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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

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!

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.

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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Be Careful When “Friending” On Facebook

12 Apr

Maybe I have a more liberal policy about friend requests than you do.

Yesterday I said yes to a friend request because I thought the person looked familiar and I had several messages waiting on Facebook.

A little while later I noticed that the profile had been created the previous day. That’s a red flag.

In my opinion, if you are being contacted by someone who you don’t truly recognize on the second day that their Facebook page has been in existence[!], there is at least a 99% chance that something is not right.

I had a little conversation to make sure that this wasn’t one of my niece’s friends that I might have met at a family gathering.

She answered my first question with something like, “I liked your picture.”

Well, at this moment my profile picture just happens to be a photo of a picture of Adam West that’s on the wall in the Rio Azul restaurant in Palm Springs.

(Best flan I’ve ever had. Pollo Asado too!)

Then she said that we should text and I should give her my phone number and my answer is down at 8:26 below.

I was giving her a chance to prove that her profile was real (was it even a “her”?) and that’s when the conversation ended.

This morning Facebook has apparently taken that profile down and identified her portion of the conversation as spam.

I think that this stuff sometimes succeeds in scamming people because the scammers are going after people with particular vulnerabilities.

In this case I believe that this person (or persons) is looking for men who are lonely and receptive to flattery. I don’t know what happens when you give them your mobile phone number.

Fortunately for me I simply like to meet people and I’ve been doing that on Facebook for a while.

Be careful.

Charles Hicks-Moore
Hello Jessica!
How r u? I just noticed that you just joined Facebook yesterday. How did you decide to request connection with me?
Charlie
Thursday

8:25pm
Jessica Qureshi
This message is no longer available because it was identified as abusive or marked as spam.

8:25pm
Charles Hicks-Moore
I don’t think so, but that’s a picture of Adam West.

8:25pm
Jessica Qureshi
This message is no longer available because it was identified as abusive or marked as spam.

8:26pm
Charles Hicks-Moore
I have a wait and see attitude. I mean…you haven’t posted stuff that most people post yet. Hard to tell if you’re really the person you say you are.

Our Friendly Neighborhood Batman, Er, 7-Eleven

11 Apr

Just this morning I stopped by to talk to the owner of the 7-Eleven in our neighborhood. We’ve been visiting this particular 7-Eleven for years when we were in the area and now we live in the neighborhood.

Najib Azzam is the friendly owner/operator and that friendliness is reflected in his staff, too. His manager, Roger, is working, working, working all the time and still finds time to respond to your hellos. Recently I’ve noticed that his son – also named Roger – works there, too.

Have you ever been to a 7-Eleven and wondered what happened to that employee to make them so grumpy that day?

I have NEVER had that happen at Najib’s 7-Eleven here in San Marcos.

Not Ever.

In fact, once I somehow left my Costco card there and the employee who was working remembered me and had placed the card in a drawer. When I came back he made sure that I went home with it.

[There are lots of great employees that I haven’t mentioned. Good job, everybody!]

This 7-Eleven is located at the corner of Mulberry & Mission – 578 E. Mission Road.

Here’s the link to the Foursquare site for Najib’s business.

7-Eleven at Mulberry & Mission

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