Monthly Archives: September 2012

October 2012 Events in Placerville, El Dorado County, and Surrounding Areas

The fall season is now upon us and I would like to share some very exciting upcoming events that are scheduled in and around Placerville, El Dorado County and the surrounding Northern California Counties in the month of October. The month starts out with two events on October 6th which will feature the Bella Vista Craft Fair in Fair Oaks and the Community Parade at Town Center in El Dorado Hills. Next up on the agenda is the Aloha Festival at the Cal Expo on October 13, the Sacramento Home Show at the Cal Expo from October 12-14, and the Fall Festival at Town Center in El Dorado Hills on October 13.

There are a number of Halloween type events around the region and here are a few to check out; The Hands for Hope Haunted House at Town Center in El Dorado Hills every Friday and Saturday from October 12-31, The Hallozeum at the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center on October 27, Halloween Fun at the Nevada City Fair Grounds on October 27 and the Halloween Spooktacular at the Town Center in El Dorado Hills on October 31.

There are several concerts that might be of interest to you in the month of October. First up will be Helen Reddy at the Three Stages at Folsom Lake College on October 1, and Kenny Loggins will be at the Three Stages in Folsom on October 3. Carrie Underwood will be in concert featuring her new hit song “Blown Away” at the Power Balance Pavilion on October 13.

For more information click on this link for a detailed list of events – October 2012 Events

Compliments of the Placerville Real Estate Guy


Oktoberfest 2012

Don’t miss out on the annual Oktoberfest 2012

                                                 This Saturday September 22nd from 3:00- 8:00

(on historic main street)

There will be weiner dog races, music, childrens games, Sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels, strudels, polka dances and of course the famous Chicken Dance

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Placerville News and Updates


Placerville Hardware Turns 160 Years Old

When we have family and friends who come to visit they always like to go and we like to take them to downtown Placerville.

One of our favorite places to take them is into the Placerville hardware store.  All of the nooks and crannies are filled with treasures of old and even some of the newest gadgets of today that one feels they cannot live without.

So much history lies within the walls and floors of this hardware store which turned 160 years old this summer.  The sign on the outside of the shop reads “The oldest Hardware Store West of the Mississippi”.  The Fausel family has owned this store 60 of the last 160 years and when you walk into the store you really get the feeling you are back in the time of the Gold Fever.  To my understanding the floor is the same floor that was in the store at that period of time.

Gold panning is still very popular and with gold prices soaring people still believe they can strike it rich today.  If you would like to try your hands at gold panning this store has it all from gold pans, metal detectors and sluice boxes.  So if you want to give gold panning a try, be sure to stop in and pick up your supplies here and head to the river to try your hands at it.

Thank you Fausel family for keeping the nostalgia and history of the past alive in your store and Happy 160th birthday Placerville Hardware Store.

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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Placerville News and Updates


Social Media is it Really Social?

A husband comes home from a business trip and waited at the airport for his wife to pick him up.  She never showed so he took a taxi home only to find that his wife wasn’t there either.  Thinking this was a little strange and out of the ordinary he called her on the phone and left her this voice message.  “Hey just calling to check in and let you know I arrived home safe, I guess we must have missed each other at the airport.  Anyway, I am home and can’t wait to see you.  It is a little odd that you are not here and it makes me wonder if you received the e-mail that I sent you telling you my trip went longer than planned.  Now that I think of it, when I sent you the text when I was about to board the plane you didn’t respond which was somewhat unusual   Oh well, I guess I will see you soon”.

The wife called her husband back on his cell phone while he was in the shower and she left him this voice message.  Oh that’s funny; I guess you didn’t see my recent post on Facebook where I changed my status to single and that I had moved.  Oh well, you should be receiving a Fed-Ex from my attorney soon.  I wish you all the best though.”

Could this above story be you, or someone you know? 

Is social media destroying our ability to engage and talk to each other?  How many times in my business do I hear I’m not a phone person, just send me a text or email it’s the best way to communicate with me. I am not advocating that we cease from using the technology that helps us improve our efficiency, but I do think that we should not allow it to replace our inate desire to socialize with one another.

The old fashion land phone line is becoming obsolete in many of our homes today.  Just ask yourself how many times in a week do you get a personal call from a friend or family member and not a telemarketer or a solicitor? I have heard from some people that they actually sit across the room from someone else and text or email them instead of talking to them?  That seems crazy but it happens. I know the above story about the couple is a “what if” scenario, but could this really happen?

 In my opinion how can we call it social media when it is really seems to be more anti-social?  If you rely on texting or e-mail as your only form of communication then how can you tell in reading a text or email what the emotion of the person is that is sending the text or e-mail.  I have heard of many cases where people have gotten mad at each other because of the way a text is written where the receiving end takes the text or e-mail the wrong way.

I actually heard of this scenario where a family member said to another family member; “Wow it’s really good to hear you and see your face today as it has been a very long time since we have seen one another.” The family member said; “What do you mean we text and email all the time?” I recently read an article where a 13 year old daughter texted her mom from her bedroom to tell her she wanted cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Now how’s that for room service! I have even been guilty myself of taking the time to text a message that took longer to type out than it would have to actually pick up the phone and have a conversation with the person. But let’s face it we do it all the time.

I guess I am just saying that with all of the technology that exists to make us more efficient, let’s just try to not lose sight of our basic need to socialize in a personal and real way. I think there is a real danger with someone who loses their ability to communicate with other people?  Is it possible that the young teenager of today will be so use to texting as their form of communication that when it comes time to go for a job interview and articulate why they should be the one for the job, will they struggle with the face to face communication and prefer to get a job through texting or email.

Is it all bad? Of course it isn’t.  There are times when we do not have a choice but to communicate through our personal electronic devices, but just like everything else social media should be done in moderation. This way we don’t lose sight of the things that differentiate from the machines and technologies that we have invented to help us be more efficient in order to enjoy our lives as fellow human beings.

Back in 2008 Dentyne put out a campaign called make face to face time and it went like this:

“power down. Log off. Unplug.

Have mercy on your thumbs

Browse the world wide something else.

Send some not-so instant messages,

Undo, hit cancel, Be together,

Make face time!”

I think this is a great idea!  Let’s take the media out of social media and become more social, and if you do maybe you’ll pick up a few more friends to add to your social media list.

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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Other


Remembering September 11th – Officially Known as Patriot Day

Let’s take time today to stop and remember the 2,977 people that were killed in the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on our great nation. President Bush on September 11, 2002 proclaimed this day to always be remembered as Patriot Day.

Even though it is not a national holiday, on the direction of President Bush, our flag should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all government buildings throughout our Country.

Please take some time today to also reflect and remember the families who lost their loves one during this devastating attack on our Country.  At 8:46 a.m., (eastern daylight time) many people will hold a moment of silence, which is the time the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.

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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Other


Mike’s Top Ten Facts about Labor Day

The Labor Day Holiday seems to be the Last Holiday where people are vacationing for the last time, closing up summer homes and barbecuing for the last time before school officially begins.  I thought it would be fun to give you the top ten facts about Labor Day.

10.  The first Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday, September 5th 1882 in  New York.  Matthew McGuire led 10,000 workers who took an unpaid holiday down the streets of New York City.

9.  President Grover Cleveland signs the bill as a National Holiday in 1894 making the first Monday after September a National Holiday

8.  Labor Day is always held on the first Monday of September

7. Labor Sunday was dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor union

6. Traditionally Labor Day marks not wearing of white until Memorial Day.  This tradition has gone by the wayside in recent years

5. Traditionally Labor Day serves as the unofficial end of summer

4.  Labor Day is the 3rd most popular grilling day of the year

3.  The most popular grill foods for Labor Day in this order is burgers, steaks, hot dogs and chicken.

2.  According to the national hot dog and sausage council hot dog season starts on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day

1.  Labor Day Weekend traditionally is the start of the football Season.   



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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


Home Survival Kit

Unfortuantely I have to be the bearer of bad news and tell you summer is almost over (sorry!)  The good news is we get to look forward to my favorite season which is fall.

The trees will begin to turn their beautiful hues of color; we will soon get the morning crispness, the beautiful sunny days and cool evenings.  Along with this come changes in weather.  Storms will begin and typically fall months are considerd very high in fire danger.  I thought it would be good to put out a reminder to every one to do a check list to see  if you are prepared for a disaster.

One of the most important things every home should have is an old rotary or push button phone.  If power lines go down and you are without electricty for days, the old phone can be plugged right into the phone lines giving you access immediately.  This is really important in case of an emergency.

Every emergency kit will be a little different in each case depending on family’s specific needs.  Make sure that everyone in the family knows what is in the kit and how to use the items in it.  Below you will find the most basic list of items that every emergency kit will need.

  • Bottled water
  • At least 3 days worth of food
  • First-Aid kit Glow Sticks AND Flashlights (don’t foreget batteries)
  • Blankets
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Copies of important documents
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Spare set of glasses or contact lenses
  • Paper and pen
  • One-two hundred dollars of cash in case you don’t have access to an ATM

Make sure to have an established plan and escape route and have your emergency pack somewhere close to that.  It also doesn’t hurt to have one of these kits kept in each one of your vehicles.

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Uncategorized