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Ugh! Carmageddon is upon us! July 15, 2011

I have been grumbling for weeks about the hoopla of Carmageddon but my grumbling turned to sheer frustration when I heard Brian Williams talk about it on NBC Nightly News! Then Billy Bush on Access Hollywood and Mario Lopez on Extra and so on and so forth. To top it off? JetBlue had a $4 Fly-over sale. A friend of mine (knowing my love of travel and JetBlue) jokingly asked if I bought a ticket BUT I couldn’t if I wanted to because they had all sold out in less than 3 hours.

I love all these guys and JetBlue so I won’t blame them for jumping on the hoopla bandwagon but let me just say… it’s a freeway, people! One! And, it’ll be closed for 2 days… on the weekend. Either get the heck out-of-town or stay home but please do not complain about the madness. It’s 2 days! 2 days of your life that are weird or annoying. Buy your groceries, stock up on your wine (BevMo still has their 5 cent sale going on) and enjoy the luxury of your backyard, your friends or your couch.

Please, Monday… hurry the heck up!

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Great Deals & Reading April 13, 2010

I’m always trying to keep ya’ll up-to-date in regards to all that’s around me and this week there are some REALLY great articles out and some deals that I thought I’d give ya’ll a head’s up about.

The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa has a great deal going on right now that gets you a 525SF room for just $79 a night!

And, Alaska Airlines has a bunch of deals going on right now. Also, don’t forget that JetBlue is still celebrating their 10th Anniversary and have some stellar prices right now, too!

SUCCESS Magazine does Profiles in Courage and this article focuses on Wilbur & Orville Wright. It’s a pretty great read!

They also have a guest writer, Dr. Flippen, who I’ve been speaking highly of since High School when I took his Teen Leadership class with Coach Hazard. This article is a short read but if you’re looking for more, get his book, The Flip Side.

And, my last bit from SUCCESS comes from their Editor-in-Chief, Darren Hardy, who says that you don’t have to fake it till you make it… gee, what a novel thought!

And, lastly for my REALTORS, BofA was kind enough to give us a step-by-step guide on how to work their system for Short Sales, Equator. If you’re already signed up then you skip a bit of this and just read about the parts that pertain to the Short Sales with BofA. No more faxes! Can’t wait!


CA Facts March 23, 2010

I love history so I feel like I’m at a disadvantage knowing so little about the state I now live in. I can spout Texas knowledge pretty easily but California is a different story. Since I love history, it didn’t take me long to get a hold of some of these facts once I sought out the information.

  • Pacific Park, which is on Santa Monica Pier, has a vintage 1910 hand-carved merry-go-round which appeared in the movie The Sting which starred the gorgeous pair of Robert Redford and Paul
  • The LA County Fair (which I look forward to every year) that is held in Pomona boasted demos of orange toothpaste in 1922… yea, we’re really into our citrus!
  • San Bernardino County is the USA’s largest county with over 3 Million Acres… and it feels that way when you’re driving to Arizona, too!
  • The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island was built as a home by author Zane Grey in 1926 and is where he spent much of his later life.
  • Dana Point was named after author Richard Dana who wrote the novel Two Years Before the Mast… is it just me or are we picking up on an author theme?
  • The Iron Door Saloon in Groveland says it’s the oldest place in the state serving drinks… since 1852… the Gold Rush didn’t bring alcohol out here sooner or did they all go under when the rush was over?
  • The 1st person to personally receive their Walk of Fame star was Joanne Woodward who was quite an actress in her own right but is best known as the love of Paul Newman’s life.
  • Not that we’d expect anything less from Hollywood but the 1st motion picture theatre opened in LA April 2, 1902… someone’s got a birthday coming up!
  • 1 out of 8 US residents live in CA… no one here is surprised by that fact!
  • Simi Valley is the home of the Ronald Reagan Library and Yorba Linda is home to the Richard Nixon Library.
  • Eureka! is the state motto and it’s Greek for “I’ve found it!” which alludes to the Gold Rush.
  • About 300,000 TONS of grapes are grown here each year… that’s a lot of wine!
  • Our Country’s highest and lowest points in the continental US are 100 miles away from each other… Mount Whitney’s peak and Badwater in Death Valley… 14,495 feet to 282 below sea level!

And, just as a side note, I learn more and more about Mr. Huntington each and every day. If you don’t know and you live within driving distance to Pasadena or Huntington Beach, you should really learn about this guy. He basically built Southern California. It’s really incredible!

Oh, and if you want to see more of CA for less, check out JetBlue’s sale that ends tomorrow!