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The Dream

Written by Ray Shay 


Some weeks, I feel like I can't write the story I have planned, because something occurs that sends me down another path. A path I may have been avoiding for years. I have learned that I must stay on the treacherous trail until I can see the actual words of my story written in black and white. Until I finish the journey, I am a tormented man. 

The first hint that I was going to write about "the dream" came when a close friend's father unexpectedly passed away a few days ago. The very next day another friend lost his dad, who passed away only a few weeks after his mom. 

After he told me of his loss, I walked out of his formal office and stepped on to the elevator. I thought I was alone. As I watched the floor numbers illuminate above me and slowly begin counting down, I wished I could think about something else. Anything else. I then realized there was an unwanted passenger with me. It was the pain of their losses as well as my own, so many years ago. 


As dumb luck would have it, a few hours later, I stopped by the San Diego Police Department Northeastern Substation to clean out my locker. I opened the door and stared at the only photograph I had taped to the inside. It is of my father and my brother, Rick. It was one of the many occasions I took my dad on a police ride-a-long.

Patrol carI know I violated SDPD regulations when I took my dad on so many ride-a-longs. He just loved them so much, and I liked having him next to me. Once, I was off duty and driving my dad to a Padres game in my unmarked company car when an emergency radio call was broadcast of an armed robbery in progress. My dad got a wry smile on his face when I asked if he wanted to go.   will never forget his answer, "Heck, I can go to a Padres game anytime."  


My dad never seemed, "old" to me. He was just "dad." I know he was 76 when we
watching the ball
Optical Landing System 
"The Ball" 
went to breakfast at the Hob Knob Hill restaurant in Hillcrest before I drove him to Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla. It was for a voluntary but "necessary" surgery that really wasn't. Looking back, I never should have let him do it.   


Our dad was a naval aviator, and he often told all of us seven kids, "keep your eye on the ball," referring to life in general and the optical landing system that assisted pilots in landing their airplanes on aircraft carriers. I failed to do that with him. It was an epic fail on my part. After all, he was my responsibility. 


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MoleReportThe Mole Sez
The Mole Report - City Pump Station and Donut Touch Ready to Open!

Hey Boss, 

I was doing some tunnel maintenance near Del Norte High School when I hit what do you call it, concrete? I was way over 30 feet underground and on da south side of Camino Del Sur.  I heard da workers say it is a City of San Diego pump station they were building.  


Boss, it is built like a tank! I guess it will be underground, so people will not have any idea it is even there, but I thought I should pass it on. I like keeping my tunnel system complete...and you up to date.   


Da other thing to tell ya is Donut Touch is very close to opening next to Fresh & Easy and Starbucks in 4S Ranch Village. They are going to serve fresh donuts and bagels. Boy, boss we're ready for some real Jersey bagels. It will also be a great sandwich place with only Boar's Head's meats.   


Can't wait, boss! Mole out!

EditorsCornerEditor's Corner
Keri's Weekly Update: Community Bulletin Board and Events Calendar
Thanks for sending your flyers for the Community Bulletin Board - keep them coming! If you have a flyer you would like included, take a photo and email it to me, and I will include it the following week.
Also, feel free to send me items for our School and Community Events calendar. Have a great week!
Weekin4S4S Ranch Report

Blowbunny Salon Now Open in 4S Commons!

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Congratulations to Suzanne Bartlett and her team at Blowbunny for blowbunny opening next to European Wax Center in 4S Commons! 


Blowbunny offers blowout services and a world-class extension bar, right here in 4S Ranch. The friendly staff and chic atmosphere make it a great place to get runway quality hair, in under an hour. 


As part of their grand opening, Blowbunny is offering our readers a discount on services until November 15. You must use the coupon in their grand opening flyer, which you can find and print hereGo visit Suzanne and her crew soon!

Registration is Open for 4S Ranch Girls Softball

4S Girls softball 

Registration is now open for 2014 4S Ranch Spring Recreation Girls Softball. Softball is a great way for girls to learn about teamwork, get some exercise and have fun with their friends.


Registration and more information is available on the league's website. Early bird pricing ($20 savings!) is available through November 14, so sign up now!

DelNorteDel Norte News
Del Norte News: Red Ribbon Week and Ferris Bueller's Final Weekend
Written by Bryce Lennan 
It's Red Ribbon Week once again at Del Norte as the Nighthawks renew their pledge to be drug free! Over the course of the week, students will have several opportunities to show their anti-drug spirit, including Red Shirt Wednesday (all students who wear a red shirt get a treat at lunch) and Red Accessory Thursday (hats, gloves, scarves, jewelry, etc.). Then on Friday, students above the age of 17 can donate blood during lunch to the San Diego Blood Bank as a part of the ASB Blood Drive. This week, red is the go-to color to show 4S Ranch what the Nighthawks are made of.

Also, if you missed the first two showings of the Stagestruck production of the beloved Ferris Bueller's Day Off, there are still two more performances (Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26). The play is a unique take on the original story with some great student-produced content that exemplifies the immense talent that the Del Norte drama department has to offer. Tickets are $7 pre-sale and $10 at the door, and all proceeds go to the drama department and future productions. Don't miss this great opportunity to have a fun night out and support Del Norte's talented thespians in the process!
SchoolsSchool & Community Events Calendar
Week of October 22-29
- Tuesday, Oct. 22: Mt. Carmel High School, PUSD College Fair from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 25: Del Norte High football v. San Marcos
- Friday, Oct. 25: Stone Ranch Elementary, Movie Night
BitsPiecesBits & Pieces
Del Sur Family Carnival Was a Big Hit This Weekend!  
Many families headed to the Del Sur Carnival this weekend. There were games, rides, snacks and an all-around good time for all ages!

QuoteQuote of the Week
Mark Twain

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. 
A man who lives fully is prepared to die." 
- Mark Twain


RecipeRecipe of the Week
Warm Spaghetti-Squash Salad
Spaghetti squash is delicious and easy to find in the fall. 
Check out this delicious warm salad!

GardeningKatie's Gardening Tips
Contrasting Plant Textures 
One of my favorite plant combinations features different textures. The spikes of New Zealand Flax (Phormium) and the globe-shaped bud clusters of Stonecrop (Sedum 'Autumn Joy') contrast to create an interesting composition. The Orange tree (see photo) punctuates the display. Note that there are no flowers blooming in this composition, but it is still interesting. Take this idea when you pick out plants for your garden. Sometimes texture can be as important as flower color.


Any questions? Give me a call at 858.705.4975 or visit my website. 

HealthCornerHeather's Health Corner
Taking Care of Your Health is Not a Luxury

Your health is more than just nutrition and exercise. It is also dependent on how well you manage your stress levels. While many people think of alternative therapies like massage and acupuncture as luxuries, the truth of the matter is that they can be the best preventative measures you can take for your well being. Receiving a regularly scheduled massage once a month can drastically reduce stress levels, boost your immune system and promote better sleep. By turning to complementary therapies like massage, acupuncture, nutritional counseling and yoga, you will be taking a step in the direction of preventative health care. Why wait for a crisis?   

My passion is to help my clients live the best life possible with optimal health. Please email me to schedule a 15, 30 or 60 minute phone or in-person consultation. 
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Upcoming Homes For Sale on Our One and Only Shay Realtors Community Hub Sneak Peek™  


We put a couple homes into escrow last week and it looks like we will have an Amante home hitting the market soon. We will be staging it and then it will be put on the MLS in the mid $600k range.  Give us a call for details.

ThankYouRunThank You Run
Thank You Run Training Tip #10: Recovery is the Key
Shay Realtors are proud to sponsor the Thank You Run on Thursday, November 28. See below for this week's training tip from Paul Jesse, the race director at Off-Road Pursuits.


Thank You Run Training Tip #10: Recovery is the Key

No matter how much you train you will never reap the rewards if you don't allow your body to recover. Take advantage of your off days from training and let your body rebuild itself from the stresses of your training schedule.


To register for this year's Thank You Run, visit this website.
HouseMatchHouse Match
We Love to Match Buyers & Sellers.
BUYERS: If you have a particular model you are interested in purchasing, our team of expert Buyer Specialists can help make it happen. Email us.


HOMEOWNERS: We have three licensed buyer's specialists that have pre-qualified buyers on the hunt for homes. If you are considering selling your home, please give us a call and let our clients take a quick peek! 


Qualified buyers looking for: 

  • Home in Camino Bernardo, Westwood or Gatewood hills, 1,500 sq. ft. or more., up to $625,000 
  • 4S Ranch home, approximately 3,000 sq. ft. with a view
  • Short sale preferred, full bed and bath downstairs in 4S Ranch or nearby, newer construction
  • Poway School District, preferably 4S Ranch, four bedroom or three bedroom with an office, up to $650,000
  • Del Sur or 4S Ranch, Single Family, Twinhome or Townhome with yard or patio, minimum three bedroom, 1,700 sq. ft.+, up to $650,000
  • Fallbrook, Bonsall, Escondido and surrounding areas with easy I-15 access, minimum three bedroom, three full baths, 2,900 sqft +, single story or master on main level, one acre+ with gentle slope and views a plus! Up to $675,000
  • North County from Valley Center to Oceanside, minimum three bedroom, preferably � acre or plenty of room for three large dogs, no pool, view is desired, up to $500,000
  • Condo or townhome for investment property, preferably Poway Schools, short sale OK, minimum two bedroom with garage, up to $350,000
RentalsRentals & Property Management
Shay Realtors Has a Property Management Division

If you are thinking of leasing your home, let the #1 Sales Team at REMAX Ranch & Beach assist you. Call 858.449.7355.  


Our most recent rental was rented for full price! If you are thinking of renting or selling, be sure to give us a call!


ComunityHubCommunity Hub
 Nonprofit area group? Need a place to meet?
 Would you like to use the Community Hub?
Call Ray or Gretchen for details.

"Every community in the free world needs a Hub." 
- Theresa and Ray Shay  
We currently have several not-for-profit groups using our facility. If you are a teacher, coach or volunteer, we appreciate your service to our community.
Call us at 858.449.7355 if you would like to use the
Community Hub for group meetings.

Paul (future candidate for judge) and Carol Ware visit with Commander Harold Eisinga of the San Diego District Attorney's Office at the Community Hub
FemCity event
Keri Peckham, Theresa Shay and Candice Shaw at FemCity San Diego event at the Community Hub
Taryn Schutte and Kaitlyn O'Hara tested out the rock wall, the most popular attraction at the 
Stone Ranch Elementary Fall Festival

BrokersCornerBroker's Corner: Market Trends

The latest news on local real estate by Ray Shay, Owner/Broker Associate of Shay Realtors of REMAX Ranch and Beach - #1 in home sales in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Let's talk taxes for a minute. I was showing clients some new homes at The Lakes this past weekend. The salesperson began explaining the tax situation that included Mello Roos taxes, which are in addition to our regular tax rate. 


It made me pause when she spoke of the Mello Roos tax rate and added, "It is 30 years long and it is expected to increase about 2 percent per year. Not much at all." I recall thinking the effect of compounding taxes and then the HOA dues which are over $400 a month. And no, that does not include a swimming pool or club membership.   


This brings me to the point of the importance of having an experienced realtor to talk with you about all aspects of home ownership. We have four of the best with Amber. Kendall, Paul and Yolanda on our team. They are all Buyer's Specialists and can help you with a new build or a re-sale.   


The best part is their commission is paid by the seller both in new builds and re-sales. It is like free expertise having a seasoned negotiator working very hard for you. Give us a call and let us help you with one of your biggest purchases.


Local Market Update     


We can provide you with custom weekly reports. You will find easy-to-read graphs with statistics, and valuable information broken down into bite-size pieces about current market trends specifically for our 92127 zip code. Call us at 858.449.7355 or email us today for your custom condo or single family home report.

The Dream


Ray Dad RIck
With my dad and my brother, Rick  

After the surgery, my dad went downhill way too fast. It was only a few months earlier that my mom had passed away in another hospital only a few miles north of where I now stood. 


Theresa and I always arrived before sunrise to be with my father, and we would not leave until long after dark. My dad whispered to me through the side of his oxygen mask that the surgery hurt so much that he wished he had never done it. I told him to hang in there and that we had his carpet cleaned, and he would be back very soon.


Despite him being so weak, I always thought my father would make it.  He touched the several day-old stubble on my face and mumbled something, before drifting into a coma. A few hours later I approved the temporary use of machines to get him over the setback. 


Two days later I was stunned to see him alert and bright-eyed as he walked toward me on the white sandy beach. I could smell the salt in the air and see the crystal blue skies, as the waves crashed against the shore. I was overjoyed.   


I yelled out loud, "Dad, you are okay. You look great!" In the bright morning sunlight I noticed he was not smiling and saw tension in his face and his hazel green eyes. He then said very clearly, "Raymond (not a good sign) this is not what I wanted. You know it."


I recall pausing for a moment and then saying, "Okay, dad...okay." A soft smile slowly crossed his face. He then turned and walked away. The brightness of the sun overtook both of us as I tried unsuccessfully to stop the sunshine, so I could speak with him more. I just could not stop it. I then opened my eyes and found our bedroom was fully awash in sunlight. Theresa and I had both inexplicably overslept, late into the morning. 


On the way back to the hospital, I thought of my dad on all those ride-a-longs in the unforgiving streets of San Diego where he saw me make decisions which frequently dealt with life and death. Challenging decisions, but ones I found routine. Cops are paid and mandated to make those types of decisions on a daily or nightly basis. It is just different when the victim is your own father.


My sisters, Patricia and Sharon, joined Theresa and I as we turned off the machines my dad never wanted. He always said life was for the living, and I know by him visiting me in my sleep he had helped me once again. Making the decision to let him go.  


I guess that is just what parents and family members do for each other.  Which makes each day were here among the living, even more precious. 

Enjoy your week!








Ray and Theresa Shay   


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