Saturday, February 26, 2011
So, we were driving south on Sage Road from Hemet listening to the new Adele album (very, very good by the way!) and we found found some sleet, snow and rain in Sage. Having lived all over the area, and knowing the roads, I took a back road up to Anza where we stopped at Dairy Queen for onion rings and fries.
At this point I thought to myself, "I wonder, are the roads open up to Idyllwild?"
So there was the challenge! Off we went on a journey on a Saturday afternoon in So Cal.
I must say, I was impressed by the roads all the way to Mountain Center from Anza, totally clear of snow, no ice. I have driven all over the mountain and know that Hwy 243 from Mountain Center to Pine Cove can be far more icy and the road is far more curvy. Again, I was thrilled at the work that CalTrans and Riverside County Transportation road crews had done on the roads. I had no problem getting up to Idyllwild, where we grabbed a cup at Higher Grounds Coffee and took a few pictures. On the ride down the hill to Hemet, the road was clear, I was with my family and the music was good.
It was a good day and a fun spontaneous journey.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Friday, February 25 · 7:00pm - 10:30pm
The Merc - Old Town, Temecula
42051 Main Street
Come join My Last Revelation as they celebrate the release of their new album "In Inceptum." The CD will be on sale for $5 at the show!!! My Band, Keenwild, will be opening the show with a short acoustic set.
Advanced ticket purchases highly recommended. Tickets available at www.liveatthemerc.com and The Merc Box Office.
As a local business person I have to say something about this: the City of Murrieta is trying to end all Happy Hours in Murrieta at 8pm and close ALL bars at midnight. The planning commission voted last night 5-0 to send the proposed restrictions to the city council, here is the link to the meeting agenda: http://www.murrieta.org/uploads/minutes/planning/022311PCAgenda.pdf
As a parent, I agree you should keep bars and liquor stores away from schools, however this is too restrictive on business development and our own personal freedoms.
I disagree with the idea the planning commission approved. If you disagree as well and own, manage or work at a restaurant in Murrieta that serves alcohol; or even if you just like to go out with friends and enjoy some nightlife - stand up and be heard! You can email the City Council by visiting http://www.murrieta.org/com/council.asp - let them know how you feel.
Here is a link to the article I read in the Californian this morning:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I hope you take the time to read this and send a message to the US Dept of the Interior asking them to oppose this garbage dump next to Joshua Tree National Park.
Developers are trying to put the nation's largest garbage dump right next to Joshua Tree National Park.
The proposed Eagle Mountain landfill would cover 3,500 acres of federal land, bordered on three sides by Joshua Tree's unique beauty, and fragile ecosystem.
The proposal has been struck down by two courts. Now the developers are asking the Supreme Court to review the case, and the Department of the Interior has until February 25th to weigh in.
I just signed the petition to Secretary Salazar asking him to protect Joshua Tree from this project. Please, add your name before the deadline on Friday:
Saturday, February 19, 2011
As a school board member I found he was awesome to work with, he headed are best performing school! The best part is that I have always got the sense that EVERY child was special no matter who you were.
He is a stand up guy, and now a great asset to our neighbor school district, Menifee. It is a great thing that he will still be serving the children of Menifee with his own brand of positive energy.
The kids at Mesa View are in good hands with a terrific staff; and with Superintendent Anthony Rosilez direction a great principal will be found to lead the school forward.
Cheers to you Manny!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Here is the way you make it:
4 - cups pre-cooked penne pasta
1 - 15oz can of tomato sauce
1 - 15oz can of chopped tomato w/ Italian herbs
1 - red bell pepper, chopped
6 - garlic cloves, chopped
1 - half medium sized red onion, chopped
1 cup white wine
1/4 cup canola oil
1 TBSP basil, chopped
1 TBSP oregano, chopped
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp vinegar
Heat large skillet, add oil. When oil starts to shimmer add the onions, garlic and peppers, sauté on medium high heat for about 4 min or until they start to brown.
Add the white wine and cook it down for about 2-3 minutes, add the can of chopped tomato, cook for 2 min, add the tomato sauce, herbs and paprika and cook for another 2 min.
Add the pre-cooked pasta & cook for 3 min while stirring. Turn heat to low, add the vinegar, stir, cover and cook for 3 more min.
Uncover, stir, serve. Add salt, pepper and cheese to taste and enjoy. Serves 5 grownups.
PS - today is 7 years of marriage for Jeney and I, if I keep cooking like this I think she will stick with me. I love you Jennifer Kay Kingsbury!!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Beautiful & So very sweet. Thank you Apryl!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
One very positive thing I have noticed in the last few months; more people calling, looking for homes because they just got a new job. Yes indeed, people getting hired for real jobs.
Now don't get me wrong here, I know that jobs are a scarce commodity, but 18 months ago you could not find a job if you paid THEM to work there!
I take this as a good sign; heck some of my acquaintances are even holding signs for jobs, and that is more work that they would have had last year. I have even seen sign holders for housing developments, that is a sight not seen since early 2008 in this southwest Riverside County area. I see good stuff in the future for the area, we are on our way out of this economic mess.
Now you have a positive thought before bed time.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Truly, all the staff, the parents and most of all the kids all deserve huge credit in getting the district to a new level. This is great work for sure, but now the challenge begins: continuing to rise to new heights. This is a goal I know we can achieve!
Here are links to the California Department of Education website with the best info about test scores and what they all mean: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/
Here is a link to the district website: http://www.romoland.k12.ca.us/
Would you call this an impass then? A tie game? A draw? Either way you say it, no one is coming out a winner. I still have to go to work everyday and deal with this stressful situation. All I want to do is find a resolution, but the only thing I'm getting is a whole lot of brick walls. Why can't life be filled with easy answers every once in a while?
Until the next post,
Sunday, February 6, 2011
And now the great waiting game begins for NFL fans in general. If you are not aware of it, the leagues owners and players are in the middle of contract negotiations; with talk of both sides not being able to meet in the middle. That could result in a player lock out, strike or whatever you call it - it will be no football in the fall. This might not seem like a big deal, but the NFL employs a ton of people between the games, the media broadcasting and the people printing and selling the NFL merchandise.
Anyone reading this remember what happened to Baseball after the 1994 strike? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994%E2%80%9395_Major_League_Baseball_strike - I know people who still to this day hate baseball because of the grown man baby tantrums both sides threw in 1994 and 1995. It was bad for the sport, it was bad for America.
Do we want this for NFL football? For me the answer is no.
I certainly hope that the players and the owners can work out a deal so America can enjoy a fall and winter with us cheering on our favorite teams. Its the right thing to do, lets hope the players and owners both realize this before it ruins the future of this sport.
My favorite part of the Superbowl this year was the halftime show. I have seen quite a few negative comments regarding the performance by the Black Eyed Peas, Slash and Usher tonight. I couldn't disagree more. I thought the problems with the sound were unforgivable, but not the fault of the performers. It was clear the sound guys were asleep when Fergie's mic came on 3 lines into her part. The headset mic Usher was wearing was very obviously not staying in place. Again, not the performers fault. I thought the show was very entertaining and the songs were blended together very well.
So good bye football season. I guess it is now time to focus on basketball.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
For instance, I am attempting to get more rental houses in the Hesperia area. Over the summer we got a few houses out there and they were filled with tenants when we got them. Just today we got notice that one of the tenants were leaving, creating the need for me to head up the Cajon Pass to schedule showings and Open Houses. Since I am going to be up there, it seems like a great opportunity expand our business to a new area. If you know anyone with homes or commercial development in the Hesperia or Victorville area in need of quality property management, please have them contact me at 951-704-2743.
On another note, Jeney and I have been practicing our set list for our show this Friday at The Merc with our friend Rochelle Allured. I am very excited for this show, I hope you will join us. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.liveatthemerc.com
Have a great Tuesday!