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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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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 😉 ] 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!

Walkable And Livable Communities Institute

15 May

The WALC Institute’s mission is to inspire, teach, connect and support communities in their efforts to improve health and well-being through better built environments.

I received what you see below in my email a few minutes ago – check out the website – MIDNIGHT is the deadline – WalkLive.org

Donate before midnight to have your contribution “stretched” by the Seattle Foundation and other sponsors!
Today’s the day! The Seattle Foundation’s nonprofit GiveBIG fundraiser lasts until midnight Pacific time.

We hope you’ll consider making a donation to support our Walkable Community Help Desk. We provide this service to communities for free and we rely on support from people like you to make the Help Desk possible!

Please tell your friends, share with your colleagues, and join us today for our largest fundraising effort to date. Any donation helps, whether large or small.

Visit our website for more information, and check our Facebook page today for fundraiser updates. Have a question of your own for the Walkable Community Help Desk? Email us any time.

Go Red For Women

14 May

Over a year ago I found out about a website called Go Red For Women.

They’re interested in improving women’s heart health and more. Take a look by following the link above or the one below. The “About” portion below came straight from the site.

Who do YOU want to share this information with?

Send them this blog post!

Go Red For Women – About Heart Disease

About Heart Disease in Women

There’s a lot of talk about inequality between men and women, but one area in particular where women are leading in record numbers: heart disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. But there’s a leadership role just waiting for women like you to pounce on: Leading the charge to end this deadly foe once and for all.

In fact, women like Rachel D’Souza-Siebert have already decided they’re not going to take this lying down. “As women,” says Rachel, “we need to learn where to draw the line so we can take care of ourselves.” Rachel isn’t the only one. She’s one of thousands of women who’ve decided to Go Red, because enough is enough.

Cheryl Holmes thought pregnancy was the reason for her extreme sweating and difficulties breathing. Even Cheryl’s doctor was convinced pregnancy was the source of her symptoms. When they didn’t subside after the birth of her child, she discovered these symptoms were a sign of heart disease.

Unfortunately, Cheryl’s story isn’t uncommon. Many women are either unaware of the symptoms to pay attention to or may attribute their symptoms as due to other causes. For instance, that pain in your jaw, neck or back? Don’t assume it‘s just from the gym or a little extra stress. They could be symptoms of a heart attack .

What You Find Out Wandering The Neighborhood

11 May

Today I slept late until around 9 and I’m having a little trouble remembering what I did after that. I know I was on the internet a little bit. Hmmm…

Good thing I started taking that yummy Omega-3 formula. I hear it’s good for your brain cells. Just got it yesterday so I’m sure it probably has a cumulative effect after a couple months or so. I wasn’t kidding about the yummy part. I like the Lime sorbet flavor. Anyway…

After doing “something” when I got up, I went out for just a little while to check out garage sales and check in with people I’ve met at garage sales in recent weeks. George on Rock Springs wasn’t home, but Alice over near Borden was there. After her big dog barked up a storm we chatted for a couple minutes about potential fundraising for a non-profit. She’s a manager for Community Catalysts of California. Read about that in my April 20 post.

Finally I ran into Maria and Maria Elena(?) on Palomar and someone’s little one, Samantha, sold me some oranges. I told Samantha that she had the same name as my niece, who graduated from SDSU, and who wants to be a doctor.

They told me that next week the homes in Vallecitos are all having garage sales at the same time. And they didn’t have any coins for me.

Hopefully we can have an even bigger “Garage Sale Day” in late September or early October. Right now the voting is leaning heavily towards October 5.

If you would like to participate, please contact me on Facebook or give me a call. Or you can leave me a comment on this post with your phone number and a good time to call you. You can find MY number on my Facebook public figure page. Check the right side of this blog or follow this link.

Who wants to help me coordinate this? Or the potluck? I mentioned that last week.

You’re just going to have to scroll down and find that post!

Almost forgot!

I spoke with Guillermo Cortes at Mr. Taco this morning when my wife and I were having breakfast there. THAT’S what I did before 11! LOL

He is the owner of Mr. Taco and if you don’t know where it is, it’s across from Cal State San Marcos in the same shopping center as Ralph’s, the UPS store, Pet People, Prime Cut Grill and so much more.

You might remember what I call “The World’s Smallest Newsletter!” – Neighborly Suggestions. It’s small enough to fit on your refrigerator. Refrigerator Ready!

Issue #2 is coming out soon and on the back will be something from Mr. Taco. I think it’s going to be a coupon. I don’t know if it will be ready for next Saturday, but I’ll be knocking on your door soon.

You’ll be neighborly when I come to your door, right?

Neighborhood Hero

8 May

You have probably seen or heard in the news about the women in Ohio who got free from captivity earlier this week.

A neighbor played a role in noticing that there was someone in distress.

Charles Ramsey is a hero whether or not he wants us to use that word.

Neighborhood Hero

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