives with this disease may be at higher risk of contracting it. The angle-closure or acute glaucoma requires immediate medical attention. It develops suddenly when the anterior chamber is abruptly blocked. Pressure within the eye rises quickly, often causing intense pain and sensation of the eye being swollen. Other symptoms include impaired or foggy vision, rainbow-like halos, and nausea or vomiting. While there is currently no cure for glaucoma, several treatments are available to manage the condition. Open-angle glaucoma is commonly treated with medicated eye drops to relieve the eye pressure. If drops are not successful, surgical procedures may offer relief. Laser surgery treats the anterior chamber angle to improve drainage and relieve the eye pressure. Canaloplasty is a relatively new surgical procedure in which blocked fluid drains from the eye through a tiny catheter inserted into the drainage canal. The catheter is then removed and the enlarged canal is sutured to keep it open. Another procedure, Trabecular surgery restores drainage by removing part of the eye’s clogged tissue. Closed angle glaucoma is usually treated by using eye drops, oral or intravenous medications that lower the pressure. A laser procedure called an iridotomy may be required to open a new drainage passage in the eye. In conclusion, your annual eye checkup ensures that a glaucoma test be routinely conducted. However, if you experience sudden or severe eye pain, or suffer any loss of vision, immediately see an eye physician to prevent vision loss. Reference: UT Health, April, 2013, Dr. Dan Coden, Ophthalmologist at Scripps Health. ********


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Only Yesterday By Tom Fuller

Children of our youth, now grown, productive and grey, were once so small and cuddly— seems like only yesterday. Houses and cars of the past— built for the powerful and rich are now destroyed completely or so very difficult to fix. Schools of olden days when teachers had little pay taught all the needed skills of life, yes, this was yesterday. Yesterday were days of freedom— are we losing it today? Can we regain these freedoms and go back to yesterday? The answer, of course, is “No, we can’t.” because time moves day by day, but we can restore the values of a happy yesterday. So we must work to change things and look for a better day; to be honest, it might be quite similar to grand old yesterday. ********

The Real Estate Corner By Tom Brennan

Residential Real Estate Purchase Contract

As most residents of Ocean Hills realize it can be extremely painful and frustrating attempting to purchase a home in California. The volume of paperwork involved seems to be a deliberate attempt to discourage the parties from going through with the transaction. The common retort to the complexity of the process is to blame the lawyers (and legislators) which to some degree is correct. In the end, the seemingly endless documentation is to provide protection for both Buyer and Seller. This article will focus on the more pertinent provisions which should be included in the Purchase Agreement: 1. Purchase Price: Every Purchase Agreement should include the price and terms of payment. The price (including the good faith deposit) is often the sole consideration for purchase of the property and therefore is a condition of formation and enforceability of the contract. 2. Finance Terms: Many Buyers cannot afford to purchase a home without some form of financing (Seller financing, conventional loan, etc.). Accordingly, it is important for the Buyer to include a financing contingency in the offer. Such a contingency


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should be very specific with respect to the rate, term, type (VA, FHA, fixed, etc.) of loan to be obtained and the time needed to get lender approval. 3. Home Inspection: Most offers include a home inspection contingency. This clause usually permits the Buyer to cancel the transaction if the home inspection reveals significant and/or expensive structural repairs to the property. Such flaws as major roof damage or significant cracks in the foundation may give the Buyer the option to cancel the purchase. 4. Personal Property: If you want the refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, stove, chandelier, potted plants or any other piece of personal property, it is important to include such items in the offer. Do not rely on verbal agreements and be sure to secure any remaining warranties on the purchased items. 5. Closing Date: The closing date (the date when the deed will change hands) should be set to a time that gives both parties adequate time to satisfy the contractual contingencies. Normally, time frames are either 30, 45 or 60 days. 6. Name of Seller and Buyer: It is important that the proper name of the Seller and Buyer be set forth in the Purchase Agreement. As one would expect in a retirement community, like Ocean Hills, many Sellers and Buyers are trust entities and the individuals involved are the acting trustees. Accordingly, the offer should include the full name of the Buyer’s trust together with the name of the signing trustee (likewise for the Seller). Both parties to the Purchase Agreement should be mindful that the purchase of a home is a major transaction and should be viewed as such. Consequently, every word is important and should be fully understood before any party signs the contract. (Tom has been involved in all aspects of real estate for more than 40 years, both as a lawyer and as a realtor.) ********

Shopping Around Local Establishment Ratings

According to the Temkin Customer Service Ratings, the following local stores and establishments were rated by a survey of customer satisfaction. The ranking was based on 235 rankings from the best satisfaction to the lowest: 6 Dollar Tree 6 Chick-A-Fil 8 Trader Joe’s 8 Costco 15 Lowe’s 20 Walgreen 24 The Home Depot 28 Subway 28 Auto Zone 36 Ralph’s 56 Albertsons

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The Movie Scene By Joan Buchholz

The Way Way Back

This may well be the best “summer” movie of the year. It’s a nostalgic nod to the 70s and 80s, fondly reminiscent years of Pac Man, Buick station wagons and Toughskin jeans. The story centers around a 14-year-old son Duncan, whose single mother and her boyfriend accompanied by his daughter are travelling to his summer beach home. The trip is meant to be a test run for two families to become one. The boyfriend (Steve Carell) is a self-centered egotistical shmuck who enjoys putting down the son. Once they arrive at the New England beach home, the adults join their summer vacation friends and imbibe with booze in the morning, booze in the afternoon and again at night. While the adults behave like juveniles, Duncan escapes the debauchery around him and gets a job at the 1980s water park managed by Owen (Sam Rockwell). He takes a shine to Duncan and over the months Duncan learns a bit of self-confidence and wisdom. It is Owen who contributes most to the movie’s air of fun and whimsy. The movie is uplifting and compassionate that will jog the minds of viewers who are ripe for sentimental recollections of the past. I left the theater with a good feeling and hand this film three smiles out of four. Go see it; you’ll like it.


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The Butler

This film tells the story of a man, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whittaker) and takes you to a journey from the cotton fields of Georgia to the White House and eight presidents, finally headed by an African-American leader of the free world. The movie, inspired by a true story, makes the filmed events even more authentic. The opening scenes depict a black man clutching cotton, standing only feet away from his 8-year old son, is shot by a white farm owner. The boy is moved to a house where he learns to serve the very man who shot his father. He later leaves his family and his training helps him secure jobs at hotels and the White House in 1957. His stay covers a historic period of eight decades, three in the White House. Cecil is a model of discretion who won’t even tell his wife Gloria (Oprah Winfrey) details of his job. We follow Cecil and Gloria through family unity and estrangement, tragedy, awakening and rebirth. It also is a story of the relationship between father and son, a fictitious addition which introduces us to the Black struggle of past inequalities. The story veers off to events of the lunch-counter sit-in, the Ku Klux Klan, the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King, Watergate and the Vietnam War. The portrayals of presidents and their wives can be a major distraction. Oprah Winfrey’s part is magnificent, but we know Oprah is playing Oprah and Robin Williams is still Robin Williams. But Forest Whitaker’s Cecil hits all the right notes with his restrained emotions behind his placid face and controlled body language. Despite America’s foibles, shame and triumphs, at the end shines a ray of hope. I give it 3 out of 4 smiles. ********

Book Review

By Tom Lynch Dignity: its history and meaning, 2012, by Michael Rosen, Professor of Government at Harvard University. His book reviews the history of the use of the term in Western civilization and focuses on the meaning of the concept and its association with four distinct concepts: status, bearing, intrinsic value, and respect. Historically, dignity was usually focused on an elevated place in a hierarchy – slaves, the poor, and even most women were

excluded. Along with status was the notion that one’s rhetoric, the art of persuasion, could communicate a dignified bearing. Cicero’s rhetoric extended the scope of dignity beyond high position to those who acquired a bearing recognized as dignified and who may or may not have been way up on the status ladder. Christianity’s concept of “the last shall be first” could point away from prominence per se. By the Middle Ages dignity was used to include not only high status but possibly be extended as a feature of human beings in general who developed the capacity for self-determination. And of course the arrival of the French Revolution definitely blew off limitations and promulgated an egalitarian notion of the rights of men. Skeptics have found the term dignity was either redundant or useless. It could be replaced by concepts of autonomy or simply respect for others’ rights. The term is seen by some as having “…no coherent meaning of its own but is given content by a range of extraneous political, social and religious convictions for which the word itself functions as a mere receptacle.” Others considered it”… Not a universal attribute, but an aesthetic quality that manifests itself in human behavior.” To discuss systematic reasons, Rosen turns to moral philosophy and its consideration of intrinsic value in humans either from a teleological stance, that is, some purpose, for example, the greater good or from a deontological (duty) stance, thus being dignified is working out systematic reasons for one’s moral conduct Rosen briefly discusses the Utilitarians and some forms of Humanism that posit rules and goals to strive for. He has problems with greater-good goals, and can imagine situations where one would morally ignore such criteria. It becomes clear he chooses to amplify deontology in his consideration of intrinsic value and respect. Rosen reviews founding documents of modern human rights discourses, and concludes that the idea of dignity as intrinsic value plays a very important role in their formulation. He finds four strands in this regard. Kant and Roman Catholics assert, though in different ways, that humans have intrinsic value of dignity not because of any social status but rather because they are human. The third strand gives respect to human behavior that is dignified and thus to those who develop this capacity. Finally, a fourth is that dignity resides in giving respect to humans or humanity, so asserting a right to have one’s dignity respected is a right, rather than a fundamental foundation for all rights. ********


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Watching Wildlife By Russ Butcher

Iconic Animals at Risk

Can you imagine going on a wildlife safari in Africa and never seeing any of that continent’s iconic animals such as elephants and rhinos? Given the present rate of illegal poaching, these magnificent creatures could become extinct in the foreseeable future. In 1980, there were more than a million African elephants. Over the past 33 years, that number has declined across central and southern Africa to only 420,000. Despite the best efforts of anti-poaching programs, at least 32,000 elephants were slaughtered last year -- mostly to satisfy the burgeoning illegal international trade in ivory from the elephants’ tusks. Last year’s rate of

A couple of rhinos at San Diego Safari Park. killing was the highest annual total since the sale of ivory was internationally banned in 1989. At this rate, the remaining African elephants in the wild will be virtually wiped out within the next 10 to 15 years. What is even worse, a significant portion of this illegal poaching provides an alarmingly growing source of funds for various terrorist organizations and criminal syndicates that trade tusks for


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arms and ammunition, food, medical supplies and cash. “Africa is in the midst of an epic elephant slaughter,” The New York Times reported last year. “Conservation groups say poachers are wiping out tens of thousands of elephants a year, more than at any time in the previous two decades, with the underground ivory trade becoming increasingly militarized.” Herds of elephants are even being gunned down from military helicopters. Protected areas like Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park are targeted by poachers desperate to obtain the coveted ivory. Ian Douglas-Hamilton, one of the world’s leading elephant researchers and founder of Save the Elephants, has said that “The price of ivory is making this situation insane,” fueled by skyrocketing demand for ivory in a number of Asian countries -- notably China. Corruption is rampant in many parts of Africa and Asia and along the smuggling routes between the two regions. Some government soldiers and officials enable or participate directly in the illegal ivory trade carried out by criminal networks. A similar scenario threatens rhinos. Their two facial horns are sawed off and the animals are either killed or left to bleed to death from the stumps of the horns. Demand for rhino horn is largely fueled by a widespread belief, especially in Vietnam, that groundup rhino horn heals human ailments such as cancer. During the past half-century, rhino populations across southern and central Africa have plunged by more than 90 percent. Some rhinos inhabit Namibia’s Netosha National Park. Most of the remaining 28,000 live in South Africa, where many are within the supposedly secure 4.8-million-acre Kruger National Park. Poachers rou-

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Grand Tradition Estate: A major southern Calif. attraction.

The Gardens contain a lake, brilliant flowers and waterfalls.

By Jack Shabel Hi, all. I’m Jack’s wife, Anne. When I raved about the recent Garden Club trip to Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens in Fallbrook, Jack asked me to write about it for the “Out and About”

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end) and the Veranda Restaurant overlooking the lake where lunch is served Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can also order picnic baskets, which include a blanket, 24 hours ahead to enjoy to any of the picnic tables found throughout the gardens. Beside the garden surrounding the lake, there is the Compass Garden with Mediterranean plantings, waterfalls, and a magnificent Canary palm, and the Arbor Terrace Garden with brilliant tropical colors and an arched stone bridge. A paved meandering pathway connects all the gardens, ending at a beautifully decorated tented large venue area. Coming soon will be an Estate Produce Garden (the present oneacre garden provides fresh produce to the restaurant), a tapas and cocktail venue in the Compass Terrace, a Southwest Garden, and a Tuscan Vineyard with a wine bar and tasting room. In 2012, the facility went public and now is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the exception of special events. You can sign up on their web site to receive updates on those special event dates or call ahead to make sure there are no conflicts. Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens is located at 220 Grand Tradition Way in Fallbrook (immediately past the EconoLodge). Their phone number is 855-728-6466 and their e-mail address, http://www. grandtraditiongardens.com. It would be wise to consult either one to learn what the special event days are (you may want to go to the ones open to the public for a fee), to make Veranda reservations and order picnic baskets, and to ask any other questions you have. The price of admission to walk the gardens is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (see website for other Top, rams line the road. Above left, a light show explains the history of admission rates). Please note that you are asked not Luxor. Above right, view from above town of Luxor. to bring with you outside food or beverages, and no dogs. I hope that you enjoy your Visit to Grand Tradition Gardens more interesting the many workers in Arab dress and head coverings painstakingly removing small buckets of soil, one at a time. as much as I did. Our next stop was the tomb of Ramses IV. We descended a wooden walkway lined with bas reliefs, their color long faded ******** by age. Deep within were sarcophagus and paintings of serpentine asps, boats, cattle and figures with their hands linked. From the Valley of the Kings, it was not far to travel to the Valley of By Joe Ashby the Queens to discover more tombs and more Arabs emptying more soil. We were unable to visit the most famous tomb, that Egypt of Nefertari, but we did get to enter the tombs of two sons of Following breakfast, we headed across the Nile and farther Ramses III. We were astonished at one of the statues of Ramses west to the Valley of the Kings at Luxor. Luxor is an Arabic word III that weighed in at an estimated 1,100 tons and was made from for palaces. but after the Greek, then Roman occupation, this one piece of granite from Aswan. Before we left the valley, we place was called Thebes. For six hundred years, Thebes was the made a stop at an alabaster factory where workers were demoncapital in the Old Period, then with the advent of the Arabs, the strating their skills at reducing raw hunks of alabaster to finely capital moved to Cairo. honed pieces. The establishment of the Valley of the Kings provided a place Our final stop was at the temple of Amenhotep III to see the for the afterlife of nobility and royalty. There have been 62 tombs Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues each weighing found so far, but based on the number of ruling kings, there should 600 tons carved from a single piece of sandstone. After lunch at Kentucky Fried Chicken, we visited the Temple be fifteen other tombs yet to be found. We passed the home of Howard Carter, the discoverer of the tomb of King Tutankhamen. of Luxor as the sun was setting and the lights were coming on. It Judy and I decided to forgo visiting the tomb since all the trea- was an impressive sight with a two and a half mile long row of sures had already been housed in the Cairo museum and the tomb sphinxes leading to the eight statues of Ramses. The majesty of was empty. All other tombs had been emptied by robbers, many the countless columns was awesome. Ancient artworks and hieroof them major museums and archaeologists. But we found even glyphs were extremely well preserved having been covered with

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plaster at one time by Christians to hide the blasphemy. After we left the temple, we strolled along the streets of Luxor. The busy streets with honking horns led us to the market place where vendors peddled clothing, grains, meat and household goods. Returning to our hotel, we busied ourselves in preparation for tomorrow’s early morning balloon flight. (Joe made this trip years ago prior to the current troubles.) ********

Above, sweet potato fries and do-it-yourself burger. By Charlotte Pichney

SMASHBURGER

3460 Marron Road Oceanside (760) 729-1686 If you were curious about what it takes to make a Smashburger here’s the “scoop.” It starts with a 1/3- or 1/2-pound ball of fresh, 100% black Angus chuck that has an 80/20 meat-to-fat ratio. The meat is covered with parchment paper and placed on a hot, wellbuttered grill for ten seconds. Only then, is it flipped and smashed with a two handed cast iron press. The cooked side holds the patty together. The smashing occurs on the uncooked side, which gives the patty a caramelized sear that locks in the juices. The patty is seasoned as it cooks and when grilling is completed, it is scraped off the griddle with a very sharp-edged spatula. At Smashburger, orders are placed at the counter, cooked to order and the food is brought to your table. You can create your own burger by selecting from the list of the artisan buns, toppings, sauces and cheeses. I opted for their Signature Truffle Mushroom Swiss Smashburger (truffle mayo, sautéed baby portabella mushrooms, and aged Swiss cheese on an egg bun) ($6.29 reg.). With it, I also selected plain Sweet Potato Smashfries ($2.29). The burger was served in a wire basket and the fries were in a smaller basket atop the burger. My flavorful burger was sitting in a

Right, the interior of Smashburger.

sea of juices, so I made good use of the napkin dispenser on the table. I have always been a fan of French fried sweet potatoes and usually end up being disappointed. This time the fries were perfectly cooked and delicious. A chicken version called Smashchicken comes in the same variety of signature sandwiches. These are Classic, BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar, Truffle Mushroom Swiss, Spicy Baja, or Avocado Club. The salads ($7+) are all made fresh in the restaurant. Harvest salad is made with greens, balsamic tomatoes, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and blue cheese topped with balsamic vinaigrette. The Classic Cobb can include greens, fried egg, applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, onions, cheddar and blue cheese topped with buttermilk ranch dressing. A Baja Cobb offers greens, applewood-smoked bacon, sliced jalapenos, guacamole, cheddar, tomatoes and onions topped with spicy chipotle dressing. Children get to choose from their “Kids”: Smashburger, Grilled Cheese, Hot dog or Chicken Strips, with fries and a drink ($5). Fries and Sides offerings include Smashfries and Smashfries sweet potatoes – both tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic; Smashfries regular French and sweet potato fries, haystack onions, veggie frites (flash-fried carrot sticks and green beans), or a side garden salad. If you are looking for something a little different and a bit salty, try their fried pickle. Besides the usual soft drinks, they offer higher caloric drinks (all priced over $4) such as Haagen-Dazs shakes and malts in Oreo, Nutter Butter, and Butterfinger flavors. The classic milkshake flavors are vanilla, chocolate or strawberry and you can get bottled soda floats. For a stronger beverage, local craft beer is available. When you are craving a quick, satisfying meal, stop in at Smashburger on Marron Road. Their menu offers an interesting selection of entrees sure to appeal to all palates. ********


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Cooking With Beverly By Beverly Nickerson

The following are three of my favorite all-vegetable dishes that I learned from the Philip Brown’s cooking institute in Pasadena. Philip Brown’s Shredded Zucchini 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon Canola Oil 12 oz. shredded zucchini (about 2 medium size) Salt and freshly ground black pepper Wash zucchini, cut off ends (do not remove skin) and grate on the large side of a Box Grater or with medium shredder blade of a food processor. Heat butter and oil in an 11 inch skillet, when hot add the zucchini and stir-fry over medium-high heat just 1 to 2 minutes, the zucchini will turn an intense green and wilt down. Salt and pepper to taste. Three servings.

A vegetarian dinner: Clockwise from the top — Tomato Polenta, shredded zucchini and baked fennel. Baked fennel 1 medium Fennel bulb ½ cup Swanson’s Chicken broth (not low-sodium) Cut off the long fronds, discard, wash the bulb well and trim. Cut the bulb in half vertically and place the pieces flat-side down in a small Corning baking dish. Pour broth over the Fennel, cover the dish with plastic wrap and Microwave on “high” until tender, but not soft, with the point of a sharp knife, 8 to 12 minutes. Two servings. Tomato Mushroom Polenta 1 ½ tablespoons X-Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 medium onion, dice ¼ inch pieces 1 medium clove garlic, peel, chop fine 1/2 lb. box fresh, sliced mushrooms 4 small, ripe, on the vine tomatoes or one large fresh tomato, coarsely chopped or one (14 oz.) can, diced tomatoes, drained. one sprig fresh Italian parsley, wash, dry, chop. Salt, freshly ground black pepper One tablespoon butter plus one-half tablespoon Canola Oil One half (18 oz) tube pre-cooked Polenta (Trader Joe’s, Frazier’s). Cut in 4 slices, remaining tube can be frozen or freshly cooked, soft Polenta Heat olive oil in a 9-inch skillet, add onion and cook until soft over low heat, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, cook briefly, add mushrooms, tomatoes, parsley and stir. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat 10-15 minutes, stirring often until mushrooms have given up almost all of their liquid but are still firm. Season with salt and pepper. While vegetables are cooking, heat butter and oil in a second 9-inch skillet and cook the Polenta slices on each side until light brown (they do not brown evenly). Place two slices on each dinner plate and spoon sauce over the top of the Polenta. Two servings as a main course or four servings as a first course or side dish. ********


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Norte Mexican Restaurant 3303 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 729-0903

Despite the heavy overcast fog that lingered throughout the day, the atmosphere was festive, made so by the flock of tourists who sought the cool refuge from the inland heat. Downtown Carlsbad was buzzing. Just a few steps west toward the ocean from the intersection of Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Blvd. is the very popular Norte Mexican Restaurant. From the outside, it looks like the home of a wealthy Mexican merchant, decorated with lush potted trees and bushes. Most of the diners preferred the patio setting as the inside tables were only partially occupied. Seated by a window that overlooked the traffic and the edge of the ocean, we were handed the menu with extensive listings: appetizers, soups, specialty entrees and desserts. Most dishes were priced under $12. Fred chose the Toastada Suprema. It came with the usual base of a fried tortilla, slathered with refried beans, Jack cheese and shredded pork (also An authentic Mexican Torta, a available: beef or chicken). All sandwich enough for two. this was buried beneath a huge mound of torn lettuce topped with sour cream, tomatoes, olives, guacamole and chili cheese. And this was just a half-portion. Had he ordered a full plate, it could have fed half the patrons in the room. He said it was the best toastada he has had in ages. I was not that ambitious to take on that much food, so I selected a Mexican sandwich called a torta. The bread was a Mexican roll (telera, in Mexico) that resembled an oversized hot dog bun on steroids. Most Mexican restaurants serve the roll as a ordinary sandwich, but Norte has a more authentic version. The soft bread inside had been scooped out leaving the two crusts. This allowed for generous portions of guacamole, chicken, beef, carne asada or chorizo con huevos (Mexican sausage and eggs) to fill the emptied space. To complete the torta, lettuce, slices of tomato and onion were added. As if this was inadequate for the hungry diner, refried beans and rice filled the plate. It was perfectly delicious. For me, most of it provided dinner for another day. As we looked over the dessert offerings, we noted most were conventional cheesecakes. However, Mexican dessert selections included bunelas (fried tortilla sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon) and flan (carmel custard). We passed. Beer and wine were available, as was a pricey selection of soft drinks, coffee and bottled water at around $3. Parking is available underground, but don’t depend on it during meal times. The interior was decorated in a touristy décor and the service was spo-

Norte, a tourist haunt with good food. radic. I had to chase our waiter through two rooms to get him to hand me the check. He apologized, “Sorry, but I was busy.” No kidding. ********

I Love A Mystery

By Ira M. Landis The most recent mysteries I have enjoyed are from Scandinavia, specifically Norway. K.O. Dahl wrote both The Fourth Man and The Man in the Window. Both books feature detective teams with psychological problems. Detective Inspector Frank Frolich of the Oslo police is a worthy addition to the sleuths created by Hanning Mankell. In the course of a routine police raid, Frolich saves Elizabeth Faremo from inadvertency getting caught in the crossfire. Some weeks later, he coincidentally runs into her again but their ensuing affair is no accident. By the time he learns that she is no stranger, but rather the sister of a wanted member of a larceny gang, it is already too late. In the middle of one night, Frolich receives a call that a young guard has been killed in the course of a robbery. Rushing to respond, he realizes that Elizabeth is no longer in his bed. In a turn of events that are erotic, cryptic, and complex, he finds himself a prime murder suspect and under the watch of his doubting colleagues. Frolich must find out if he is being used before his life unravels beyond repair. The Fourth Man is a sexy, fast-paced psychological thriller that brings a modern twist to the classic image of the femme fatale. The Man in the Window is the second in a series of detective novels by Dahl to reach U.S. readers. Detective Chief Inspector Gunnarstranda, Frolich’s boss, plays a much larger role in this book than he did in The Fourth Man. On Friday the 13th, Oslo is enveloped in freezing cold. An aging antiques dealer, Reider Folke Jesperson, leaves home and takes a taxi to a nearby cafe. A few hours later, through the windows of the cafe, he watches his wife enter the door to an apartment on the other side of the street, where her lover lives. In the early hours of the following morning, Jesperson is found stabbed to death, sitting naked in an armchair in the display window of his antique shop. Our protagonists (Frolich and Gunnarstranda) are sent to the crime scene. Their only clues are numbers written in ink on the body of the dead man, a


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red string tied around his neck, a few missing World War II objects, and a number of people extremely satisfied with the news of the man’s death. Questions of love and betrayal, loyalty and guilt are pervasive throughout the investigation. Victims, perpetrators, and even police officers are haunted by the past, still trying to cope with dark memories of the Nazi occupation as we get interesting insight to Oslo today. ********

Scams Update By Ira M. Landis

A frequent new bamboozle involves burglars claiming to be from a local store calling to tell you that you’ve won a $100 gift card; you must come in to pick it up. The ruse is to get you out of the house so the burglars can carry out an old-fashioned breakin while you’re gone. Hopefully, OHCC residents won’t fall into this trap because outsiders still need a guest pass, but an accomplice may be in our community on some legitimate pretext. I won’t name the possibilities because I’m sure you can think of some candidates on your own. “Winners” should ask questions such as “What contest did I win? How was I chosen?” Call the store to independently confirm the details. After you determine that it’s a scam, notify the police. Take extra precautions since it is clear that burglars have targeted your house. Some tips to help seniors from being exploited include: 1.  Shred documents that could be useful to criminals, including bank statements, credit card statements and offers, and other financial information. Documents that need to be preserved, such as tax related documents and filings and car titles, should be retained in a safe deposit box.

Warren Allan Robert Kirk • Georgia Wisehart

Thank You

Jean Palmer recently passed away at Aegis Assisted Living. She had been a resident at OHCC for many years helping in the library and supporting the Choral Society. Daughter Sally Palmer wishes to thank all her friends for their many thoughts and prayers.

2.  NEVER give out personal information, nor agree to give money, over the phone. Never provide information in a phone call that you did not initiate. The more you “schmooze,” the more difficult it will be to get rid of the scammers. 3.  Be alert for suspicious mailings, especially look-alike envelopes that appear to be from the Social Security Administration or the Internal Revenue Service. Be critical of their content. 4.  Get on the national Do-Not-Call Registry and hang up on solicitation callers. Do not encourage them by getting into a conversation. 5. Many seniors who are scammed are too embarrassed and try to hide what happened. If you can no longer handle your finances, put a plan in place that can help ensure bills are paid and assets are protected. According to a 2011 AARP study, only 25 percent of scam victims over age 50 have reported to authorities that they’ve fallen victim to fraud. Shame and embarrassment can play a role in an older adult’s reluctance to talk about being scammed. Remember, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Be alert, don’t act hastily, talk with family and/or friends before getting involved with any suggestions from total strangers. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

commentary A Tribute

By Lorraine (Rani) Walden I don’t think the folks at Ocean Hills Country Club realize that we truly have HELP in four wonderful devoted volunteers that are there for us any time of the day. These angels in disguise are Jack Collar, Larry Bowers, Tim Wilbur and Dan Mathews. Have you heard of them? I had not but if you are wondering what has caused me to write a tribute to these gentlemen, it is because they became involved in my life very unexpectedly. Unexpectedly is putting it mildly; yes, accidents do happen to us all. Even when we are just playing in the Clubhouse. I want you to know there is help for you and me if ever you need it. I was careless and badly injured my back. I needed a wheel chair, commode, walker and the works. Hurting and aching, I remembered an article in the Newsletter of an organized club of volunteers called “Helping Hands.” Believe me, I needed Help! I called one of these gentlemen, Larry Bowers, for my needs. Well, I no sooner hung up the phone, then he was at my door with wheel chair and commode in hand. I can’t tell you how thankful I was with no problems in getting the help I needed . So, should a surprise occur in your life where you need help, just pick up the phone for either Larry, Jack, Tim or Dan at “Helping Hands”... they’ll be there in a wink with whatever you need to get you mobile again. Thank you, gentlemen!


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potpourri Village Vets Meeting Financing Counterterrorism

Have you ever wondered how terrorists obtained money for their activities? Did you know how the United States responded to threats? Find out how the 9/11 terrorists obtained their finances to carry out their acts and what did we learned from 9/11. Marilyn Bruno will reveal what strategies the State Department’s Office of How was the Twin Counterterrorism Finance has taken in Tower disaster fithe area of anti-money laundering and nanced? counterterrorism finance. She is an authority on international finance, trade and law. Marilyn will discuss several case studies of terrorists and their financial support. Don’t miss this exciting meeting. Abravanel Hall, Thursday, Sept. 26 at 3:00 p.m. The meeting is open to all residents. Refreshments will be served.

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