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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.

Sometimes Change Happens Quickly

27 Mar

This might seem to be a small thing, but I sent a message to the Huffington Post this morning letting them know that their photo of the Supreme Court on the front page didn’t have Justice Elena Kagen in it. They sent me this 12 minutes later:

We have changed the photo, thanks for writing!

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM, wrote:
Entry id: 2952715
Entry title: United States v. Windsor: DOMA Case Heads To Supreme Court
Entry url: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/united-states-v-windsor_n_2952715.html
Author name: Paige Lavender

Submission type: correction
Username: Charles Hicks-Moore
Email: my email

Kind of error: Factual or typographical

Where is Justice Elena Kagen in the photo on the front page of Huffington Post?

This correction submission came from the Contributions form at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/united-states-v-windsor_n_2952715.html

[I edited my email address in the message above.]

It took 12 minutes or less to make that change.

What did it take to do that?

1) I decided to communicate.

2) I “spoke” with the people involved.

3) The people to whom I spoke decided to listen to me.

4) Those people “heard” what I said.

5) Those same people took action.

I’m communicating with my neighborhood and community.

You can do the same.

If you choose.

If you decide.

If you take action.

Does Vinegar Kill Weeds?

20 Mar

My wife and I recently started experimenting with apple cider vinegar as a weed killer. Vinegar is not selective, so you have to be careful about avoiding plants you want to keep growing. It’s not perfect, but it’s natural.

I was very surprised a little over a year ago when we hired a guy that a friend recommended and he said that he understood that I wanted only natural methods used on our yard. About an hour into his work I had to stop him from using Roundup. I honestly don’t believe he was trying to be deceptive. He simply didn’t get it. Would you want your children and grandchildren drinking water that had been exposed to Roundup?

Here’s a website I just found about vinegar as weedkiller:

Vinegar For Killing Weeds

If You Have Ever Attended Church

12 Mar

On Facebook the other day I noticed one of the kids from church who has now graduated from college and even left her first post-college job.
[ So this is 50! šŸ˜‰ ]

In seeing what was going on in her life I also noticed a post from her dad, who is a former pastor at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, my home church.

Her dad is now a pastor in Rancho Bernardo and he has a blog called “Discovering Your Next Step” that you or someone you know may find helpful.

Though we have adjusted quite well, our family was sad to see pastor Neal (he’s just Neal to almost everyone) go at the time. My wife said that he was a big reason why she stayed when she came back to church.

He moved to Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church less than a month before the fire that swept San Diego County and hit RB especially hard. We’ve assumed that that was part of the reason he moved when he did. Here’s the link:

Discovering Your Next Step

I hope you find his words as helpful as we have over the years.

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