Friday, December 30, 2011

Long Time And Hello 2012

I sat outside this morning with a nice cup of coffee and realized that I daydream more often than I should. I also realized that I do not care to share these thoughts on a blog as much (some of these thoughts are too much I think). But I also realize how frickin' busy I have been since Thanksgiving. Not only did we host Thanksgiving at our home without knowing until Thanksgiving afternoon, we also hosted Christmas Eve as well, with a 5 day notice! (We were supposed to spend the weekend in Montecito with relatives, but I didn't 'confirm').

I had planned a New Years shindig at my place earlier this year, but these non-planned double holiday parties have pooped me out physically and financially. Although New Years Eve will be here, we will have a smaller get-together than anticipated, just a handful of close people. It's alot easier that way, although all are welcome to come (just bring some drinks or food).

Also, all the kids are home for a couple of weeks, so Grocery shopping is a constant thing. The last minute Christmas shopping for the WHOLE family was a beating in itself, physically and financially once again. Actually, now that I think about it, it wasn't the parties that did it, it was the day before preparations!

So then, this small New Years thing doesn't sound so bad. Small, chilled and a relaxed atmosphere sounds really good now.

Hope everyone out there has a Happy New Years Eve and Day! 2012 is sure to be one strange year. With the monsters that be tinkering with Iran, and North Korea with a new kid leader, it should be interesting.

Here's a little something to ring in the New Year:

Monday, December 12, 2011

A View On 9-11

This man has a point, if not for the excessive profanity... viewer discretion is advised!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Seen Over @ Joey's BBQ Pomona

"Work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work. Hello boys. Have a good night's rest? I missed you."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Baldwin Park Bust

A few days old story but WOW! 80 kilos of Cocaine found in a Baldwin Park home. There's more to Baldwin Park than just the birthplace of In & Out Burger!

"Covina police received information of suspicious activity in area houses. Their investigation led them to a house in Baldwin Park, which they placed under surveillance, according to the report.

On Monday, investigators spotted Perez leaving and pulled him over on a traffic stop. They then searched his home and found the drugs and money, according to the report."

Full story at L.A.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Time Management

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Claremont's Cough Syrup Cartel

Oh yeah, my fine friends over at Claremont Insider have an interesting write up on this story published by the Daily Bulletin, here's a quote from the Daily Bulletin:

"A Claremont woman and her son are among four defendants who have been charged with money laundering related to a pharmaceutical distribution ring.

Lucita Uy, 70, and her son Lemuel Libunao, 42, both of Claremont were allegedly part of a narcotics ring that sent the powerful cough syrup Promethazine from Southern California to Texas where it was often sold at a high markup, according to information from the United States Attorney's Office.
The cough syrup is referred to as "purple drank," "syrup," "purple liquid" and "lean."

The Claremont Insider digs deeper and gives you the whole story, previous indictments, pictures and personal quotes. What's interesting is I'm always at my kid's soccer practice by the house at Padua Park. And in the end, this part had me laughing...

"All of which just goes to show that Claremonters lead very interesting lives, and we may just never be what we appear to be."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pomona-Claremont Election Results

Congrats to the double winners of the School Board, with a particular WOOHOO! for newly elected Frank Guzman for Pomona Unified!

Pomona USD Winners:

R L Rodriguez 22.43%
Hank Mollet 20.65%
Anthony Granillo 3.72%

Claremont USD Winners:

Joseph D Farrell 20.55%

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Get Out & Vote Today!

Yeah I know, for one little thing. And many other cities too. For Pomona, there are 5 candidates for 2 School Board positions. I say out of a population of over 150,000, perhaps 500 will vote, well, okay, less than 1,000. And it will probably mostly be out of Phillips Ranch & Diamond Bar.

I really hope Frank Guzman gets a slot on the board. This guy really does want to do the job, and doesn't seem to be trying to 'Norma Torres' himself for personal gain. He is a Diamond Bar resident, but we share our school district with half of that city. Plus he grew up and works in Pomona and wants to make it better.

The other person I have always liked is Jason Rothman. I voted for him in the past and I really like his stance on that nasty little measure they passed on us by fooling many voters, measure SS. He voted against it as Andrew Wong did too. I applaud Jason for that. Now that being said, everyone doesn't seem to like his father, our Mayor and I've heard all the gossip & rumors relating to him on this school board election. Regardless, I still think Jason does a great job on the board and hope he is his own person, which I believe he is.

The rest of the candidates I have no clue about. I will vote for these 2, since I personally have met them on several occasions.

Mustaches & Crime

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dale Brother's Oktober Fiesta This Saturday!

Darn, darn! I have a stupid wedding I have to attend, so much going on too! (We will miss you Meg & K)

But for those of you who can attend, here's the info:
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Do Your Chores Or Else...

Chores would be done a lot quicker in my house if I were this Dad:

"Tired of his "lazy" son not performing his chores, a Ventura father allegedly attacked the teen with a four-foot-long sword, according to police."

I wonder what the punishment in this household would be for not doing homework? Or perhaps getting into a school fight. Anyways...

Read More At NBCLA:
Dad Allegedly Attacks Son With Sword for Not Doing Chores.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Costco Cost Mo'

Hello So Cal peeps... Costco has just announced that their regular membership fee will increase 10% from $50 to $55.

I've been a Costco member ever since the one on Los Feliz in Glendale opened in the 1990s when I had my first apartment. I believe it was like $35 for the membership. It then went to $45 last I remember. I realized that in the last 4 years or so, I really don't go to Costco anymore. I used to call it the $200 store because I would go for milk and a couple of other minor things, and would always spend $200 or more. I'm sure my membership is expired now. In 2009 I remember going and having to pay to renew it when I had spent about $70. Have not gone back since. I do like Costco, they have some cool stuff and do take care of their employees more than any other big box store. I figure I'll go with someone if I need something, save me some money...

Regardless, just passing the notice on to many of you... I'm sure it'll be in the news all week.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Rant To The U.S. Gov't

This is great... and funny as heck. Warning, contains profanity.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Epic View Of The L.A. County Fair Today

One of the questions I am asked all the time is, 'Have you gone to the L.A. County Fair?". I always say no, never have and don't plan to. Something about it being very expensive, especially with a family and also large crowds that can frustrate you, kinda make me stay away.

Nevertheless, a friend pointed out this cool picture taken today at the fair and shared on Facebook. I was at the Bonita vs Diamond Ranch football game played at Ganesha High, and the sky was a little nuts with a small sprinkle of rain twice today. What a cool shot of the fair this is:

(if this post sounds awful and there are typos, pardon me, I am drinking down a couple of beers to mourn Bonita's loss to Diamond Ranch).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

City Of MonteBELLo... Yeah Emphasis On -BELL-

No surprise, as MOST city officials become city officials because of the perks, NOT because they TRULY care about the city. Although during their campaign they will speak like they are fighting for all the people of the city.

Anyways, looks like Montebello is heading the City of Bell way, perhaps. According to this ARTICLE on a State Audit, Montebello misspent $31 million in redevelopment and gas funds.

Not to mention there is also an investigation of $1 Million in payouts of Montebello city money in 'off-the-books' accounts.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Santa Cruz Views

Had another great weekend in Santa Cruz and can't wait to go back soon! Here's a little cheaply-put-together snapshot of the view from our indoor balcony at the Casablanca Inn on Saturday morning located on the boardwalk. This picture does not do it justice, but how wonderful it was to sip coffee and watch people start setting up their volleyball games (click any picture to enlarge):

This is the hotel where we stayed, viewing out into the ocean (inside that glass middle section):

Here's a view of the rides on the boardwalk from the pier:

Hello there, adorable little beach town:

I also managed to get a few shots of those loud sea lions on the pier:

and a random 'hippie' singing for us all!

Santa Cruz, you will see me again. It is so nice to enter any pub or restaurant, and be able to drink delicious IPA's and other beer. Not to mention, my son will be there for at least 4 years, so I've got an excuse!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Claremont To Covina Bike Day This Saturday!

What a neat, healthy and earth friendly event this upcoming Saturday the 24th!

"Come join us as we celebrate Moving Planet Day with a fun bike ride from Claremont's train depot to Covina's train depot. It's an easy ten-mile ride, mostly downhill.

Haven't been on a bike in a while? No problem! Come to the Claremont Depot at 9:30 AM to fill out a little paperwork, then get your bike tuned-up, by the nice folks from Jax Bicycle Center, if your ride needs one. There will be a short bike safety talk before we start the ride at 10 AM. Along the route there will “bike shepherds” with radios, spare tubes, and other bike maintenance equipment if you need help.

When we get to Covina we’ll join riders from that city and enjoy a “buy-your-own” delicious lunch at Taste of Texas before riding back to Claremont. (Covina riders will begin their ride to Claremont after lunch and return home after a brief refreshment break in Claremont.)

If you decide you’re not up for the return ride to Claremont, you can always put yourself and your bike on an eastbound Metrolink train. For riders who want a more challenging ride back to Claremont, join a group that will head north to Glendora. Perhaps you’ll want to stop by Finkbinder Park and join that town’s Moving Planet Day celebration there. The rest of the riders will return to Claremont via the same route we took to Covina with “bike shepherds” supporting that ride.

This event is sponsored by Sustainable Claremont with help from the city of Claremont, Claremont Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the city of Covina, Jax Bicycle Center, and the Claremont Senior Bike Group.

Come join us! Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome. Biking is good for your health and the health of our planet!"

For More Info & Route Maps, visit: MovingPlanet.Org and contact Denise Spooner!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Seriously Chase Bank, F*ck You

Painting by Alex Schaefer

I've recently wrote up a rant about the evil's of Chase Bank, also can be applied to any other large mega-corporate bank. And now I'm also catching on to a few, as they say on the streets 'scanless' things. In that rant, I told you how using a Non-Chase ATM for a $20 withdrawal, will cost you about $24.50 total at the end of the day.

Well, the other day I needed $200, and I couldn't find a Chase Bank nearby. I said, ah, fuck it, I'll stop at this Citibank. That's what I get for not going to the Chase branch by my house on Indian Hill. The only thing different I did this time was to 'check my account balance'. And guess what, there's a fee for that too. Here is the transaction:

NON-CHASE ATM WITHDRAW $203.00 (Including $3 fee Citibank Charges)

TOTAL: $207.00

What this means is that if you would've withdrawn $20 and also checked your account balance, it would've cost you $27 to get $20 of your own money!!!

Lesson learned and shared.

Another thing they LOVE to do... is to hold payments to make sure you're just missing enough money, so that they can put the transaction through and make your account go negative balance. Wallah! An easy $34 for each transaction after! You had a quick lunch at McDonalds for around $7? Well, it now cost you $41 for those nasty fries!

Yeah I know, the conservative side of me says, well, you should keep track of every penny in your checkbook register, you irresponsible twit! True, don't we all wish it was that simple for many of us.

No more are the days of, "I'll write a check today, or buy that now, I get paid tomorrow anyways."

Regardless, here are some examples I have experienced.

I had $1000 in my checking, but payday was tomorrow, enough to cover my $1500 mortgage and then some. I go into Bank of America at 4pm to pay my mortgage on Thursday. I check my Chase account on Friday, and the check went through the same day I paid it on Thursday, so guess what, yup, Friday I covered but they made an extra $34.

No biggie right? Remember how Bush ok'd the banks to allow checks through instantly instead of like 3 days or so? anyways...

well, same scenario. This time I have $3000 in my account on Thursday. I am paying once more by check my mortgage of $1500 at B of A at 4pm on a Thursday. What do you think happens next? The damn check does not clear the next day, but until next week on a Tuesday!! They must have figured, hopefully theyll spend most of their balance over the weekend.


It amazes me how they get away with this stuff.

Also, I made an online car payment a couple of weeks ago for $650 on a Wednesday. I had around $1200 in that account that night. I called to check my balance 2 days later, said I have $550 available. Simple math tells you the $650 is on the pending or has gone through. Cool... well, weekend comes and I have a few expenses, I tried to stay on top of it. But then I noticed I spent about $552 by Tuesday when I checked my account.

Now check this out, that transaction for the car payment, whether pending or whatever, WAS NOT THERE when I checked online that following Tueday! No sign of it anywhere, but it showed I had a balance of $648. Hmm, pretty obvious they're holding it to put the $650 car payment through that was paid the previous Wednsday and get their free $34 from me. Why would you show the transaction by Friday and the weekend, but wait til I had a couple dollars less Tuesday?

So I transferred $100 from my savings, hahaha.... f*ck them! They ended up putting the transaction through on Wednesday and never got their fee.

So good people of Los Angeles to Pomona, watch these bastards, they're screwing you with every chance they get! Courtesy of your tax dollars!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

New Noise Ordinance in Ontario

New Noise Ordinance in Ontario... I frickin' love it!

"Loud nuisance violators have been put on notice by city officials. A recent change to the municipal code now gives police officers the authority to issue fines to first-time violators."

No, I'm not against parties or fun in your own backyard. It's just that when you want to convert it into a dance hall/concert stadium for more than just your block, into the wee-hours of the night, I have a problem with it. Hey, my house is a total party house. But I don't abuse the music into the night at high volumes. If my music ever even hits a high note, it might go one house over or so at most, but it doesnt rattle windows or disturb the peace. Plus all my guests remain in my house or back and not in front of the house.

Lately, with the influx of new renters/discourteous owners, they will usually try it once. I suggest to call in the noise, even if it's before 10pm. This way they dont think it's okay to do it all the time. And I'm talking the loud bass rumbling parties. I'm okay with mellow music that doesn't rumble my house. In Pomona by law, before 10pm the noise cannot exceed 250 feet, and after 10pm it can't exceed 150 feet from the source.

Of course, at time a neighbor will ask if it's okay and even invite. That's very nice and then it is up to you. But when I can hear it 2 blocks away, come on, be real. I have enough with all these new dogs in the neighborhood as it is!

So Ontario, BIG-UPS on this new ordinance, it will scare and definitely put a stop to many of these ruthless parties with no respect for the neighbors and community.

Read The Full Story over at: Daily Bulletin.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Congrats To Bonita High's Win Over San Dimas (Again)

What a game... critics predicted a San Dimas Saints win over the Bonita Bearcats, and Bonita proved them wrong. A great game, which was completely filled on the Bonita side! Final score was BEARCATS 40, SAINTS 20. Here's to a great upcoming season guys! Congratulations!

The excitement rages on!

the Smudge Pot belongs to the Bearcats once again!

#13 Dimas Diaz congratulating one of the night's stars, #23 Garrett Horine

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bonita VS San Dimas Rivalry Game Thursday!

This Thursday night at Citrus college, in what is one of Southern California's largest high school football games, the cities of San Dimas & La Verne will go head to head in this historic football rivalry game known as THE SMUDGE POT.

The leader of the series is San Dimas with 22 wins, Bonita has won 16, with both tying once. This is going to be one HUGE game you can't miss. Gates open at 5:45pm, and get there early to get good seats!

Bonita fans should use the north gate and parking lot S8.
San Dimas should use the south gate and parking lot S6

Tickets: Adults $10, Child $6.
Bonita and San Dimas students with ASB free, other ASB $6.

My Sophomore son will be on the field as well... Go Bearcats!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Funky Indian Hill & Arrow

Found this in one of my folders today... taken in Spring going southbound when the famous jacarandas of Indian Hill purple up from the Pomona border up to Downtown Claremont. Of course, I tweaked it a little, because if it really looked this funky in color we would have some serious eye and/or mental issues. Regardless, here ya go.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Beat The Heat With A Wheat... Ale.

About 4 days of 100 degree temps or more including this weekend, and currently around 98 right now, this is the way to beat the heat for me in the evenings. Well, that and cranking up the A/C indoors keeping So Cal Edison happy.

Enough with this weather, get back under the mid-90s please!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rebel Without A Cause @Fox Pomona!

Sunday, August 28

Friends of the Pomona Fox

presents a Vintage Car Show and Screening of:

Rebel Without A Cause

Car Show starts at 1:00 pm
Directly across the street from the theater

Doors open at 2:00 pm, Film Screens at 3:00 pm

Refreshments at our snack bar. Alcoholic beverages and light appetizers available at The Drink bar, accessible from the theater lobby. Food and drinks may be brought into the theater.
(Yes, you can bring your own adult drinks too... shhh)

Pay at the door or online (click on source on bottom)

Adults $8.00
Children 12 and under $3.00


Who's Rick Perry?

Who the fuck is Perry? Want to know more... here are some articles on this corporate/right wing evil unAmerican garbage:

Rick Perry: No Country For Women.

Rick Perry: Worst of the Tea Party & George W. Bush.

Rick Perry: Intelligent Design lie.

Perry's book, FED UP, should be changed to FUCKED UP..

Perry's appointee blocks DNA evidence showing convicted man wrongly held.

Perry: King of the know-nothings.

Rick Perry says EVEN MORE corporate TAX GIVEAWAYS than ever!.

Rick Perry: Social Security is unconstitutional. Really? Why? Sorry, I have a big mouthful".

A Rick Perry win could sweep NeoCons back into power.

Perry Doesn’t ‘Buy Into The Premise’ That Rescuing America’s Auto Companies Saved Jobs.

...and those were just a few articles I stumbled upon.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Funnies

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And here's one for all the back to schoolers:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fist Of Gold Boxing This Friday!

I've been watching lots of MMA fights and boxing matches on TV with my son this summer. And now I can take him a couple of miles away for some cool local boxing this Friday. Plus, there will be a beer garden for me! Click the picture for more info:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pomona, The Place For An 'Ideal Home'

in 1904 that is... with a population of only 7,000 people! And NO Saloons... LOL

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Random Santa Cruz, CA

Just came back from a long weekend in Santa Cruz, CA. And as always, not many pictures taken with my camera. I was actually surprised there were some taken. Most of the pictures we actually 'took' were taken on my wife's blackberry phone. These shown here are a few we snapped with a dying handheld camera. I do not feel like bothering her for the pictures at the moment... She's sleeping.

Nevertheless, was out there mainly for the UCSC campus orientation with my son for this upcoming fall. Lovely campus, my kind of weather, had a blast! I wish I took pictures of the 99 Bottles of Beer On The Wall Restaurant/Pub, the food was amazing and the brew selection awesome! So much to say but no time... We're going bodyboarding this morning @Newport Beach, then we have Palm Springs Wednesday...

Here are some truly random shots taken in Santa Cruz:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sign Of Our Times

My blood is boiling and I am furious right now with this damn GOP of today. I was always a huge Reagan fan back in the day and had views on both the conservative side and liberal side. I do believe in the financial markets strongly (recently working in the investment industry for 8 1/2 years), but not at the cost of destroying our country, elderly, middle and working class people. The disastrous and continuing destruction from George W. Bush's policies made me finally switch to Independent 2 years ago. To believe someone would continue to vote for anyone Republican these days sickens me. Even if being a Republican yourself, they do not care about you. Period. I have NEVER voted for party, but only for the best candidate.

And just because you'd like to be a super millionaire someday, that doesn't mean keep voting against every interest against you to make sure you never get there.

Let's not let these Evil Corporate Country Destroyers (Not JOB CREATORS as they like to call the mega-rich and corporate moneyhoarders) get their way, which they are, as we fret about who's on The Voice tonight on TV. They call them JOB CREATORS because there is a possibility that they 'could' create jobs if they really wanted to, but believe me, they will NOT. There are 29 companies right now sitting on more cash than the whole US Treaury. They keep making sure they don't allow Obama to help you with their votes against him in Congress, so that you will blame Obama for the continuing bad economic times.

DO yourself and our country a favor, DO NOT VOTE for these goons in November, no matter how the media spins it.

And now, here's more of our crazy GOP world in headlines:

BACHMANN: I hope higher unemployment helps my career.

McConnell Debt Ceiling Strategy: I Refuse To Help Obama Reelection.

Oversight Chairman Issa ‘Very Concerned’ Elizabeth Warren And Consumer Bureau Will ‘Bully Banks’.

GOP Congressman: Government Needs To ‘Sacrifice’ And Lay Off More Workers.. Really, we need MORE laid off workers, yeah, that's it!

The Economy Explained: Either Way, You’re Screwed.

Pro-Voucher Tea Party Group Admits It Wants To Shut Down Public Schools And Have Private Schools Only Because we all know the free market does it better!

REPUBLICAN WORLD taken from Daily Kos:

* Blowing up the U.S. economy is preferable to raising taxes a little bit on the richest Americans to help stabilize the U.S. economy.

* Spending taxpayer money to help the poor and elderly is bad, but spending taxpayer money on subsidies for mega-profitable industries that don’t need them is good.

* "All men are created equal" means all men. Except the gay ones.

* "Our #1 priority is jobs jobs jobs" means "Our #1 priority is anything but jobs jobs jobs."

* The fact that voter fraud is not a problem means voter fraud is a huge problem.

* The fact that climate change and oil dependence are huge problems means climate change and oil dependence are not problems.

* George Bush wasn't president for eight years---we went straight from America-destroyer Bill Clinton to America-destroyer Barack Obama.

* If Republicans in the House and Senate vote to end Medicare in favor of health care by coupons, and it turns out to be a blunder of epic proportions, it never happened.

* Rupert Murdoch is the de facto Minister of Information.

* Talk of secession is taken seriously.

* Everything you need to know about science is in the Bible.

* Suffering builds character, which is why we need more of it.

* The prime directive is the destruction of one citizen---the guy in the White House---even if it comes at the expense of the other 311,747,129 citizens.

And if there's still some coffee left in that cup, this is a MUST READ from Senator Bernie Sanders which I read this morning.

And now, back to... funny baseball fan dance, Denise Richads unveils new adopted kid, Mystery Mansion, Aniston rocks leather dress, US soccer girls in fancy dresses, Tiger Woods cuts ties with someone, High School cheerleader mom gets scolded, to name a few ACTUAL headlines I just saw everywhere in the media.

So sorry about getting political today, but then again I'm not... it's my pointless blog to rant anyways. Usually I try not to get too crazy, but fuck it, it's overdue.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homes 'Round Here Rant

No, I don't do real estate but I noticed around here in Northeast Pomona there are a few homes for sale (3 beds 1 or 2 baths is normal). They range from $185,000 to $210,000 at most. You can probably buy them from $185,000 or less. Here is my rant on the bad side of recent home sales. Of course, this isn't everyone, but it is common.

I have grown tired of these homes being bought by people who will lose them within 2 years. How they sell to these unqualified peeps is a mystery to me. I knew what they did back in the mortgage frenzy of 2003-2007, but to get away with it now I simply don't get it. The story around here goes something like this. Generally, it's the same foreclosure story, but it originates with this: The previous owner lived here for 20+ years, kept the house nice and front yard green and clean. They either pass away or move to another state/town and their children decide to sell it . Here comes the dirty astrovan with another 4 cars and moves in. Lawn and curb appeal goes to waste in a hurry (some of these people have NEVER owned a home and do not understand what curb appeal and property value mean). A dog or several dogs are now added and left in the backyard to bark away all night and day. Within 2 years, there's a sign for a foreclosure. Next buyer comes and receives it in even worse condition, and they seem to try and improve it by sticking an ugly small queen palm in the middle of a weed dirt lot. Tara! Looks even worse than before.

I do have some interesting stories where people have actually benefited by buying here. Take a recent purchase by a couple I personally know from Claremont. They lived up near the foothills and sold their home about a year ago for $650,000. Their kids are all grown and out of school, so there is no need to worry about schools. They bought a 4 bedroom house in Pomona (with a pool) on a pretty nice and quiet street for $235,000... cash. Spent another $75,000 on remodel/renovation. And they put away the other $340,000 for retirement. They also cut their annual property taxes by more than half! They are already pretty well off financially anyways, but they seem to go on vacation constantly. I say they're a frickin' brilliant and smart to do this. What's our biggest fear when we buy in not areas labeled as 'bad'? Schools... but with no kids, what's to worry? Just drive around and find a nice street (Pomona has many beautiful neighborhoods) and these people knew that, whereas the majority do not.

Also, if you are over 55 and you purchased your home a LONG time ago, chances are your property taxes are very low (under $1000 a year). Well, if you buy another home YOU CAN continue to pay the same amount in property taxes no matter how much the newer house costs!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Deadly Chino Hills

This is a sad story, a bit morbid as well. 2 women have died this past weekend on separate instances in Chino Hills. The first is a 68 year old woman who gets run over by her own car. The second was a woman hanging a bird feeder on a balcony. Prayers go out to the families involved.

Daily bulletin has more info:

Woman dies after crash in Chino Hills parking lot

Chino Hills woman dies in fall from balcony

Monday, July 11, 2011

Los Angeles 1940's: City Hall View

I do believe this might be the view from behind the 6th and 4th Street bridges, not too sure, since I haven't been down there in ages. I have also heard that the 6th Street bridge is going to be demolished, due to it slowly disintegrating.

What a view from back in the day, I do believe City Hall was the tallest building in Downtown at the time, followed by the Trans-America building later built which led to the skyscrapers eventually.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Summer Bummer

My posting has dwindled, no doubt. It's not because I don't want to do it anymore, it's just that I have no time! My oldest son has just graduated High School and is ready for college, my middle son has just transferred to Bonita and has football practice all week, plus my oldest is doing his driver training school for his license. Not to mention my 'domestic' duties at home and all the running around I do on a daily basis. My lack of fulltime employment doesn't help, as it gives more time to do things we normally can't get done. I am also working on some weekends among other things for extra cash.

My mind is racing with so much that I don't know when to stop. The only time I stop it all is when I light up the BBQ Grill and pour myself a nice cold beer. Hmm, it's Friday, perhaps I should do that when I end my day today.

(after going to the mall to pay Macys, Sears and then going to my mechanic and paying that bill too. Then it's off to the grocery store, then post office for a certified letter, then gas fillup, then Home Depot for supplies for a project, then take son to friends house 20 miles away, blah blah blah).

Tuesday, July 5, 2011