Archive for the ‘Temecula’ Category

Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Living in the desert between San Diego and Los Angeles, the advent of efficient, reliable and inexpensive air conditioning was a pre-requesite for building multi-story homes in our region. Single story ranch homes were always possible, though they’d get very hot, but a multi-story building will trap heat in such a way that they are unlivable for weeks at a time in the summer.

Like last week, which saw temperatures up to 107ºF (42ºC).

On Thursday afternoon, our 22 year old air conditioning unit said, “That’s it.” We still don’t know how the fan managed to damage itself this badly. The top blade is 2/3 ripped across, but nothing else in the assembly was hurt. Pretty amazing. Had it back up and running 24 hours later.

Summer is Here

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Definitely summertime now.

Five Years of Difference

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Three images from different times. Click for a larger image.

Camilla and Tanya Star Students

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Camilla and her friend Tanya are the joint recipients of the Star Student of the Month award at Temecula Montessori for March. We’re very proud. Video below has their teacher’s comments on both of them.

After the Storm

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Jogging Again

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Today is the first morning in a week that we’ve had no rain. An excellent time to go jogging! I wasn’t the only one who thought so. I met at least twenty people on my run today – other shut-ins who’d been dying to get out and run, walk or otherwise exercise.

The map above was created by the free app, RunKeeper, on my iPhone. Click on it to see a more-or-less accurate map of my speeds, locations and elevations.

Pappy has a sore back leg, so he’s not been going with me for the past few days.


Thursday, November 12th, 2009

fallSometimes, I really miss autumn.

Photo courtesy of John Scalzi’s Whatever, link.

Monday Morning Mega Post

Monday, October 12th, 2009

I’m mad as hell. Updates to the blog have been minimal for two weeks because my laptop graphics card suddenly died on September 27. I phoned in to Apple and, after determining that it probably wasn’t a software glitch, they had me walk it into the new Temecula Apple Store. After twenty minutes, I was told that they would replace it for free (it was a known problem with the Santa Rosa series MacBook Pro; and subject of a prior class action lawsuit) and that it would take 3 to 5 days.

It is now two weeks later. The login on the Apple site spouts the cryptic phrase, “Product return pending.” Say what?


I’m not the only one who’s had these troubles with Apple. Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow switched from Apple to IBM/Lenovo due to service problems. “When I was an Apple user, hardware failures often meant standing in line for 40 min to drop off a Powerbook at a Genius Bar, then coming back a week or two later and waiting 40 minutes again to reclaim it.” With IBM, he has an on-site, next day, world-wide, 100% replacement guarantee for $100 a year. For that price, Apple let’s us find our own cellphones on MobileMe. Advantage: IBM/Lenovo.

Last Spring, when my laptop had similar problems, I was forced to buy a second MacBook Pro to use for the three weeks Apple took mine. There was simply no other option; I have a business to run and the laptop is the center of it (with multiple redundant backups, of course). Being in Eastern Europe, it came with a 75% additional markup (which all goes to unrefundable state sales tax and backsheesh to the company that handles Apple in a tertiary market – I know whereof I speak, I used to own an Apple licensee in Russia during the 1990’s).

Anyway, I’m currently working off an image of my original, missing laptop hard drive (one of my three backups). And I’m not waiting any longer to do my posts. Here they are.

Apple Store Temecula

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Opening Day!

Sept. 26, 10am – We’re not there yet, but I have taken these photos off Twitter. It takes awhile for all six members of the Steussy Ranch to get dressed and get anywhere. Given the line – I think being slower is better for us.



apple_store_temeculaSept 24: The new Apple Store in Temecula is less than a mile away from the Steussy Ranch. I stopped by yesterday morning to get some photos of it. (more…)

Temecula Montessori Spelling Words

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

temecula_montessori_spelling_wordsI’m posting this as a public service for the Temecula Montessori Kindergarten classes. These are the spelling words for the year. Every year, parents and kids misplace this list, which is essential to getting homework done and preparing for tests. Only of interest to a select few people, and you know who you are!

We also have the 1st Grade words here, below.