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FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES: FEBRUARY 8, 2012

By Charlotte Reed, Realtor

Real estate is my business...my only business.
 
A weekly column that focuses on Real Estate news that will have an impact on buyers and sellers of real estate in San Diego East County.
 
February 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--In this week's column:
 
  • Installation of local Realtor officers and directors
  • Title information outsourcing
  • Another lawsuit for B of A and other big banks 

DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: 10 TIPS FOR A MORE ROMANTIC AND LESS EXPENSIVE VALENTINE’S DAY

 

 

By Nancy Clement

February 10, 2012 (La Mesa) - Valentine’s Day is almost here--and there is still some time to plan a special celebration for you and your sweetheart.  What if you have more love than money? Here are some ideas that do not require a lot of expense, just some planning on your part.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: BACK IN "BLACK"

By Brian Lafferty

 

February 3, 2012 (San Diego) – Grading horror movies is the same as grading comedies; whether the film works is dependent on a certain reaction from the audience. Just as a comedy’s success is based on laughter, a horror film’s success is based on scares. During the screening of The Woman in Black, the critic sitting next to me kept covering his eyes and looking away from the screen. I, on the other hand, sat through the film mostly ramrod and admittedly unemotional.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: SUPERMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA

By Brian Lafferty

 

February 3, 2012 (San Diego) – In 1999, The Blair Witch Project popularized the “found footage” genre. Thirteen years later its influence has been felt in movies from as close to home as here (Cloverfield) to as far away as Norway (Trollhunters). Chronicle is a noble attempt at the genre, but the gimmick here is unnecessary. It severely undermines what could have been a good movie.

 

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: DIAGNOSIS MURDER

By Brian Lafferty

February 2, 2012 (San Diego) – I recently read a New York Times article that every Autistic and Asperger’s person, and their families and friends, should read. It’s troubling to say the least. A panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is looking to redefine Autism for its newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. They propose lumping most Autistic people into one category, among other things.

Notice I said “most.” By their logic, high-functioning Autistic people would no longer be Autistic.

LEDERER ON LANGUAGE

 
What the Dickens!

by Richard Lederer   
courtesy of San Diego WriteWay 

February 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- Two centuries ago—on February 7, 1812—Charles John Huffam Dickens entered the earthly stage. Born into an impoverished family, his father having served a term in debtor's prison, Charles, worked as a child slave in a London blacking factory.

The rags-to-riches life of Charles Dickens's was more remarkable than any of his stories. From such unpromising origins, he arose to become the best-selling writer of his time and one of the most enduring and quotable writers of all time.
 

REAL ESTATE TRENCHES: JANUARY 30, 2012

 By Charlotte Reed

 
“Real estate is my business—my only business.”
 
January 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – This week, we have big news on major regulatory changes for California’s real estate industry, good news about our local real estate market, and a warning about a real estate-related scam:
 
  • C.A.R. defends DRE budget reserves
  • Perception of better days ahead
  • If it sounds too good to be true...

 

WILL POWER REPORT: MITT ROMNEY’S TAXES


Nothing but the Truth!

By Will Power

January 30, 2012 (San Diego)-- It a time of deep recession, caused by Big Banking’s unregulated greed, deep dishonesty, and  unconscionable conspiracy to create monopoly conditions in energy and health care, the public found out that Mitt Romney was an unregenerate , greedy, dishonest speculator who threw Americans out of work and profited from the same.

DREAM DOGS : LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 
Check out these loveable pups (and one cat) now available for adoption

 
By Cate Sacks

January 29, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -These shelter dogs have been provided training to become dream dogs for individuals or families. This month, we have several wonderful dogs to choose from, from pups to mature pets, and one cat. 

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: TOUCH OF "GREY"

By Brian Lafferty

 

January 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Around this time last year, Sanctum hit theaters. Set in a series of frigid, but gorgeous underwater caves, it boasted beautiful cinematography. Unfortunately, it was a dopey survival movie whose sole purpose was to kill off its cardboard characters in gruesome ways.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (BLU-RAY)

By Brian Lafferty

 

January 23, 2012 (San Diego) – The last few years have been rough on a lot of people. People have lost their jobs, they don’t know how to support themselves and their families, and I’m sure there are those who, like George Bailey, wish they had never been born.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: THE CHANGE-UP (DVD)

By Brian Lafferty

 

January 23, 2012 (San Diego) – The Change-Up is like murder…it’s indefensible. It is the worst “comedy” of 2011 and it would have been the worst movie if Zack Snyder didn’t make the equally misogynist, but more self-indulgent, Sucker Punch. It starts out with the worst scene of the film – Jason Bateman getting a mouthful of poop – and it only gets worse from there.

 

FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES

 
By   Charlotte Reed

 
Real Estate is my business…my only business.
 
This week’s topics:
  • Brown Bag “Lunch and Learn” on GUHSD boundary changes Feb. 25
  • Is the grass greener?
  • Scam alert 

DREAM DOGS : LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES


Check out these loveable pups (and one bird) now available for adoption
 
By Cate Sacks

January 20, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -These shelter dogs have been provided training to become dream dogs for individuals or families. This month, we have several wonderful dogs to choose from, from pups to mature pets, and one bird.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: HAVE A NICE FLIGHT

By Brian Lafferty

 

January 20, 2012 (San Diego) – If you’re looking for a serious, authentic, and realistic portrayal of the Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails isn’t it. Instead, you’ll get a fully romanticized, pure escapist account that isn’t flawless but is entertaining. I embraced the film’s adventurism, machismo, and old-fashioned approach. Given that Red Tails is George Lucas’ most recent pet project, it’s unreasonable to expect realism and grit.

 

BIRD TALK: MANDARIN DUCKS SIGHTED AT SANTEE LAKES

 

By Greg Dunne

January 16, 2012 (Lindo Lake) --  The latest poser for my Canon was this beautiful Mandarin Duck on January 14.  On a cold, cloudy Saturday  morning at the water’s edge at Lindo Lake it was my first new bird of the year 2012!  This is the first time I’ve seen a Mandarin Duck in the wild.

FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES

 

by Charlotte Reed

"Real estate is my business…my only business."

 

January 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – In today’s column, we cover the latest hot topics in real estate locally and nationwide.  This week’s topics are:

 

  •    MLS consumer website now available
  •    Three realtor associations in merger talks
  •     Agents search for the perfect office
  •     Fair-lending charges against Bank of America settlement

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: SMUGGLING ACT

By Brian Lafferty

January 13, 2012 (San Diego) – Contraband is a goofy mess. It inspires laughter at the wrong moments and reticent admiration for its actors, who display a work ethic not unlike the horse in Animal Farm, but are deserving of a better film. Part of me wants to tell you to see it for its awfulness, but I can’t. Time and money are precious. Maybe it when it comes out on home video.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: ANOTHER EARTH (BLU-RAY)

By Brian Lafferty

 

January 11, 2012 (San Diego) – Another Earth was the first of two films released in 2011 about the discovery of another planet; the other one was Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia. Both films delve deep into the lives of their troubled characters and contain some of 2011’s best performances. I liked Another Earth just slightly better because it uses the other planet to show how the discovery of Earth 2, and its possible parallels to this Earth, affects the lives of its characters.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: ALEX IN WONDERLAND (DVD)

By Brian Lafferty

 

January 11, 2012 (San Diego) – After I watched Alex in Wonderland, available from the Warner Archive Collection, I remembered an interview I saw that featured independent director Henry Jaglom. At one point he said Steven Spielberg and George Lucas ruined the movies for him because after the massive box office successes of Jaws and Star Wars, it became about events, distraction, mass entertainment, and mechanization.

 

BIRD TALK: THE WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW


By Greg Dunne
                                                
January 4, 2012 (Lake Murray) -- The Sparrow is not exactly an exotic or glamorous bird, but it’s one with which we are all familiar.  This column highlights just a couple of the many sparrows in our area. Have some fun and try to guess how many different varieties of sparrows have passed through or are residents of our fine county that the San Diego Natural History Museum list on their website.  Answer at the end of article, and I’ll give you a hint, it’s over 10.

HOME VIDEO HERALD: DEMON SEED (DVD)

By Brian Lafferty

 

January 3, 2011 (San Diego) – Demon Seed, available from the Warner Archive Collection and adapted from a novel by Dean Koontz, may borrow from Rosemary’s Baby and 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I still felt like I hadn’t seen anything like it before.

 

Demon Seed starts out ten minutes too slow in showing the separation between Susan Harris (Julie Christie) and her husband Alex (Fritz Weaver). Their daughter died of leukemia and Alex has spent hundreds of hours tirelessly working on Proteus 4, an artificial brain. As a result, the two become estranged and Alex temporarily moves out for a few months, leaving Susan home alone.

 

WILL POWER REPORT: ARMAGEDDON OUTTA HERE


Nothing but the truth!
 
By Will Power
 
January 3, 2012 (San Diego)--Watching TV yesterday, I learned that both the Mayan  and Chinese Calendar predict the world will end sometime this year. I hope to not check out until I have exhausted my “To Do” list.

HOME VIDEO HERALD: BRIDESMAIDS (DVD)

By Brian Lafferty

 

January 3, 2012 (San Diego) – I pop in the Bridesmaids DVD. I’m ready to laugh. I wait. Fifteen minutes pass. Then thirty. No laughter. Then a whole hour passes by, but not a single chuckle was uttered. Towards the end of the movie it was so quiet in the house that I distinctly thought I heard the sound of crickets chirping outside.

 

I didn’t laugh once during the two hour running time. I couldn’t even smile. What made it irksome was that every single joke had the potential for a laugh but the writers and actors find some way to foul it up.

 

WILL POWER: MY KINDLE


Nothing but the truth!
 
By Will Power
 
January 1, 2012 (San Diego)--Perhaps because she is tired of tripping on books I leave in boxes throughout the house, my wife bought me a Kindle for Christmas.  Curiously, the Kindle came in a brown box with NO instructions.  But I managed to activate it anyway and spent one whole day figuring out the basic elements.  That's how long it took just to get it running.  For example, the directions say the Kindle needs four hours of charging before use.  If you can activate it right away, good luck! You will run out of battery before you get up and running.

POLITICAL WRANGLING: INCONVENIENT TRUTHS ABOUT THE GOP PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS

 

By Buck Shott

Past presidential fibs have led to impeachment and resignation. Shouldn’t honesty be a key qualification for any presidential candidate?

December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Voters, and the candidates they support, often have drastically different views on the various issues.  But honesty and integrity are two traits we should all agree upon as minimal “qualifications” for anyone seeking the presidency.

Granted, in the heat of a campaign any candidate may have a slip of the lip, forgetting a statistic or misstating an name. But when presidential contenders knowingly tell brazen lies, air campaign ads with outright falsehoods, and then shamelessly defend such fibbing, we should all think twice about the character of those seeking our nation’s highest office.

FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES

 By Charlotte Reed


December 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)From the Real Estate Trenches is a weekly column focused on real estate news that impacts East County’s real estate market. This week’s local and national real estate highlights include:

 
 
  • East County Realtors rally to aid less fortunate at Christmas time
  • Two new scams reported in East County

 

LEFT HOOK: THE AMERICAN FALL

By Walter Davis

 
December 26, 2011 (San Diego)--They celebrated in glee as leader after leader, government after government came under pressure in The Middle East as the Arab Spring unfolded. Now, enter the American Fall. The Occupy Movement is well underway and appears to be here to stay. Mainstream media puppets voice the same message, “They are not stating a clear objective”, as if they do not understand the plight of the American people.
 
The grievances are quite clear to those who care.
 
Millions of Americans have had their homes stolen by banks in foreclosure actions, the same banks that received bail out tax dollars. Insurance company lobbyists have ensured that millions of American citizens are impeded from acquiring quality health care. Food prices continue to skyrocket; a bag of frozen strawberries can cost $11.00. Greedy gasoline companies fuel cars and inflated prices by increasing prices to over $4.00 per gallon for gasoline.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "MISSION" ACCOMPLISHED

 

By Brian Lafferty

December 21, 2011 (San Diego) – Many people I know would be hard-pressed to name their favorite TV show. For me, it’s easy. Mission: Impossible is my all-time favorite TV show. There’s something about the creativity in each mission’s execution. Even though everybody knows that the team will succeed, that doesn’t mean it lacks suspense.

THE WILL POWER REPORT: ABOLISH THE EPA?

Nothing but the Truth!
 
By Will Power
 
December 21, 2011 (San Diego) -- Newt Gingrich, the current Republican presidential frontrunner wants to "abolish the EPA".  Gingrich characterizes the EPA as a "jobkiller".
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