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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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Hit The Gym Before I’m Stranded

27 May

My wife and I just got back from a great workout at L.A. Fitness. We both had our new fat-burning bar before we left and I just had some electrolyte drink before I sat down to write. Later my wife and son will take both cars and I’ll be “stranded”.

So today I decided to do it right and I weighed myself before my 55 minutes on the elliptical trainer. Wow. 287.

We all have to start somewhere.

I got into a conversation with Bruce, a retired coach, who has been following the same regimen for 11 months. He looks to be in great shape and I wondered if he was in the military or retired from it. He definitely has short hair and is soft-spoken. I told him I thought maybe he was a colonel.

We’ll probably talk again as my guess is he’s a regular and I’ll be soon.

Yesterday I was reading about adenosine and the human body. It’s pretty amazing what some people have discovered. I think a lot of people can’t relate to what it takes to make these kinds of breakthroughs. I’m going to reread the material, but I think the professor who came up with this fat-burning bar spent 17 years developing it.

If you’re an average, non-academic person you probably haven’t heard of stuff like this or you’re skeptical.

But, how many of us have spent that long trying to figure something out? And I don’t mean marriage or parenthood or faith. I mean concentrated effort for a very long time to figure out how humans burn fat or create heat in certain conditions and whether or not we can alter that in a safe way.

That’s some serious science. This isn’t sociology (No offense, Kraig and others.)

How the human body works in specific areas has been something of a mystery to me. Probably to you, too.

Many of us have had biology and know about cells and getting Vitamin D from the sun (though I had to look it up to make sure I had the right vitamin – I didn’t) and information along those lines. When you get too specific I couldn’t tell you very much about vitamins and minerals except what others have told me. And then you have to stop and think, “Are they right?”

Look what I found in Wikipedia (Bear with me as I trust it in this case) – Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate.

I don’t know what a secosteroid is but I can look it up. I don’t think that’s the most important thing here, though.

I really enjoy when I found out what something DOES and HOW it works.

Vitamin D is responsible for intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate. (Yes. I will look it up somewhere else to be sure at some point.)

So what does this have to do with the bar my wife and I ate before we worked out today?

I’m still learning, but by consuming the fat-burning bar we started our body burning the calories in the bar and then we started burning fat earlier than our bodies would have otherwise.

Apparently, it also lessens the “burn” from the workout.

I know that this is just the first time and I’m sure some or a lot of it was water, but I weighed myself after my workout with the same stuff in my pockets on the same scale in the men’s locker room and I weighed 284. 55 minute workout. 3 pounds DOWN! I’m pretty sure the ingredients are pure stuff, too.

I even like the taste!

Hopefully, Bruce and I (and you?) will compare our progress as time goes by. It’s too soon to tell, but maybe, just maybe, we might develop some little bit of community or neighborhood.

I believe it’s ok for me to say, “I’m lovin’ it!” even though I have only rarely eaten at that iconic place for decades.

Oh, yeah.

Contact me if you want to burn more fat faster. My phone number is on my Facebook public figure page and there’s a huge link down the right side of this blog.

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.

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?

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.

Saturday In My Neighborhood

4 May

My wife let me sleep in until around eight this morning and got me up to go to L.A. Fitness with her. That gave me a chance to try out my new fat-burning bar while I’m on the treadmill. You want to eat it on an empty stomach 15 minutes before you work out to get the maximum fat-burning results. Today was the first day that I’ve done it exactly right. Without it I would just be getting an aerobic workout on the treadmill. Pretty cool stuff if you ask me. Patents and everything.

Anyway, after a nice, hot shower my wife went to San Diego to see a family friend and I decided to check out some garage sales and let people know about my plans for a community garage sale in late September or early October. Right now I’m hearing from several people that October 5 is best because it’s right after payday. Sounds logical. I’ll put up a poll in a few weeks so we can vote.

Something else that makes sense is a neighborhood/community potluck 4-6 weeks before. I’ll start sending out emails sometime in the next few days. If you see me knock at your door or you meet me at a garage sale, please give me your contact information so I can add you to the list.

While visiting four garage sales I met some great people like Sondra who’s originally from England. She was having her last garage sale (along with some neighbors) to benefit breast cancer research. Whatever was left she was going to give to Goodwill. Sounds like it was the last one she’s going to do for a long while, maybe ever. Anyone else want to take up the mantle?

After talking for a little while with Mario I found out that he’s in life insurance and real estate and has an office near the 78. Jack and Jill have two kids and met when they were 15. Now they have a 15 yr old themselves. And yes, Jack and Jill are really their names.

Finally, Erika Sosa was in charge at the garage sale that she and her honey shared with their next door neighbors. They thought a potluck would be a good idea, too.

And I’m writing this while relaxing and watching the SyFy Channel show Defiance. Science fiction is a family tradition. So is enjoying the neighborhood.

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