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 COMMENT 357055P helpful negative off topic

Decked Out for Christmas

2012-12-23 11:58 PM

A Standard Poodle is one great dog. She's beautiful!
Oh shoot I think I missed the cutoff time to vote for pic of the day.

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 COMMENT 357054P helpful negative off topic

Christina Alexandra Djernaes

2012-12-23 11:48 PM

Condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.

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 COMMENT 357052P helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 11:44 PM

Seedlady, I cherish the gorgeous black enameled, painted and inlaid with mother of pearl chopsticks that I inherited. And wow, yes, are they hard to eat with! (There is a middle ground, or even a fork; I hate the waste of throw-away chopsticks.)

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 COMMENT 357051P helpful negative off topic

Care for the Children

2012-12-23 11:39 PM

THANK YOU RICK FELDMAN!!!

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 COMMENT 357050P helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 11:30 PM

And why isn't Gizmo1 deleted for being just plain mean and picking on a group? And a reply to it was? Yes, I marked that post negative.

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 COMMENT 357049P helpful negative off topic

Traffic Accident

2012-12-23 11:24 PM

I'm sorry, this is just too funny:
KEYT: "Officers are investigating a possible attempted hit and run crash."
Wah?! Huh?!

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 COMMENT 357048P helpful negative off topic

Traffic Accident

2012-12-23 11:18 PM

KEYT opened with weather at 6 p.m. Guess I'll have to check the local news online.

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 YIN YANG helpful negative off topic

Apocalyptic Video Journal

2012-12-23 11:15 PM

As I learned at age 13, reading Castaneda, death is always at your left shoulder, as Don Juan says, so live each day as if it's your last.
(Regardless of Castaneda's reputation, the first 2 or 3 books are good compendiums of world spirituality and philosophy. And hey, we were all teens once, right? Doors of Perception, anyone? :-))

Another lovely work, Brian.

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 COMMENT 357046P helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 11:10 PM

44P: Yes, it has happened before and been reported here at least three or four times, so who knows how many other falls there have been.

It's way overdue to have a fence there. This is a dog park and the dogs are not safe. A broken back must have been very painful! Agreeing with 043, a fence would be worth it: how many dogs dying or being injured is needed? When is the city going to do something about this?

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 BULLSEYEB helpful negative off topic

Lola's Hat

2012-12-23 11:04 PM

LOL Lola isn't looking very thrilled. Is "Meany" really Randy's last name? Me thinks Lola agrees. :)

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 COMMENT 357044P helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 11:01 PM

015P - this has happened before?

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 COMMENT 357043P helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 10:56 PM

A fence should probably be erected to protect dogs and children from the edge. It can be put up in such a way where it doesn't damage the view. It would be worth it

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 COMMENT 357042P helpful negative off topic

Pedestrian In Traffic

2012-12-23 10:56 PM

Utter insanity. Sad! Pam, I thought exactly what you did.

(Some of us have worked in fields where codes are used; some kind of law enforcement or dispatch. As I say, I don't mean to horn in on Roger's work when I add details or explication to his posts. I didn't today, but I have and I apologize to him when I do.)

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 COMMENT 357041P helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 10:52 PM

Maybe in coming days we can start a thread to address this PROFOUND safety risk. This is happening too frequently. It is not OK. Can't think of anywhere else I've lived where this happens so regularly in one place. Sorry to digress; for now, all that matters is supporting the owner during their time of loss, and thanking those who lent support. Peace to you.

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 YIN YANG helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 10:45 PM

It doesn't need much of a sign, name or designation, as it's been closed for several years. The local battalion deployed Oct. 2008, and the unit was relocated to the San Fernando valley. It's surprisingly hard to find news about the closure (or my Google fu is worthless), but there's this:

http://www.independent.com/news/2009/jul/30/man-towns/
July 30, 2009

"CITY’S EYE ON THE PRIZE: The sprawling Army Reserve center at State Street and Las Positas Road stands empty, waiting for the City of Santa Barbara and the State of California to work out a deal to make it city property.
“They started at $20 million and the city at $8 million,” ...
“We’d probably have to pass a bond issue” to acquire the site ..." [more at link]

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 COMMENT 357039P helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 10:41 PM

Nikon coolpix 510 1/60 f4.2 handheld. Just some grab shots. I plan on using this camera at the Bowl next year.

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 AQUAHOLIC helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 10:19 PM

We drove into Yosemite this morning just as snow started to fall...magical. We are going to the Bracebridge dinner and staying through Xmas.... Our first Xmas away from home, ever. The first white Xmas for our son, and us, for that matter! It's really gorgeous here in Winter.

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 COMMENT 357037P helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 10:17 PM

So sorry for the dog and the owner. I have a young big black dog and it would have killed me to have this happen. And she's just the type who would have careened off a cliff. Bless the girl who gave her shirt. So sad!

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 SEEDLADY helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 10:15 PM

the very highly polished ones are hard to use unless you grew up using them...

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 SEEDLADY helpful negative off topic

Possible Traffic Accident

2012-12-23 10:11 PM

SLO driver arrested for hit and run. 3 cars involved. no details

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Gas Leak

2012-12-23 09:39 PM

A 1975 Ford F-150 Pick Up Truck complete with a camper on back, an am-fm cd player in the dash the truck has to be an automatic. That is if your a genie..

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Vehicle Rollover

2012-12-23 09:22 PM

Santa Maria, or maybe it's Carpinteria, or Orcutt maybe Salinas...

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 09:21 PM

Poor little doggie I really hate hearing things like these. At least the little guy had people there that helped him.

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 COMMENT 357031P helpful negative off topic

Decked Out for Christmas

2012-12-23 08:45 PM

Doggy stilts.

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 COMMENT 357030 helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 08:41 PM

Botanic Garden gift shop had them last time I was there! Nice stuff there. Good luck!

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 COMMENT 357029P helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 07:37 PM

Sur La Table

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 COMMENT 357027 helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 07:35 PM

Heartbreaking. A lot of dogs seem to have died like this. It's really tragic.

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 COMMENT 357026 helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 07:24 PM

Sad to here. S.B. being such a dog loving community your definitely will have lots of compassion for our canine friends. Prayers and comfort for all those involved.

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 COMMENT 357025P helpful negative off topic

Jerome F. Forster

2012-12-23 07:21 PM

Condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

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 COMMENT 357024P helpful negative off topic

Elizabeth Anne de Noble

2012-12-23 07:19 PM

Condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time.

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 COMMENT 357023P helpful negative off topic

Decked Out for Christmas

2012-12-23 07:16 PM

She sure has long legs.

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 SMARTYPANTS helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 07:16 PM

Patti - what type of camera was used and would you please share the shutter settings?

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 COMMENT 357021P helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 07:15 PM

Losing a pet at any time is difficult, but to lose one days away from Christmas is even worse. I didn't read (or at least I am thinking I didn't), whose dog it was. I have a new 10 week old puppy and to lose her in that way would be unbearable. My condolences to the family.

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 COMMENT 357020 helpful negative off topic

Musings on More Mesa

2012-12-23 07:11 PM

It's a fluke such a large tract of land has remained un developed so close to an urban area along the coast in SoCal. Expecting it to remain so is ever so slightly delusional.

Expecting the county to fork out $25Mil for a chunk of land that won't return anything but more expense? Really?

Personally I love the idea the new Saudi owners develop the land for a Muslim center and mosque.

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 COMMENT 357019 helpful negative off topic

Vehicle Rollover

2012-12-23 07:04 PM

Where is this?

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 COMMENT 357018 helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 07:00 PM

How terrible, I'm really sad to read this. I was out there today and met lots of nice black dogs.

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 PURPLERIDER helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 06:56 PM

Carp, I meant BBD.

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 PURPLERIDER helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 06:55 PM

RIP BDD....

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 COMMENT 357015P helpful negative off topic

Dog Fatality

2012-12-23 06:55 PM

Thank you for this posting. Not only did I feel compassion for the dog and the woman, but also appreciation for you relating this caring story. So sad for a dog to pass that way...probably exuberant and in the prime of life. Peace to all.

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 AUNTIE S. helpful negative off topic

Apocalyptic Video Journal

2012-12-23 06:43 PM

This is a lovely video - good to remember your philosophy of treating each day as if it were your last. Thank you for sharing.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Gas Leak

2012-12-23 06:31 PM

Engine 4 canceled Truck one they can handle themselves..

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 AUNTIE S. helpful negative off topic

Baxter

2012-12-23 06:19 PM

Bonjour, Monsieur Baxter. You make me smile.

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 COMMENT 357010 helpful negative off topic

Gas Leak

2012-12-23 06:15 PM

I was thinking roger...You do a good service for the community...What would you like for xmass?

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Vehicle Rollover

2012-12-23 05:57 PM

Cancel Cal Star hopefully not as bad as first thought.

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 AUNTIE S. helpful negative off topic

Santa Barbara Storm

2012-12-23 05:56 PM

Awesome pictures of the front. I love the lighting in photo #3

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Vehicle Accident

2012-12-23 05:54 PM

Probably just people driving to fast.-

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 COMMENT 357006 helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 05:53 PM

Haroldm - you must be joking.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Vehicle Rollover

2012-12-23 05:39 PM

Sounds like there might be a child in the accident too..

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Vehicle Rollover

2012-12-23 05:36 PM

It was a one car crash now there is another. Full Fire response and Cal Star..Heard one yellow tag don't know how the other is doing. Yellow non life threatening but needs medical attention.

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 COMMENT 357003 helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 05:22 PM

The owner spends more on his electric bill then I spend on Christmas. If you stop by drop a buck in the bucket. He gives so much to the community.

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 COMMENT 357002 helpful negative off topic

Decked Out for Christmas

2012-12-23 05:17 PM

I'm usually not that crazy over poodles, but I'll make an exception for Isabella. She is absolutely beautiful, and it looks like she really is looking forward to Christmas. Her outfit is lovely--Christmasy without being schlocky. That is a doggy with taste!

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 COMMENT 357001P helpful negative off topic

Christmas Wine & Cupcakes - Now & L...

2012-12-23 05:12 PM

A request, please: why confine the wine experience to customary drinking hours? Some of us like to get started early. We all know about mimosas, but what wine goes well with Rice Krispies? (No, not to pour on them, just as an aperitif). Would a nice zin complement chorizo and eggs? I sometimes like a Bacardi & Coke with my oatmeal, but if I'm dining out I don't want to appear to be that anxious to get the party rolling, so I wonder if a cabernet might be more in order? Thank you for any advice. Christmas Brunch is coming up and I want to show my relatives that I do have class.

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 COMMENT 357000 helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 05:01 PM

Costco!

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 PAMSB helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 04:51 PM

From John Dickson's site:

“Miracle on East Quinientos Street” – a light-encased home decorated by Peter Estrada at 1209 E. Quinientos Street

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 COMMENT 356998 helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 04:50 PM

Try Indo China store near K-Mart in Goleta.

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 PIXIETANGERINE helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 04:41 PM

Where is this?

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 COMMENT 356996P helpful negative off topic

Decked Out for Christmas

2012-12-23 04:30 PM

does she want a cookie?

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 COMMENT 356995 helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 04:18 PM

Just grab a bunch of the wooden ones from the cashiers counter at Sushi Teri.

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 COMMENT 356994 helpful negative off topic

Vehicle Accident

2012-12-23 04:17 PM

What's up our delightfully squirrelly 101 eating cars?

A little rain, some S turns and it's been the Mazda Apocalypse all week!

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 COMMENT 356993 helpful negative off topic

Humanist Society Solstice Celebrati...

2012-12-23 04:13 PM

Operating on reason and lacking superstition is superior to the opposite, and having that attitude does not make one equivalent to the opposite, any more than someone who thinks that 1+1 = 2 and humans landed on the moon is no better than someone who thinks that 1+1 = 47 and humans didn't land on the moon. It isn't that they are better intrinsically ... either party can be rational and have valid beliefs or not.

On the subject of tolerance, google "projection", "tu quoque", and "hypocrisy", dear.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Vehicle Accident

2012-12-23 04:07 PM

More info on CHP Website.

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 COMMENT 356991 helpful negative off topic

Musings on More Mesa

2012-12-23 03:59 PM

25mil is a steal - one of the pieces of earth like this

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 COMMENT 356990P helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 03:55 PM

I wonder how the neighbors feel about all the sight-seeing buses and the stopped cars! :) It really is extraordinary. There are a lot of quite sweet decorations in the general area.

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 COMMENT 356989P helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 03:30 PM

Online, I was able to find Net Income (Loss) information for USPS by year, starting in 1972. Although the losses have become much larger in the past several years, the pre-funding requirement is NOT the major culprit. Rather, it has been a sharp decline in customer use of USPS services for other than 1st Class Mail, where it enjoys no competition.

st Class Mail has taken a hit, due to the exponential growth of email for many such communications that formerly were handled by 1st Class service. For all other types of mail service, the competition from UPS and FedEx has taken more and more such business away from the Postal Service, to the point where revenues no longer support an operation of such size.

In fact, in 1976, the USPS had a net revenue loss for the year of just about $1 Billion. And most years since 1972 they have shown losses, NOT net income. You can look this up for yourself at http://wwwDOTflickrDOTcom/photos/usgao/5371005812/lightbox/

The Postal Act of 2006 came in the wake of a number of record-breaking profitable years for the USPS. The decline in gross revenues actually escalated AFTER the act was passed. Should Congress do something to reverse this negative financial performance? It would be better than allowing things to continue as they have, but we all need to face the fact that the likely future of Postal Service in America, is one of further downsizing, and closing of facilities, NOT expansion.

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 COMMENT 356988 helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 03:28 PM

That one had so many lights I almost had an aneurism trying to take it all in riding by

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Decked Out for Christmas

2012-12-23 03:16 PM

Cutie Pie..

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 COMMENT 356986 helpful negative off topic

Care for the Children

2012-12-23 03:16 PM

The congestion only underlines how important this event is for so many. Next time it might be necessary to find a larger site. The Eyeglass Factory is to be commended for this generous act, meeting an obvious need.

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 COMMENT 356985 helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 03:07 PM

Lazy Acres!

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 COMMENT 356984 helpful negative off topic

Care for the Children

2012-12-23 03:04 PM

It is a great event and I am happy to support anything that helps kids lead a healthy life.

Sadly, this was the wrong time and place. The event is causing a traffic nightmare getting into/out of the parking lot at Trader Joe's. Between the fire truck and police car parking on opposing sides of the street, the normal three lanes is barely 1.5. Next year they should do it the week before.

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 COMMENT 356983P helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 02:50 PM

Mammoth

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 COMMENT 356982P helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 02:49 PM

I love that I asked about why a couple of signs had vanished and ended being treated to a debate on age old rich versus poor dynamics.

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 SHOREBIRD helpful negative off topic

Care for the Children

2012-12-23 02:43 PM

Nice was to celebrate Festivus.

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 SUMMERTIME helpful negative off topic

Emma

2012-12-23 02:40 PM

Both are beautiful!

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 COMMENT 356979P helpful negative off topic

Decked Out for Christmas

2012-12-23 02:25 PM

Gorgeous...and very sweet looking too!

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 COMMENT 356978 helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 02:21 PM

968: Mesa Communications lost their lease. The entire store is closing. They closed the post office part already. The Verizon store may continue to operate for a short duration but they will be closing very soon, as well.

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 COMMENT 356977P helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 02:20 PM

I bought two really nice sets or hardwood chopsticks from the yo-yo guy at the Sunday Art Walk some years ago. Still have them and use them often.

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 COMMENT 356976 helpful negative off topic

Musings on More Mesa

2012-12-23 02:15 PM

The County should have bought it!

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 COMMENT 356975 helpful negative off topic

Care for the Children

2012-12-23 02:12 PM

Fabulous event, diagnosis and treatment for visual problems can change a child's life.

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 HAROLDM helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 02:12 PM

And which percent uses a disproportionate amount of public infrastructure--airports, communications, security for their banks and houses (including army and national guard, like this armory), paving for their roads, public utility lines for the water for their lawns, fuel for their vehicles, education for the people who toil to make the goods and services that are the foundation for their wealth, etc. Bill Gates' father said it: without all of that, no microsoft. The full version of Obama's much maligned quote "... You didn't make that..." was right on the mark.

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 COMMENT 356973 helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 02:07 PM

That must have taken SO much time and effort....a labor of love I am sure. We would always drive by just to see what new had been added each year. I think it appeals to the children just like the home on Santa Barbara Street did in the past.

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 RESIDENT helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 02:05 PM

To what do you refer when you say "... because of an unreasonable burden imposed on it by the same party that wants to destroy Medicare..."

The postal act that set up this current situation was supported virtually unanimously by BOTH parties.

"http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?
d109:HR06407:@@@P
So, both republicans and democrats sponsored this bill. The bill passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote. - a record of each representative’s position was not kept. The bill passed in the Senate by Unanimous Consent and a record of each senator’s position was not kept of this either."

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 RESIDENT helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 01:53 PM

961, where do you get the idea that the wealthy don't pay for their share of the governments' expenses?

It isn't a mystery, it's been in the news a lot, the top 5% of income earners pay 58.7% of the taxes paid and the top 1% pay 36.7% (2009). The bottom 50% pay 2.3%. Almost half of all taxpayers pay no income tax at all.

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 COMMENT 356970 helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 01:48 PM

Wow!

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 COMMENT 356969 helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 01:48 PM

My vacation includes a long flight from my bed to the couch then get routed to the fridge for a beer then a slight stumble to the bathroom then a foggy reunion to bed.

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 COMMENT 356968 helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 01:47 PM

764 and Archie, I do not think this information is correct, about the Mesa Communications store also closing. As of yesterday the sign said they were continuing. It is just the postoffice that is leaving.

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 COMMENT 356967 helpful negative off topic

Musings on More Mesa

2012-12-23 01:41 PM

what makes this space more sensitive then other areas close to the beach? Were we not sensitive to other areas the got built on?

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 COMMENT 356965 helpful negative off topic

Decked Out for Christmas

2012-12-23 01:33 PM

What a beauty (and I love the pose). Hope to see her out and about.

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 COMMENT 356964 helpful negative off topic

New Laws for Motorists

2012-12-23 01:24 PM

@962 - Bravo!

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 COMMENT 356963 helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 01:16 PM

The Grizwolds ? humbug

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 COMMENT 356962 helpful negative off topic

New Laws for Motorists

2012-12-23 01:13 PM

I seem to have accidentally clicked the link to the Somali version of EdHat. Me, I believe that laws and law enforcement (and the taxes that pay for these and other government services) are an essential element of civilization.

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 COMMENT 356961P helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 01:09 PM

Gee, these tidbits are certainly more important than mental health care and housing or drug intervention programs that allow for the care of patients for the length of time needed to get success or decent schools with serious advanced programs and options for those who use public institutions or health care for the poor or dental care for the people who have no access to these services or .... The things you list are the elegant desserts but not the meat of the thing. Nice to have but the price we pay is to excuse wealth from its responsibility to pay for the less glamorous and less "uplifting" stuff while they get fame and tax write offs for their proclaimed "virtue". It is a bad deal for the general public.

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 COMMENT 356960 helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 01:05 PM

Nikka on Calle Real, as others have said.

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 COMMENT 356959 helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 01:04 PM

Going to the redwoods by the Russian River. I expect a lot of rain, and a lot of deliciously fresh air.

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 COMMENT 356958 helpful negative off topic

A Santa Maria woman faces life in p...

2012-12-23 12:59 PM

@ 356430

There is such a thing -- it's called "family planning", and consists of sex education, birth control, and abortion. You know who blocks these things.

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 COMMENT 356957P helpful negative off topic

Monarchs & Friends

2012-12-23 12:57 PM

Actually Monarch butterflies love Pine trees and congregate in many Pine Groves. I was always lead to believe that Pines are there first tree of choice. Regardless they will migrate to any forest which has the right combination of comfort and warmth for over the winter. Has anyone found out how far they migrate? I saw them doing studies at the Monarch preserve in Goleta. I have heard many different answers. Perhaps they are all correct.

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 COMMENT 356956 helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 12:51 PM

Of course taxpayers do pay for the USPS, and get more value than they pay for and certainly better bang for the buck than anything they get from the private sector ... as is the case with most government services. (Consider that the internet, many pharmaceuticals, and many other technologies we value were primarily developed in universities via government grants.) And RHS, 356938P, et. al. are correct about why USPS is in trouble ... because of an unreasonable burden imposed on it by the same party that wants to destroy Medicare by turning it into a voucher system or any other way they can and who blackmailed the U.S. with a threat not to raise the debt ceiling, leading to the "fiscal cliff" that they are now trying to use as leverage.

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 COMMENT 356953 helpful negative off topic

Apocalyptic Video Journal

2012-12-23 12:39 PM

Sweeeeeeet!!!!

[Sad that a couple of sourpusses downvoted the YouTube video.]

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 COMMENT 356952 helpful negative off topic

Broken Fire Hydrant

2012-12-23 12:35 PM

Hydrant systems a designed to sheer off without damaging underground piping like you thought 888. Great show called " how it's made " had a segment on hydrants.

If you are familiar with where the hydrant is, there is no reasonable cause for a car to smash into it. These past two people area idiots, that's it. And cage the hydrant? So then there will be a smashed cage to try and remove next time? Or so protected that the fire department can't access it easily?

Poles right in front will probably be installed, so next car will get crushed befor the hydrant gets touched. Still, these people are idiots, for hitting it, and running after

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Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 12:30 PM

Nikka (with an N), on Calle Real between Patterson and Fairview.

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 COMMENT 356948 helpful negative off topic

Lights

2012-12-23 12:28 PM

Gorgeous, thank you!

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 COMMENT 356947 helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 12:28 PM

Cost Plus World Market, Mikka on Calle Real, or Asian market next to Cajun Kitchen in K-Mart center.

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 COMMENT 356946 helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 12:27 PM

Oriental markets.

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 LIZBETH helpful negative off topic

Set of Chopsticks

2012-12-23 12:25 PM

World market is the first place I'd check.

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 COMMENT 356944 helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 12:15 PM

La Jolla where our son lives. Then on to Honduras for New Year.

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 COMMENT 356943 helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 12:12 PM

Right here in beautiful Santa Barbara where most of my family continues to live after five generations. There's no place like home.

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 COMMENT 356942 helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 12:12 PM

902, you actually have it wrong. We do. We just don't pay for it as much as people think or for the reasons people think.

Around $90 million dollars per YEAR are given from taxes to the USPS by Congress. It's called the US Postal Fund. They do this in part for the purpose of helping offset the costs of free governmental postage programs like free braille mail for the blind or those postage paid election ballots, etc. But some politicians claim the money they get far exceeds their actual costs incurred. Hard to tell.

One thing that's for sure is that the USPS itself is 100% tax exempt, they never pay the government.

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 COMMENT 356941 helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 12:03 PM

Las Vegas as a base camp for short trips out to Hoover Dam and Zion National Park if the weather cooperates.

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 COMMENT 356940 helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 11:52 AM

@936P - Apparently the local citizens can't and don't pay for desirable community needs. If it weren't for the wealthy, most of our nonprofits would dry up and blow away. As for "tidbits" here's a few things that quickly come to mind - the Granada Performing Arts Center, Douglas Preserve, Elings Park, City College West campus, the Sea Center, the open park land of East Beach, the Bird Refuge, Cottage Hospital, Peabody Stadium and the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center.

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 COMMENT 356938P helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 11:40 AM

356810 - the Post Office mess started in **2006**.before the congress changed hands. In the history of the US nothing as egregious has been imposed on ANY business, private or not.

Then in 2006, Congress forced the post office to start prefunding its benefits for retiree health care on a schedule designed to reach full funding in 10 years. Now, the Postal Service is supposed to put about $8 billion a year toward retiree health care.

Understanding the PO mess

Hopefully this mess can be fixed in the next 4 years. Citizens should be outraged - but it is quite clear that very few know what is going on. This started in ** 2006 **.

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 COMMENT 356937 helpful negative off topic

Musings on More Mesa

2012-12-23 11:35 AM

Save More Mesa!

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 COMMENT 356936P helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 11:31 AM

The idea that we have to rely on "wealthy philanthropists" to fund desireable community needs is sad. The local citizens can pay for these sort of improvements if we stopped catering to the super rich and then kissing their hand when they throw us tidbits back.

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 COMMENT 356935 helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 11:28 AM

905, in fairness, depending on what time you dropped off the packages vs their pick up times, it could be considered three days, not four.

Despite what they advertise and charge for, the 2 day priority isn't guaranteed in 2 days, it's 2-3 days. Which is frustrating.

I think your stuff will likely be delivered okay, tomorrow. I hope so anyway!

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Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 11:27 AM

The post office is in trouble mainly because conservative members of Congress passed a law requiring them to put aside revenue to prefund retirement benefits for 75 year! This is an extraordinary burden that no private corporation is required to reach nor is social security, for example. In addition this had to be done in 10 years starting in 2006. The cost of setting aside this much revenue has led to "losses" but the actual service is making money but for this burden. Congress should let up on this and either shorten the prefund time or give them a bigger window. The USPO is established in our Constitution. It serves an important role in democracy and the attempts to gut it are unhealthy for this country.

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The Indie Film Guru views a heartbr...

2012-12-23 11:25 AM

Tremendously moving. A difficult subject brilliantly done but bring a box of tissues! We couldn't stop talking about it after we saw it. Definitely should be nominated in several categories for the Academy Awards - including acting and best picture!

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 COMMENT 356932 helpful negative off topic

Musings on More Mesa

2012-12-23 11:23 AM

926p, sure it could have happened a long time ago, but it didn't. Now it has. That is the definition of change, not lack of it.

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 COMMENT 356931 helpful negative off topic

Care for the Children

2012-12-23 11:23 AM

What a great event.

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 SBANDTO helpful negative off topic

Monarchs & Friends

2012-12-23 11:21 AM

Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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 GIZMO1 helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 11:19 AM

Right here in Beautiful SB- Where you can relax in paradise as long as our City employees arent allowing some god awful LA filled marathon/wine/bike event, mob attended-unforunatelty you might see some shorts /flipflops (thats what makes SB what it is)

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 COMMENT 356928 helpful negative off topic

Santa Barbara Storm

2012-12-23 11:19 AM

Lovely captures. Am surprised none made Pic of the Day.

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Apocalyptic Video Journal

2012-12-23 11:19 AM

What a beautiful day. Thank you for capturing your day on video and sharing it. Wonderful sentiment - inspiring us to get out and enjoy every day!

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 COMMENT 356926P helpful negative off topic

Musings on More Mesa

2012-12-23 11:19 AM

Development on More Mesa is limited by environmental rules regardless of who the owner is, and the sensitive space remains the same. There is no loss between last month and this month. The previous owner of the property had every right to sell it if a buyer was available.

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 COMMENT 356925 helpful negative off topic

Musings on More Mesa

2012-12-23 11:11 AM

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light
Dylan Thomas...as a Chumash person,this expresses my feelings well.

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 COMMENT 356924 helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 11:00 AM

Mini family reunion in La Quinta, where the sun is shining and the golfers are swinging.

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 MESARATS helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 10:51 AM

I travel enough for work so having quality time in the sauna and the outdoor claw foot, will trek to the harbor, the beach, maybe upper and east of State and all the way to Goleta.

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 COMMENT 356922 helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 10:48 AM

Cruise to the Western Caribbean over NYE!

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 COMMENT 356921P helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 10:44 AM

They need to find some local wealthy philanthropist to acquire it and expand the McKenzie Park baseball facilities. It would be a great naming rights for somebody. Like "Jones Fields" at McKenzie Park.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Traffic Accident

2012-12-23 10:39 AM

The donut store is right around the corner.

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 COMMENT 356919 helpful negative off topic

Baxter

2012-12-23 10:37 AM

Baxter is super cute and very versatile and photogenic! *Happy holidays*

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 COMMENT 356918 helpful negative off topic

Elizabeth Anne de Noble

2012-12-23 10:36 AM

Oh, Beth. RIP sweet lady.

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 COMMENT 356917 helpful negative off topic

Santa Barbara Storm

2012-12-23 10:34 AM

We sure live in a beautiful place! I am astounded by it anew regularly and I've been here over 30 years!

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 COMMENT 356916 helpful negative off topic

Rescue Mission Christmas Dinner

2012-12-23 10:33 AM

Thank God for those people who are volunteeers. I have always thought about doing this, but somehow never make it actually happen... I have so much respect for those who do. It's about time I get off my backside and figure out a way to help. I don't have money to give, but I have two hands and a caring heart. Merry Christmas everyone!

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 COMMENT 356915P helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 10:29 AM

Same place as always -- here. Having a few days off to enjoy the beauty and wonder of where we live is always a treat.

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 COMMENT 356914 helpful negative off topic

Miramar Progress

2012-12-23 10:20 AM

All of those who have a complaint with Mr. Caruso and his handling of the Miramar... you all had a chance to put YOUR money up for risk at the time when it was sold to him. Oh... you didn't have the money or didn't want to take the risk? Guess you don't have much to complain about then, do you?

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 COMMENT 356913P helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 10:16 AM

Dominican Republic, my home away from home. Friendly, courteous people, reasonably priced hotels (am staying at ocean view hotel part of the Marriott chain, kinda needs updating, but $90 including full breakfast.) There are street festivals, a lightheartedness, innocent, upbeat music, people who are surprisingly formal - rarely does one see ripped or saggy pants, no flip flops or even shorts other than the beach. The country has its dark side, but from the dozens of countries I've visited, it's one of the happiest places. The music is often a mixture of Motown and merengue and uninhibited seems to be an unknown word in their vocabulary and thinking. In comparison I'm a "Paraguayo" a wall flower. Excellent people watching.

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 COMMENT 356912P helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 10:15 AM

New Zealand - home of the hobbits!

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 SEEDLADY helpful negative off topic

Monarchs & Friends

2012-12-23 10:13 AM

I believe they winter in pines in Mexico, can anyone collaborate?

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 COMMENT 356910P helpful negative off topic

Traffic Accident

2012-12-23 10:10 AM

I come down there all the time and am amazed at the idiots who zoom by at high speed. Saw a small herd of deer just off the right shoulder a while back and could imagine the mess if one of them had taken off into the road. Drive safe everyone.

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 SEEDLADY helpful negative off topic

Holiday Vacation

2012-12-23 10:09 AM

Osos Flaco Beach to fly kites

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Chase Bank Robbery

2012-12-23 10:04 AM

I heard there no no dye pack in the money guy got away free and easy..

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 COMMENT 356907P helpful negative off topic

Arroyo Hondo Preserve Guided Hikes

2012-12-23 10:03 AM

Thanks for the reminder: I'll put it on my list of post-Christmas treats!

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 RED CREEK helpful negative off topic

Arroyo Hondo Preserve Guided Hikes

2012-12-23 09:56 AM

Arroyo Hondo Preserve has super educational programs for schools which are tailored to fit into the individual class and age curriculum of visiting groups.

Guided by staff and volunteer naturalists, visiting students can study water systems, California history, geology, ecology, botany and wildlife in the Preserve and integrate their experiences with their classroom studies.

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 COMMENT 356905 helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 09:48 AM

I went there yesterday too to drop off some last minute cards and was saddened to see it closed. I'm especially concerned that the two boxes I sent on Tuesday, paid for 2 day Priority Mail delivery and they have not arrived yet.....4 days later. I fear I don't have a way to follow up on my packages....I didn't put tracking on the boxes, because I've been using this little postal office for years now and they've always been the most efficient and have never lost anything.....stupid on my part.

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 COMMENT 356904P helpful negative off topic

Traffic Accident

2012-12-23 09:44 AM

It was amazing that KEYT didn't open with weather....I have NEVER seen a station do as many weather sections as KEYT does. Imagine what it would be like if we really did have weather like back East!!

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 COMMENT 356903 helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 09:32 AM

I rode my bicycle by there a couple weeks ago and saw some people working on the grounds. I stopped and asked what was going on and was told that renovations are planned.

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 COMMENT 356902 helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 09:23 AM

TAXPAYERS DO NOT PAY FOR THE POST OFFICE. They are non-profit and losing money due to email etc. No one else wants to handle first class mail, not UPS, not Fedex so the Po is not going anywhere anytime soon, but downsizing for sure.

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 MTNDRIVER helpful negative off topic

Santa Barbara Storm

2012-12-23 09:18 AM

Great shots, really get the feel. My favorite is also #3, the one with Moby Dick's. Nice composition and of course the light! Thanks for posting.

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Apocalyptic Video Journal

2012-12-23 09:04 AM

The "canal" is mission creek at State and Cabrillo/Mason

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The Indie Film Guru views a heartbr...

2012-12-23 08:32 AM

I see that Anne still has all her beautiful, expressive wrinkles. They have not been erased in the service of appearing forever young for the camera.

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 COMMENT 356898 helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 08:29 AM

Oh no! This post office location was so convenient for Mesa residents and easy to get in and out of! First the Hallmark location closed and now this! I really hate going into one of the "big" ones for anything, and hope we get another Mesa substation soon as well as an easy drive-by blue box on a street to deposit mail.

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 COMMENT 356897P helpful negative off topic

Monarchs & Friends

2012-12-23 08:29 AM

Your mention of some of the butterflies moving brings to mind Barbara Kingsolver's excellent new novel, "Flight Behavior," carefully researched, about the Monarch butterflies getting their signals mixed when mudslides wipe out their Mexican wintering trees, and instead migrating to the snowy freezing East for winter, and how they cope using their almost negligible abilities to adapt.

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 COMMENT 356896P helpful negative off topic

Baxter

2012-12-23 08:16 AM

So cute!!! Merry Christmas Baxter :)

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 ARCHIE helpful negative off topic

Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 08:13 AM

Since the closing may be because Verizon closed, who do I contact to request a mesa post office? (There sure are a lot of sites up at mesa shopping center.)

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Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 08:11 AM

801, you are correct in that the USPS is an independent establishment of the executive branch, controlled by Presidential appointees and the Postmaster General.

But when they have a budget shortfall, which seems to be every year (like this year $5B), they go to congress (i.e. taxpayers) to make up the difference.

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Christmas Wine & Cupcakes - Now & L...

2012-12-23 08:00 AM

Really enjoy your positive enthusiasm ... in true Edhat spirit ... in finding such discerning joy in something others might not ponder. Good writing is such a treat ... thank you!

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Baxter

2012-12-23 07:59 AM

Seriously adorable doggie!

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 COMMENT 356891 helpful negative off topic

Monarchs & Friends

2012-12-23 07:55 AM

Thanks for the correct bird id....Looked online and thought a Coopers Hawk!

Thanks for the comments and compliments.

If anyone does have info about why they're in the pine trees I'd love to know.

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 COMMENT 356890 helpful negative off topic

Humanist Society Solstice Celebrati...

2012-12-23 07:51 AM

@TOPCATHAT - I think that your statement, "We atheists are gaining in population because of evolving, intelligent people- yay !" Seems to show the typical Atheist belief that you are superior to others or more intelligent than others because of your belief in "reason" and not "superstition". However when you take on this attitude you are no better than the religious folk who believe in their superiority to non-believers. Some of the most intelligent, well-educated, scientific minds I have known in my life personally are also church-going folk. Some of the biggest, most-backwards people I've met are atheists. It works both ways dear. Show some more tolerance because at the end of the day, that's what matters most.

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Solstice Winter White Ball

2012-12-23 07:37 AM

Looks like everyone was having fun, thanks. Solstice is the real reason we have Christmas. The pagans were having so much fun, the pope decided to make it Christ's birthday (over 300 yrs after he died) to get more converts.

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 COMMENT 356888 helpful negative off topic

Broken Fire Hydrant

2012-12-23 07:32 AM

I wonder if the mounting bolts were recently changed out with drilled bolts. These bolts are meant to hold the hydrant in place but shear off off it is struck by a vehicle. The point is not to damage the pipe and flange in the ground, so repair is fast and the hydrant is not out of service for long. It may be that this hydrant has been hit before, but was more solidly affixed than it is now.

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 COMMENT 356887P helpful negative off topic

Rescue Mission Christmas Dinner

2012-12-23 07:31 AM

Rescue Mission is a great organization. They need all the support they can get because they're giving to an enormous amount people who have no other resource.

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Arroyo Hondo Preserve Guided Hikes

2012-12-23 07:30 AM

Arroyo Honda is a wonderful piece of California history, having been occupied by Chumash, Spanish, Mexicans, and Anglos - but always as a ranch. The year round creek makes it a wonderful rich habitat for plants, birds, animals, and fish, incl. Steelhead. It's a special place to see and just "to be."

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Monarchs & Friends

2012-12-23 07:30 AM

Beautiful Monarchs, thanks. Wonder why they're in the pine tree.

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 CAT2FAT2 helpful negative off topic

Arroyo Hondo Preserve Guided Hikes

2012-12-23 07:30 AM

Arroyo Honda is a wonderful piece of California history, having been occupied by Chumash, Spanish, Mexicans, and Anglos - but always as a ranch. The year round creek makes it a wonderful rich habitat for plants, birds, animals, and fish, incl. Steelhead. It's a special place to see and just "to be."

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Mesa Post Office Closed

2012-12-23 07:23 AM

Sad - I loved that litte post office. Hopefully, they'll find a new location on the Mesa. BTW - you now have to go online to USPS.com and fill out customs forms online, print and pay for your own labels to send overseas. Not a hard thing, once you get the hang of it. I sent all my international mail and gifts thru that little P. O. just a couple weeks ago. I used those fixed rate boxes - WAY cheaper than UPS.

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Apocalyptic Video Journal

2012-12-23 07:22 AM

Wonderful to watch, thanks. Did anyone really believe we wouldn't still be here?

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 COMMENT 356881 helpful negative off topic

Solstice Winter White Ball

2012-12-23 07:03 AM

Did you sew the jester hat?

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 COMMENT 356880 helpful negative off topic

Apocalyptic Video Journal

2012-12-23 06:59 AM

That was a life affirming video. I loved the real things you did and how you shared them. It was just great. I'm so glad you make video and I look forward to more!

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 COMMENT 356879 helpful negative off topic

National Guard Sign

2012-12-23 06:30 AM

The facility appears to be vacated and the grounds are not being maintained (at least the lawn is not being mowed like before). I believe that City parks was going to take back the space . . .

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 COMMENT 356878 helpful negative off topic

Solstice Winter White Ball

2012-12-23 06:30 AM

Love the CLOSE UP photos of everyone - much better than large group pics. Thanks Robert

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 CANDLE LADY helpful negative off topic

Do you think it was my vacation or ...

2012-12-23 05:46 AM

Thank you, Yin Yang. :)

RH

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 COMMENT 356876P helpful negative off topic

Miramar Progress

2012-12-23 02:28 AM

I grew up in the late 1950's. To me, it is a tragedy that the old Miramar, is disappearing. This was the American vacation resort lifestyle of the immediate postwar era, and as such, deserved to be preserved.

Had it been me, as opposed to Mr. Profiteer Caruso, I would have purchased the property on the premise, and after determining feasibility of a complete RESTORATION, of the existing buildings. My focus would have been on restoring everything to be as close as possible to the original design, furnishings, fittings, etc, while having the functionality of a more modern facility.

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New Laws for Motorists

2012-12-23 12:17 AM

I just learned this and was wondering how many other people know about it. There is a "box" in my car that gathers data on the way that I drive. I asked at the dealership about it and they claimed that the data it collects is downloaded by them and used them as a aid to repairing the car. Now, I live in a neighborhood where there are alot of turns to be made and when I am out and there is no one to see my turn signal I don't signal. This little box makes a note of that. So, if I am involved in a accident that involves making a turn, they can, but they claim that they don't, use the information previously recorded to point out that in regular driving (thru the neighborhood), I don't use my turn signal. They also record hard stops, fast acceleration, and speeds over 70 mph.

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