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Timing is Everything in the Finance World

August 25, 2020
Timing is Everything.  So much in life depends on being in the right place at the right time.  I tend to look at the positive and bright side of things.  We woke up one day and found ourselves quarantined at home.  The market plummeted and some bought stocks at the low and made healthy returns.  I am risk-averse to gambling.

Here is the big positive in these times. We have all been given a present from the fed. We also woke up to find the lowest interest rates in history. A true gift. Imagine waking up and for not doing anything at all you were able to save hundreds of dollars and or pay the same amount on your mortgage and reduce your term substantially or even one year. A year of mortgage payments can be thousands of dollars. This gift was not earned, we did not have to do anything. It is a gift and I am lucky enough to be in the business of helping people utilize this gift.

We have hit lows and timing is everything. One can never call or time the market and if we could we would all be rich.  On the other hand, I've been in this business since 1989 and I've seen people mass great fortunes through proper real estate investing and financing.

Where else can one use other people's money and do so well over the long term?  Real estate has always appreciated over the long term. The use of leverage (financing) with such a small amount out of pocket, considering the size of the investment, is amazing. Now is the time to take a look at your mortgage and debts and make some smart decisions.

Below are examples of smart decisions made by my mortgage clients recently:  

Closed a refinance where my client went from a 30 year down to a 20 year and is paying a bit more each month but the interest savings over the term he is saving is substantial. This client paid to buy down the rate with 1.5 points. It made sense for him. He is a Chief Financial officer at a large company. He is well aware that he can write off the points. His focus was not on lower payments but on saving the total interest of the term.  

Closed a refinance for a client you just refinanced back in October of 2019. It made sense as they saved a few hundred dollars more. I was able to put him in a 29-year loan so that he did not have to start over at 30.

I successfully closed a refinance where my client only had 13 years left on the mortgage. We refinanced at a lower rate and brought them down to a 12-year mortgage. It made sense even with the closing costs.

I successfully closed on a refinance where we consolidated a car loan and other credit card debt saving my client $875 a month.

I successfully closed a refinance on a purchase loan where my client was able to take advantage of a 29-year special.  I can do a loan term anywhere from 8 to 30 years.

If you do not own real estate, now is the time to take advantage of these rates. I have told my clients that you don't have to live in the home to get in the game. You could buy a property and rent it out and still rent where you want.  

Take advantage of this gift and the time in the current market while you can. As they say, "Today is a gift"!

Contact me today to discuss your real estate and mortgage objectives and opportunities!

Alexander Pfleger
Mobile: 619-339-7334


 

How to Make Road Tripping Fun During A Pandamic

August 22, 2020

An 18-hour road trip was not in the plans when we booked our flights to Idaho this year. Many people have canceled trips, rescheduled, or decided to take a road trip. By the time we decided to cancel our flights and hit the road, we only had two days to prepare. These are trying and sometimes lonely times for many and seeing family responsibly is important.

We had all dreamed for months of staying in the Cascade mountains, reconnecting with friends and family outdoors, and just getting away from the routine of home. Canceling the trip was just not an option for us. After packing up the van we headed for Santa Barbara, San Simeone, Big Sur, and Carmel. To say this was a beautiful drive would be an understatement.

We stayed in a quiet hotel in San Simeone, woke up the next day to take a walk on the beach across the street. This morning stroll prepared us for the moment we had all been waiting for, the drive through beautiful Big Sur. We stopped many times along the way to enjoy the expansive ocean views. Our favorite spot included a short hike down to a quiet beach. The kids looked for unique rocks and shells, while we admired the waves.

There were bumps along the road, but we were all together and this time in the car with our family was worth it. We stayed in Idaho for over two weeks visiting the Cascade mountains, McCall, Boise, and other areas. The best part by far was staying in the family cabin, biking to the lake every day, and watching the cousins play together.

We left Idaho the same way we came with not much of a plan. We considered going through Oregon, Point Reyes, even San Francisco, but it was time to get home the fastest way possible. Thankfully we were able to book a hotel in Reno. It was clean, quiet, and within walking distance to shops. A
ccording to Guinness Book of World Records, the Whitney Peak Hotel is known for having the world's tallest climbing wall. In the morning, we walked by the river, checked out a few shops, took pictures with the art displays, and grabbed a coffee for the walk back.


Our final stop was South Lake Tahoe, we hiked in Emerald Bay and enjoyed taking pictures of 
Vikingsholm Castle. The view of the lake and Fannette Island from the road was breathtaking. We eventually made our way down to the beach to explore and take in the lake view. Truly a beautiful place to visit.

We took many precausions on the road trip, including packing a cooler with food so we didn't have to eat out. The van was stocked with plenty of masks and sanitizer. It was an adventure to remember.


Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

Big Sur
Big Sur

Big Sur
Big Sur


South Lake Tahoe


South Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, Fannette Island


South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe

Vikingsholm Castle
Vikingsholm Castle


Vikingsholm Castle

Vikingsholm Castle
Vikingsholm Castle

river in Reno
Reno

Rock Climbing Wall Reno
Rock Climbing Wall in Reno

Reno Arch
Reno
 

Crystal Pier Hotel: 11 Reasons Why its the Best Staycation in San Diego

June 10, 2020
Staying at the Crystal Pier Hotel was worth every penny. May is always a big month of celebrating a birthday, wedding anniversary, and Mother's Day. We called the Crystal Pier Hotel to see if they had any openings. We were able to book three weekday nights before Memorial Day weekend. It can be difficult to reserve a cottage because they are usually booked for loyal visitors who rebook every year.

​We arrived on Wednesday night and stayed through Friday night. The pier was closed to the public to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This made it easy to drive in and guests had the pier all to themselves. Parking spots are right in front of the cottages. We were pleased to find a full-sized refrigerator, stove, and plenty of dishes. The housekeepers were not allowed to come inside the cottages because of COVID-19, but they were always available to give extra towels and coffee. The bedroom had a full-sized bed, white shutters on the windows, and a small closet. They provided extra blankets and sheets for the pull-out bed. We loved listening to the waves crashing underneath us.​

​The best part of our stay was the expansive deck complete with lounge chairs, dining table with umbrella, and a charcoal barbeque. We enjoyed our meals on the deck while taking in the beautiful ocean view. We stayed in cottage #5 which is where the water meets the sand. It was perfect for people watching and enjoying the waves.​

​Guests fished off the pier all day catching a variety of fish including stingrays and bat rays. The little bait shop was closed because of the worldwide health crisis, but the woman who runs the shop gladly delivered shrimp when requested. Checking out was easy and as we were leaving the owner gave us a beautiful magnet of the Crystal Pier Hotel. This was a truly amazing staycation because we felt far from home even though we were only 8 minutes away. To book a reservation or for more information visit their website at crystalpier.com.

11 Reasons Why Crystal Pier Hotel makes for the Best Staycation in San Diego

1. Sleep above the ocean
2. Let the waves rock you to sleep
3. Full kitchen with stove, microwave, and refrigerator
4. Deck with lounge chairs, charcoal barbeque, and table
5. Views, views, and more views
6. Cottage options include studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms
7. Within walking distance to bars, stores, coffee shops, and restaurants
8. Fish right off the pier
9. Daily housekeeping
10. Parking in front of the cottage
11. Watch the dolphins, surfers, and beachgoers

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Lake Miramar: Fun Activities For Water and Nature Lovers

May 19, 2020

A five-mile bike ride surrounded by nature's beauty makes for a perfect afternoon. Choose between the dirt trail, the paved trail, or switch between the two. Miramar Reservoir is located in Scripps Ranch and offers many fun activities for people of all ages to enjoy. The Reservoir has been closed because of the pandemic, but reopened on May 16th for biking, jogging, walking, boating, and fishing. There are several barbeques and picnic tables throughout the park.

On a Sunday afternoon, we put all of our bikes in the truck and made our way to Miramar Lake. We ate lunch at a lake view picnic table. The serene setting was perfect. We brought sushi, chips, sodas, and waters. It was a beautiful, quiet day with very few people around. After lunch, we jumped on our bikes and started on the bike path. There were many little spots to stop and look at the lake. We walked out on the fish floats to be on the water and soak in the sun. Various areas on the dirt path had benches to take a break from biking or jogging. After four miles of biking, we turned around because the gate to the dam was closed. The ride back was just as beautiful.

Miramar Lake is open every day from sunrise to sunset. For information regarding concession and rentals visit rockymountainrec.com.
 The lake is open to private boats, fishing, float tubes, and kayaks seven days a week.

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Must-Do: Ride on the Silvergate Ferry from Downtown San Diego to Coronado Ferry Landing

April 28, 2020
Did you know you can take a ferry between San Diego and Coronado? Picture a beautiful ride with magnificent views of the bay and Downtown San Diego. My family and I ventured out to Coronado Ferry’s Landing. Over 25 shops and restaurants make up this waterfront marketplace. We had lunch at the Village Pizzeria right by the water. The food was delicious especially the garlic knots and meatball sliders. Peohe’s is another popular restaurant offering happy hour prices from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bring the family to enjoy the sandy beach next to the short pier. The palm trees, views of the city, and water make for a serene setting. Bikes, surreys, kayaks, and paddleboards are for rent at the local shops. Hollands Bicycles offers a variety of options, like cruisers, tandems, electric bikes, one and two bench surreys, and more. A two-bench surrey costs $20 for half an hour or $140 for four hours. Make a reservation by visiting www.hollandsbicycles.com. Several boutiques offer souvenirs, resort wear, and accessories.

The Silvergate ship, built in 1888, offers two routes to and from Coronado Ferry Landing. The ferry departs from Broadway Pier and the San Diego Convention Center. Children three and under are free to ride the ferry. A one-way ticket is $5 and covers all fees and taxes. Early commuters get a free ride between the hours of 5:40 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. The crew will provide a return ticket to be used later in the day. View the Ferry schedule by visiting www.coronadoferrylanding.com.

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Entrance to the pier at Coronado Ferry Landing


Flagship Ferry waiting area


Silvergate Ferry in Coronado


View of Downtown San Diego from Coronado


Small beach next to Coronado Ferry Landing pier


Small grassy area and beach at Coronado Ferry Landing


Boardwalk at Coronado Ferry Landing


Shops and Dining at Coronado Ferry Landing


Souvenir shop at Coronado Ferry Landing


Small pond at Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace


Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace


Sunset views from Coronado Ferry Landing


Pier near Peohe's restaurant at Coronado Ferry Landing
 

11 Tried and True Recipes Anyone Can Make During Quarantine

March 24, 2020
This is a good time to share some of my favorite recipes. Please enjoy!

Cheesy Italian Beef Bake
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 jar (26 ounces) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese softened
1/3 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix 1 1/2 cups milk

Steps
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches, with cooking spray. Cook beef in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain. Stir in pasta sauce.

2. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning in a small bowl until smooth and creamy.

3. Spoon half of the beef mixture (about 2 cups) into a baking dish. Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture evenly onto beef mixture. Spoon remaining beef mixture over cream cheese mixture.

4. Stir 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the Bisquick mix and milk in a medium bowl until blended. Pour over beef mixture.

5. Bake uncovered 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Bake 5 minutes longer. Let stand at least 10 minutes before cutting.



Brown Sugar Meatloaf
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup finely crushed saltine cracker crumbs

Steps
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan.

2. Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.

3. In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf. Place on top of the ketchup.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.



Chicken Enchiladas
1 package (10 ct) Medium Flour Tortillas
2 cans of Cream of Chichen Soup
4-6 chicken breasts: Cooked and Chopped
1 small onion: Chopped
3 cups of grated Cheddar Cheese
1 container (8oz) of Sour Cream
Garlic powder + salt + pepper (to taste)

Steps
1. Mix chopped and cooked chicken, onion, soup, chilies, sour cream, and 1 1/2 cups of cheese. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

2. Spray pan with cooking spray. Roll each tortilla with 1/2 - 3/4 cup of mixture. Place in pan seam side down. Cover the top with the remaining mixture.

3. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for 5 minutes.



Dumplings

2 chicken breasts
4 eggs
2 teaspoons of salt
3 cups of flour
Milk
1 can of Chicken Broth
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup

Steps
1. Boil chicken until it falls apart. Let it cool in the broth. Save the broth. Cut the chicken up and dump it back in the broth.

2. Mix eggs and salt. Add flour. Pour in milk (just enough to stir it). Mix until you think your arm is going to fall off.

3. Broil the broth. Add the can of chicken broth into it.

4. Hold a teaspoon in the boiling broth to get it hot (this is to prevent the dough from sticking to the spoon. Scoop a spoonful of the dough, then hold it in the broth and shake the spoon until the dough falls off. Repeat until all the dough is gone.

5. Add the cream of chicken soup. Dumplings are done when they float to the top.



Rice Cones
3 cups of white long-grain rice
6 cups of milk
Dash of salt

Steps
1. Cook rice until done, then let it cool.

2. Mix 2 eggs and 1 cup of milk.

3. Fill another bowl with breadcrumbs.

4. Spray your hands with cooking spray. Grab a handful of rice and shape it into a cone (ball). Roll the cone in the breadcrumbs. Then, roll the cone in the milk and egg. Next, roll it in the crumbs again.

5. Fry cones in hot oil until brown on all sides. Cover with ketchup and eat.



Busy Day Chicken and Rice
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice (uncooked)
4-6 chicken breasts
6 tablespoons of butter
1 package of dry onion soup mix
6 cups of boiling water
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps
1. Grease 9 x 13 Rectangular Glass Baking Dish.

2. Cover bottom with rice. Arrange chicken on top of rice and dot with butter.

3. Sprinkle onion soup over it. Add salt and pepper. Pour boiling water over it.

4. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.



Chicken Pot Pie
2 count Pie Crusts (in the frozen section)
2 cooked and chopped chicken breasts
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can of Cream of Potatoe Soup
1/4 cup of chopped onion
1/3 cup of chopped carrots
1/3 cup of chopped broccoli
1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste

Steps
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

2. Follow directions on the package for two-pie crust.

3. Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool. Then serve.



Beer-battered Fish Tacos
1 package of corn tortillas
1 lb. cod, cut into 16 slices
1 cup of dark beer
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of canola oil

Steps
1. Make the white sauce first (recipe below).
2. Prepare all sides (list below).
3. Stir dark beer and flour (may need to add more flour or beer) until pancake consistency.
4. Dip and cover slices of fish (not frozen) into the beer and flour mixture.
5. Fry dipped fish slices in canola oil in frying pan until both sides are golden brown.
6. Place fried fish onto a rack.

Sides
Shredded Cheese (or Pepper Jack)
Chopped Cilantro
Chopped Onion
Chopped Cabbage
Limes
Hot sauce

White sauce recipe
1 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Steps
1. Mix all ingredients. Then refrigerate until ready to eat.

Last step: Heat corn tortillas. Place fried fish on warm corn tortillas, add a spoonful of white sauce, then add desired sides on taco.



PHILADELPHIA 3-Step Cheesecake
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)

Steps
1. Heat oven to 325°F.
2. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add eggs; beat just until blended.
3. Pour into crust.
4. Bake 40 min. or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours.
5. Topping: Pie Filling & Topping, Original Country Cherry



Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie Copycat
2 cups chocolate or dark chocolate almond
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 frozen bananas

Steps
In a Vitamix blender, add ingredients in order listed. Blend on high until smooth and slushy.



Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Steps
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.

3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
 

Online Resources for Everyone During the Stay-At-Home Order

March 23, 2020
This is an interesting, uncertain, and unprecedented time. We are keeping our clients, friends, and family in our thoughts and doing our best to remain as optimistic as possible. This time will pass and we will be left with gratitude for things we use to take for granted.

When you are struggling to understand the global situation we are facing it helps to stay present. Spiritual leader Eckhart Tolle says, “To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself; otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river.”

In this day and age we can connect socially using technology. The phrase "social distancing" doesn't sit right with me because as humans we need social connection. In my family, we have chosen to "physically distance" from our family and friends as to protect them and us, but social distancing hasn't happened. We have been staying in contact through Zoom, Facetime, and Messenger Kids.

The internet is full of great resources people of all ages can use. Below you will find links to audiobooks, music lessons, mindful mediations, exercise programs, and even some of my favorite recipes.

Online Resources to Enjoy During This Time at Home

San Diego Public Library - Library patrons can access a collection of 125,000 audiobooks, e-books, and e-magazine collection 24 hours a day virtually. The Libby (e-books) and Flipster (e-magazines) apps give access to magazines and books.

Hoffman Academy - FREE 30 day premium trial of online piano lessons. Receive online music lessons for beginners including worksheets, audio tracks, games, worksheets, and activities.

LesMills OnDemand - FREE 14 day trial. Work out in the comfort of your own home with unlimited access to programs taught in 21,000 gyms all over the world.

UCLA Mindfull App -  Find the free UCLA Mindful App on iTunes or Google Play, download the guided meditations here https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations, or stream. Kindly recorded by UCLA MARC's Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston.

Learn at Home website - Scholastic lauched this website with daily lessons that combine stories, prompts for writing activities and drawings, and videos. Grade levels include pre-K, kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 and up.

11 Tried and True Recipes Anyone Can Make During Quarantine - Family recipes include Brown Sugar Meatloaf, Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Pot Pie, Beer-Battered Fish Tacos, 3-Step Cheesecake, and more.
 

The Cliffs in La Jolla are Beautiful But Don't Get Too Close

March 17, 2020
La Jolla is one of the most beautiful places in San Diego. The expansive cliffs, numerous sea lions, incredible views of the coast, and classy shops and dining options attract thousands of visitors daily. On a beautiful Sunday in March, the 8th to be exact, I ventured out to find a coffee shop with an ocean view and to take a nice walk around La Jolla Cove. It takes patience to find parking, but eventually one of the 2-hour spots near the grassy area will become available.

Having been to The Living Room Coffeehouse on Prospect Street only a handful of times, I wasn't positive I would find what I was looking for. Thankfully, a little table in the back was situated above a walkway leading right to the ocean. After the barista finished with my tasty handcrafted mocha, I settled into my seat to soak in the view. Considering it was at the beginning of what is now being called the pandemic, there were only a few people scattered about. They have a great menu including cookies, pastries, muffins, scones, chicken pie, quiche, soup, hummus, and many more delicious items.

After enjoying my time at the coffeehouse I made my way to the cliffs near the Sunny Jim Cave. The ocean view is incredible with walkways, trees, and cliffs. I walked over by the cliffs where many people were looking out over the ocean. Many kayakers in the water, from La Jolla Shores, were being instructed on how to get in and out of the caves. The sea lions and seals were barking and grunting loudly below. As I climbed closer to the edge of the cliff to take pictures of the waves crashing on the rocks below I could see other people getting dangerously close to the edge.

As I was about to go up the wooden stairs to walk back to my car a firefighter ran by me. Turns out there was a woman who fell about 10 feet. Before I knew it a cliff rescue was in full force. It was amazing to see the amount of care and attention the firefighters put into rescuing this woman. She had injured her ankle and was cold from the breeze. One firefighter brought her several blankets, while another asked if she needed medication for the pain. It took some time before they pulled her up. She was in good spirits, but extremely embarrassed. Every year firefighters are forced to rescue people who either get stuck on the cliff or fall. Be careful so you can enjoy the day and not end up in the emergency room or worse.

Before you leave head over to the La Jolla Cave store where you can pay $5 a person to go into the cave. The steps are long and slippery so be prepared to get a workout. Once you get to the bottom there is a nice lookout point. It's a great experience for anyone who has never been in a cave before. The store has jewelry, shells, and trinkets for sale, so grab a souvenir or keepsake to remember this wonderful experience.

This is an unprecedented time and as always we are dedicated to helping our clients in the buying or selling process. San Diego stay healthy and stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Cliffs in La Jolla near The La Jolla Cave Store


Cliff rescue in La Jolla


Successful cliff rescue in La Jolla


Wooden bench overlooking the Cliffs in La Jolla


Ocean view from the cliffs in La Jolla


La Jolla Cove beach


Sunny Jim Cave in La Jolla


Stairway to Sunny Jim Cave
 

The Secrets Of The Magic Castle A Private Invite-Only Club

February 14, 2020
Have you heard of The Magic Castle in Los Angeles? A family friend who lives in Playa Del Rey promised to try to score us tickets to this private, invite-only club. Months later we were gifted VIP tickets to attend The Magic Castle. Weekdays and evenings are reserved for adults only, however, families can attend brunch on the weekends. The only weekday available was a Monday, which was inconvenient for us. We opted for making reservations for Sunday brunch with family and friends.

The valet was ready for us as we pulled up to the legendary castle. There was a line to get in as the attendant briefs each party on what to expect. The dress code is strictly enforced and anyone not adhering to the code will be denied entrance. My daughter had to check in her coat and was told by the valet to change her shoes. Ironically, once we were admitted we noticed another young girl with the same shoes my daughter was told to change. Also, be prepared to take pictures outside and in the lobby as taking pictures is not permitted inside the club.

We finally entered the exclusive club and truthfully it was not what we were expecting. There was a bartender available as we entered, we were given the schedule of magic shows, and directed on where to go. The staff told us to get in line early for the shows as they tend to fill up. We expected magicians to be walking around everywhere doing tricks. Although, this wasn't the case we had a terrific time and the kids loved it.

The first show we attended was a children's magic show. Our kids sat in the front row and laughed at everything Tricky Tim the Magician did. The tricks were funny and intriguing. Our brunch reservation was later in the day, so we had plenty of time to see another show. The magicians, both professional and amateur, were passionate about their craft.

Our friend's young son was getting hungry so we asked for an earlier brunch reservation. Surprisingly, we were given an earlier time slot. The buffet-style brunch is $45 per person and includes prime rib, crab legs, smoked salmon, eggs benedict, shrimp cocktail, pastries, chicken nuggets, an omelet station, unlimited mimosas, ice cream, and more. After brunch, they gave us each a ticket for a special magic show. Last but not least, Irma the invisible piano player was a big hit. She takes musical requests. My oldest son asked her to play his favorite song "Blue Sky."

If you are interested in visiting The Magic Castle I have a few suggestions on how to get an invite. First, when booking a room for The Magic Castle hotel ask them to also book your visit to The Magic Castle. Second, meet people, ask around, visit magic stores in Los Angeles, anywhere you might meet a magician who may feel inclined to give you a ticket.

For more information visit magiccastle.com.











 

Eight Features Of The San Diego Public Library That You May Not Know

January 16, 2020
With over 30 public libraries in San Diego, there are so many resources for people of all ages. After visiting the Point Loma library with my three kids in tow I felt prompted to write this post. The librarian was very friendly and helpful when it came to finding and checking out books. My kids were excited to choose their library cards and electronically check out books by themselves. We were happy to find out the city is no longer charging a fee for items returned late. This library has a good size book store to purchase used books and a large kids area with comfortable reading corners. The boat design leading downstairs to the Teen and Children's area is very fun and has an area underneath for reading.

In January alone the events calendar for the Point Loma/Hervey Library location is chock-full of great activities. There's something for everyone including storytime, lego or chess club, Zumba, emerging poets gathering, gaming, and even a Prep Academy to prepare high schoolers for the SAT & ACTs.

Interested in trying out a 3D printer? Several locations offer this service. Make an appointment at the library of your choice, but keep in mind the rule is one item per day up to 2 hours a day. Scanning and 3D printing are free, but it is required to stay in the lab to monitor prints.

Eight features that make San Diego Public Libraries great:

1. Homework help for kids and teens as well as a variety of events and fun activities
2. Summer and winter reading challenges offering rewards to encourage young readers
3. Resume strategies workshop and What to say during job interviews workshop
4. Resources for Veterans such as connecting them with benefits they are entitled to
5. Reserve rooms for gaming on Xbox or Wii
6. Exercise classes
7. Legal clinic for men and women experiencing homelessness
8. Free computer classes

Get more information about locations, directions, and events by going to their website at https://sandiego.librarymarket.com.

If you have any questions about San Diego real estate or to just say hi, please contact Alexander Pfleger. Our company can assist with selling or buying a home, financing, refinancing, and even reverse mortgages.

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Point Loma Library
Entrance of Point Loma/Hervey Library


Teens & Children's area


Stairs leading to the downstairs


Computers in the children area


Comfortable reading area for kids


Surfboard tables in the downstairs area
 
 

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