Category archives for: Columns

TV Time-Out

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The “good ol’ days” are gone. And that is a good thing.

I lived in the Valley of the Sun when television reception was more of a disaster than a joke. Before cable. Before satellite. Before hundreds of stations. We had two or three that could be picked up by antennas. Dave Casper was not the only ghost who played football on TV. Every football player, baseball player, basketball player and hockey player looked like a ghost on the tube. Most of the time one could see the football or

Ask Mr. Marketing: A classy way to stand out in the graduating crowd

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Congratulations, graduates! You’ve received diplomas, some gifts and maybe even a scholarship or two.

Before all hell breaks loose and you get into summer celebrations, consider how mailing a thank you note to the gift-giver or scholarship committee will differentiate you from the majority of students and really make your reputation shine.

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ open today

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New in Theaters — June 06

Edge of Tomorrow PG13 A Lt. Col. is thrown into a time loop as he relives each battle against an unstoppable alien race and gains strategy. Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

The Fault in Our Stars PG13 Two exceptional teens discover love and their common interests while being treated at a cancer center. Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern

Ramona deputies step up underage drinking patrols

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With Ramona high school graduations this week, the last article anyone wants to read is about graduates being severely injured or killed as a result of alcohol-related incidents.

For that reason, the Ramona Sheriff’s Substation has been doubling its enforcement level to focus on the Social Host Ordinance, underage drinking and minors in possession of alcohol during the two weeks surrounding high school graduations.

Even Big Bird makes mistakes

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The email you forwarded was well-designed, had a cohesive message, and was obviously targeted to a house mailing list. It appears to be part of a multi-segment campaign, with messaging that probably includes direct mail, events and other communications outlets.

However, I was troubled by the greeking. Greeking — also known as Lorem Ipsum — is dummy text mimicking everyday language patterns. It’s used by graphic designers to fill space until actual text can be written.

And as you probably noticed, the entire right hand column of the email was Lorem Ipsum.

Narcolepsy in Horses – Did You Know?

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The other day I was having lunch with a friend, and she mentioned that a gal she knows has a horse that may have narcolepsy. It caught my breath. I had never considered that this disorder may occur in the equine species.

Horses sleep so little each day that I would never imagine narcolepsy would happen for them. Horses rest a lot. In fact, most of every day is eating or resting, but actual sleep is not part of their nature.

Adult horses sleep about three hours in a 24-hour period, with younger horses and senior-aged horses sleeping more than that, just as in the human species.

Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Corner: Nixle — emergency information now

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Would you like to receive free official emergency notifications if there is a fire, hazard or danger in your neighborhood? Are you doing everything you can to protect and defend your family if a fire or natural disaster struck?

While you prepare your emergency supplies, be sure to prepare your “digital emergency lifeline” as well. Start preparing by signing up for Nixle alerts for your phone and your computer.

‘Divergent,’ ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ open March 21

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Need for Speed PG13An mechanic/race car driver of good character is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and plots his revenge in prison.

300: Rise of an Empire R During the Battle of Marathon, Darius is killed and his son, Xerxes, will battle the Greek warrior, Themistocles.

Ramona’s Trainer: Are you FITTE?

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Everyone wants to be FIT, but not everyone understands the benefits of being FITTE. The FITTE principle has been a long-term component of personal training and coaching for years.

The FITTE principle is used to help keep you moving forward and making progress. I know, you’re in the dark and have no clue what I’m talking about, so let me explain.

‘Tis is the season for desert camping

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It’s still desert season. If you’ve never been camping in the desert with your horse ­— or if you’ve ever been — there is one camp you should not miss. Stage Coach Trails and Horse Camp is fantastic for first timers and seasoned camp veterans.

Large sites, hookups for those of you with luxury model trailers, restrooms, showers and laundry for those of us with basic trailer accommodations, you will be comfortable for an overnight stay or a weeklong adventure.

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