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Summer 2010

Meet Lief McKay

whirlwind romance, moped mishap & rugby

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Publisher’s Message

Eight years ago I was hard at work in my office at The New York Times, fully

absorbed in yet another deadline when my wife called with life-changing news:

we were going to become parents. The intense and overwhelming joy I felt

was followed by an almost reflexive instinct to slow life down. Each ultrasound

appointment increased my resolve to find and relocate our little family to the

best place on Earth.

In the months that followed we talked almost non-stop about where to plant

roots, the type of parents we hoped to be, and the life we wanted for our family.

We started the process by creating a list of 20 or so communities that we

imagined would be a good fit for us. San Luis Obispo steadily climbed our Top

20 throughout our many visits and ended up in the number one spot.

As it turns out, relocating to San Luis Obispo is easier said than done. It would

take us nearly six years - just before our baby girl started kindergarten – for the

stars to align for us. Our little family, which is no longer so little with the addition

of two boys, often stops to marvel at the magic of our hometown.

Tom Franciskovich, Publisher

The magazine that you hold in your hands is a celebration of the good people

who make it happen here every day, you and I, our friends and neighbors. We

all talk about the fantastic weather and the beautiful landscape, but it’s really the

people who make the “SLO Life” what it is. This magazine is dedicated to you.

This is your story and I invite you to join me in sharing it.

As you read through this first issue, you will notice that we ask for leads on

interesting stories, insight into what’s new in SLO, listings for the Community

Calendar, recipes, and announcements. Please take a minute to visit our website

at www.slolifemagazine.com and send us your contributions. Also, I would love

to receive your feedback on what we have created here, so please send an

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contents

How I Found My Way Here:

from Sweden to San Luis Obispo

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10

Meet Your Neighbor:

life in the SLO lane with Lief

The Way We Live:

at home with The Minnery Family

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24

Local Food by Local People:

SLO families share their favorite recipes

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Word on the Street :

what does the SLO Life mean to you?

The Way It Was :

Virginia Hurley shares her story

Let’s Talk Business :

advice for the entrepreneur

To Your Health :

omega family fued

No Place Like Home :

cattle, cowboys and campfires

Real Estate :

learn how to forecast like the pros

Community Calendar :

the best SLO has to offer

Milestones & Memories :

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How I Found My Way Here

our path from Sweden to SLO

An Interview with The Skvagerson Family

“The late 60’s were a crazy time,” explains Lena Skvagerson. “My father was

a Westpoint Cadet stationed in Germany for a short time when he met my

mom. She is from Sweden, but was going to college there. They were both

very young, only 18 or 19 years old. I was about 2 years old when my dad

returned to the States, and my mom moved back to Sweden. My dad’s mother

– my grandmother – kept in touch with my mom. I was her first grandchild.”

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“When I was growing up in Sweden,” Lena

continues, “my grandmother used to send

me packages with books and other goodies.

Since long distance calls were so expensive,

my grandmother would record herself talking

and mail the cassette tapes to me. She would

tell me all about my dad, what he was like,

what it was like in America. I really couldn’t

speak English until I was probably 13, but I

loved hearing her voice even before I could

understand what she was saying.”

Fast forward to 1997 - Lena and her husband,

Johan, along with their two kids, Hilda and

Luke, set out to meet Lena’s “American

Family” for the first time. “It was such an

amazing visit for so many reasons. We have

a really close relationship with my dad – I

found out that I am so much like him – now

we are all one big family. Even my mom back

in Sweden recently ‘friended’ my dad and his

wife on Facebook,” Lena laughs.

It was during their second trip to the US that

the Skvagersons started thinking seriously

about moving here. “My half-sister was going

to school at Cal Poly and we went to visit her

and just fell in love with the area, plus we

were tired of six months of winter,” recalls

Lena. Five years later, after much help from

her father, who hired an immigration attorney

to facilitate the process, the Skvagerson Family

arrived in town with only two suitcases each.

Their son, Luke, was 13 years old when they

settled and he enrolled at Laguna Middle

School. Hilda, then 15, began at San Luis

Obispo High School. After some initial culture

shock, the difficult days of transition quickly

became a thing of the past at the Skvagerson

household. Both of the teens are excelling in

school and are looking forward to attending

college in the near future. Lena recalls, “when

we first moved here, we said that we would

give it two years to see how it goes, but now

we all say ‘no way, we are not going back’

so we just sold our house back in Sweden...

we’re going to stay here forever.”

When asked what really motivated the move

three years ago, Lena, who is employed

by GarnStudio, a Norway-based yarn

manufacturer, quickly identifies “family,

weather, and the American Dream.” Johan,

the proprietor of NordicMart, an online yarn

store, too believes that his family is living

proof of the American Dream. He has recently

opened a retail outlet in the Soda Water Works

building downtown where he has a unique

selection of hard-to-find Nordic gifts and treats.

He adds the “friendly people” to the list. “For

example, we have a dog, and every day when

we walk the dog, people stop, even in their

car, and ask what kind of dog we have and say

‘what a great dog’… That would never happen

in Sweden.” SLO LIFE

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Meet Lief McKay

his life in the SLO lane

In the first installment of our “Meet Your Neighbor” series, SLO LIFE Magazine

sat down to talk with Lief McKay (he pronounces his last name as if it rhymed

with “McGuy”). He is an Australian native and twelve-year resident of San Luis

Obispo, who, together with his wife, Amy, a local artist and landscape designer,

have two young children, Ian and Maggie. Lief stays active in SLO-based

charities, works as a landscape architect employed by RRM Design Group and

is the President of the SLO Rugby Club. Here is his story…

Where are you from originally, Lief?

I’m from a small town of 5,000 people or so about 2 hours southwest of Sydney,

Australia. It’s a rural town. My mom is a school teacher and my dad was a potter.

He passed away when he was only 46. He was an artisan and made really fine

pottery. I have a younger brother, Huw, who is an economist. He’s sometimes

interviewed on the news about the particulars of Asian economies, which is his

specialty. I went to university in a city called Canberra, which is about 4 hours

south of Sydney. While I was there I had an opportunity to come to Cal Poly for an

exchange to continue my studies in landscape architecture.

What was it like coming to San Luis Obispo the first time?

I arrived in town, knew nothing, knew no one. I didn’t have accommodations

squared away so I went up to the Lab, which is what they call the landscape

architecture studio at Cal Poly, and was looking for ads seeking roommates. You

know the kind where you tear off the phone number on the bottom of the paper.

I called on one of them and, unbeknownst to me, it was Amy’s number. She and

a girlfriend of hers were looking for a housemate. I called on it and they weren’t

home, so I left a message. School hadn’t started yet, so I didn’t know her from

anyone else in the world. I didn’t have time to wait around because I was staying

in a hotel and it was getting expensive, so I called another place and took it sight

unseen. Not 20 minutes after I committed to this other place I get a call from Amy

saying she got the message and I had to tell her ‘sorry, I found something else.’

That’s really the first time we met.

Then when did you first meet in person?

School started and I show up at class and get introduced to everyone as one of

the two exchange students there. It just so happened that Amy was in the class

too and she figured out pretty quickly that I was the voice on the other end of

the phone about the room for rent. We hit it off immediately and had a whirlwind

romance. We were engaged within 3 months of that day.

Wow, that was fast! What happened next?

We finished the year together there at Cal Poly and then Amy came back with me

to Canberra for my last year in university. She was able to do the same exchange

I did in reverse. We got married at the end of that school year in Australia. We

just celebrated our 10 year anniversary last December.

What was the plan from there?

We really didn’t have a plan at the time, to be honest. We decided to come back

to San Luis Obispo, but we had to go through this long, convoluted immigration

process. Right after we got married Amy had to leave because she was on a

student visa that was expiring and my paperwork wasn’t even close to being

ready to move to the States. So we were newlyweds, but we had to spend the

Millennium New Year’s Eve at opposite sides of the world. I was at the Sydney

Opera House and I believe she was in San Francisco somewhere. It was pretty

ironic, we had just been married and here we are so far apart. So, everyday I’m

calling the US Consulate, you know, I’m newly married, but my wife has left and I

want to be with her. I’m basically begging these guys to help me out and I finally

get through to someone who is sympathetic to my story and he says to come in on

such-and-such a date with your wife for a meeting and if everything checks out

my visa will be issued.

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But, at the time Amy is still back in SLO finishing out her last year at Cal Poly?

That’s right. And, we just paid for our wedding and we’re just completely broke.

We had to spend the cash we got as a wedding gift to buy a ticket and she was

there in Australia for about the same amount of time that she was in the air. We

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were completely stressed out because we had

so much riding on this moment. We were trying

to coordinate our stories so that everything

checked out in the interview. If you’ve ever seen

the movie ‘Green Card’ it was a lot like that. So,

we got ourselves all worked up and are basically

freaking out and thinking that we will be placed in

two separate rooms for interrogation. You know,

the whole ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine. We had

been advised to bring proof of the relationship, so

we had this huge dufflebag filled with every single

keepsake possible, you know, birthday cards,

wedding photos, and on and on.

The day of the big appointment finally arrives, so

how did it go?

We are cramming like we would for a final exam

or something and we get to the bloody consulate

for the appointment and I remember walking down

a long hallway to a window, which is kind of like

something you see at a train station where you can

pass papers through a hole at the bottom of the

window and it has one of those little metal things

that amplifies your voice. Anyway, we passed a

few forms under, she stamped it and we were

done. They didn’t even look at anything we had

brought!

You make your way back to San Luis Obispo, was

it a difficult transition?

Amy actually found us a place to live and it was

all set up when I came to town. She was finishing

up her last year at Cal Poly and I was able to get

a job. I remember driving my moped to work one

morning. I stopped off at the Lincoln Deli on Broad

Street for a bit of breakfast. Anyway, I somehow

ended up merging my moped onto 101. Mind you,

this thing tops out at 35 miles per hour. There was

a huge big rig that buzzed me doing about 75 and

my heart was thumping out of my chest. I ended up

turning around somehow and driving back down

the onramp. It was an eventful morning.


...I somehow ended up

merging my moped onto 101.

Mind you, this thing tops out

at 35 miles per hour.


Aside from learning how to identify an onramp,

did you have any trouble adjusting to life here?

At some point, I think I must have been missing

home a bit, so I looked up the SLO Rugby Club and

showed up for a game. I got to play right away and

met some great people. I knew about the club from

my first visit here when I played rugby for Poly

during my exchange.

It’s interesting that you sought out rugby as a way

to stay connected with Australia.

I had never really thought about it that way, but

there’s probably a lot of truth to that. I think it may

be similar to you moving to Australia and joining

a basketball league with some American guys.

Actually, there’s a lot more to it with rugby. What

you have in Australia, and around the world, are

rugby clubs. They’re not associated with schools.

These are guys that are generally really active

in their communities and do a lot of socializing

around their club. For many small towns, they are

like the hub. Most of them have a clubhouse, which

is basically a pub attached to their playing field.

After the games they invite the opposing team for

a celebration. We beat up on each other for 80

minutes but we’re good friends afterward. So, yes,

I suppose you could say that, when I moved to San

Luis Obispo I was looking to preserve that part of

my upbringing a bit.

I understand that you had a game last weekend,

how did it go?

It was good, but I took a cheap shot from their

fullback. He cracked me around my head and I

don’t remember a whole lot right afterward. I got

up and I was seeing all sorts of colored spots.

He got penalized. I was knocked out there for a

moment, I reckon.

How are you doing now?

Much better. I went to the doctor afterward and he

said that he thought I had a broken jaw and I thought to

myself, oh no… not again. Amy is going to kill me.

You mean, this wouldn’t the first time you have

broken your jaw?

The last time it happened was a few years ago, my

daughter, Maggie, was only a few days old and it wasn’t

a very popular move on my part. They had to wire my

mouth shut.

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What was that like? For some reason it makes me

feel a little claustrophobic just thinking about it.

They literally get wire and they stitch your teeth

together. So, it looks like you got braces that were

put on in some back alley. They’re not real neat

about it because they know it’s temporary. There’s

steel everywhere and you can’t budge. But, they

give you these little wire cutters that you keep in

your back pocket in case you get into trouble and

start choking or something and have to get them

off quickly.

So, what’s the prognosis now?

Well, I had to get a CT-Scan, but personally, I don’t

think it’s broken. I was only able to fit my pinky

between my teeth earlier in the week. Now I can

fully open my mouth. I’m pretty sure that it has

self-righted. It can’t be broken. [editors note - we

are happy to report that Lief has been cleared of all

injuries since the interview]

You talk about breaking your jaw with the same

casualness I might use to describe my last trip to

the grocery store!

Apart from the occasional bumps and bruises I’ve

been pretty fortunate in rugby. I did fracture my

sternum, which was maybe the worst but wasn’t

that bad, frankly. Some banged up fingers and

just typical stuff that anyone would get. I’ve been

pretty unscathed really. The last few years, I’ve

realized that I’m really not invincible and infinitely

young, because the injuries have been piling up

apparently.

How did you get involved in rugby in the first

place?

Growing up in Australia, it is the biggest thing

around. Just like a kid growing up in the States

would idolize the guys in the NFL, we would

have posters of our favorite rugby players. We’d

wear their jerseys to school and play footy on

the playground. It’s a bit of a novelty here, but

worldwide rugby is huge, the Rugby World Cup is

the third most viewed sporting event behind the

Olympics and the Soccer World Cup.

…“footy”?

That’s what we would call any sort of football

sport. It’s slang. If you grow up in the South around

Melbourne, footy is Aussie Rules or Australian

Rules Football. If you grow up in New South Wales

or Queensland it’s one of the two rugby codes. The

two codes are quite similar, but there are some

differences in the rules. Rugby in Australia is like

football here in the States. Not everyone plays it,

but everyone watches it or at least knows about it.

The same is true about rugby over there.

It was great talking with you, Lief, thanks very

much for sharing your story with us.

No worries, mate.

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The Way It Was

Hurley’s Pharmacy

An Interview with Virginia Hurley

“It was a wonderful journey with John,” remembers 94-year-old San Luis

Obispo resident, Virginia Hurley, about life with her pharmacist husband, the

late John Hurley. In 1945 the couple purchased the Hotel Drug pharmacy at the

Anderson Hotel (today the space is occupied by the jewelry store, Serengeti-

West). “We started on a shoestring. I would meet him down there on a Sunday

afternoon after he had already worked half the day. And, together we would

close the store and put paper on the windows and doors so nobody could see us

from outside – you know, we had pride – then we scrubbed the beautiful marble

floors and the wonderful old mahogany. It was small and nothing to brag about,

but we did what we had to do to.”

< Ground-breaking ceremony in 1956 for the

new mall. Pictured left to right are: Loren

Krabill (partner in Hawthorne Market); Mrs.

Krabill; Virginia Hurley; Jim Bodie (owner of

The Favorite Bakery); John Hurley; the man

sitting on the tractor over Mr. Hurley’s left

shoulder is unidentified; Mrs. Truchan; Frank

Truchan; and Ted Maino

According to Virginia, business downtown was

“consistently steady” and after 11 years they

learned about a new mall being built “on the

outskirts of town” by the highly regarded local

contractor, Ted Maino. At that time, in 1956,

the now-ubiquitous “strip mall,” was dismissed

by many as a passing fad in retail. Today, the

building still stands in University Square on

Foothill Boulevard. The space the Hurleys had

occupied is currently vacant; its most recent

tenant, Foothill Cyclery, moved out about a year

ago.

The decision to relocate from downtown to

the then-rural Foothill Boulevard area was

considered a risky one at the time, and John

Hurley had received an ominous warning from

the mayor. “’Mr. Hurley,’ he said, ‘I understand

that you are going to move and I want to let you

know that I think you are making a big mistake

because no one is going to go way out there

and you’re going to lose your business.’ And

to that John said, ‘Well, I think I am going to

try,’” laughs Virginia. “Of course, he [the mayor]

didn’t realize the potential of a big area like this

opening up… neither did we, really. We just

hoped and prayed.”

With the move came a new name: Hurley’s

Pharmacy. The larger space allowed for a

wider variety of items to be stocked and a

home delivery service was added. At first

there were only a smattering of ranches in the

area, but before long homes with “diapers and

toys in the front yard” started popping up in

neighborhoods all around both sides of Foothill

Boulevard. Virginia recalls that “the town was

growing around us. You felt it and you saw it in

the books.”

Medical insurance was rare in those early years

of Hurley’s Pharmacy and most customers paid

with cash, often charging to a trade account

they had with the store. “There was no

application they had to fill out or anything like

that, but John would talk with them for a bit

then he’d okay them. We kept track of it all in a

little file box,” explains Virginia.

As the years passed by, many generations of

San Luis Obispo families had come to rely on

John Hurley and his pharmacy. In 1972 John

sold the business to Richard Wilson, who ran it

until 1987 when he then sold it again to Dana

Nelson. Today, the pharmacy, since renamed

Dana Nelson’s HealthPlus, can be found across

the parking lot from its original location. Virginia,

who remains a loyal customer, is quite fond of

the current owner and admires his stewardship

of the local institution that she still remembers

so clearly on the day they moved in, “it was like

walking into heaven.” SLO LIFE

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What advice would you give someone starting a business?

One of the things I have observed in my 37 years as CEO of the

Chamber, is that it’s easy to go into business - maybe too easy

- but it’s difficult to make a business that is successful and will

last. Here’s my advice on how to start a sustainable business:

1) Get professional advice. Up-front business, legal and

accounting advice is essential; 2) Make sure you really know the

business (being a surfer doesn’t qualify you to own a surf shop,

for instance). Do rigorous market research on your idea (don’t

just ask friends and family!); 3) Have enough cash available to

both build your business and to live on for a full year without

taking anything out of the operation. Undercapitalized start-up

businesses have two strikes against them from the get-go; And,

4) be prepared to put in 10 to 12 hour days six days a week or

more. Don’t start a business unless you’re “all-in” and totally

committed to success, just “trying it out” will most certainly lead

to failure.

Dave Garth

CEO, SLO Chamber of Commerce

Every day great ideas are born, but few of them actually come to

fruition, let alone succeed. In the case of Juice Club (now Jamba

Juice) we hit on many levels including: having a strong, viable

concept, a higher purpose, great timing in the marketplace,

excellent brand building and execution, and infinite passion.

I believe these were all key factors that ultimately led to our

success. While you need to start with a good idea, it’s then having

the vision, resources (and, often resourcefulness), and complete

commitment to doing whatever it takes to make your business

the best. It’s also that commitment or passion that continues to

push you forward and keep you focused when obstacles come

into your path - and they will! Finally, you need to be having fun,

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and money! Above all, be prepared for a lot of hard work, which

will be rewarded by planned success!

David Bresnan

Chapter Chair, SLO SCORE

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The Way We Live

the Minnery family opens up their home

An Interview with Jeff & Leah Minnery

The Original 1966 Schroeder Home

Jeff & Leah Minnery knew that they were rolling the

dice a bit when they bought their home in August of

2008. “Our realtor actually said to us, ‘if I had children,

I would not buy this house’ because we kept seeing a

lot of mold on the carpet,” Leah remembers.

Forget the mold for a minute because there were more

pressing issues. “The portion of the home inspection

report that outlines all of the problem areas of the

house was nearly 100 pages long,” explains Jeff, who

is an attorney at the law firm of Adamski Moroski

Madden & Green and frontman for local band Truth

About Seafood. “It really would have been easier if

they just told us what was not wrong with it.”

The most immediate problem was that the house

seemed to be sinking on one side, as much as six

inches, which opened up massive cracks in the walls.

At the time of the sale it was possible to stand in

certain parts of the house and actually see outside

through the walls. The foundation needed major

repairs, which was going to involve lifting up one

whole side of the house so it could be rebuilt.

“Our budget was so tight and we got four or five bids

before deciding to make an offer on the house, and

they all came in at twice what we were able to put into

it,” explains Leah. Fortunately for the Minnery Family,

they now live three doors down from Rob Gantenbein,

a local contractor, who also rebuilt his own home

and understands the nuances of the Bowden Ranch

neighborhood that features an underground water

spring. Says Jeff, “he just walked in and he had vision…

he said, ‘oh, this is great, we can move walls, we can

do this, we can do that,’ he kept coming up with these

ideas for how to make what we wanted to do work.”

It was with the confidence they had in their contractor

combined with the vision that they had for the

Mansard-style house that the Minnery’s boldly

submitted an offer. But, their hopes quickly faded when

they learned that they had been outbid by a competing

offer for the house that was originally designed and

built by lifelong SLO resident and community leader,

Marybeth Schroeder, in 1966. “We just have a huge

passion for this house, just like she [Schroeder] did

and we told her son, who was handling the sale that

we’ll do our best to restore it because we really love

it,” explains Leah. Upon learning that the high bidder

intended to tear down the structure, the son decided to

sell the home to the Minnerys.

Then the real work began. Walls were removed, the

house was lifted by hydraulic jacks, the foundation was

repaired, much of the plumbing was redone including

the sewer main line which had to be replaced, all new

floors installed, it was rewired, many of the windows

were upgraded, and the list goes on. Most of the rooms

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were small and compartmentalized, so much of the focus

was on opening up the interior for better light and flow. For

example, there was one wall in the living room that was

particularly dark and was dominated by a massive fireplace.

So they decided to remove the chimney and create a space

for a gas fireplace insert, which allowed them to fill the wall

with windows that now provide views of Bishop’s Peak and

Cerro San Luis.

And, what about that mold issue? “Right after we bought the

house, whenever people would go upstairs they would start

feeling sick and we thought ‘oh, no… there’s mold in the

walls after all’ but once we removed the carpet everything

was fine,” Leah explains.

The whole project took about eight months from start to

finish, during which time the Minnerys were living off-site

awaiting their move in. “I truly feel like, and I know this is

going to sound cheesy and I hope you don’t print it,” [editor’s

note - sorry!] Leah says sheepishly, “but I feel like our home

kind of hugs you when you walk in.” SLO LIFE

Jeff and Leah with their daughters, Hannah and

Zoe, exploring the grounds behind their home.

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You do not have to walk far down the aisle at

New Frontiers or Spencers to see that the food

companies are touting omega-3’s as the latest way

to entice you into buying what they are selling. But,

just what are omega-3’s and why should we care?

Both omega-3’s and omega-6’s are essential

nutrients, which must be obtained from food (in

other words, your body cannot produce them but

must have them to survive). They are also both

unsaturated fatty acids. To tell them apart you would

have to look under a microscope where you would

see that omega-6’s are “short-chained,” meaning

they have few carbon atoms and omega-3’s are

“long-chained,” meaning they have more carbon

atoms. [editor’s note – stick with us here, there’s a

really exciting ending!] In addition, DHA and EPA,

which you may have seen on those same food

labels, are types of omega-3’s.

What is important to know about all this is not how

long or short-chained the omegas are, but the ratio

of omega-6’s to omega-3’s in your diet. In the typical

Western diet, this ratio has become completely

out of balance, and it is estimated that the ratio

is as high as 40 to 1 (omega-6’s to omega-3’s).

Most professionals claim that the optimal ratio is

somewhere between 2 to 1 and 4 to 1, while others

argue with great passion that this ratio must be 1

to 1 as it was believed to be before the Industrial

Revolution.

While the biochemistry of the interaction between

the omegas is far beyond the scope of this article

(it turns out that it has everything to do with

inflammation), what is becoming increasingly clear

recommended reading:

from the research that has been conducted thus far

is that the primary beneficiary of a good omega ratio

is the cardiovascular system. The body’s ability to

efficiently pump and distribute blood, as simple as

it sounds, is likely the single biggest contributor to

health and longevity.

Understandably, all of this information can quickly

become overwhelming. Just remember this: it’s all

about the ratio! Keep it simple and try to eat foods

with more omega-3’s and less omega-6’s. Here are

some representatives from each family:

Foods Rich in Omega-3’s:

fish (watch out for mercury – that’s an entirely

different subject), flaxseed, walnuts, cauliflower,

cabbage and green-lipped mussels (they have a

rare blend of omega-3’s and have been used to

treat certain inflammatory diseases like arthritis)

Foods Rich in Omega-6’s:

beef (although the grass-fed variety has a much

better ratio of 3’s to 6’s), vegetable oil (corn oil is

a big one to watch out for), nearly all processed

foods, mayonnaise, and margarine

Finally, we here at SLO LIFE Magazine could hardly

be considered health experts, but in our many

conversations locally with people who do know

something about this stuff, we found that the ratio of

omega-3’s to omega-6’s is key and should go to the

top of the list when it comes to your health. [editor’s

note – well, it may not have been the exciting ending

you were hoping for, there were no unexpected

twists or turns, but we are pretty jazzed about this

discovery and hope you are, too!] SLO LIFE

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Flesh foods [meat] in the modern diet are

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raised for food today ... no longer graze in the

wild. Instead, most are fattened with grains

such as corn that provide omega-6 but not

omega-3. Moreover, people take in a lot of

their fat in the form of vegetable oils and

products like margarine made from them;

most of these, again, provide omega-6 fatty

acids, but not omega-3’s.


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No Place Like Home

The V6 Cattle Drive

By Jeanette Trompeter, KSBY News

The Central Coast is magnificent in its

diversity, and I sometimes wonder if people

think I’m fibbing when I talk about all that is

available here. Like the V6 Cattle Drive. How

many people get a chance to play cowboy

with the real McCoy?

The V6 Ranch is located just outside Parkfield, a

town of 18, known primarily for its proximity to the

San Andreas Fault. Encompassing some 20,000

acres, the ranch stretches from Monterey County to

Fresno County. Jack Varian got the idea of inviting

folks on this family chore after seeing the movie “City

Slickers” almost 20 years ago. He figured they have

to do the work anyway, why not have folks tag along

to help?

The Varians have about 80 horses, plenty of them

mild-mannered enough to escort just about any city

slicker across the amazing vistas of the V6 Ranch. “It

is fantastic!” says Carol Abreu of San Rafael. “There

are places where you can see the Coastal Ridge

Mountains and the Sierras. It’s just fantastic!”

Many guests from outside California falsely believe

our State has all been paved over with sub-divisions.

“And, when they come up here in this Diablo Range

and see no power lines, and no after-lights, no light,

they just say, ‘you mean there are parts of California

that are like this?” Varian says with a smile. “And

there are.”

Varian and his wife Zee have put their ranch into a

conservation easement, which means it can never be

subdivided. It is one parcel, forever. “Forever,” he reemphasizes.

“Somebody said ‘How long is perpetuity?’

I said I think it’s a long time. We’ve decided that the

best way to keep family harmony, as best we can, is

to take subdividing out of the formula. I’ve seen too

many ranches fought over, where brother loves sister

until the ranch gets divided, and then they hate each

other forever. So we decided if we didn’t allow that to

happen in the first place, well, they can work it out.”

Jack and Zee’s kids and grandkids all were on horses

before they were on their feet. All live and work the

ranch. “I hope that Jack and Zee and the rest of the

kids and the grandkids understand that what they

offer to the people. It’s a big deal!” exclaims Paul

Abreul.

Varian embraces holistic land management. He

moves cattle often to keep them from overgrazing. On

the cattle drive, you help move about 300 head a few

miles each day. It’s rugged, but there is running water,

and the meals are better than you will find in most

restaurants.

Nights are spent at camp, under the stars, in front of

the fire. (And, yes, singing cowboy songs.) There is

more interaction and connection between cowpokes

than there is among most families in front of the TV.

“You just don’t get this. You really really don’t,” says

Carol Abreu. “You can see pigs, you can hear coyotes.

I think it’s a way of life that’s going away.”

It is a way of life a lot of people don’t realize even

exists anymore. But, thankfully, it does and it’s right

here in our own backyard.

SLO LIFE

Jeanette Trompeter, KSBY News anchor and reporter,

hosts the “No Place Like Home” series every Thursday

evening at 6pm.

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Shared by Sue Waterbury

It was late at night when Sue Waterbury received an urgent call from her very

pregnant next-door neighbor. “Sue, we need your help…” was all she needed to

hear to know a new baby was ready to make his way into the world. The soon-to-bebig-brother,

Donovan, who was then one of Sue’s students at the SLO High School

Tiny Tigers Preschool, was sound asleep in his bed when Sue came over and sent his

parents on their way to the hospital. Donovan got quite a surprise the next morning,

when instead of his mommy…there was his teacher in his bedroom! She comforted

him with a warm bowl of Best Ever Granola and shared the wonderful news,

“Donovan you have a little brother now.” To this day whenever the smell of Sue’s

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8 cups rolled oats (not instant)

1 ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 ½ cup unprocessed bran

1 ½ cup natural wheat germ (not toasted or honey)

¾ cup chopped walnuts or sliced almonds

½ cup raw sunflower seeds

½ cup vegetable oil

¾ cup honey

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 ½ cup dried cranberries

1 cup raisins

• Sue recommends using different dried fruits and

nuts for added variety •

1. Stir in oats, brown sugar, bran, wheat germ,

walnuts, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Put

vegetable oil, honey and vanilla in a small saucepan;

heat stirring until bubbly. Pour the liquid over dry

ingredients, mixing, thoroughly.

2. Divide the oat mixture evenly and spread on two

rimmed cookie sheets. Bake in a preheated oven

at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring once

to keep granola evenly browned. While it cools,

stir mixture several times to keep it from sticking

together. Add cranberries and raisins. Store in an

air-tight container. This granola keeps for weeks

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Shared by Alex LaChapelle

Alex LaChapelle loves cooking with her girls, Sadie and Josephine. She sees it as a

great way for them to spend time together and a perfect opportunity for her to teach

them about the importance of healthy eating. One of their favorite summertime dishes,

inspired by the Barefoot Contessa, is grilled shrimp and mango salsa. “This dish is

quintessential summer to me,” she explains. “We love to have beach parties and this is

one of those dishes where you can prepare everything at home and then just throw the

shrimp skewers on the grill at the beach. It’s always a crowd favorite.”

Grilled Shrimp

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup minced fresh basil

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

2 teaspoons coarse salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

2 pounds jumbo shrimp (16 to 20 per pound),

peeled and deveined, tails intact

Vegetable oil, for grilling

1. In a medium bowl, combine garlic, onion, parsley,

basil, mustards, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon

juice. Add the shrimp and marinate for 1 hour at

room temperature, or cover and refrigerate for up

to 2 days.

manGo SalSa

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion (2 onions)

2 teaspoons peeled and minced ginger

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 ripe mangos, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 teaspoons packed light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeño

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves

1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over mediumlow

heat. Add onions and ginger, and saute until

onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the

garlic, and cook, 1 minute more. Add the mangos;

reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 more minutes.

Add orange juice, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and

jalapeno. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the

orange juice has reduced, 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Heat a grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Brush the rack or pan with vegetable oil to prevent 2. Remove from heat, and stir in mint. Serve warm,

the shrimp from sticking. Skewer 5 to 6 shrimp

on a 12-inch skewer for a dinner serving. Grill

the shrimp on each side, until opaque and lightly

charred, about 1 1/2 minutes.

at room temperature, or chilled. SLO LIFE

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REAL ESTATE

by the numbers

Let’s face it, we love to talk about the local real estate market and we often describe it in terms of temperature, as in “the market is hot” or “real

estate has cooled off” which provides a useful visual, but begs the question: “what is really happening in the real estate market?”

In order to understand the market, you have to decipher the meaning of the numbers behind the market. To do this, SLO LIFE Magazine spent

several hours studying reams of data with Ron Burkhart, President of the San Luis Obispo Association of Realtors, who explained how to spot

trends in the market, and gave us some tools to truly gauge its “temperature.”

According to Mr. Burkhart, this is what we should be paying attention to:

1Total Homes Sold – this is the number of homes that are sold in a given

period of time. It does not include “active” or “pending” listings, only

those homes where the sale has been completed.

What this number tells us: Total Homes Sold can be a good indication of where

the market is, where it has been, and where it’s heading. This is often referred

to as overall “volume” as in the “volume of transactions is increasing,” which

signifies an active market. Generally, a number going up over a period of time

indicates a strengthening market and a number that gets progressively smaller

could identify a weakening market.

Caution: you want to make sure to adjust for seasonality, as certain times of the

year are often stronger or weaker than others.

2Average Asking Price – here we add up the original asking prices of the

total homes sold then divide by the total number of homes sold.

Sum of Asking Prices = $2,000,000 / 5 Total Home Sold = $400,000

What this tells number tells us: this gives us a rough idea of what sellers believe

their homes are worth.

3Average Selling Price – here we add up the total selling prices of all the

homes that sold, then divide again by the total number of homes sold.

Sum of Selling Prices = $1,900,000 / 5 Total Homes Sold = $380,000

4Sales as % of Asking Price – this is a big one, as it indicates how close

to the asking price buyers are willing to pay sellers. For example, a

home that is on the market for $500,000 and eventually sells for

$490,000, essentially $10,000 off the asking price – or a 2% discount – would be

represented simply as “98%”... that is, the seller sold his or her home for 98% of

the asking price.

What this number tells us: the closer the number is to 100% the less discounting

happens to bring a buyer and seller together on a sale. If the number is much

lower than the 100% baseline, that means that asking prices are too high for the

market and significant discounts are taking place.

5Average # of Days on the Market – this is also a great way to judge

what is happening with real estate. With a really hot market listings will

sell much more quickly than in a cool one. Days on the market,

particularly the direction or trend over a period of time, is good way to gauge the

temperature… a hot market will show homes going unsold for fewer days, while

a cool market will show homes going unsold for a greater number of days.

What this number tells us: this one is pretty intuitive... when a buyer has a strong

desire to make a purchase because he or she may be competing with other

buyers, it tends to happen quickly. Conversely, when that strong desire does

not exist or there are many options to choose from, decisions may come more

slowly. SLO LIFE

the numbers at a glance

Comparing the first four months of 2009 to the first four months of 2010 (01/01/09 - 04/30/09 vs. 01/01/10 - 04/30/10)

Home Price

$100,000 - $500,000

2009 2010 +/-

Home Price

$501,000 - $1,000,000

2009 2010 +/-

Home Price

$1,000,001 - $2,500,000

2009 2010 +/-

1. Total Homes Sold

15 38 153.33%

30 48 63.33%

4 8 100%

2. Average Asking Price

$446,477 $432,371 -3.16%

$706,703 $722,841 2.28%

$1,295,250 $1,582,000 22.14%

3. Average Selling Price

$417,523 $415,421 -0.05%

$664,127 $671,314 1.08%

$1,243,125 $1,411,000 13.50%

4. Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

93.52% 96.08% 2.56%

93.98% 92.87% -1.11%

95.98% 89.19% -6.79%

5. Average # of Days on the Market

95 88 -7.30%

101 97 -3.96%

140 143 2.14%

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of Realtors

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Community

Gate opens

2:30 p.m.

Concert

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Tickets: $40 chair seating $50 table seating

$375 table of 8

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June 1, 3

Event RSVP XV: Chiaroscuro

Time 8:00pm

Location Chistopher Cohan

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Contact www.pacslo.org

Description Presented by Cal Poly

Music Department

June 3, 10, 17, 24

Event Farmers Market

Time 6:00pm-9:00pm

Location Downtown SLO

Contact www.downtownslo.com

Description More than 120

vendors and various food booths.

You’ll also find freshly harvested

fruits and vegetables, bouquets

of garden-grown flowers, and

other seasonal treats.

June 4

Event Art After Dark

Time 6:00pm–9:00pm

Location Downtown SLO

Contact www.sloartscouncil.org

Description ARTS Obispo

coordinates this monthly

event where local galleries and

businesses present SLO county

art work.

June 4-20

Event Sherlock’s Last Case

Location San Luis Obispo Little Theatre

Contact www.slolittletheatre.org

Description Come travel back

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hair-raising twists and turns,

scenes of odd happenstance and

outbursts of comic brilliance.

June 4, 11

Event Concerts in the Plaza

Time 5:30 – 7:30

Location Mission Plaza

Contact www.downtownslo.com

Event The summer concert series

features the best local musicians

from Santa Barbara and San

Luis Obispo counties. Local

restaurants and eateries provide

food for hungry concertgoers

while Firestone Brewery and

Edna Valley Vineyards supply

beer and wine for purchase.

June 5

Event Cal Poly Wind Band Concert

Time 8:00pm

Location Christopher Cohan Center

Contact www.pacslo.org

Description Don’t miss this

extraordinary preview of the Cal

Poly Wind Ensemble.

June 5

Event Vocal Arts Ensemble

Time 8:00pm

Location Mission San Luis Obispo

Description Solstice Theme

Concert. Children over 6

welcome.

June 5

Event SLO Wine & Grill Affair

Time 12:00pm-4:00pm

Location Per Bacco Cellars

Contact www.t-mha.org

Description Enjoy live music and

art while local wineries present

food and wine pairings.

Proceeds benefit Transitions

Mental Health Association.

June 5, 6

Event San Luis Obispo Greek Festival

Time 11:00am-6:00pm

Location Mission Plaza

Contact (805) 546-8337

Description Join St. Andrew’s

Greek Orthodox Church for the

Annual Greek Festival! There

will be Greek food, live music,

dancing, and a kid’s area.

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Event Farmers Market

Time 8:00am–10:30am

Location Forever 21 Parking Lot

Contact www.slocountyfarmers.org

Over 60 vendors bring produce

directly from the farm within

a day of picking. The freshest

local produce brought to you by

California farmers.

June 6

Event Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble

Time 7:00pm

Location Christopher Cohan Center

Contact www.pacslo.org

Description Selections from the

Mediterranean and Middle East.

June 12

Event Saturday at the Garden

Time 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location SLO Botanical Garden

Contact www.slobg.org

Description Master gardeners,

professional landscapers and

garden writers share their

knowledge.

June 27

Event Jack House & Garden Tour

Time 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location 536 Marsh Street

Contact www.slocity.org

Description Guided tours covering

the history of the Jack Family and

it’s turn of the century estate.

July 2, 9, 16

Event Concerts in the Plaza

Time 5:30 – 7:30

Location Mission Plaza

Contact www.downtownslo.com

Description The summer concert

series features the best local

musicians from Santa Barbara

and San Luis Obispo counties.

Local restaurants provide food

while Firestone Brewery and

Edna Valley Vineyards supply

beer and wine for purchase.

July4

Event Old Fashioned 4th of July

Time 11:00am-3:00m

Location Mitchell Park

Description Enjoy an old-fashioned

holiday filled with plenty of

activities and entertainment for

all at Mitchell Park.

July 8-31

Event Showstoppers!

Location San Luis Obispo Little Theatre

Contact www.slolittletheatre.org

Description The Best Shimmies,

Shakes, Shines of 5 Time Emmy

Award Winner Suzy Miller.

Martini Night performances

include a light gourmet supper

before the show and dessert

during intermission.

July 10

Event Saturday at the Garden

Time 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location SLO Botanical Garden

Contact www.slobg.org

Description Master gardeners,

professional landscapers and

garden writers share their

knowledge.

July 11

Event Pride in the Plaza

Time 12:00pm-6:00pm

Location Mission Plaza

Contact www.ccgala.org

Description Gay and Lesbian

Alliance Presents the 14th

Annual Pride Festival. Vendors,

entertainers, kids areas, and a

beer garden.

July 13-25

Event Festival Mozaic

Time Various

Location Various

Conact www.festivalmozaic.com

Description Rooted in the rich

legacy of five centuries of music,

presented to you in ways that

you can’t experience anywhere

but here. Immerse yourself in a

musical excursion!

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July 17-18

Event Renaissance Festival

Time 10:00am-6:00pm

Location El Chorro Regional Park

Contact ccrenfaire.com

Description Costumed

participants converge in

beautiful El Chorro Regional

Park to create Donneybrooke,

an English Renaissance village,

brilliantly decorated for your

ultimate summer fantasy

entertainment.

July 24

July 24

Event Studio Open House

Time 10:00am-4:00pm

Location 122 Bressi Place

Contact www.amy-mckay.com

Description Artist, Amy McKay is

holding a Studio Open House.

Free wine and cheese event, all

available art for sale.

July 25

Event Triathalon

Location Sinsheimer

Contact www.slocity.org

Description Completion, rather

than competition, is the focus

of the City of SLO Parks and

Recreation Department’s

Annual Triathlon. This short

course triathlon accommodates

the novice and still gives the

experienced a challenge.

July 25

Event Jack House & Garden Tour

Time 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location 536 Marsh Street

Contact www.slocity.org

Description Guided tours

covering the history of the

Jack Family and it’s turn of the

century estate.

July 30

Event Movie Under the Stars

Time 7:00pm-10:00pm

Location Edna Valley Vineyard

Contact ednavalleyvineyard.com

Description Bring you low lawn

chair and a picnic. No outside

beverages.

August 1

Event Obon Festival

Time 1:00pm-9:00pm

Location Veteran’s Memorial Hall

Contact www.discovernikkei.org

Description The annual Buddihist

event for commemorating one’s

ancestors. Music, food, crafts,

bonsai, Marshall Arts, Taiko and

raffle.

August 8-15

Event A Midsummer Night Dream

Location San Luis Obispo Little Theatre

Contact www.slolittletheatre.org

Description A Shakespearean

light-hearted comedy and one

of his most popular works. This

audience favorite is sure to lift

your spirits and make you laugh.

August 6, 13, 20, 27

Event Concerts in the Plaza

Time 5:30 – 7:30

Location Mission Plaza

Contact www.downtownslo.com

DescriptionThe summer concert

series features the best local

musicians from Santa Barbara

and San Luis Obispo counties.

Local restaurants provide food

for concertgoers while Firestone

Brewery and Edna Valley

Vineyards supply beer and wine

for purchase. Non-alcoholic

beverages also available.

August 8-31

Event Pallet to the Palate

Location Countywide

Contact pallettopalate.com

Description The mission of P2P

is to broaden the awareness

of the SLO County community

about the importance of fresh,

local food. This includes the

local farmers that grow the food,

the families, institutions and

chefs that purchase and prepare

the food for their friends,

families and customers.

August 13

Event Dine in the Vines

Time 6:00pm-9:30pm

Location Edna Valley Vineyard

Contact ednavalleyvineyard.com

Description Winemaker, Harry

Hansen, will join his guests as

he shares his finest handcrafted

limited wines. Gretchen LeMiere

from In Good Taste Catering will

prepare a Mediterranean menu

with multiple courses that will

pair perfectly with Edna Valley’s

wines. Live music will accent

the evening. Tickets $100.

August 14

Event Day with Creative Women

Location Mission Plaza

Contact www.wccslo.org

Description A day full of

camaraderie, music, handcrafted

work by women, children’s

activities, food and fun at

the Mission Plaza in San Luis

Obispo.

August 14

Event Saturday at the Garden

Time 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location SLO Botanical Garden

Contact www.slobg.org

Description Master gardeners,

professional landscapers and

garden writers share their

knowledge.

August 21

Event Broadway by the Sea

Time 2:30

Location Chapman House

Contact www.propera.org

Description Opera San

Luis Obispo has provided

professional opera on the

Central Coast since 1985. We

are moving into our 25th season,

and we invite you to come to

one of our performances.

August 27

Event Movie Under the Stars

Time 7:00pm–10:00pm

Location Edna Valley Vineyards

Contact ednavalleyvineyard.com

Description Bring you low lawn

chair and a picnic. No outside

beverages. $10 donation.

August 28

Event Mommies in the Plaza

Time 10:00am-4:00pm

Contact slocountymommies.com

Description Vendor Booths,

Silent Auction and Family

Entertainment by various

performances including dance

and gymnastics.

August 29

Event Jack House & Garden Tour

Time 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location 536 Marsh Street

Contact www.slocity.org

Description Guided tours

covering the history of the

Jack Family and it’s turn of the

century estate.

August 27-September 19

Event The Fantasticks

Location San Luis Obispo Little Theatre

Contact www.slolittletheatre.org

Description The worlds longest

running musical.

August 28–September 20

Event The Clean House

Location San Luis Obispo Little Theater

Contact www.slolittletheatre.org

Description When all you want is a clean

house, beware! Someone just may air

your dirty laundry. An irreverently funny

Pulitzer-Prize nominated play.

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Milestones & Memories

BIRTHDAY GIRL

RECOGNITION

CELEBRATE

Geneva is celebrating her 7th birthday and continues

on her path as an artist, author, musician, dancer,

scientist, mathematician and anything else her

dreams may bring.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Celebrating the generosity of Bridget Ready, Ronni

Johnson and all of the children who emptied their piggy

banks and raised $1,300 for the Children Caring for

Children Fund helping the Haitian earthquake victims.

CONGRATULATIONS

Kate O’Leary is graduating from San Luis Obispo

High School and will attend a Discipleship Program

in Australia called Island Breeze Sydney with an

emphasis in Performing Arts. Congratulations!

SPECIAL THANkS

Christian and Jessica Carlberg will celebrate their

9th wedding anniversary on July 21st. Christian,

a robotics engineer and, Jessica, an architect, are

joyfully raising their three young children in SLO.

Hannah Kenny and her family celebrate her graduaton

from San Luis Obispo High School. She will attend

Azusa Pacific University where she will play on the

women’s basketball team. We’re so proud of you!

A big Thank You to the Bishop’s Peak Elementary PTA

for their fantastic effort in making the 2009-2010

school year such a success!

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