Did You Know:

Did You Know: That Hidden Meadows has a well-known and celebrated Watercolor Artist, Pam Brasel, who has had many one-artist shows and she teaches watercolor art at the Pavilion?

http://www.pamelabrasel.com/

My wife and I are pleased to be the proud owners of two of her largest paintings, “Hidden Meadows” (how appropriate) and “From the office” – the view of the Meadows as seen from a former competitor’s office (Cliff Krueger.)

Since these watercolors hung in our now-closed real estate office before we moved the office home, they are far too large for our home walls – walls filled with originals from another Watercolor Artist – Pete Bucher, the Commanding Officer of the ill-fated USS Pueblo.

The two watercolors from Pam are hanging in the listing we have on Meadow Glen Way East, where we, and the Open House visitors can enjoy them during weekend Open Houses. One couple came by last week to see them to evaluate commissioning Pam to do a special watercolor – they were impressed!

(So am I.)

When the listing on Meadow Glen Way East sells, we will place the Brasel Watercolors on loan to the Pavilion, where everyone can enjoy them.

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Did You Know…

Maintaining a nice car in The Meadows is difficult because we are a long way from a car wash. The main problem is not the cost, it is the inconvenience, and waiting for a car wash is a long process.

I’ll bet your car is detailed at the dealership — for $199, (BTW, if you have not been to the Escondido Lexus, you have really missed something special!)

“Tony” does just as good a job for $65 — and he comes to your Hidden Meadows home!  (He has a Green Card, a drivers license, car insurance and pays federal taxes – he has applied for US Citizenship.)

I trained Tony for several years before I bought him his first materials and put out an ad for him in the Meadows. Many people use him in the Meadows, now, including my main competitor, who is, by the way, a friend. All of the Realtors In the community are more friends than competitors! Our cooperation is not grudging, we really like each other

Bet You Didn’t Know…

That there are two residential care facilities in the Meadows!  One is within the Meadows Covenant, but on several acres of view property, providing care for about six full-care residents.

Most people don’t know that we even have a few very large lots IN the Covenant. Most people think the Covenant ends at what once was obviously a cul-de-sac on Meadow Glen Way West.

Clue: It doesn’t!

The History of The History of Hidden Meadows

In checking the “Most Visited” statistics of my website, it turns out that several projects face me, but at least two can be immediately addressed.

The first is that one of my “Most Visited” sites is the History of Hidden Meadows – and that book was too hidden on my site, so I have moved it up to a more prominent position, and the new link will be at the end of this short Blog.

That book was written some years ago by Hazel Early, and Hazel was (appropriately) an “early” resident. By the time I arrived in 1994, her “history” was being passed around from resident to resident on folded paper, having been written on a typewriter and mimeographed.

I got a copy of it, and asked an old local Realtor with whom I hung my license to ask Hazel if she would loan me the original so I could convert it to a computer manuscript. She was happy to do so, and I went to work.

At the time, I was Core Adjunct Professor of Computer Science so I ran the foolscap pages through an early OCR program on my computer. Back in those days OCR programs (optical character recognition) were not very good – in fact they were awful, so it took a lot of work to convert the words into readable electronic format. Additionally, the copy needed editing.

Although I have published more than 2,000 columns in Rancho Bernardo and Poway over the past 30 consecutive years, I have an editor. I am not an editor. Writing and editing are two very different skills, but I eventually got it done.

Once it was done, the question was, “What do we do to make it available?”

This was before the Web was useful and widely available, so I went to that old-time Meadows Realtor – Perry Mills – and suggested that he take my camera-ready art and publish it for the residents in booklet form, and he did.

A few – a very few – of those booklets still exist, but more importantly it exists on my website for reading and I will soon reproduce the actual booklet on the website in printable Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format as well.

But it turns out that some 2,000 people have managed to find the copy hidden on my website even as well as I inadvertently managed to hide it.

It is now easily found at: http://www.allenhemphill.com/History_of_Hidden%20Meadows.htm

My Website Still Gets 1,768 Hits a DAY!

My website (www.allenhemphill.com) either needs serious refreshing, or the economic and real estate market have taken their toll. I designed and wrote that website 10 years go while vacationing on Kauai, and try to update something daily.

My website AVERAGES 1,768 visits a day, and while 98% of the internet would kill for those numbers it is seriously down from the 5,000+ hits I got three years ago. Most websites are in the tens, or hundreds numbers so I am not complaining just reflecting.

Today was the first time I have checked the statistics in several years, because I knew that my numbers were down. I’ll go deeply into the statistics to see what is getting the hits, what is not, and what can be done to refresh the parts that don’t.

Some of the website is unmovable. My published columns are my published columns. My recommendations for Buyers and Sellers has not changed, and should not change. My History of Hidden Meadows remains the history, and my How to Be a Realtor is a humorous look at my “lessons learned,’ and that may need new material but what is there is still relevant.

But there are updates needed – my recommendations for vendors serving our community needs work. My list of community activities needs updating. My links to community services need work – I just noticed that even though I designed and am the webmaster for The Meadows Homes Association, I do not have a link to it!

Yikes!

There is no link to the Facebook page I have designed for “Hidden Meadows, California” (There is more than one such Hidden Meadows Facebook page, but mine has the photo of the golf course, includes this Blog, and has scads of local photos.)

There is work to do to regain some lost ground.

More Moderate Temperature Here Than in Escondido

Checking the Meadows temperature at noon, the Boulder Knolls Observatory is reading five degrees cooler than Escondido. 68.1 to 73 degrees.

Must Be a Mistake! Only 60 San Diego County Schools?

State Declares More Than 60 Local Schools in State of Emergency

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 3:54 pm | Updated: 4:23 pm, Thu Jul 15, 2010.

“More than 60 schools in San Diego County were declared to be in a state of emergency today by the California State Board of Education because of their test scores, a step that allows their students to enroll in other schools.

The controversial emergency declaration is supposed to accelerate a new law that allows students in 1,000 of California’s lowest performing schools to transfer to other schools with higher test scores, including schools in other districts. It states that the move is “necessary to avoid serious harm to the public peace, health, safety, or general welfare” of students.”

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/education/schooled/article_2a8d8452-9064-11df-9fa4-001cc4c002e0.html

Comment: California schools rating by the US Department of Education (National Report Card) says California ranks 45th, 46th, 47th and 48th — scored on 4th and 8th grades, Math and Reading.  There could not be 60 GOOD schools in ALL of California! (Tests in previous years in Writing and Science have shown California schools with the same dismal results!)

The one category in which California stands #1 — absolutely the highest in the nation — is TEACHER SALARIES!

(If you think there may be something anomalous here — join the club.)