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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

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?

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.

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

Look Who’s In The Neighborhood

20 Apr

Today I visited some garage sales to see who else is interested in the community garage sale in late September or early October. I stayed within these boundaries – north of 78, west of Nordahl, south of El Norte Parkway, southeast(?) of Borden & east of Mulberry, also including the houses down Falcon which is west of Mulberry and branches off from Mission Road. I also included houses that are just on the other side of the street boundary, so for example I spoke with Sheldon and his wife who live ON El Norte Parkway, but who are technically north of the street.

I met some interesting people and found out that Vallecitos is having a community garage sale on May 18th. I had no idea. Two women told me about it and one of them, Isabel, gave me some pencils for my friend, Mary Carrillo of Point Loma, to take to Belize for the children of the village she will visit in September. Thanks, Isabel!

Mary visits Belize once or twice a year to be of service to the women and children of the village. I’ll post more about Mary Carrillo another time and include the name of the place.

While I was out I took photos of some green stuff I like and then I found a woman, Alice Olsen, who is the office manager of three[!] sites of Community Catalysts of California. I had never heard of them before, but they have been doing good work for over 30 years! The paragraphs below are from their website.

Who We Are

A Positive Catalyst For People With Disabilities

Community Catalysts of California provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities. We have successfully provided services for thirty years with the fundamental goal of helping people with disabilities achieve a higher quality of life.

Empowering Our Military Veterans

Veterans Community Services, a division of Community Catalysts of California, supports Veteran’s and their families to gain increased independence and productivity as responsible members of their community. VCS provides coordinated case management services to obtain housing, access benefits, secure employment or advance education in the San Diego and Imperial County areas.

Strengthening Our Community

Our organization’s prevailing principle is strengthening our community through engagement and daily manifestation of our work in your neighborhood, work, and social environment. We support the belief that people with special needs are an integral part of community and encourage you to support our services in a manner that matches your strengths and resources. Our community partners are vital to our continued success.

Community Catalysts of California is a not for profit 501(c)(3), charitable organization.

Here’s the CCC website:
CommunityCatalystsCalifornia.org

They also help veterans! Here’s the CCVCS site:
Veterans Community Services – CCVCS.net

Alice Olsen was having a garage sale to benefit CCC. She had her neighbor, Cheryl, and two daughters and a couple grandkids helping out.

Below is a photo of their sign and some photos of trees I saw when I was out and about. I like trees and I like shade. No matter how you feel about trees, my guess is you like the shade they provide on a hot day.

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Thinking About Neighborhood

8 Apr

My guess is that nearly everyone wants their neighborhood to be a great neighborhood, no matter how they define great neighborhood. There is more than one way to define neighborhood and neighbor.

We can also have neighborly connections with people who don’t live quite so close. Andre Stevens-Thomas is one of those people with whom I have a growing “neighbor” connection even though he doesn’t live in San Marcos.

He and I got together months ago and discussed a book I mentioned in an earlier post. That book is “In The Neighborhood” by Peter Lovenheim and right now you can get it on Kindle for under $6.00 – In The Neighborhood.

Andre is quite a musical talent and right now he’s working on an album and probably will be in the studio on and off for several months. Here’s his website:

Stevens-Thomas Group/Andre Bio

He’s having lunch with me at Mr. Taco near Cal State San Marcos in a couple weeks.

Who else wants to get together with me for lunch?

In The Neighborhood

4 Mar

Here’s a link to a very good book which I read over a year ago called “In The Neighborhood”.

In The Neighborhood by Peter Lovenheim

Did you know that some houses are built in ways that are actually designed to create more of a neighborhood/community feel?

How about your neighborhood?

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