Protection in the Burning Times

Well folks, it’s that time of the year again. No, not the holiday season, not Halloween, nor any of your weirdo pagan holidays pushed on us to sell candy and poorly made horror films.

It’s the time of year where our great and beautiful state goes up in flames, choking our already smog-ridden cities in a thick blanket of ash as we helplessly watch the pillars of smoke creep menacingly towards our neighborhoods. The neighborhoods of the common man, anyway; the rich and powerful never seem to be in the way of the flames.

It’s enough to make you wonder, what are our elected officials doing about the problem? Are they using our tax dollars to control the dry brush and fund the firehouses? Not quite. 

The powers that be, in their infinite wisdom, have decided the best way to combat this ‘natural’ disaster is to…shut off our power.

Now, you all know me. I’m no conspiracy theorist. I don’t walk around mumbling about aliens and Nessie all day. 

What I do walk around thinking is, “Hey, wouldn’t it be nice if we had power right now so cell phone towers worked and we could tell where the best evacuation routes were?” If I were a state government looking at an ever-worsening population problem, what would be the best way to snuff out some of those pesky moaning peasants that demand I do my ‘job’ all day?

While I’m at it, why have those fire-starting winds seem to have gotten worse since they installed all those “wind power” generators in the desert?! Sure seems convenient they’re all pointed west towards civilization.

Just sayin’!

Anyway, we can speculate on who started the fires and why it was clearly the government all we want, it’s not going to make us and our homes any safer. We need concrete, actionable steps that will allow us to both physically and financially protect ourselves from disasters, whether they’re man made or natural.

When it comes to financially protecting ourselves, there’s nothing quite like insurance, especially in a state as disaster prone as California. If you’re in Southern California (land of giant earthquakes, fires, and dumb, aggressive drivers), insurance can be the deciding factor in whether you’re able to pick yourself up and dust yourself off once the Big One comes and goes.

That’s why I’m spotlighting Galindo Insurance today, a local agent with some serious chops and none of the usual hocus pocus jibber jabber that you get with the typical broker. He can help set you up with auto, home, business, property, life, and health insurance, and if your needs aren’t covered under those, his network of contacts from working under Statefarm will get you to the right person.

We live in some strange times, folks. You can feel the shifts in the winds of the world as it changes around us. They howl now, dry leaves skittering across the pavement sounding like bones being scraped of meat. The normal greyish brown L.A. haze has turned into a sickly orange as the flames engulf the hills. The licking flames seem to reach farther towards the city every year.

There’s only one thing you can count on as stable and unchanging: the Dover Street Examiner’s coverage of the failings of our so-called “leaders” and local businesses that can actually make a difference. 

For everything else, there’s Galindo Insurance. Give them a call:

Galindo Insurance

(310) 823-5073

214 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Killing Termites With Integrity

Termites are wood-eating insects. These critters have the ability to turn your house into their own grand banquet feast. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that every year, termites cause over $5 billion in property damage. Who should you turn to if you think you think your house may be infested?

In 2014, Specialty Products Consultants, LLC reported that there were over 19,000 companies in the industry (A Strategic Analysis of the U.S. Structural Pest Control Industry – 2014). We reviewed Grand Oaks Termite Control, a business that offers inspection and treatments. They were established in 2013 and service the Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, and Pasadena region.

Grand Oaks Termite Control conducts thorough and detailed termite inspection in San Dimas. NPMA reports that pests “contaminate food, as well as kitchen equipment and other surfaces. Pests also infest food items and stored products including grains and dry goods.”

Grand Oaks promises competitive termite inspection and treatment costs. They also offer excellent customer service, as demonstrated by their stellar ratings and reviews on Yelp. One reviewer mentioned that Grand Oaks beat out other providers on price. In addition, she states that the company was an excellent communicator throughout the entire process.

Read Julia A.‘s review of Grand Oaks Termite Control on Yelp

The company offers different types of treatments depending on the severity of the infestation. They offer localize and full perimeter treatments for subterranean infestations. According to NPMA, subterranean termites eat non-stop, and are therefore the most destructive species of termite in the country.

Grand Oaks offers a regular inspection program, which allows home owners to proactively take preventative measures against possible termite infestation and subsequent damage.

Photo of Grand Oaks Termite Control - Glendora, CA, United States

We always look to review companies who are known to provide accurate information and full transparency in order to act in best interest of their customers. We believe that professional integrity includes not taking advantage of worrisome situations just for the sake of profit. In the case of exterminator services, it is very difficult for the average home owner to understand the extent of the problem. Therefore, they are completely reliant on the information provided to them by the inspector. In these situations, there is no way to know if the company is giving a home owner exaggerated claims about the inspection in order to take advantage of their concern and willingness to save their house.

However, Grand Oaks boasts a strong reputation of honesty and track record of service. The owner started the company after seeing too many instances of poor industry practices. One reviewer mentions how worried she was about her entire home being infested. Luckily, Grand Oaks determined that to not be the case and was able provided a fair quote. Moreover, they were able to treat the affected area in an hour.

Read Carina Z.‘s review of Grand Oaks Termite Control on Yelp

We highly recommended that you give Grand Oaks Termite Control a call if you believe that your home has a termite infestation.

Grand Oaks Termite Control
110 S Worthy Dr, Glendora, CA 91741, United States

The Attorney You Can Trust

On our never-ending mission to find only the truth, Dover Street delves into the world of personal injury attorneys. This industry is full of firms that promise the world but can’t deliver on it. However, it seems we’ve found one that will in sunny San Diego. 

Since it is impossible (or at least probably immoral) to go undercover and become accidentally injured, hire a lawyer, and fight for our rights, we went the next best route. We interviewed someone who was forced to go down that path. Spoiler alert: they’re doing great. This is how it went.

Susan sat in front of me, nursing a muffin she bought from the coffee shop. People buzzed around us. Speaking about these things in public places always offered a distraction when needed, and allowed them to open up.

“Are you okay to talk about it?” I asked.

“It’s strange how easy it is to talk about it,” Susan said. “After it happened, the thought of it would make me shudder.”

I nodded. 

“Part of that is because of Villasenor, you know,” she added. “They made everything easier.”

Susan was in a horrific car accident. On the way home from a trip to the salon, Susan was minding her own business when someone ran a red light, crashing into her car. Her car was totaled, and she was still going to doctor’s appointments to make things right. This wasn’t something she could have planned for, and certainly not something she could afford.

Susan absentmindedly traced the silvery pink scar on the back of her arm. I took note that it was healing well.

“So, how did you choose a personal injury attorney in San Diego?” I asked, “It’s not exactly a small city.”

“I just went to Google and started searching. When I found their website,” she said, “It looked official, and they said they had over 25 years of experience. After their free consultation, I knew that was the route I wanted to go.”

“That’s great,” I said. “It sounds like you’re glad you made that choice.”

“I am,” she said. “During the consultation, he was very honest and sympathetic toward my situation. And then, he was always ready to communicate and made sure everything was complete. He even worked during the weekend at one point, to meet a last-minute deadline.”

The interview continued to go as expected: Villasenor was there for her at every turn. They knew what to expect, and managed to procure a maximum recovery on her behalf. Now, all she needs to worry about is getting better. 

Digging a little deeper through the internet, we see that this same story is repeated on various review websites. People speak highly of Villasenor and their ability to offer the best services. The one time they received a negative review, a one-star on Yelp, they responded with an impressive amount of class, disagreeing and disproving why that person was upset with them. Seeing this response makes you want them on your side even more.

Villasenor can fulfill their promises and if you need a personal injury attorney, you can contact them here:

Villasenor Law Offices

12396 World Trade Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

(858) 707-7771

Building a New Home and a New Trust

This week, we’re going to give you a behind the scenes look at how we do our investigative reporting. We recently profiled a great landscaper, but we figured, what good what a landscaper be if you didn’t have a home and yard to landscape. We are going undercover to look at one of the top-ranked home builders in the area. Here is how it went down:

“I’m nervous,” Kelly said. She took a sip of her frozen strawberry lemonade. “It’s a huge, commitment, you know?”

“It’ll be fine, honey,” her husband, Jonathon replied. 

The spread of papers printed from various websites on their kitchen table looked daunting indeed. Home builder after home builder, each with a seemingly impressive portfolio was intimidating. How could they know which one was the best for them?

The corner of one caught Kelly’s eye. With an impressively clean layout, the home builder Sailhouse had an incredible portfolio of modern-looking homes. A quote on the front page caught her attention. 

She read aloud, “‘Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness,’ by Frank Gehry.”

“Sounds like the kind of people we’re looking for, huh?” Jonathon said. He took a sip of his own lemonade.

“It does,” Kelly said. “I think I’m going to give them a call.”

Continuing to do research on Sailhouse, Kelly found that they maintained a proud 5-star rating online with glowing reviews. Their portfolio with over a dozen projects was impressive. You could tell they had an eye for excellence. She knew this was going to be a good one.

Jonathon left the details up to his wife, but they were both excited to consult with these top-notch custom home builders in Newport Beach. Kelly, a manager for her husband, had a sharp eye for detail. She knew exactly what she wanted. Jonathon was much simpler and had only a few requirements for their dream home. Many years ago, they would sit beneath the stars and dream of designing and building their own home complete with an in-house theater and outdoor grill. At the time, it all seemed impossible. But, fortune and hard work shined on them. Now, it was finally a possibility.

Kelly smoothed out her dress one last time and stepped into the office.

Beautiful, the office spoke of modern design and an eye for practical comfort. She sank into the chair at the front of the desk. The man behind the desk seemed kindly with a welcoming smile. He reached to shake her hand.

“So, what can I do for you?” he asked.

“My husband and I saw the custom home option on your website,” she said. “We were thinking of going that route with you.”

“Of course!” he said. “That wouldn’t be a problem, what are you looking for?”

Kelly quickly described to him the general idea for their dream home, leaving spaces for him to nod and ask questions. He was incredibly understanding of her desires and ideas and even offered a few suggestions himself. 

“I just have a few more questions,” Kelly said.

“Of course,” he said.

“Do you have any examples of something similar to what we’ve discussed?” she asked.

“We do, actually,” he said. With a few clicks on the computer, he pulled up a gorgeous home at 33rd St., Newport Beach. The home captured beautiful modern architecture while allowing a callback to the kinds of homes that used to be popular in the area. It was very close to what Kelly was describing, actually.

“It’s gorgeous,” she said. “One other thing. What do you pride yourself most on?”

“Other than our hard work and desire to create the best home we can, we pride ourselves on our efficiency and professionalism.”

Kelly continued to nod and take notes. She knew where she was going to put her trust and money.

Sailhouse Custom Homes

170 Newport Center Dr Suite 220, Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 281-6044

This Old Dog You Can’t Trick

There are times in life when the world gains a shade of red and everyone seems out to get you.  Few of those times are worse than being in the middle of a divorce.  If people would just be honest about their problems, maybe it would be bearable.  But, it’s the vicious backstabbing and fact clouding which makes your heart feel like it is perpetually smoldering.

I had the honor of hearing directly from a certain Dominic here in Santa Ana about how he eventually was able to pour healing water on the embers of his own messy divorce case.

“I never imagined it could be that bad,” said Dominic over a cup of coffee.  “You know, when you get married, divorce is the furthest thing from your mind.  I never thought that my wife could go as low as she did.  If it weren’t for Shuff Law, I would be curled up in a hole somewhere right now in despair.”

When I asked how he came by the Shuff Law Firm, he said that it was a stroke of providence.  He wasn’t aware of any divorce and family law firms in Orange County, and who would be? No one gets married with a divorce lawyer in mind.  He took a chance with Shuff and was not disappointed at all.

“My wife made it hard from the start,” he said.  “She was in the house while I had to find a cheap apartment to live in while the case worked itself out.  A mutual friend of ours actually suggested a couple of lawyers to me.  It turns out, my wife had already been to see them both.  She had told them just enough of her side of the story without hiring them that they weren’t open to helping me.  Since that freed me to go with Shuff Law, she actually did me a favor.”

Dominic had two young kids who he was fighting for custody as part of the divorce.  Numerous times in our conversation, he mentioned how afraid he had been that his kids would be taken away.  He knew that his wife was manipulative and emotionally abusive, but he had no idea how to prove that in court.  Besides, the woman almost always wins custody.

Continuing to relate his story, Dominic said, “Joe saved my sanity.  Even from the start, he assured me that the truth would prevail.  My wife may have manipulated me in the past, getting me into debt that I never wanted, and… well, I won’t dwell on all that.  Joe assured me that with him on my team, she would not be able to manipulate the court.”

“How were the meetings with Shuff Law?” I asked.

Dominic actually laughed.  It was the sort of laugh of someone who is amazed that they are still amazed by something weeks or months after the fact.  “Joe’s brilliant!  He helped me dig up emails, texts, and all sorts of other evidence that I had forgotten ever existed.  It’s as if he knew my life better than I did.  He had this uncanny intuition of where I should look for things.  I guess he’s been doing this a long time.”

“How’d things turn out?” I asked.

“I was crying for weeks,” he replied.  I must have looked concerned, because he quickly added, “Tears of joy.  They were tears of joy.  I got custody of the kids.  I thought I’d never be a happy man again.  I’m so glad that I was wrong and Joe was right.”

Dominic encouraged me to recommend the Shuff law firm to everyone I know.  He said that Joe was the best divorce attorney Santa Ana had to offer.  

Having heard Joe’s story, I’m inclined to agree.  A man who can triumph over deception and defend truth and innocence is a hero in my book.

Shuff Law Firm

2107 N Broadway #301, Santa Ana, CA 92706

(714) 834-0175

Not Your Average Landscaper

“Hello, hello, hello, it’s another sunny day in gorgeous San Diego. The time is 7am, and this one is for those of you heading into work on this Monday morning.” The radio cut to the music as Lily Cain coasted down Interstate 5. She was headed to a meeting, running 15 minutes early as usual. 

Lily Cain made her wage off making other people interesting. That’s not to say they weren’t actually interesting, but Lily had a way of making the driest of stories nail biters. She had been writing for the San Diego post for about 6 months, trading the four seasons of New York City for something a little sunnier. So far, she couldn’t help but love San Diego. She loved the weather, the food, and her new job wasn’t half bad either. She primarily wrote about businesses local to San Diego that were having a big impact on the community. It was a great way to showcase her skills. 

This morning she was especially excited for her meeting with Don Whales, the owner of a local company that did landscaping work in La Jolla and surrounding areas that she had been hearing great things about. Don had been in business with his late father before starting Whales Landscaping. It had just been the two of them, but after his dad passed he had decided to start his own company. With Don’s experience, they had expanded quickly, marketing themselves as trustworthy, experienced, professionals. They had even created a little landscaping tips guide for DIYers.

She pulled into the parking lot of the coffee house she was meeting Don at and hopped out of her car. She walked in prepared to grab a drink and prep until Don got there because, of course, she was early. To her surprise a man, younger than she had thought, opened the door for her. “You must be Lily,” the man said. He had bright blue eyes, a deep tan, and gorgeous smile. 

“Oh my gosh,” Lily said, a little to loud. She wasn’t used to people beating her places. “Um, yes I am. It’s nice to meet you,” she extended her hand. 

“Likewise. Why don’t you grab some coffee and meet me at my table,” Don said, pointing to a table in the back. Based on his half empty coffee cup, Lily guessed he had arrived at least 15 minutes ago. 

Lily retrieved her coffee, black with a splash of skim, and headed for Don’s table. “So, I have really been looking forward to this interview. Obviously, there are a lot of companies that do landscape design in Rancho Santa Fe but yours has really made a splash. You guys really have a reputation for excellence.” Lily took a seat and began pulling out her tablet to take notes. 

“Lily, flattery will get you far,” Don smiled. “It was always a dream of mine to start my own thing. That’s not to say I don’t miss working alongside my dad, we had several good years, and I miss him every day. I’m really happy with where I landed though.”  

Lily smiled back, “That is great stuff. You sort of answered my first couple of questions though.” This guy kept beating her to the punch, Lily thought, and she kind of liked it. “So, I guess I’ll have to skip to my next question. In your mind what makes your company so special?” 

“Hmmm,” Don thought out loud, “If I really had to say, I would say we are a larger company with a small company feel.”

“One more question for you,” Lily said, “What has been your favorite project to work on?”

“O, that is an easy one,” Don replied, “It has to be the Mission Hills landscaping project we did a few months back. I’m not going to lie, it was in rough shape when we first got there, but by the time we were done it was simply stunning. It literally made the homeowners cry.”

“Great answer,” Lily replied, “and great interview. I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to meet with me.”

“Oh, Lily it was an absolute pleasure,” Don replied with a wink.

If you are looking for a great landscaping company in San Diego, we recommend:

Torrey Pines Landscape Co.

P.O. Box 6742, San Diego, CA 92166

(858) 454-1433

Which Table Will You Sit At?

Let’s say you have three dinner tables you could possibly join. You’re not exactly in close proximity to any one of them, but you have a general idea of what each table is talking about. One table is discussing GMOs in food, one is discussing J-walking laws, and one is discussing immigration lawyers in Orange County. You’d join the third table, right?

Now if you are considered to be a sane human being, your answer will most likely be no. Immigration, especially immigration litigation, is just not a subject that brings out the best in people these days. It is a necessary topic to discuss, but someone always ends up so angry that they need an emotional time out. Where does this frustration come from? Is it from an individual’s frustration with opposing ideas, or does it come from the misinformation that is constantly being spread about immigration?

If its the latter, then there is hope for these somewhat painstaking conversations. Immigration lawyers know the truth about this issue, far more than what people gather from Facebook headlines and podcasts. It is the job of these individuals to know the ins-and-outs of every piece of immigration litigation, no matter how small or obscure, to help those who may need their services.

It’s no secret that thousands of people currently living in America are unnerved by the immigration laws coming to Congress. The same bill can look like saving grace in one publication and damning horror in another…it is becoming harder and harder to learn about a bill from a non-op-ed source.

Immigration lawyers can clear the water on any weirdly worded, poorly articulated immigration law that leaves you stumped. They can let you know when certain laws take effect, in what context they can take effect, and if those laws can affect you or your family. They can tell you the reality of the situation, telling you the truth without scaring you into unnecessary fees (though it’s always wise to stay on the lookout for those).

Let’s be honest here: when you Google “Immigration Lawyer Orange County,” it can be hard to narrow down the options. Which results came up because they provide the best service for their price, and which results came up first because they paid Google to show up first? How can you know if a legal services provider is successful because of their reputation, or if they are successful because of the hidden fees they don’t reveal until later?

However, there are immigration lawyers who don’t operate with malicious means and here at Dover Street, we have come to help. We standby our mission statement, which is to give you breaking news you can rely on while delivering you high-quality information. We have found the best immigration lawyer in the county and if you or someone you know is in need of one, we highly recommend you read to the bottom of this article.

Immigration law might not be everyone’s favorite subject, but the journalists at Dover Street have a passion for it. Do you want your future in the hands of someone who only wants your financial investment, or would you want someone who genuinely cares about your health and well-being?

You can meet our top rated immigration lawyer here:

K Nair Law Group, P.C.

31897 Del Obispo St Suite 225, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 493-4150

The Divorce Magician

In today’s world divorce is so common it has become almost habitual. Whether it is financial instability, infidelity, or insecurity, there seem to be more divorces every month. Add to this the process of divorce being painful and heartbreaking and you end up with many broken people and families.

Given this, Sunnyside reporter, Jackson Sparrow, was trying to get to the bottom of why divorce rates were plummeting in his town. He had tracked a significant decrease in divorce rates but didn’t know why or who is working behind the scenes to cause this decrease. After careful investigation,  Jackson had is first lead, one woman, a divorce mediator.

“Bingo! There she is!” after several searches, Jackson comes across a mediation website and is surprised by the results. A step-by-step guide in divorce preparation, maintaining a clean mindset, and collaboration techniques are all essential and manifested in the divorce process.

I was intrigued and started to dive in deeper, looking for couples who were going through the divorce process.

“So I guess you’re just with me for the money huh” said business owner, Bob, with suspicion.

“What do you mean? You’re making this a big deal, it’s just a purse and some heels” replied, his wife, Barbara.

After several arguments on the same topic, both Bob and Barbara hired lawyers separately to file for divorce.

“Bob & Barbara’s $290 million divorce!” was the headline cover for Star Magazine. On his way back from home, Sunnyside reporter, Sparrow, sprinted like a hungry cheetah chasing a gazelle to catch up with Bob.

Without catching a single breath, Sparrow said, “What’s up Bob? How’s it going? How’s the process looking?”

Not wanting to speak of the matter, “None of your damn business! Leave me alone.”

Sparrow notices how agitated Bob looks, so he decides to mention, “This probably doesn’t matter to you right now, but there is word of this divorce mediator making this process as easy as possible, you may want to check her out.” Sparrow replied.

“Thanks, honestly I appreciate this, many reporters come up to me, bash me, and make me look like I’m the bad person.” Bob says in relief, “I’ll give it a try, our lawyers have been a pain, I just want the process to be simple.”

A couple of weeks later, Sunnyside News decided to conduct an interview on Bob’s heartbreaking divorce. Sparrow was just the man for the job and was assigned to the story. Bob was thrilled to see Sparrow.

“I remember you, thank you once again, the divorce mediator was stellar!” replied Bob with happiness, “She saved us a ton of money and actually helped my wife and I to be on better terms than when we had started this whole process.

Sparrow was pleased with the results, but he needed to find more couples who had worked with the mediator to get a fuller picture of the decline in divorce rates.

After a little more searching and a bit of luck, Sparrow actually found a couple who had restored their relationships and stayed together after being on the brink of splitting up. Which is even better news knowing that they have three kids!

It turns out that this divorce mediator is also an expert in family law. Which was a huge gamechanger for this family with three kids. Think of the difference for those kids, not having to live in different houses and sharing time with parents, now getting to stay together all as a big happy family. Sparrow was able to meet up with this family and interview them and get more insight into her process:

“Second chances are a form of redemption.” said Justin, confidently when he found out his wife committed a grave mistake, “the divorce mediator was really there to help us out and made me realize the importance of self-love.”

“Listen, what your wife did was wrong, but you have three beautiful kids and a house both of you worked so hard to get.” replied the divorce mediator with reassurance, “don’t throw 15 years of marriage down the drain.”

“See honey, I know I should’ve never bought that purse” said Rebecca with tears in her eyes.

“You’ve been pretty consistent, over the last two years buying expensive things you don’t need”  replied Justin with a straight look on his face, “You stay at home, don’t work, I give you all the freedom in the world, yet you’re over here buying this and that.”

After 2 minutes of silence, “you’re right, what I’ve done is childish, please forgive me.”

“I’m doing everything I can to make enough to get buy, but we need to be better about tracking our expenses to prevent this from happening” replied Justin affirmatively.

“Alright guys, let this be a reminder, we’re all in this together, I’ll see you next week.” said the divorce mediator.

In the end, they were able to work out their differences and the family is now living happily together. It turns out that the hard work or one caring individual really can change a town. If you need to talk to a mediator, heres where you can connect:

McNamee Mediations

4590 MacArthur Blvd Suite 500, Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 223-3836

The Termite Terminator

Reporter, Terry Barnes, at the Sunnyville Times adjusted his spectacles and stared at the wall. “Just as I suspected,” he said, “termites!” He took a sip of his Mocha Latte with skim.

“So, I have termites?” the coffee shop owner, Paul, said with a look of terror on his face.

“I honestly have no idea, I’m not an inspector,” Terry replied. “I am, however, a reporter! You may have heard of me, Terry Barnes.” He extended his hand.

The coffee shop owner blinked at Terry dumbfound, “but you just said I have termites?”

“Well yes, of course! Everyone has termites! That’s why I’m here. I’m writing an article about it. It may in fact be the most hard-hitting story Sunnyville has ever seen! In fact, I’m meeting Tony Johnson here. You may have heard of his company Sunny Pest Control. They have been cleaning up the city, one business at a time! They are local heroes to most. I’m sure they can help you with your termite problem,” Terry replied. “You’ll want to check out their website, they are seriously the best pest control guys in the business.”

“Can you stop saying I have termites so loudly?” Paul said rolling his eyes, “You have no idea if I have termites, man.”

Hmph. Terry sighed. “Hi, Mr. Barnes?” a young lady approached Terry with her hand extended.

“No autographs please. I am waiting for a very important person to arrive.” Terry replied, taking another sip of his coffee and glancing at the door.

“Um, yes but Mr. Barnes,” she continued but Terry cut her off.

“Okay fine! One autograph but that’s all. What should I sign,” he looked around in search of a pen.

Paul chuckled lightly as he noticed the name on the side of her coffee cup. Terry noticed, “What’s so funny? You won’t be laughing when I advise Tony Johnson not to help you with your termite problem!”

Paul started laughing harder. “So, this Tony person is really that good then? They can solve all of my insect infestation problems?”

“Well, yes his company is the absolute best. Typically, I would be mad that he was so late but because this is such a VIP interview I’m not even going to complain. I mean it is completely rude to be this late. My time is money, seeing as I am Sunnyville’s most famous reporter. I’m sure Mr. Johnson has an excellent reason for being so late though,” Terry babbled on, finally locating a pen. “So, what should I sign darling? Your napkin? Your shirt? What?”

“Umm Mr. Barnes,” she started, but Terry cut her off again. “Really doll I’ve got a VIP about to walk through that door any minute now, I don’t have all day. Here…” he trailed off reaching for the sleeve of her shirt.

“Mr. Barnes!” she said shocked. Paul was laughing so hard he was crying now.

Terry shot Paul a dirty look. “What? I thought you wanted an autograph?”

She rolled her eyes at both Terry and Paul. “Mr. Barnes, I am Tony the owner of Sunny Pest Control. I’m here to be interviewed.”

Terry’s mouth dropped open. Paul continued to laugh, “He’s speechless, I bet that’s a first!”

“Haha,” Tony let out a little laugh, “Okay, okay, but seriously Paul, we should really talk about getting you set up with some termite control.”

Paul stopped laughing and his face dropped, “Wait, what?”

“Ya, you’ve got termites. You can find me here.”

Natural Science Exterminating

11642 Knott Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841

(800) 246-7378

Get Up and Shake It!

What do sharks, a car with no brakes, and sitting at work all have in common? They are all scary and dangerous! It was recently discovered that sitting while working is more harmful than cigarettes, soda, and fast food all combined! Well, not really. There is no statistical evidence to back that statement up. However, studies do show that they are all bad for your health. Cigarettes will cause lung cancer, soda dehydrates you, and fast food will clog your arteries. You may be thinking, “Sitting can’t really be that bad in comparison, can it?”

Well, it can. Frequent sitting has been linked to heart disease, early death, dementia, diabetes, poor posture, weight gain, and cancer. I know, yikes! This article is not meant to scare you into a new profession. While sitting at work has been linked to these health problems, it is not the true cause. The cause is the lack of movement or inactivity, that occurs when you sit at work. So, if you have a job that requires quite a bit of sitting do not be afraid to get up and shake your tail feather occasionally! 

Lift Tables Adjustable Desks

Practice makes perfect. If you have a job that gets you up and moving partaking in physical activity in your free time is probably easy. However, if you have a job that requires you to sit behind a desk staring at a computer screen all day going for a five mile walk after work might be a little trickier. The more active you are at work each day will make it easier to be active in your free time. Also known simply as, being in good health.  

If you have a desk job that requires you to sit frequently there are a few things you can do. First, I would highly recommend looking into alternative work stations, such as a standing desk, if possible. Lift Tables adjustable desks are a great option for this! Not only do standing desks look cool, but they are also great for your health! If that is not an option have no fear, there are other ways to avoid sitting at work. 

The second way to make sure that you stay healthy is to get up and move during breaks. Be the crazy person doing jumping jacks on break and own it! Nobody will be laughing when your health is top notch down the road. 

Third, ditch the office chair. Instead opt for an exercise ball. Sitting on an exercise ball promotes movement and core strength. It can also help your posture and is a fun way to keep in shape. They come in a variety of different colors and, come on, who doesn’t love those things? 

Last, join a gym near work and sneak out on your lunch break. There is nothing wrong with working up a little quality sweat over the lunch hour. Some of your coworker friends might even join you! Whether it is for a quick game of hoops or walk around the track, a little gym time is a fun way to get active during the work day. 

So, don’t fall victim to the sitting at work monster! Get up and move like your life depends on it, because, well, it does.

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