Saturday, February 26, 2011

Adele, 21

As a late Valentine's gift, Bill and Apryl gave me Adele's new album, 21.  I got her first record, 19, two Christmases ago and it became an instant favorite.  I love her voice and the way she layers so much emotion into her songs.  So all day today as we cruised around on our spontaneous adventure we listened to 21 on repeat.  I am not ready to give a full fledged review yet, but I think it will be another CD for heavy rotation.

Pic of the Day: Winter Wonderland in Idyllwild California

It was a beautiful day in Idyllwild today. We were out showing rental homes in Hemet when I got the idea of chasing a storm cell. For those of you who don't know, I love weather phenomenons and tracking storms. This storm has provided me with tons of opportunity to see rare snow and heavy rain and runoff, I find it very fascinating.

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.

Bill

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tomorrow night at the Merc: Keenwild and My Last Revelation!!!!

Time
Friday, February 25 · 7:00pm - 10:30pm

Location
The Merc - Old Town, Temecula
42051 Main Street
Temecula, CA

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.

City of Murrieta to ban night Happy Hours and close alcohol sales at midnight?

ATTENTION ALL MURRIETA BAR OWNERS, MANAGERS & BARTENDERS

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:
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/murrieta/article_d40a6efd-9c5e-5d46-8f70-da0bbe5f9b67.html

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This is what life is all about.

I love my daughter, she fell asleep reading the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on her Kindle. Too cute.

Bill

Don't trash Joshua Tree! No dump near our National Park!

OK, so I didn't write the message below, but I still agree with it. I enjoy our national parks, and Joshua Tree is one of my favorites. If you like hiking, camping, rock climbing or even just riding your quad in the desert near Joshua Tree; the last thing you want to do is wade thru garbage in the wind to enjoy a day in the desert.

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.

Thanks,

Bill
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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:

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/dont_trash_joshua_tree/?r_by=-3846675-NNl1aSx&rc=paste1

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Goodbye Mr Valdes, best of luck in the future

Manny Valdes has been my daughter Apryl's elementary school principal for all 5 years of her schooling, so as a parent I am sad to see him leave.

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!

Bill

She's Crafty

Having only started her first knitting project last night, my daughter Apryl graciously modeled her finished product. The cold wet weather has kept her inside lately; if it were dry she would be outside on her scooter. So out came the new hobby things she got for Christmas, amongst them a knitting set. The first thing she wanted was a hat to keep her ears warm for when she was on her scooter!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Pic of The Day: Menifee Sunset in February

I took this photo on February 17 2011, it was a terrific sunset to a nice day.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lunch

Today I went to work against my better judgement.  I had been telling myself all day yesterday that I was not getting sick.  Unfortunately I was wrong.  After about an hour at work coughing and hacking like crazy, I called my boss and asked to be off at lunch.  She gratefully granted me the time off.  I drove straight to Target and bought cough syrup, cold/flu medication and the couple of missing ingredients I needed to make myself some grilled cheese and tomato soup: my favorite feel better food.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pic of the Day: Penne pasta w/ tomato, wine & pepper sauce (with recipe)

This is what I cooked for Valentines dinner, Jeney and Apryl enjoyed it, as did I. I am lucky to have an awesome wife who allowed me to cook her dinner and post this recipe for you.

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!!

Lucky Number 7

On February 14, 2004, I married the love of my life in front of our family and friends.  It seems like just yesterday and forever ago at the same time.  It is hard for me to believe it has been seven years already, but it is just as hard for me to remember life before Bill.  Something I hope I never have to do again.  I am so thankful to have met my perfect other half.  Thank you Bill for these past seven years of marriage (9 since we have met) and cheers to the prospect of spending the rest of my years with you.  Happy AnnivValentines Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pic of the Day: Apryl's very awesome valentines day gift to Jeney and I

We were presented with this gift when we got up this morning. It is a bag of homemade trail mix with dried apricots, dried blueberries and dark chocolate chips by Ghirardelli. It has hand made hearts decorating all of it.
Beautiful & So very sweet. Thank you Apryl!
Bill (Dad)
:)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Positively looking toward the future

As some of you know, my day job is that I help to run the family business, a property management company. I am the leasing agent you call if you need a rental house, or if you have a rental house you need a tenant for. By doing this I meet a wide cross section of the community as we have properties we manage from Temecula to Victorville to San Jacinto.

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.

Bill

Mommy/Apryl Time!


Ever since I have been a part of Apryl's life, we have done pretty nails together. It used to be me doing her nails for her, but now she does her own. I love all the crazy color combos she does. So much fun.
------------ Jeney Kingsbury

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Romoland Schools exit 'Program Improvement' status

At the school board meeting last night, I was thrilled to hear from District Superintendent Anthony Rosilez that Romoland School District had raised its test scores to a level that has allowed it to exit 'Program Improvement' status. This is a big deal, as most districts are going into PI status due to the strict standards, check the link below or google it.

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/

I Think We Are at an Impass

No matter what I do or what I say, things are not changing.  Instead of spinning my wheels and going nowhere but crazy, should I call it quits?  The competitor in me says, "No way!  You can't let them beat you!"  The pacifist wants to just walk away.

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?

Confessions

OK. I confess, as you very well might have noticed I have not been posting everyday. It was and still is my intention to post everyday, however life is a tricky thing and some nights it just doesn't work out. Since I started the year with a No Excuses philosophy, I wont bore you with why I have not posted daily. Ill just say that I will strive to post as often as possible, allowing time for me to still take care of family, while writing about quality stuff (or at least my version of quality).

Until the next post,

Bill

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The end of another football season, waiting for another. Hopefully?!

For me and Jeney the end of a football season is kind of a sad thing; as dumb as that sounds. We are both huge Denver Broncos fans, so it goes with out saying that this season was disappointing to us. That said, we still enjoy the game and watched the Super Bowl rooting for Green Bay to win, and sure enough they did!

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.

Temecula Autism Task Force

As many of you had read, this past Thursday I had attended the Autism Task Force meeting in Temecula, organized by city councilman Mike Naggar. The meeting was well attended and a lot of good information was provided. I could bore the heck out of you with what I thought of the meeting, but instead I will give you links to useful information that was provided at the meeting:

http://www.newvisionautismcenter.com/index.html

http://ournicholasfoundation.org/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southwest-California-Autism-Task-Force/155323014486276?v=wall

http://www.inlandrc.org/

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000801854688&sk=wall

http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Vision-Childrens-Services/130390737018221?v=wall

Superbowl Is Over

So ends another football season, the Green Bay Packers as champs.  I can't say I am a fan of either team in the Superbowl this year, but I am glad to see the Packers get a win.  It was a hard fought game with its fair share of injuries and emotions, but the game turner was the turnovers.  In the big game you can't afford any mistakes and the Steelers made too many.

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

Tired

It is only Tuesday so far this week and I already feel like a week has gone by.  Ughhh.  At least I have The Merc to look forward to on Friday.  My band, Keenwild, will be playing.  Fun times.

Working the day away

Today was a long day. Not a bad day, just a long one. I have been busting butt trying to get some new clients for my property management business, with varied results. Over all some good progress has been made.

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!

Bill