Terror

We’re taking a break from our normally scheduled programming to give you folks a RED ALERT. EMERGENCY.

What is the emergency this time, you may ask? Well, my smart mouthed friend, let me tell you: it’s spiders.

No, not government spiders that are radioactive or 20 feet tall or anything, just normal spiders – but those are more than terrifying enough. I’ve been terrified of spiders since I was a small boy and was forced to walk through an enormous web that covered a small alley that went through my neighborhood, connecting the street to the local park.

I still remember looking down at my clothes and seeing spiders nearly the size of my thumb, scurrying up and down my body as I tramped through the webs. I was smacking myself for hours afterwards, every small itch or patch of skin unexpectedly exposed to the breeze now covered with poisonous arachnids in my mind.

Well, they have recently come from my nightmares to haunt my waking life as well, as we are currently experiencing something of a spider infestation (a worse phrase I can’t even imagine) in the studio. I am typing this from a café across the street, after being barely restrained from burning down the building after making the discovery.

My partners gave Grand Oaks Termite Control a call after they had successfully sedated me. They’d heard of them over the past few years from various sources, and after having looked them up myself, I feel somewhat heartened that we’re in good hands.

Here’s a small sample of the testimonials I found:

I highly recommended Grand Oaks Termite Control.  I had an unusual situation where there were many areas of my wood paneling and roof that were affected by termites and wood rot. I have a decorative tree growing through the front part of my home which makes it very difficult to treat without damaging the tree. When Jason came for the preliminary inspection, he knew exactly how to effectively treat my home without harming my favorite tree. His estimate was very reasonable and his communication was top notch. He kept me appraised of all the curve balls and never stuck me with any unexpected cost. I was very impressed with the workmanship of his teammate Gary who took care of all the woodwork, a true craftsman.

I can wholeheartedly recommend Grand Oaks without any hesitation. (John B., Yelp Review)

We needed our house inspected and treated. Justin and Gary did an amazing job. They are professional, prompt, thorough, and experienced. We received our report and estimate in a timely manner. They came out and did their work diligently and expertly.  We were informed of each step, and they finished the job as they had expected. We are so pleased with our experience with them; they do great work and are good-quality people. Thank you Justin and Gary! (Linda W., Yelp Review)

Justin was super professional, informative, and patient during our fumigation process.  I had to delay the job a couple of times due to our remodel being pushed back and Justin was very understanding each time.  There were also some setbacks which we were supposed to take care of, but Justin took care of it for us and everything went smoothly!

Highly recommend Justin and his team and would definitely use them again in the future.  Price was very reasonable and the service is top notch.  All emails, calls, and texts were responded to quickly and effectively.  Thanks Justin!! (Gearge C., Yelp Review)

If you find yourself in a similar situation to us, and pray, PRAY that you never do because it is truly terrifying, give the guys over at Grand Oaks a call. Your spider problem will be history in no time, and we can all just move on and never think of it again.

Grand Oaks Termite Control

+16265384156

110 S Worthy Dr, Glendora, CA 91741

Dreams Of Summer

The solstice is behind us, which means the days will soon be getting longer and the nights will once again retreat to the dark hours of the morning. Unfortunately, winter’s reach here in southern California only intensifies in the months following December, meaning we’re in for more dreary, cloudy days and frigid nights ahead.

As we trudge through winter, many of us dream of the days ahead, where spring and summer shine bright like a beacon on an otherwise dark horizon. Gone are the days we Californians wish for ‘real weather’, here are the days we wish for a return to weeks on end of perfect sunny afternoons.

While we’re here wishing, we could be getting to work on projects that can enhance our outdoor environments and allow for us to better enjoy the long summer days. Landscaping projects can be lengthy endeavors, so all the better we take advantage of the cool cloudy days of winter to build a better yard for summer.

One major landscaping project we’ve been looking at recently is the installation of a backyard water feature installation. The sound of running water has always had a calming effect on me, so a little waterfall in my backyard has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

There are a multitude of different water features you can add to your yard, from the simplest fountain to a massive, multi-level koi pond. The only limiting factor is your imagination, your budget, and, of course, the help you hire on to implement your vision.

Good landscapers are hard to come by, as seems to be the case with most of the construction world. Luckily for our southern California readers, they don’t have to look far, as we are home to one of the best landscaping firms in the industry: Torrey Pines Landscaping.

Torrey Pines has won a ton of awards for their landscape designs in San Diego, most of which have transformed the landscape from tacky to extraordinary in the hills and beachfronts all over the city. Many of their projects have included the installation of water features both big and small, from spas to a yard-spanning river.

Whether you are looking for a water feature that you can swim around in or just enjoy the sound of a babbling brook in the midst of the arid hills of southern California, Torrey Pines can help you realize your vision of the perfect outdoor getaway for hot summer days. With a level of perfectionism and artfulness not commonly found in contracting companies today, you don’t want to miss out on getting help from a major up-and-coming force in the landscaping world.

While in winter’s icy grasp, its perfectly natural to think of brighter days in a not-so-distant future. If you’re looking to make those days shine even more starkly, give Torrey Pines Landscaping a call to make your landscape dreams a reality:

Torrey Pines Landscaping

+18584541433

5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121

Hidden Danger

All of my life, I’ve loved motorcycles and the idea of riding. Years upon years of constant nagging and lecturing from my family on the dangers of accidents and crashing never dampened my fascination with the freedom and connectedness afforded by riding a bike on the open road.

So, when I was in my 20’s and was finally able to afford my own bike without the need to get a loan or have my parents sign off on some government-mandated note saying I could ride without supervision, I happily purchased an old cruiser. I was soon roaring down highways and backroads, bursting with pride at the acknowledgement given to me by my riding peers as they passed by.

Motorcycles and their riders thrive in much of our glorious country, and nowadays as I ride my bike through the highways connecting my compound in an UNDISCLOSED LOCATION to the larger interstate, I find it to be one of life’s simple pleasures. When you ride in the REAL America, there is nothing but you, the road, and the wind whistling past your ears.

Unfortunately for me, I was born in the overcrowded rat nest that is southern California. I soon realized that most rides would be filled with anxiety over the morons in wheeled cages around me that didn’t notice anything on the road except the chance to hop over into the next lane to get an extra 30 feet ahead in traffic.

The blissful rides in empty highways were reserved for early morning weekend rides into the hinterlands, bookended by terrifying forays into freeways and city streets packed with aggressive mongoloids with eyes glued to the sandwiches they were stuffing into their faces rather than the lane they were unknowingly invading.

This finally culminated into the first and only crash I would ever get into, and the last time I would ever ride in the state. As I passed an intersection, the car ahead of me pulled into my lane and screeched to a stop as it rushed to get into the entrance of a shopping center. Bracing myself, I hit both the front and rear brakes, and unfortunately the speed and force I put into hitting the rear brakes caused the bike to immediately fishtail and throw me off, skidding to a stop right before both myself and the bike hit the now slowly turning car.

I was lucky that day, as I got off with some ruined safety equipment, a few scrapes and a severely sprained wrist. I could have easily been going just a little bit faster or not been able to stop at all before hitting the stopped car, and that might have cost me a whole lot more than just a couple of scratches.

For those of us who have not been so lucky, the costs of medical attention and the subsequent loss of work or employment might have a much worse and long-lasting effect on our lives. For them, a good attorney might mean the difference between the crash being an inconvenience or a life-ruining event.

That’s why we’re spotlighting a local southern Californian attorney that can assist you in getting the appropriate recompense after a motorcycle accident caused by one of the many dopes driving around the state: Villasenor Law Offices. The firm has decades of experience navigating the complex landscape of personal injury law and the insurance system, and has secured a significant number of clients the compensation they deserve after such an accident, as attested to by a number of reviews on Yelp and Google:

Read Christina T.‘s review of Villasenor Law Offices on Yelp

While I may be lucky to have not only survived my accident without much in the way of injury, many in southern California can’t say the same. If you or someone you know has gotten in a crash and are having difficulties with their or the responsible party’s insurance company, get them over to Villasenor.

Villasenor Law Offices

+18587077771

12396 World Trade Dr Suite 211, San Diego, CA 92128

Modern American Enemy: The Lawn (Part 2)

Last time, we covered the basics on how the advertising agencies created the modern suburban ideal of the lawn. This week, we will go more in depth on a subject we touched on the last post: the unimaginably harmful effects of modern pesticides and herbicides used to keep cultivated plants (grass included) as productive as possible.

Pesticides have been around almost as long as cultivated agriculture has, and they have taken many forms over the millennia: plant extracts, minerals, and heavy metals that interacted with the nervous and respiratory systems of insects were the primary method of crop protection over that time period. With the coming of the Enlightenment and the resulting industrial revolution, the advances in chemical sciences afforded new types of plant treatments that seemed to be, on the whole, more effective at keeping away pests and weeds and allow for optimally productive crops.

The effects of these treatments on pests and weeds, however, also soon proved harmful for the people consuming the fruits, cereals and vegetables produced. Arsenic-based pesticides, commonly used until the 1900s, would leech into the soil and water tables, causing wide-spread pollution in small water tables that would be consumed by locals and over time cause cancer, chronic arsenic poisoning, and skin lesions.

In the 1900s, a number of synthetic chemicals were found to be as or more effective than arsenic at killing pests and weeds, including DDT, glyphosate, and atrazine. The issues with arsenic poisoning quickly fell away, but new and even more disturbing effects began to show themselves as a result of switching to synthetic chemicals.

Many of the chemicals, developed through scientific funding by the military, were not well understood outside of the immediately positive effects they had on pest and weed populations. This lack of understanding of (or, perhaps, willful disregard of) the deleterious effects of synthetic pesticides on both the environment and people, lead to some insane projects in the vain hope of destroying pest populations, including spraying entire neighborhoods and towns with pesticides. The immediate effects of this were respiratory issues and skin rashes and lesions, but the more horrific effect was the birth defects and hormonal disruptions in the offspring of the populations being sprayed.

DDT, glyphosates, and atrazine, are some of the most widely used synthetic chemical pesticides in the world, used in both domestic and commercial plant cultivation, and all three have been found to cause both acute poisoning and have long-lasting chronic effects on populations of both humans and animals. The chemicals, most troublingly, cause birth defects, hormonal disruption, and multi-generational sexual reproductive issues, and may be one of the leading causes in the reduction of spermatogenesis in males throughout the western world.

These chemicals are all available for household use, and glyphosate (commonly known under the brand name Round Up) is commonly used in yards and lawns across the country. Natural grass turf is particularly notorious for how easy it is to be destroyed by common weeds, and cheap landscapers all over the country use Round Up as an herbicide to keep lawns looking healthy and uniform.

Lawns, then, are a major vector of the pesticides that are so harmful for us entering domestic water supplies, and it’s our belief that they should be eliminated. Substitutes for lawns, such as synthetic grass, may not be perfect, but in the long run they will be far better for our health than the turf they will be supplanting.

Once again, for southern Californian readers, we will recommend NoMow Turf, a local company who provides artificial turf installations for these purposes. They are extremely well regarded by their customers and provide a service that may end up saving both us and the environment.

NoMow Turf

+18559688873

26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Modern American Enemy: The Lawn

Over the years, this publication has covered and extensive number of subjects that raise our ire or deserve public notice. One item that we have long held both distaste for and felt the need to alert people to is the insidious manufactured cultural phenomenon that is the suburban lawn.

Lawns and lawn care, widely depicted in popular culture as a staple of suburban home life and the subject of pride in many a homeowner, in reality is a construct of modern advertising (much like the rest of suburbanism). Most homes did not include a lawn until the advertising apparatus was up and running, depicting wealthy homeowners happily mowing large lawns on palatial estates.

This was, of course, kicked into overdrive in the aftermath of World War I, which saw the development of many large-scale methods of manufacturing public opinion and perspective stemming from psychological warfare experiments used on European populations to maintain morale on the home front. Advertising firms, staffed with returning members of the intelligence divisions of the various militaries, quickly jumped on many of the new techniques, and lawn care companies were among many various industries who saw the benefits of shaping a new society that was primed to purchase their wares.

From these advertisements came the image of the ideal suburban home, suspended like an island in a sea of perfectly manicured and hardy native grasses. That ideal image fell short of reality in many respects, the lawn first among them.

Far from being hardy, the grass itself is a lifeform that does not much care for living, especially in the tightly controlled confines presented by the boundary lines designated by local civil authorities. The plant needs near constant maintenance to sustain its luscious green and uniform coloration, and much of that maintenance comes at the expense of both the homeowner and nature.

Lawns can take up hours of an owner’s time and a great deal of their wealth, trying its best to die a dignified death while they try futilely to force it to keep on living. Weed killers, pesticides, fungicides, and all manner of artificial and chemical fertilizers are poured into the ground before the hundreds of gallons of water needed to keep the stuff alive washes it into local water tables to be slurped up by the various animals we eat.

We’ve talked extensively about these chemical fertilizers and pesticides before, so we won’t go further into the obvious effects this is having on our collective health. The bottom line is, lawns are terrible for us, terrible for the animals, and terrible for our natural environment. They are trash!

For a suitable replacement that still gives that dopamine rush provided by a lush green lawn without the nasty side effects of keeping it alive and tidy, we recommend looking into artificial turf. The fake stuff is beginning to look just as good as the real stuff, and you don’t have to worry about its effects on local amphibians after a rainstorm.

There are thousands of artificial turf installers around the country, but the ones nearest and dearest to our hearts here in California are NoMow Turf, a local company that’s been servicing communities here get rid of their chemical nightmares and replace it with quality synthetic turf for the better part of 15 years. Their installations are pitch-perfect, as evidenced by the numerous glowing testimonials on their Yelp page:

Read Kolt K.‘s review of NoMow Turf on Yelp

As with many things in modern life, lawns are a form of psychological warfare perpetrated by large advertising companies designed to turn you into a SLAVE. If you are tired of playing their games, get yourself an artificial lawn; your wallet and the water table will thank you

NoMow Turf

(866) 679-4863

26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Reclamation

Consider this a public service announcement. It is about time the people of this country RECLAIM the label of environmentalism from the corrupt and EVIL hegemon that holds sway over the movement.

This force (which shall remain UNNAMED) who ‘protects’ the environment wants to convince you that it’s YOU who is causing untold environmental destruction, it’s YOU who are killing the creatures of the wilds, it’s YOU who is polluting the earth around us. All the while they use their power to enable the international conglomerates to ship their production centers off to countries with lax or no environmental protections and dump their toxic sludge into our beautiful oceans and spew their vile humors into the air we breathe!

Every day they develop new methods of poisoning us and our lands, making new chemicals designed to artificially increase food yields that make it as unfit to eat as rotten garbage and runs off into rivers, making them barren and unsuitable for life. They do this, and then turn around and tell you that your habits are the real problem, your habits are what is doing harm to our beautiful planet.

They are killing our forests, our oceans, our grasslands. THEY ARE KILLING OUR BEES!

Yes, it is time we took steps to reclaim the environmentalist movement. What is the first step, you may ask?

Why, buying used office furniture for your business, of course! Recycling furniture may not sound like it would do much, but hear me out while I make this pitch to you.

The massive cargo freighters that these items are shipped on are unimaginably terrible for the environment: just one of the enormous crafts emits as much cancer- and asthma- causing sulfuric agents as 50 MILLION cars, and there are 90,000 of the things in the ocean. If you can reduce the impact of that just a smidge, think of how much better off we could be.

With all that being said, if you’re looking for used office furniture in Los Angeles, we are spotlighting a company that provides high quality recycled pieces for a reasonable cost: Creative Office Design. Not only can they give you the means to help save our beautiful planet by giving you access to used furniture, they also provide a number of services to help maximize your office space: office planners, installation crews, the works.

Buying used may not be as glamorous as buying a shiny new office furniture set, but it can help offset some of the worst effects the modern global economy has on our environment. Plus, most of the time the furniture is sold due to a business going under or moving to a different location, meaning the furniture is in pristine condition at a far reduced price with no waiting time.

With the world churning in self-imposed chaos, now is a time for RECLAMATION. LA readers, visit one of Creative Office Design’s cubicle show rooms and start the process of taking BACK environmentalism from the phonies and crooks that run the movement!

Creative Office Design

17143287627

5230 Pacific Concourse Dr #105, Los Angeles, CA 90045

The COVID HOAX And Its Effect On YOU

Well, folks, the results are in: this worldwide pandemic is a SHAM created by the elites to get us used to meekly submitting to their authority. The closures have done nothing except help further degrade and DESTROY the American middle class, the elite’s greatest and most implacable foe, who has for generations resisted the gradual decline into servitude so desired by our rulers.

Now, they have moved on to their next tactic, instilling a general fear in us, making us afraid to go outside, to do business with one another, and to chain us to our desks in our own homes, reducing us to economic units under house arrest, always fearing the next wave of layoffs and unemployment to make sure we’re good and servile to our corporate masters. Now, my friends, we have to find ways of protecting ourselves, our property, and our income.

In the modern world, the best form of financial protection at all levels of society is insurance. While I’m no fan of insurance companies in general, you can’t avoid the truth that securing the right kind of insurance may make the difference between your life continuing as normal after an unforeseen event (like COVID closures) and you ending up on the street.

Insurance, of course, comes in a variety of forms in both business and personal realms, with business insurance covering assets that your business uses in order to generate revenue and personal insurance covering the assets that you personally own for your every day life. Landlord, Workers Comp, earthquake, fire, whatever your situation in life and what you do, there is more than likely a variety of insurances that would benefit and protect what you hold most dear.

For our southern California readers, we recommend two things. First, storm the beaches. There’s no way the police state can arrest or fine us all, and very little likelihood that those would hold up in court if you are caught by the authorities. The people of southern California DESERVE the beach, and we pay a hefty premium in order to have access to it. Sun and Steel protect our bodies, and the gyms and beaches must be opened to the public.

Second, get insurance that applies to you and your situation to make sure you’re covered during these wild, unscrupulous times. For that, we recommend you give our friendly State Farm agent in Santa Monica, a call. Arriving in Venice Beach in 2017, he’s quickly become a fixture of the community there, providing a valuable service with a friendly face and ensuring the residents of LA aren’t destroyed by the uncertainty and turmoil that surrounds us.

As time goes on and people become more agitated by the limitations to their freedoms mandated by an uncaring government, we can only expect things to become less stable by the day. Disruptions to the supply chain, no doubt planned ahead of time by the elite forces that guide our country in the shadows, are sure to rile up the population in the coming months and it pays to insure your property and assets now while things are still relatively calm.

To make sure your future is protected, give them a call:

Byron Galindo Insurance

(310) 823-5073

214 Pier Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90405-5423

Crusaders

If you all know me, you know that I’ve had numerous personal issues with lawyers and the law in general for many years, with no abatement of this vendetta in sight. This vitriol is not directed at every single class of lawyer, just those who are bound and determined to make worse for the average man – divorce attorneys, corporate lawyers, etc.

When it comes to those lawyers who choose to help the common man instead, my views are much more lenient. If you are negatively affected by an accident or negligence, for instance, there are those who would crusade in your name.

For those readers in the Mira Mesa or greater San Diego region, for instance, I couldn’t recommend any firm more than Villasenor Law Offices for your personal injury attorney needs. The firm has been working tirelessly for 27 years to get people the recompense they deserve from unscrupulous insurance companies doing everything in their power to avoid a payout.

If you need proof of the professionalism, conscientiousness and efficacy of the firm, you can simply turn to their Google reviews for examples.

Kimberly Yow writes:

Over the last 10 years, Chris Villasenor has created several contracts for my company that protect me in case a dispute with a client or contractor crops up. He has also reviewed contracts from my potential clients or partners and made recommendations on ways they needed to be revised in order to protect my best interest. Chris was also very helpful and informative when my husband & I were faced with a real estate dispute while purchasing our current home. Chris is trustworthy, professional and a great legal resource in times of need AND he’s become my attorney of choice!

Marissa Sheppard adds to this, saying:

I am grateful Chris and Vicky for all the hard work they did in helping with my case. I appreciated the professionalism ,the honesty and integrity this law office represented from beginning to end. Chris is very knowledgeable in the field and comes w years of experience that shows in the way he handled my case. He was patient and kind in his communications of the process I would have to navigate. I am happy w the outcome and the process. trusting someone you don’t know isn’t always easy . If I needed this type of help in the future I would seek the help of Chris and Vicky again. Thank you both!!!

Lance finishes us off with a final note here:

Chris is an excellent attorney… Pragmatic in his approach, but also very personable. I feel I was given wise counsel in negotiating a partnership exit strategy that protected my interests in a fair and measured way. His involvement brought me a sense of confidence. He listened to what I needed, explained my obligations, and suggested a clear path to resolution. I recommend him to anyone in need of legal representation.

If you’re in Poway and are looking for an attorney that can help you get the compensation you deserve from consistently awful insurance companies, don’t hesitate to call Villasenor Law Offices.

Villasenor Law Offices

(858) 707-7771

12396 World Trade Dr Ste 211 San Diego, CA 92128

Boycotting Makeup

Folks, we know that today’s society is basically just a soup of toxic, microplastic and hormone disrupting chemicals waiting for your body to eventually weaken so they may target your spirit and reduce all of us into unthinking, unseeing human biomass, good for nothing but slaving for wages we immediately turn around and spend. You know that, I know that, heck, my grandma knows that, I tell her every day.

We have to do what we can to fight the powers that be in their crusade to turn us into lumps of undifferentiated jelly, and our first step in that is eliminating our reliance on makeup. I’m sorry to say this, ladies, but the chemicals in most common types of makeup is a horrifying mixture of toxic chemicals, not fit to put on the animals they test them on.

According to this article from simply organic beauty, cosmetic products with these harmful chemicals are pervasive:

“Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (or EDCs) can be one of the most difficult chemicals to avoid in beauty products. They cleverly elude most ingredient lists by hiding within a product’s packaging or an ingredient itself…

According to the UK’s BreastCancer.Org, an endocrine disruptor is any chemical that can interfere with normal hormone functions in humans or animals. While there are naturally occurring types found in plants, such as soy (known as phytoestrogens), most endocrine-disrupting compounds come from synthetic chemicals and can be avoided.

There’s seemingly no end to the adverse health impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Also known as EDCs, these tricky chemicals can imitate hormones and destroy others while creating internal signaling issues which causes premature cell death. Endocrine disruptors have also been proven to accumulate in hormone-producing organs, resulting in organ malfunctions and irreversible damage.

Permanent damage, folks! These people should be in jail, but instead they live the high life, boozing it up with the Hollywood celebrity and fashion crowds. Pretty annoying!

Our alternative is for you to look into one of two options: Either going no makeup at all, or going with a more permanent option that does not use the dangerous chemicals that typical cosmetics do. Enter our favorite permanent makeup company: Lift.

Lift Permanent Makeup is making the lives of women all across Orange County infinitely easier (and safer!) by offering a number of different permanent makeup and beauty care options, including eyebrow blading and permanent eyeliner. These girls are not only saving themselves a lot of time and stress by always looking ‘done up’, but they’re saving themselves a lot of problems with potential harmful chemicals and endocrine disruptors in their usual cosmetic products as well!

There are harmful chemicals, pesticides, and poisons all around us, in our food, in our water. The best we can do to fight for the health of our minds and bodies is to limit our exposure to these products of industrial society as much as possible, while still maintaining a normal life. Lift Permanent makeup helps you do that and more, with elegant and beautiful solutions to your cosmetic needs.

If you’re interest, please check them out at:

Lift Permanent Makeup

(949) 899-8507

24452 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629