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 Commentary June 10th, 2010     

The Editor

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Is anyone else as tired as I am of answering the phone(s) only to get a recorded message from a political figure urging us to cast our votes for such and such a candidate or such and such an issue?

Once or twice I had an actual live person call me. One I told I didn’t have time for this call and it was a pain in the butt; I then hung up. Even those candidates whom I support and/or have endorsed, I hang up before the recording is done. I just don’t want to be bothered and, frankly, I resent the intrusion. I really wonder if candidates don’t hurt the candidacy by such tactics. They irritate the dickens out of me (and I’m a nice gentle creature.)

A sad tale of woe for the many patrons at Ray Alto’s Jalapeno Steak House and Cantina.

photoBeautiful Alicia Dominguez, one of Ray’s great waitresses, has decided to attend Photography School in the San Franciso area. Her last day was last Friday and she will have left yesterday for the Bay area. Our loss, their gain.

Alicia is close to having her Associates Degree in Fashion Design but decided she wanted to change Majors to Photography and she likes the school up north.

Coming from a family of 12, she’ll be almost on her own; but she’ll be staying with a sister in San Jose so will have a short commute to school.

Alicia was a very popular waitress at the Jalapeno Grill and was always a pleasant sight for these ancient eyes.

Good luck to Alicia. She’ll be back from time to time to say hello to all her patrons and pals at Jalapeno.
Speaking of loud commercials ------- is anyone else offended by the commercials on tv that are about 300 decibels higher than the regular program? Apparently so. There are two bills before Congress right now that would outlaw the practice. There are currently two Bills in Congress: H.R. 1084 and Senate Bill 2847 which if passed would not allow advertisers to have the volume any louder than the Programs…HR 1084 would require the Federal Communications Commission to prescribe a standard to preclude commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program material they accompany. This bill has been passed in the House. The bill now goes on to be voted on in the Senate. Senate Bill 2847 on Dec 8, 2009, was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee. In other words, if you want this bill to pass . . . you need to raise some hell. Our current Senator is Barbara Boxer. You might start with raising hell with her.

It’s a political year, you know. Maybe she’ll try to hold on to her seat and do something good for her constituents.
Happy to report that, given all the weirdos walking the streets these days (one of whom, thankfully, is locked away for life) that Family Karate, 410 W. Felicita, in Escondido, is offering Self Defense Classes for Women this Saturday, June 12th from 1pm to 4:00. COST$20 donation per person. Proceeds go to a local battered women's shelter. This is purely a community service, not a solicitation to join Family Karate (however, from personal experience, I can tell you Family Karate is a class outfit. Its owner, Steve Truscott, is not only a Master Teacher of the art of Karate but he is a fantastic human being as well. The instructors for this Self Defense Class are Ray Plevyak and Rick Pearson, who are 4th degree and 3rd degree black belts in Tae Kwon Do. Ray and Rick are internationally certified instructors and have been putting on these seminars since 2004. They will demonstrate effective basic techniques to avoid becoming a victim. Then it is your turn to try them out for yourself. The class is designed for girls and boys 12-18, and women of all ages are welcome. Sweat pants, a comfortable shirt, and tennis shoes are highly recommended. We also recommend that you bring a bottled water. If interested, email Rick Pearson at to save your spot, or if you have questions. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

Disclaimer . . . Rick Pearson and I are close friends and fellow Kiwanians. Evelyn Madison has taken this class, while I only observed. It was an afternoon well spent.
Kudos to Dave Schmitt, who received The Evelyn Madison Award last Saturday at the Division 37 Council Meeting.

The Evelyn Madison Award is given annually to the outstanding Kiwanian within the Division. This is the third year of the award.

Schmitt is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hidden Valley, the ‘morning club’ of Escondido (as opposed to the ‘noon club’ more formally known as the Escondido Kiwanis Club).

Schmitt is a past Lieutenant Governor, past president, currently Region Two Trustee - and is active on almost every service project his Hidden Valley Club sponsors, as well as Kiwanis District International projects.

He is constantly on the move, spending probably at least as much time in Kiwanis as in his business. He has well earned the title of ‘Mr. Kiwanis.’ He’s a great role model as well, working with Kiwanis Key Clubs throughout Escondido.

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