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The New Phonebook’s Here!

19 Jun

In case you’re interested, the title of this post is a classic bizarre line from what is now a classic comedy movie.

Once upon a time in a life far, far away I saw that absurdly funny comedy, The Jerk, several times. So many times that I won’t say. In fact, I’m fairly sure that I have viewed The Jerk more than any other movie, including my favorites, Lawrence of Arabia, Groundhog Day & Lord of the Rings.

The new newsletter is here!

Issue #2 of Neighborly Suggestions – The World’s Smallest Newsletter has arrived!

I finally picked up my package at Aloha Printing late yesterday afternoon.

If you live in my neighborhood I’ll be knocking on your door soon. Literally. Take a look!

Neighborly Suggestions #2

Neighborly Suggestions #2

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Organic Quinoa & Brown Rice With Garlic

21 May

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Costco has a great deal. Today I tried their Seeds of Change brand Quinoa & Brown Rice and I loved it. I added some pistachios, but next time I’ll try it all by itself.

Six packages for $10.99 and it is yummy. Each package is 480 calories which is two servings. Or eat the whole thing because 480 calories is reasonable for one meal. So the price per package is $1.83. And it’s organic!

Quality at a great price. And, no, this isn’t an advertisement. I just want to let you know about some great deals every so often. Quinoa & Brown Rice from Costco is officially Charlie-approved!

Meeting Uncommon Katie Anderson

16 May

One of the neat things about blogging is that almost inevitably you come into contact with other bloggers because you notice their blog or vice-versa. People who like to write are usually people who enjoy conversation as well.

Because I like to meet people and converse face-to-face when possible, I called up a fellow blogger who noticed Nuts & Bolts Neighborhoods
[ that’s the name of this blog, if you’re counting šŸ˜‰ ] and who “liked” a post or two. Katie Q. Anderson is a real estate agent and a mom in addition to being the blogger behind KatieQUncommonSense.com.

We met today at a Starbucks in Rancho Bernardo and got to know each other.

Besides simply talking with people, I enjoy networking. I’ve been pretty good at it since at least the late ’80s and I have learned highly effective and focused methods starting in 2000. So I’ve met a lot of people over the years in order to mutually benefit our respective business ventures, enterprises, projects or goals.

With all this networking experience under my belt I can honestly say that Katie is one of the most thoughtful and organized people I have met. I’m not going to go on and on with how pleasant she is to deal with or how I felt like she was really listening to me or being patient with my less than linear thought processes. She’s professional and gets so much done that if I stop to think about it I’ll feel like a slacker.

Let me just share the following:

If you have ever wondered if your real estate person didn’t have anyone to help them help you:

Call Katie Instead.

If you have ever wondered if your real estate person could really relate to you:

Call Katie Instead.

If you have ever wondered if your real estate person cared about your needs enough to go the extra mile like taking the time to create a more effective presentation of your house:

Call Katie Instead.

If you have ever wondered if your real estate person really cared about your goals or made you a priority, then next time you should:

Call Katie Instead.

If you have ever wondered if your real estate person who seemed like a really nice person was perhaps too overwhelmed to do their best for you:

Call Katie Instead.

You get the picture.

Katie is one of those nice, professional, highly skilled and highly effective people that Jim Rohn talked about when he was alive.

She has inspired me to share the following quote for the second time in a month.


Good people are found, not changed.
Recently, I read a headline that said,
“We don’t teach our people to be nice. We simply hire nice people.”

Wow! What a clever short cut.

Jim Rohn

Take a shortcut by calling Katie or check out her blog to meet the decidedly Uncommon Katie (Q.) Anderson today!

What Do You Do On Monday Nights?

6 May

Right now I’m at Reality Changers at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church in Solana Beach, California. Most Monday nights during the school year I am here tutoring.

Tonight I’m observing the learning game that the RC students are playing with the other tutors. And I’m blogging. There are a couple shows I like on Monday nights and I’m sure that my machine is doing a fine job of recording “Defiance” and “Revolution”.

What would you be missing on Monday nights by coming to Solana Beach to tutor high school students? Or you could choose another night if you would rather tutor in San Diego.

It’s not really that hard to do. In my experience, you need to get into the habit. And you have several months to decide if you want to make a commitment because the school year is winding down. But you can visit us to check us out right now!

In April I started my seventh year with Reality Changers in Solana Beach. Time does fly. Now there are students who were freshmen in high school when I arrived who are now in their junior year in college. Claudette is at Syracuse. Daniela is at the University of San Diego. Phylicia is at Columbia and Cindy is at Point Loma Nazarene University. No, they aren’t all female. Luis is at Palomar. Shawn will be graduating soon to UC Berkeley perhaps?

Could you give up watching television on Monday nights? Or fishing? Doing laundry? I don’t know what you would have to move to another time to get here. I only know that it’s worth it. And it’s free to come take a peek at what we do. You can check out the website in the first paragraph and you’re welcome to visit. Give me a call or give Reality Changers a call.

There’s also a great event to see on May 19, 2013 at the University of San Diego. It’s called America’s Finest. You will see over 300 young people graduate from Reality Changers. They attend high schools all over the county and this is THE big event for these RC students at the end of the year. It’s only $10 to attend the ceremony. This is even more amazing when you consider that Chris Yanov started Reality Changers with $300 and four students over a decade ago. At this point all the Reality Changers students collectively have earned over $10 Million in scholarships.

Come on down!

Bring a friend! Tell them Charlie sent you.

Walkable 101: The Basics

2 May

The following is directly from Walklive.org.

[I’ll be adding their video to the right side of Nuts & Bolts Neighborhoods as it becomes available.]

What is walkability and why is it important to create walkable streets and livable towns? Learn how your community can become better connected, more prosperous, more sustainable and healthier through streets that support active living.

Walkable Community Videos

Leverage For Success

17 Apr

For a small business (1 to 5 employees and revenues under $300,000) to become a Medium Sized Business (Greater than 10 employees and revenues of $1,000,000 or more) you have to understand the use of leverage and how it is applied to many areas of your business.

Without leveraging the following areas you are left trying to do everything yourself. That may feel good because you are so in control and it is your personal work or service that you are offering. But if you want to be able to sell your business and retire in 3 to 5 years you must use leverage in all of its various forms.

These are some of the areas where you can leverage and grow your business and turn it into an asset you can sell.

Coaching and masterminds groups will give you more knowledge quicker.

Building the right team will bring more expertise into your business so you can offer more and accomplish more and your team can also help you discover other areas to leverage.

Money, even a small amount that is borrowed, will let you get the help you need so you can do more in your business.

Connections and Joint Ventures can help with advertising and sales and the creation of new products and services. This can also give you more reach into different communities that were not available to you.

There are many other areas you can leverage when you plan to think of leveraging as an approach to growing your business.

So start right now and think of 5 ways you can leverage your business success and put at least one of them into action today!

Today’s guest blogger is Fran Cannon.

I have known Fran Cannon for 20 years.

Fran is a friend and mentor and a highly experienced business coach & adviser with an extensive background in personal development work. He has negotiated multi-million dollar contracts and sat on the boards of companies. He is also very familiar with challenges that face small businesses.

His website is FranCannon.com

Fran currently resides with his wife, Bonnie, and their animals in Temecula, California.

Make Your Own Video

2 Apr

Making a video to post to Youtube isn’t that hard.

It helps to have a phone like my Samsung and it helps if you’ve practiced.

I stood in my pool yesterday and filmed this in one take.

This video is definitely not perfect, but I believe it works.

Not only is it part of this post, but I added it to Nuts & Bolts Neighborhoods permanently over on the right.

What do YOU think?

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